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.