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Definately Not Smoke on the Water
, 21 April 2006
This review is from: The Book Of Taliesyn (Audio CD)
And for me that's a very good thing. I'll be honest, heavy rock isn't my thing, so I do feel a little bit strange doing a Deep Purple review. The thing is, if you didn't know 'The Book of Teliesyn' was by DP there's little chance you'd guess. It's one of those wonderful albums that lies right on the cusp between psychedelic and progressive rock. Opening with the echo-drenched 'Listen Learn Read On' with it's eastern-style guitar riff and cosmic lyrics, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're listening to an Electric Prunes album, or perhaps early Pink Floyd. 'Wring That Neck' and 'Kentucky Woman' quickly take you into more bluesy territory, but the overall impression is still of some pretty weird, most likely US West Coast psychedelic. Indeed, DP were a lot more popular in the States at this point in their career. The second half of the album is pure prog rock, along the lines of The Nice or ELP, but better, I think. Quite a claim, I hear you say. Well, check it out. With flashes of classical influence and some demon organ playing, this stuff really rocks out. The appropriately titled 'Anthem' and 'Shield' are the real Prog opuses here, but there's also two very interesting covers: Ike and Turner's 'River Deep Mountain High' and the Beatles' 'We Can Work it Out'. Both are played in a very different style from the original, and surprisingly they work. I love this album and, having only just acquired it, will be blasting it out to the neighbourhood on a daily basis. Awesome stuff!
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