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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DP albums, 30 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: Deep Purple (Audio CD)
This is the third and last album made by the first lineup of DP rather than the better-known Mk2. The first two were somewhat uneven and contained several cover songs per album (not all of which can be considered successes), but the band's performance starts to come together in this one (great guitar and keyboard work by Blackmore and Lord) and most of the material is written by DP.
The style is quite different from their later albums - it's not exclusively hard rock. I consider this a good thing as its variety makes it quite interesting, but people used to the heavier sound of, say, "In Rock" may be slightly disappointed at first.
The only slight let-down for me is the cover song "Lalena" which seems a bit out-of-place; and it must be said that not all of the bonus tracks are entirely up to the standards of the "main" album (both in sound quality and song material) - but that's to be expected. Still, the extra live version of "The Painter" is excellent (as is the studio version).
For me, this is up there with "Fireball" and "Machine Head" as one of my favourite DP albums. Definitely worth checking out.
The CD is accompanied by a very nice booklet.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2012 11:32:30 GMT
"Lalena" is the second best song on this 5 star underrated album.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 05:51:50 GMT
E. J. Ryan says:
For all the reasons you already mention, I have always regarded this as the best of all DP recordings, though I like Mk II better.
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