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Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings '1968-69' ~ Deep Purple
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Hard Road takes its name from the alternate title of the track Wring That Neck. For some reason in the US, the track was originally issued as the former. Perhaps an apt title for a Mk1 box set as Purple were really just coming to grips with forming their sound/style that would eventually crystalize on the In Rock album in 1970.

So what does this box set include? Five discs covering their first three studio albums, including Shades of Deep Purple and Book Of Taliesyn in mono as well as stereo (the self titled 3rd album was never released in mono). Each disc is housed in a reproduction mini LP sleeve and the set is accompanied by a 48 page booklet. The whole set is actually very… Read more
Beetroot (Deluxe Cd + Dvd Edition) ~ Cast
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2014 Deluxe CD+DVD la!, 16 Feb 2014
The 4th and final album from Cast's first period. Originally released in 2001, Beetroot doesn't really sound like traditional Cast and doesn't even sound like John's solo albums which are more stripped down. Less of a team effort though, more John and a guy that knows how to work Pro-tools.

If you listen without prejudice its a really good album. To me, its like an acoustic album on steroids, laid back grooves and catchy melodies. The album all but disappeared on release and the band disbanded on the support tour. Like a lot of people, I wasn't even aware that Cast had done a 4th album until it had been and gone. Hindsight allows us to look at albums without any hype (or lack of… Read more
Magic Hour (Deluxe  2Cd + Dvd Edition) ~ Cast
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cast's 3rd album, Magic Hour was originally released in 1999. Despite reaching number 6 in the album charts the album fell away fairly quickly and never sold as well as the previous two. The musical climate was changing and Cast wasn't immune. This is such a shame as I think this is a fantastic album with superb production by Gil Norton. Overall, this album is just a nose in front of Mother Nature Calls for me (John Power shakes his head in disbelief!)

This issue is from Edsel (under licence from Universal) and comes in a robust hardback book style case, very smart and more durable than the standard fidgety Deluxe versions that Universal have recently issued. The full album and… Read more