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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00003INJ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
This is a great recording, and only now beginning to be recognised as an 'almost' classic of the late 60's.

Let's face it, this is pretty heavy for '68 and its success in the U.S at the time bears this out. UK audiences wer'nt really ready for it. Richie obviously sees the way ahead in terms of the Hendrix style of guitar (remember Hendrix only came to the fore 18 months previous) and even for that alone it helped spearhead the idea of rock and progressive music.

The difficulty mark 1 Purple has always had is that so often their work has been reviewed by die hard heavy rockers that got into them thru that channel. I ask you to listen to it without genre limitations and what you'll find is a great piece of British late 60's art rock, that nods to the greats of the time, has great all round musicianship, and you still have to admire it's grooviness 30 plus years on.

The remastering is also of fantastic quality, while the mini booklet gives a great insight into the early exploits of the band.
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I don't intend to review the music; this is a classic album and will be familiar to most people interested in it. However I do want to comment on the audio quality. The booklet notes explain why earlier releases of this music were of indifferent quality - something to do with master tapes being "lost" and the material being mastered from a record pressing. Suffice to say, this re-release, made from the now rediscovered original master tapes, is a massive improvement, on a par with, or better than, other contemporary titles. Excellent and certainly worth replacing an older copy.
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By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2000
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Picture the scene, summer of 68, kaftans, beads the lot. And here we have the first sample of Deep Purple music. Like most bands, the sound they started with was nothing like what they became. This was the band that did "Smoke On The Water" remember. Well if you are looking for hard rock, don't look here. Keyboard driven sub rock pop is a better description. Mind you, it turned out to be influential, copying Vanilla Fudge in such a way that Vanilla Fudge copied to sound for themselves. Confused? So were Purple, as this album lanched them around the world with the exception of the UK, as it contained their first hit single "Hush" (almost identical to the Kula Shaker version 25 years later). The music is experimental in places, with only "Mandrake Root" giving any sort of hint what would come 2 years later with "in Rock", but a very listenable piece of recording.
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...or so the blurb on the back of this album requests us to do. And you know what, on this - Deep Purple's first album - there are plenty of moments when you'll find yourself doing just that.

Opening track "And the Address" is, surprisingly for a debut album, an instrumental with a grooving riff reminiscent of Steppenwolf's "Sookie Sookie". Lots of raw guitar and Jon Lord's swinging hammond.

Next track, "Hush" is by far the most well know, and was a massive hit for the band in the US, at a time when they probably couldn't get arrested in Britain. If you're familiar with Kula Shaker's version then you'll find that the young Brit Pop pups strayed very little from the original. (If it ain't broke etc). Great stuff.

Then comes easily the weakest song on the album, and the sort of stuff that easily puts off so many Mk II fans from buying the Rod Evans era material. "One More Rainy Day" is slushy psych pop at its worst. I'm sure that Richie still wakes up in a cold sweat every now and again with the thought of having playing on that one.

But fear not, as the quality shoots back up again with Jon Lord's extended instrumental prelude "Happiness". Actually it's interesting just how much of this album is instrumental, which actually works to its advantage. Not that Rod's a poor vocalist by any means, but it's during the instrumental passages that you can really hear the development of the sound that would later straddle the world of RAWK.

And track 5 "Mandrake Root" is the best example of this. Rod does an excellent job on this number, but half way through Jon and Richie take over for a bit of a wig-out, and it's worth the cost of the CD just to own this one track.

"Help" is a rework of the Beatles song, played at half the speed.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 5 April 2008
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Deep Purple's debut album lies on the border between psychedelia and the band's future in hard rock. 'And The Address' is a pounding instrumental which looks more to the future and allows Ritchie Blackmore to flex his prowess on guitar, though his solos sometimes spiral into the clouds rather than fit in with what his bandmates are playing. 'Hush' is one of four covers and easily the most worthwhile, being not just a hit but a song they made their own. Of the other covers, Skip James's 'I'm So Glad' had already been done well by Cream and DP's version follows in their slipstream. They try to take 'Help' into a different area, but only succeed in bending it out of shape with a slow, ponderous treatment. And did the world need yet another version of 'Hey Joe'? Most bands short of original material covered this, while others rewrote it in their own image. 'One More Rainy Day' is a remnant of psych pop featuring some neat baroque organ work from Jon Lord, a good example of the genre, but a little out of place here. 'Prelude: Happiness' is oddly titled, sounding menacing rather than happy, though it points toward the band's later music. 'Mandrake Root' has a similar groove to 'And The Address' and is the albums most experimental song, featuring a few twists and turns. 'Love Help Me' is lighter and relatively weak. 'Shades Of Deep Purple' is, then, dated and an ill-fitting collection of styles, but contains some of the dynamism DP displayed so much of later.
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