Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80 Double CD
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Singles and E.P. Anthology '68 – '80 is the most comprehensive collection yet of the band's singles and E.P.s, including a variety of rarities such as non-album singles, B sides, alternate takes, live versions, plus a selection of a's and b's released in other countries, including the US, Japan and Germany.
Spanning all of the different Deep Purple line-ups, this collection begins with 1968's "Hush"/"One More Rainy Day", which was a huge US debut hit, and continues chronologically to the band's final British single "You Keep On Moving" / "Love Child" (both off their last studio album, 1975's Come Taste The Band), which was issued in the UK in March '76. Included in the collection are many versions of tracks that have never before appeared on CD, and are included on that format here for the first time.
Following the split there was still enormous interest in Deep Purple's catalogue, which was kept alive through a number of reissues and archive releases from EMI. The first of these in the UK was a 7" Maxi Single (April '77), which included the live version of "Child In Time" from Made In Japan. So successful was this that a second EP was issued later the same year, titled New Live & Rare. This had the previously unreleased studio out-take "Painted Horse", from the Who Do We Think We Are sessions. This concept was reprised a year later on Volume 2, an EP which included an edited version of "Mistreated" from the Made In Europe live LP. The final EP in this series, Volume 3 (Oct 1980), included rarities: three previously unreleased tracks, including "The Bird Has Flown", a rare session performance from the Mk 2 line-up for the BBC, plus "Grabsplatter", an out-take from the In Rock album. It was the last 7" release from the 1968 – '76 era in the UK and, except for a set of 12" collectors EPs in 1985, the band's EMI singles story was over.
Singles and E.P. Anthology 1968 – 1980 comes in a 2-CD pack with comprehensive sleevenotes by Deep Purple aficionado Simon Robinson, and rare single sleeves illustrated throughout the booklet.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
'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'.