A bit of a shame really as all three cover songs drag the album down IMO. The cover of The Beatles track "Help" is especially awful. It borders blasphemy IMO. A great track that one. Other than that the music is greatly influenced by hard rock artists like Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Ritchie Blackmore shines a couple of times too.
His trademark guitar sound is already in the making. There are not many memorable riffs though maybe except for the Hendrix like main riff in "Mandrake Root". The production is raw and I imagine that the album was recorded within a short time frame. An album full of original tunes would have earned them a 3 star rating but with the cover tracks I can only give the album a 2. Ian Paice is behind the drums, and from the beginning proves to be the absolute perfect drummer for this group.
Why is that, you may ask? It is because he has the technical skills and creativity to keep up with the rest of the group and follow the non-trivial rhythms that come with Blackmore and Lord solos, but also has the restraint to keep his drumming as the support of the band and to not attempt to dominate the sound except, of course, for the occasional drum solo, sigh. In other words, none of this nonstop "Me Bonzo! Me see drum! Bonzo smash! But I digress.
Rounding out the group are bassist Nick Simper, who is ok but largely indistinguishable, and Rod Evans, the lead singer, who sure does a good croon when the songs finally come around to vocal parts.
So what do all these parts add up to? They add up, in my opinion, to a band that's both quite impressive and quite average all at once. On the positive side, this band can play just fine - not only do the band members have solid technical skills, they sound and seem confident in their abilities to pull off their styles, not too creative amalgamations of other sources they may sometimes be, with a good understanding of what the hell it is they're doing, as well as with a nice amount of flair.
On the minus side, both the originals and covers often feel a bit too much like exercises in style and technique; the originals sound like the band thought that having a song in a "poppy style" or "rock style" is enough, and the covers sound like the band just wanted to show off the cool things they could do with other people's tracks.
This isn't to say the covers are necessarily bad exercises, of course - their cover of "Hush" by some guy named Joe South is freaking great, a nice upbeat pop song turned into a cross between a nice upbeat pop song and a trippy-as-hell anthem with all sorts of cool keyboard sounds and guitar wails and all those other things that make Purple Purple. Their cover of Cream's "I'm So Glad" is also quite enjoyable, even though it requires sitting through a lengthy Lord-driven introduction, which isn't awful but doesn't hold my attention long beyond a minute or so.
The song itself kinda rules, though, if only because it's so faithful to the feel and vibe of the original, even though it doesn't sound like a carbon copy at all. The other two covers are a little worse, though. It's not bad, but six minutes is a bit much for such a thing, in my opinion. Except for the parts that work off the themes of the introduction, of course. In other words, it takes to get through freakin' "Hey Joe. Fortunately, the riff is ok, and the solos are as entertaining as anything else on the record, so while this "song" is a bit too self-indulgent wanky, it's at least a decently done self-indulgent wanky.
And hey, the surf-rocker "Love Help Me" has some more great guitar wailing to go with the standard surf elements. On the other hand, "One More Rainy Day" is too sappy and flacid for my tastes, especially in the vocal parts, and definitely shows that the band didn't really know what it was doing in "conventional" songwriting.
Not yet, anyway. For all the ripoffs and unrestrained soloing, there's nevertheless a great deal of enthusiasm coming out of this album, and competent enthusiasm at that, that's quite infectious to yours truly. They kinda remind me, at this point, of the very first incarnation of Yes that would come into being a year later, albeit with their songwriting skills a little less developed, and that can't help but make me smile.
At least a bit. Don't go running out to get this, but if you've filled up on Mk. II and want more Purple, this is a good place to turn. Setting aside the fact that this is an album without the band's best singer Ian Gillian, 'Shades Of Deep Purple' is often overlooked for the fact that it is composed greatly of cover songs rather than original material, although there are still a few songs here that the band wrote themselves.
