12 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Deep Purple of 1968 sat between the extremes of psychedelia, proto-hard rock, and prog. While “Listen, Learn, Read On” and the sober sonic explorations “Shield” and “Anthem” push the band into hard psych, “Wring That Neck” is a kaleidoscopic blues jam—a battle between guitar and organ—and “Kentucky Woman” is a freakbeat soul groove. Their extended cover of “River Deep, Mountain High” has the monolithic weight of prog but never loses the giddy funk of the original.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Deep Purple of 1968 sat between the extremes of psychedelia, proto-hard rock, and prog. While “Listen, Learn, Read On” and the sober sonic explorations “Shield” and “Anthem” push the band into hard psych, “Wring That Neck” is a kaleidoscopic blues jam—a battle between guitar and organ—and “Kentucky Woman” is a freakbeat soul groove. Their extended cover of “River Deep, Mountain High” has the monolithic weight of prog but never loses the giddy funk of the original.

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