The transition of Deep Purple from a cult UK band that had chart success stateside, to the rock giants we all know is captured in these fascinating session recordings. Although the rarity of some of the sessions means the sound quality is often less than perfect, it is the stunning performances, many live-in studio, which shine through. In this double-disc edition, the first disc contains sessions from the original Deep Purple line-up while the second disc features sessions recorded by the Mark II line-up.
"The story of Deep Purple's transformation from psychedelic rock popsters to a heavy rock band gets better with every telling. And this two-CD set is the perfect soundtrack to the saga, not just because the speedy nature of the BBC sessions generally sorted the musicians from the wannabes, but because these Purple sessions are a fascinating insight into the band's development at a crucial time." -- Classic Rock - October 2011 - 7/10