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The Book Of Taliesyn [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Deep Purple Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000026KGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Listen, Learn, Read On (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wring That Neck (1998 Digital Remaster) 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kentucky Woman (1998 Digital Remaster) 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Exposition/We Can Work It Out (Medley) (2000 Digital Remaster) 7:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shield (2000 Digital Remaster) 6:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Anthem (2000 Digital Remaster) 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. River Deep, Mountain High (2000 Digital Remaster)10:12Album Only
Listen  8. Oh No No No (Studio Out Take) 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's All Over (BBC Top Gear Session) 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hey Bop A Re Bop (BBC Top Gear Session) 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wring That Neck (BBC Top Gear Session) 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Playground (Remixed Instrumental Studio Out Take) 4:290.99  Buy MP3 

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DEEP PURPLE The Book Of Taliesyn CD

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately Not Smoke on the Water 21 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
And for me that's a very good thing. I'll be honest, heavy rock isn't my thing, so I do feel a little bit strange doing a Deep Purple review. The thing is, if you didn't know 'The Book of Teliesyn' was by DP there's little chance you'd guess. It's one of those wonderful albums that lies right on the cusp between psychedelic and progressive rock. Opening with the echo-drenched 'Listen Learn Read On' with it's eastern-style guitar riff and cosmic lyrics, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're listening to an Electric Prunes album, or perhaps early Pink Floyd. 'Wring That Neck' and 'Kentucky Woman' quickly take you into more bluesy territory, but the overall impression is still of some pretty weird, most likely US West Coast psychedelic. Indeed, DP were a lot more popular in the States at this point in their career. The second half of the album is pure prog rock, along the lines of The Nice or ELP, but better, I think. Quite a claim, I hear you say. Well, check it out. With flashes of classical influence and some demon organ playing, this stuff really rocks out. The appropriately titled 'Anthem' and 'Shield' are the real Prog opuses here, but there's also two very interesting covers: Ike and Turner's 'River Deep Mountain High' and the Beatles' 'We Can Work it Out'. Both are played in a very different style from the original, and surprisingly they work. I love this album and, having only just acquired it, will be blasting it out to the neighbourhood on a daily basis. Awesome stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Welsh Poetry 25 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's with amazement I read such comments on the lyrics from other reviewers as "complete blather" or "cosmic". The Book of Taliesin The Poems of Taliesin (Mediaeval & Modern Welsh) is one of the most famous Welsh manuscripts and dates from the Middle Ages! The lyrics of Listen, Learn, Read On as well as The Shield directly refers to this text, some of it even direct quotes. The lines "The bird he flies the distance From pages two to six" is a reference to the missing pages 3-5 in the extant manuscript. The Shield figures prominently in the texts as well. "You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn", my friends!

As to the musical aspects, I love this album! Not one to want to label stuff, I'd just say it's more symphonic rock than anything else, for those that need a box to put their music in. The music is rich and many leveled; an album that holds up to repeated listening. My personal favorite is the ballad Anthem although there really isn't a bad track on the album. Well worth checking out, whether a Deep Purple fan or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of real musical history 31 Dec 2008
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A marvelous stage in the development of Deep Purple. A little lighter and more arty than some of their more generally well known albums but well worth a listen. Vocals not quite up to the standard of later member Ian Gillan but the rest of the band are musically excellent. More imaginative percusion from Ian Paice than you will find on the later albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another review....... 31 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Other reviews have given opinions, about tracks on this album which I take issue with, as I have known and enjoyed this album for a long while I would encourage you to listen to the tracks River Deep Mountain High we play it continually not wanting it to end, other reviews have call it dreadful, the same with we can work it out I enjoyed Ritchie Blackmore's guitar playing on this track..
What I love about this album is the mix of styles from the psychedelic to the Progressive rock style, for those of you who like versatility in your music this album is definitely for you. You will also hear the classical inferences on the groups Rock style...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Book Of Taliesin - Listen, learn, read on... 16 April 2012
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The second album from renowned rockers Deep Purple is a bit of a surprise. Recorded by the group's original line up (Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon and Ian Paice) in 1968, it was at a time when the band had yet to settle on their true blue heavy rock style that came to define them, and they were still experimenting with hippie style psychedelia and moving into a slightly heavier prog rock sound.

Taking its title from the medieval manuscript, you kind of know from the outset what to expect. The first half of the album is a set of hippy trippy pieces based around the book, all deep meaning and love. The second half moves away from the psychedelic to the prog rock sound, with mixed results. Some of it works out OK, but the 10 minute version of River Deep Mountain High is just dreadful.

A mix of material from a band yet to find their feet, three stars.

This 2000 EMI reissue is a pretty classy affair with a great job having been done of the remastering. There are a load of bonus tracks that, to be honest did little for me and are very rarely listened to. It's an interesting album for completists, or those interested in hippie music, but for fans of the hard rock Deep Purple sound that would emerge a couple of albums later with `In Rock' I would say it's probably not for you.
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