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I love this album. The songs are structured incredibly well, playing is absolutely top class. I also think this is the best hard rock album for showing off keyboards ever. What strikes you is the work done to craft each and every song here. Just listen in detail to the fills, complex licks, the way the band works together. They say Ritchie was a hard task master, and on the evidence here, when given a top class band there was almost no limit to what he could drive then to achieve together.
Most of the criticism heaped against Slave and Masters is based on spurious comparison with other Deep Purple works. It is not, so they say, a "proper" Deep Purple album. It is quite different to the others, and that is is not a bad thing at all in my view. But do not expect to hear a 1990s version of Machine Head. Listen to this on its own terms.
All the songs here are strong, but Wicked Ways, the last song on the original album is standout. A cool and clever lyric, powerful keyboard riff, and a fantastic break in the middle which blissfully returns with the main riff stronger than ever, does it every time.
This reissue is nice, sound quality is good, notes are interesting, the bonus tracks a bonus but far from essential. It would have been nice to have a bonus CD of a live concert from this line up, material does exist but there has been no official release.