13 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 1968 debut by Deep Purple is the sound of a band poking a hornet’s nest of ideas with a stick. The organ-and-guitar heaviness of their metal years is here, as are the classical twiddles (“Prelude: Happiness / I’m So Glad”), but they're played with freakbeat grooviness (“Hush,” “Mandrake Root”) and occasionally hidden behind beat-group pop harmonies (“One More Rainy Day,” “Love Help Me”). Their version of “Help” slowly burns through the song’s anguish, while “Hey Joe” becomes a showdown at the O.K. Corral.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 1968 debut by Deep Purple is the sound of a band poking a hornet’s nest of ideas with a stick. The organ-and-guitar heaviness of their metal years is here, as are the classical twiddles (“Prelude: Happiness / I’m So Glad”), but they're played with freakbeat grooviness (“Hush,” “Mandrake Root”) and occasionally hidden behind beat-group pop harmonies (“One More Rainy Day,” “Love Help Me”). Their version of “Help” slowly burns through the song’s anguish, while “Hey Joe” becomes a showdown at the O.K. Corral.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Klubman ,

Shades

This is one of Deep Purple's great offerings to the rock era. The sound they made was slightly ahead of the times on top of the familar progressions. Any real Deep Purple fan must have this album.

musicvarious ,

Shades Of Deep Purple

A magnificent album, which gets off to a driving start with the instrumental "And The Address" (which was used in an abbreviated version on a Halloween show for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"), followed by "Hush" and capped off by a killer version of "Hey Joe". The bonus tracks are great too, including the first one, "Shadows" which was left off the original album. Definitely one of Deep Purple's most overlooked albums, a great debut, and a must have.

Lord Metal ,

EPIC!

every song on this album is a must have
ritchie blackmore shows off his early talent and this is one of the greatest rock debut albums of all time

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