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.