Taken for what it is, this debut is actually quite good, and really sets the stage for more successful music in the future. Surprisingly enough, the cover songs are the real draw to this album, but as the inventive rockers that they are, the covers are really made their own, taking 'Shades' from the forgettable album that many deem it to be, to a fairly interesting place in rock history. While the bluesy 'Mandrake Root' will attract the most attention from Deep Purple fans due to the fact that it has met a great deal of performances in live settingsI find myself most attracted to the covers that the band has done here.
The cover of the Beatles song 'Help! While the original track was fairly upbeat and catchy, Deep Purple turns the song into a drawn out psychedelic experience. This is very refreshing to hear, especially from an album that is almost half a century old by this point.
The band was certainly heavier than most at the time, but they still have ample loads of British pop in their sound, especially when it comes to the vocals.
Although not as good as Gillian, Rod Evans does a good job of fronting the band. There is nothing particularly excellent here and Deep Purple would certainly go on to much better things, but this should be an interesting experience for anyone wanting a nice piece of hard rock from the late 60's.
Of the tracks, most are tentative although again their virtuosity was already showing, as the instrumental opener And The Address clearly makes this statement. Hush is a classic and is a nice rock tune, very well connected with the time and still standing well after all these years.
Some arrangements are a bit too pompous and a bit pointless, like in their cover of the Beatles Help. Still, their energy and talent are visible and as a first efford, quite strong. Deep Purple would easily surpass this CD in a very short time - Book Of Talesyn, incredibly recorded just a few months after this is a great leap forward - but I found it quite interesting and more than just a curio for fans and collectors. They were always special. Rating: between 2.
This album was recorded with a low budget, and this can be listened in it, really. It was recorded in a three day period in May The recording is not very good, and it sounds like it was mostly recorded live in the studio, with very few overdubs. There are some sound effects used between each song which were used as "links". They gave to this album a psychedelic sound.
Pop Rock can be listened in "Hush", "One more rainy day" and "Help". Drummer Ian Paice and keyboard player Jon Lord both shine in playing their instruments. There are some backing vocals by Lord and Simper which sound more oriented to Pop Rock too.
Maybe both sound a bit dated now, but still are enjoyable. This album starts off with the groovy instrumental "And This Address" which gives me flashes of partying with Austin Powers in somewhere 60s London which also has slight references to the following track and single "Hush. It's not really as bad as i've always made it out to be.
I have to admit that i've had a change of heart on this debut album. I used to despise early DEEP PURPLE but as i've grown more fond of 60s heavy psych and the sound that surrounds it, i have gained an appreciation for album number one of one of hard rock's most famous offerings.
While there are still many things i dislike about this one in comparison to later releases, there is still a lot to like here. This is 60s psychedelic rock through and through and on this one Jon Lord is the star with his classically infused keyboard runs and i can only admit that this music is played extraordinarily well and quite sophisticated for this era in rock history.
The musicians gel together beautifully. Nick Simper's bass playing is surely a major factor as he displays a passionate energy that seemingly holds the whole thing together. Surprisingly Blackmore's guitar contributions are quite subdued. The reasons this album fails to blow me away are manyfold.
Firstly, i'm not a huge fan of Rod Evans vocals. Although he gets the job done in tune and all he still fails to be a charismatic lead vocalist and is no Jim Morrison or, you guessed it - Ian Gillan.
Secondly, i'm not a huge fan of cover songs unless the band can take the bull by the horns and lead it to strawberry fields forever. Album) i admire their attempt on this one to conquer huge hits by The Beatles "Help" and Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe" and i quite love the instrumental embellishments, i simply feel these tracks derail the momentum of the album as a whole.
Thirdly, while the musical equation of the album is fairly well done, the lyrical contributions have some serious lameness at times. Perfect example is the instrumentally competent "Prelude: " which delivers "Happiness" in the beginning but once it gets to "I'm So Glad" and repeats that phrase ad infinitum, it makes me want to gag myself with a pitchfork and orally excrete my stomacal contents.
