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Deep Purple Mk 2 had already made a huge impression with In Rock and Fireball by 1972 when they went off to Switzerland to record a follow up. Fortuitously for them an infamous Frank Zappa concert and the destruction of the recording studio provided the inspiration that led to one of THE most famous rock riffs of all time, Smoke On The Water. The track forms the centrepiece of this, the third in their trilogy of Rock album masterpieces that would seal their reputation and legend status.

It's a strong track and worth the price of the album in its own right, but the rest of the material is very strong and no mere filler. It's still all over the top frenetic rock, with all the usual Gillan howls, Lord organ fireworks and Blackmore guitar heroics, held together by the impeccable rhythm section of Paice and Glover. It's track after track of classic classic rock.

The 25 anniversary edition is a decent affair. It's two discs, disc one is a set of remixes of the original album, including when a blind man cries, a contemporary B side. Disc 2 contains a series of remasters of the original album and a couple of quadraphonic mixes. I'll be honest I am not enough of an audiophile to be able to tell the difference, and usually just play disc 1. The sound is pretty good and clear throughout though. There is also an extensive and informative booklet.
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on 13 April 2017
Probably the best LP of Deep Purple, we love it some much. I have the CD as well but like the vinyl more.
The vinyl sounds perfect. Mixing is very good, you don't hear that loud madness as in nowadays cds.
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on 26 April 2017
Another almost forgotten gem from my days of vinyl - 45 years ago!!!!!!!
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on 26 July 2017
A great deep purple cd.
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on 8 August 2017
What can still be said about this album. The sound is great and just listen to Ian Paice all the way through.
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on 1 September 2016
Good album
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on 15 June 2016
great
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on 19 July 2017
All good and as described,no problems.
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on 23 July 2017
Much better remastered,but still one of the best albums ever...
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on 20 April 2017
Classic tracks classic album. Nuff said.
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