13 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the act of becoming heavy overlords, Deep Purple recorded an album of sterling late-’60s progressive rock, growing out of the funky interplay between Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar and Jon Lord’s organ. “The Painter” puts their sonic quarreling to a groovy freakbeat, while “Chasing Shadows” is all tribal drums and Latin percussion. “Lalena” is a prototype for later hit “Child in Time,” and “Bird Has Flown” and the three-part epic “April” explore musical textures from hymns to madrigals to cowboy movies, while retaining a bullet-hard backbeat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the act of becoming heavy overlords, Deep Purple recorded an album of sterling late-’60s progressive rock, growing out of the funky interplay between Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar and Jon Lord’s organ. “The Painter” puts their sonic quarreling to a groovy freakbeat, while “Chasing Shadows” is all tribal drums and Latin percussion. “Lalena” is a prototype for later hit “Child in Time,” and “Bird Has Flown” and the three-part epic “April” explore musical textures from hymns to madrigals to cowboy movies, while retaining a bullet-hard backbeat.

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