In the end this is too much of a mixed bag and the bad makes me enjoy the good less than others seem to. For all the positive elements on this debut release, i'd rather just fast forward to the Mark II phase and be issue free. Early on, Album), Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore were recruited to be in this new band.
It was soon found that Curtis was going to be too authoritative, and was asked to leave the band, however, Lord and Blackmore enjoyed working together so they continued to recruit members. Nick Simper was soon recruited as bass player.
Ian Gillian was also asked to joint, but declined. Rod Stewart was considered but was felt that he wasn't up to standard. However, Rod Evans did make the cut and left his club band 'The Maze' and brought along Ian Paice as drummer who replaced the original choice.
The band didn't change their name until after some demos were recorded. Just before their first gig, Blackmore suggested naming the band after his grandmothers favorite song, and the name 'Deep Purple' stuck. The five original members later known as the Mk. The album has 4 original tracks and 4 covers.
The decision to do so many covers was because none of them at the time were accomplished song writers and to also try to follow in the footsteps of 'Vanilla Fudge' in making extra long versions of famous covers. It starts things off with an instrumental, opening with what would become the familiar psychedelic organ and guitar power chord sound. The sound is a bit rough and unpolished compared to what it would in later years.
The song has the blues-y sound of Cream, but sounded more like beginners at the time. This is followed by the first cover on the album 'Hush', which would also be the first single. Those unfamiliar with Deep Purple's earlier sound will notice the mostly unremarkable voice of Ron Evans, not that he was bad, he just didn't stand out much.
The killer organ sound would stand out, however, and would be the thing that would push the band's signature sound even more in subsequent albums. The single would turn out to be a hit for the band and it got their name out to the UK public. This one was written by Lord and Evans and was the last track to be recorded for the album. It sounds more like an accessible song, very pop-oriented and also underwhelming. The first half, which is credited to the entire band, actually uses parts from the classical composition 'Scheherezade' by Rimsky-Korsakov before moving into a poppy version of James' delta blues song, which was also covered by 'Cream'.
It does have a few extended instrumental sections, but they sound like a beginner band. The 2nd side opens with an original track called 'Mandrake Root' which was originally an instrumental. Lyrics were added at the last minute because the band didn't want more than one instrumental on the album. The song has a more blues inspired sound more like the first track on the album. Incidentally, both tracks were recorded at the same time. The instrumental break features fast and furious drums and a boiling organ solo with a heavy and psychedelic guitar solo following later.
The cover of The Beatles 'Help! This is a much slower version than the original and given the psychedelic treatment very similar to that of 'Vanilla Fudge'. This was apparently the track that landed Deep Purple a recording contract. It is actually a beautiful rendition of the song, but it also leans more towards a pop sound with instrumental break becoming a bit more intense.
The final track on the original version was another cover, this time of 'Hey Joe', which had been made famous by Jimi Hendrix. Deep Purple's version starts it off with a 'Bolero' style, long introduction before it kind of clumsily slips into the familiar song. It's a decent enough version at least for a new band, but with the attempt to bring in the Spanish feel ends up making it sound a bit choppy and messy.
The Remastered CD edition of the album includes an outtake, an original song called 'Shadows' which was left Love Help Me (Instrumental Vsn.) - Deep Purple - Shades Of Deep Purple (CD the album.
It sounds more like on of their more accessible tracks, a bit too poppy and one that was definitely better left off the album. There is an instrumental version of 'Love Help Me' which is still just as underwhelming as the album version. Then there is an alternate take of 'Help! The last bonus track is a live US TV performance of 'Hush' So, this ends up being a not very consistent album for a band that would soon enough establish themselves as one of the best hard rock bands eventually.
But this album pretty much remains entertaining mostly for the historical value than anything else. The fact that the album had to be recorded so quickly makes it feel like a rush job. After this album, the band would move to a more jam and experimental band, focusing more on the psychedelic sound that would carry them through their first years.
