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Deep Purple
"Shades Of Deep Purple"

© EMI/Parlophone

December 10 - 16, 2017

Year of Release: 1968
  • And The Address
  • Hush
  • One More Rainy Day
  • Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad
  • Mandrake Root
  • Help
  • Love Help Me
  • Hey Joe

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    THe distinctive sound, of Ritchie Blackmore's guitar, and Jon Lord's organ. Deep Purple started it all in 1968, with their debut, Shades Of Deep Purple. The band finally were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2016. The original lineup in the beginning, was Rod Evans (singer), Jon Lord (organ), Nic Simper (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Paice (drums). Not only were the band famous for vocals (which have been provided by different singers throughout their history); they were also famous for their instrumentation, and, for their instrumental tracks.

    Their debut begins with the instrumental "And The Address." You can hear just a little of the album's biggest hit in this track, "Hush." "Hush" is truly one of their finest moments. Until, of course, their signature song, "Smoke on The Water" would surface later, as a result of the disastrous concert they did with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Another note to add on "HUsh" -- the song was written by Joe South, who would be more of a songwriter, as he was as a recording artist. "Games People Play" would be South's most popular hit as a vocalist.

    "One More Rainy Day" Sound effects of the rain, (and the beginning "And The Address" could be used as sound effects as well). "Rainy Day" definitely has the late 1960s British sound, and can be compared to the early Pink Floyd, with Syd Barrett, musical style. Another comparison can relate to the early Moody Blues. "Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad" experiments into the Psychedelic '60s, and is another instrumental. ("Prelude: Happiness") The "I'm So Glad" has been covered by many 1960s Rock bands (preferably English bands), such as Cream, and the Yardbirds. "Mandrake Root" is another hard rock gem instrumental.

    Livingtone's vocals starts out the album's track, "Another Brilliant Day." And it is a brilliant and good tune to start the album. The music on the next track, "Popskull" is musically gifted. Harrington's voice is distinctive, and brings out the style of Americana vocalization. "Sliding Scale" is incredibly good, and better with the great acoustic guitar.

    Pink Floyd's "Cymbaline" sounds more Americana, rather than Pink Floyd's distinctive sound and style. "Cymbaline" was originally from Pink Floyd's Gear Sessions, and the movie soundtrack of More. (Not a well-known Pink Floyd song; as it was from the early years, before their success with Dark Side Of The Moon and beyond. Crosby, Still Nash and/or Young gets a slight resemblence here, rather than that of Pink Floyd.

    The Beatles' "Help" gets its psychedelic purple touch. Much much different than the fab four's version, obviously. (Just as another band, Vanilla Fudge, developing their own psychedelic touches to Beatle songs.) "Love Help Me" -- another hard rock Britsh experience. "Hey Joe" originally by the Seeds, and the best remembered version by Jimi Hendrix -- Deep Purple puts it own touch on it, instrumentally, and at the end, it sounds more like Hendrix's version.

    Shades Of Deep Purple is an experiment, an experience ... As the liner notes state: "A vast purple sea of sound." Yes, it's definitely a unique sound. Guitars and organ. This is what made Deep Purple famous. Most of the songs on this album are instrumentals. Yet, their touches on other songs gives this band a much more added style, to their uniqueness and own style. Deep Purple is still on tour, although keyboardist Jon Lord passed away in in 2012. Ritchie Blackmore has had his disputes with the band throughout their career, and, the band has had numerous lead singers. Rod Evans was the original singer, and Whitesnake's David Coverdale had provided his vocals for the band. Other lead vocalists were Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, and Joe Lynn Turner.

    Deep Purple finally got the ok for the Rock Hall of Fame, and it was largely overdue. Their signtature song "Smoke On The Water" included a well-known guitar riff that pracically every future guitar play would want to learn. Although they had many other great songs -- to name a few, their version of Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman" and its B-side instrumental "Hard Road" has always stood out in my memory, having the 45 when I was much younger.

    Deep Purple still continues to make music today, although their trademark guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is not currently in the band's lineup. He had formed another well-known band, Rainbow. Currently, he has been recording with his wife, Candice Night, in the band Blackmore's Night. Their musical style has blended Rock and Classical Music.

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