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4.0 out of 5 stars
long overdue for a re appraisal, 14 April 2003
This is a great recording, and only now beginning to be recognised as an 'almost' classic of the late 60's.
Let's face it, this is pretty heavy for '68 and its success in the U.S at the time bears this out. UK audiences wer'nt really ready for it. Richie obviously sees the way ahead in terms of the Hendrix style of guitar (remember Hendrix only came to the fore 18 months previous) and even for that alone it helped spearhead the idea of rock and progressive music.
The difficulty mark 1 Purple has always had is that so often their work has been reviewed by die hard heavy rockers that got into them thru that channel. I ask you to listen to it without genre limitations and what you'll find is a great piece of British late 60's art rock, that nods to the greats of the time, has great all round musicianship, and you still have to admire it's grooviness 30 plus years on.
The remastering is also of fantastic quality, while the mini booklet gives a great insight into the early exploits of the band.