As far as this album, it is fairly underwhelming and definitely has very little to offer as far as progressive music is concerned, but it still ends up being a decent hard rock effort by what was then a fledgling band who never though they would be around as long as they now have been.
Meaning, of course, I knew 'Highway Star', 'Smoke on the Water', 'Burn', and all the other classics that are featured on countless compilations that all Their debut comes with tributes to their "teachers" and a huge hit; which is a tribute! Let's see the first ever DP attempt track-by-track: And The Address: Prog meets Brit Pop in this instrumental, which could actually be a long intro for Hush, since it's riff is kinda related.
Hush B. Shades of Deep Purple is a perfect example of the musical ferment of the late '60s, the rise of mergers and their psychedelic rock with blues rock that will generate both hard rock and heavy metal itself as progressive rock. Using dis I'm not very knowledgeable of the band and just because of that I decided to listen to their first album.
What I found? Did not like remakes as "Help" and "Hey Joe". A not very progressive first effort from Deep Purple fails to float my boat. It is also true that this album is not distant from Prog but remain a good Hard Rock albu A Deep Purple line up which did not set the world on fire.
The remnants of Mark I ok, only the vocalist later ended up as Captain Beyond who released three albums with similar sounding music. This album contains of some cover v Nice debut album by Deep Purple, Album) not comparable with the rest of ther career. In this album and in the next two albums we are in the period of Deep Purple Mark 1. The sound is very classical - keyboard oriented, and that means the leadership of Jon Lord in the band's musical tastes.
The track A time of bell-bottoms, drug-cultur Certainly not the best album in the back catalogue of DP, but it has its charms. It is also interesting to watch - or hear - five individuals, who did not know each other that quite well at the time of recording, to try to become a band and invent some music and to imprint their own style on the Not listened to this before today.
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Deep Purple, also referred to as Deep Purple III, is the third studio album by the English rock band Deep Purple, released in June on Tetragrammaton Records in the United States and only in September on Harvest Records in the United Kingdom. Its release was preceded by the single "Emmaretta" and by a long tour in the UK, whose dates were interspersed between the album. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Shades Of Deep Purple on Discogs. Label: EMI - 7,Gala Records (5) - 7 • Format: CD Reissue, Remastered, Stereo • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock4/5(4). Shades Of Deep Purple: Tracklist (Vinyl) A1: And The Address: A2: Hush: A3: One More Rainy Day: A4(a) Prelude: Happiness: A4(b) I'm So Glad: B1: Mandrake Root: B2: Help: See more tracks * Items below may differ depending on the release. Deep Purple . rows · Deep Purple is an English hard rock band that formed in Hertfordshire in . Shades – is a 4 CD-Box-Set by the British hard rock band Deep balnalatelesupprosivadisbere.coinfo was released on 16 March It spans their career from to This box set contains rare edits and singles which are remastered along with album versions of their biggest hits. Feb 20, · This is the first track from Deep Purple's debut album, Shades of Deep Purple (). This track is an instrumental. Lineup (Mk I) - Rod Evans: lead vocals, Ritchie Blackmore: guitar, Nick Simper. Pirate version on Deep Purple's debut album with bonus tracks. There are lyrics to tracks 1 to 8 & 10 in the 16 pages booklet. Otherwise it's copied from the remaster.5/5(1). Early Deep Purple albums lack the screamy vocal brilliance of Ian Gillan or the the sultry sexual charm of David Coverdale and for these reasons the early LPs are often overlooked and unreviewed! So to re-dress the balance, "Shades of Deep Purple" is a good album that is well worth listening to. By a reviewer (Somewhere in England.). Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple,album, review, tracklist, mp3, lyrics. Mar 16, · They stayed the loud-and-hard course, as evidenced by this lavish four-CD box. A photo-rich booklet accompanies a host of early cover singles ("Kentucky Woman" and "River Deep-Mountain High" among them), a couple of demos ("Shadows," "Love Help Me"), and some belated s and '90s cash-ins on the band's popularity in Japan/5(33).
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