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5.0 out of 5 stars Purple is Single again!
This album is essentially a 2CD expansion of the recently deleted Singles A's and B's album which was issued back in 1993 (itself a CD expansion on the 1978 vinyl album). The range of Purple's material on show here is quite dynamic ranging from the 60's psych of Hush and Emmaretta, the hard rock of Black Night and Fireball through to the blues/funk leanings of Might Just...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Completists only
Nothing new here whatsoever except for some particularly crummy edits - Lazy REALLY stands out. The music remains brilliant, even the last gasp songs, but if you bought the A's and B's CD, hang on to it. It does the job well enough. Save your money.
Published on 3 May 2010 by David West


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5.0 out of 5 stars Purple is Single again!, 8 April 2010
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This review is from: Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80 (Audio CD)
This album is essentially a 2CD expansion of the recently deleted Singles A's and B's album which was issued back in 1993 (itself a CD expansion on the 1978 vinyl album). The range of Purple's material on show here is quite dynamic ranging from the 60's psych of Hush and Emmaretta, the hard rock of Black Night and Fireball through to the blues/funk leanings of Might Just Take Your Life and Gettin' Tighter.

Be aware though that this is a compilation of their singles so some of the tracks are edited, not the full album tracks in places. For that I recommend seeking out a compilation such as the 1991 2CD Anthology or the 1998 2CD 30:Best Of, the latter of which covers the 80's and 90's reunion albums. Better still seek out the relevant studio albums. For example Smoke On The Water has the guitar solo chopped out, Lazy misses a large chunk of the intro etc. This is how they appeared on the vinyl singles. Not in every case though, in many instances the full tracks were used if they could fit on a 7" single back in the day.

For us Purple diehards its good to get the later EP's and some of the more obscure single edits on CD for the first time. The 1993 CD was only a single disc and stayed true to 99% of the UK singles [No room for Wring That Neck! :-( ]. Although this edition has been expanded to 2 discs there are a few single edits that don't appear. Flight Of The Rat (New Zealand A-side) and Super Trouper (German/Swedish A-side) spring to mind, i'm sure there are other edits too. There's loads of other tracks that appeared as singles all over the world - Highway Star (Jap/US), Lady Double Dealer (Jap/US), Anyone's Daughter (Jap/US b-side), Hey Joe (French b-side), Love Help Me (Swedish b-side) etc etc, but these tracks are readily available on the studio albums - they had to draw a line somewhere i suppose.

The booklet is really good with visuals of some of the foreign sleeves, although I think the 1993 booklet was a little more expansive and included a discography too.

All in all its excellent value for the money though and the sound quality is top notch. Purple fans will have the stuff already but the collectors will enjoy the obscure single cuts on CD. I recommend it to new fans on the premise that its a window into the world of Purple - and there's loads more to discover inside!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great value,some rarities though with some sever edits, 7 Jan 2013
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An alternative 'Burn' edit which fades out here is interesting,which is different to the other 'Burn' edit already on the market.
'Lazy'is a tad sever..some light trimming of Mr Lords intro would have been welcome.Ditto the 'Made In Europe' 'Mistreated' where perhaps the removal of the Interpolating bit should have been the way to do it..instead chunks of RB's guitar are removed & I really felt their loss.
Nice to have 'Grabsplatter' by MK2 & their take on 'Bird Have Flown'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to be a deep purple nut!, 19 Dec 2011
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It is quite simple, if you have loved and love Deep purple from the early days then this is a must, if your more into the older Deep Purple steer clear! This is a true anthology of what was great about Deep Purple with classics like April, The Preacher, Hush etc... There are many old quality Deep Purple classics on this album. Should suit the majority of early Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix afficionados.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Deep Purple Collection, 6 Aug 2011
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Even if youre a DP nut like me there are some rare gems on here, packaging and sleeve notes very informative, and much cheaper than the one I seen when filing through the racks at my local HMV.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Completists only, 3 May 2010
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Nothing new here whatsoever except for some particularly crummy edits - Lazy REALLY stands out. The music remains brilliant, even the last gasp songs, but if you bought the A's and B's CD, hang on to it. It does the job well enough. Save your money.
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