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The Deep Purple MKI Songbook

Nick Simper & Nasty Habits Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wymer Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...a golden era, revisited... 6 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
When this project was first mooted, I got very excited indeed. After all, I love Deep Purple Mk 1, back in the days when they were a genuinely innovative and experimental outfit, lurking around the edges of progressive rock, before such a thing was even invented.

For sure, they were in thrall to Vanilla Fudge to begin with, but with the sheer artistry of the musicians involved, at a time when they were young and foolish enough to try anything, the results were often breathtaking.

But it's an oft neglected part of the Purple history, and with the current version of the band only featuring one original member of the band, it seems unlikely that they'll ever dust down some of these tunes. So it's been left to original bass player Nick Simper and Austrian band Nasty Habits to root through the dusty archives, in an attempt to bring some long forgotten classics back to life.

And, as this live CD, demonstrates, they're pretty darn good at it. Setting the vocals to one side, some of the music is absolutely outstanding as they rattle through tunes like 'And The Address', 'The Painter', 'Mandrake Root', 'Chasing Shadows' and 'Wring That Neck'. It really does the job of reminding me why I loved this music so much. However, the more vocal led tracks like 'Emmaretta', 'Kentucky Woman' and 'Hush' don't fare so well, only making me yearn for Rod Evans.

Simper himself is in fine fettle and keyboard player Helmet Puschacher is an amazing performer. The first edition(!) is an enhanced CD, limited to 1,000 copies, and comes with live footage and a Nick Simper interview, the latter of which forms the main course . Mind you, it took me 20 minutes to get it working, as the usual media apps didn't recognise it. Thanks then to the VLC media player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK ON NICK!! GREAT STUFF 5 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you love Deep Purple MK1 then this CD is for you. Live reworkings of classic MK1 sounds by Nick Simper and Nasty Habits. Nicks bass playing is right on the money with The Nastys providing a modern twist on the vintage material. Every track is a delight, where else can you hear MK Purple live?, these songs still stand up today and sound fresh as ever, all that's missing is Rod Evans. Well done to all involved, more please.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Purple Spirits 28 Jun 2011
By George Spiggot - Published on
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I was equally apprehensive & intrigued when I first saw this title offered.
Honestly, upon receiving it, I was very impressed. While by no stretch of
the imagination do the soloists rival Jon Lord or Ritchie Blackmore, the
overall band provides energetic and faithful enough workouts of selections
from DP's overlooked/forgotton first 3 recordings. My only real complaint
is that the singer, while able to phrase the vocal OK, reminds me a bit too
much of Liam Gallagher from Oasis. Rod Evans' original deep, rich vocals are
sadly missed here. Other than that, the jams are most welcome. These are some
great songs. In addition to the monster hits "Kentucky Woman" & "Hush", there
are some really great deep cuts performed (i.e. "Chasing Shadows", "Painter"
& "The Bird Has Flown").

It would be nice if the current incarnation of DP would occasionally pull out
a couple songs from this era to perform live (maybe as an encore). I know from
time to time, "Hush" is unearthed but usually butchered by Ian Gillan's refusal
to learn the lyrics after 40+ years. The original MKI band made 3 very solid
recordings. They should never be dismissed or forgotten.

Hats off to Nick Simper for keeping these songs alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! 11 Feb 2011
By Robert Klimczak - Published on
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It was great to hear these old songs, especially live. These guys are far from Deep Purple but songs like "The Painter, Chasing Shadows and others came across real well. You just have to accept it for what it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrate music 20 Jan 2012
By Gillan - Published on
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Deep Purple is not only a hard rock band. There was a time, back in 1968/69 in which the influences of Vanilla Fudge were present to form a solid set of songs from psychedelic/prog - rock. "The MK I Songbook" is the attempt to Nick Simper, a founding member of the band, to recreate those songs, with updated and adequate quality. Here goes with the Austrian group "NASTY HABITS". And it really works. Great versions, dignified and respectful of the original, with good performances of the musicians, where stands the ever-solid bass of Nick and a fine work of the keyboardist.We also have "Chasing Shadows" and "Why didn` t Rosemary" never before played live. Perhaps the singer is bogged down in some parts, but compensates by doing well in others. Well, you can not ask all ...
Nice and consistent. We must listen this CD
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