Shades of Deep Purple – July 1968
The Book of Taliesyn – October 1968
After the historic psychedelic paths that were blazed in 1967, bands took their experimental music into adventurous new genres in 1968. What was experimental then, was now a science, a science to be explored, to be taken seriously.
Deep Purple MK II get the majority of love from the Hard Rock fans – however, the innovative original MKI Deep Purple band with Rod Evans lead vocals, Ritchie Blackmore guitar, Jon Lord organ and backing vocals, Nick Simper bass and backing vocals, and Ian Paice drums, created two dynamic jam-packed solid, unique albums – highly recommended by 00individual.
Deep Purple were initially referred to as the English Vanilla Fudge but were far from it, not to put either band over the other but to clarify correctly their only two similarities; they both covered Beatles and R ‘n’ B songs and both were leaders and explorers of the extended dramatic anthemic precursor to Progressive Rock – which would magnificently explode in the very early-to-mid ’70s.
Had the Hippies, Rockers and Counter-Culture already experienced Hendrix? Dug Dylan? Spaced-out with Pink Floyd? Rocked with The Dead? Yes to all, but there was a magical blend with Deep Purple’s first two albums that was really enticing – the tracks were not only good, they were exceptional. Deep Purple were striving for something more, something grand.
The attempt on these two albums was not lost on 00individual; the drama and deep commitment to a new sound was refreshing. One only has to listen to the opening of the standout track “Hush” or the use of Also Spach Zarathustra as the introduction to River Deep, Mountain High to feel the striking presence and creativity of the original Deep Purple.
Shades of Deep Purple
1. “And the Address” (instrumental) Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord 4:38
2. “Hush” Joe South 4:24,
3. “One More Rainy Day” Lord, Rod Evans 3:40
4. “Prelude: Happiness/I’m So Glad” Blackmore, Evans, Lord, Paice, Simper / Skip James 7:19
1. “Mandrake Root” Blackmore, Lord, Evans 6:09,
2. “Help!” John Lennon, Paul McCartney 6:01,
3. “Love Help Me” Blackmore, Evans 3:49,
4. “Hey Joe” Billy Roberts 7:33.
Released three months after “Shades . . .”
The Book of Taliesyn
1. “Listen, Learn, Read On” Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ian Paice 4:05,
2. “Wring That Neck” (instrumental, titled “Hard Road” in the US – more appropriately known to Rockers as “The Woody Woodpecker Song”) Blackmore, Nick Simper, Lord, Paice 5:13
3. “Kentucky Woman” (Neil Diamond cover) Neil Diamond 4:44,
4. “(a) Exposition””(b) We Can Work It Out” (The Beatles cover) Blackmore, Simper, Lord, Paice,
John Lennon, Paul McCartney 7:06
1. “Shield” Blackmore, Evans, Lord 6:06,
2. “Anthem” Lord, Evans 6:31
3. “River Deep, Mountain High” (Ike & Tina Turner cover) Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector 10:12
There is even more appreciation than previously acknowledged by 00individual when listening to these two albums in 2016, with a 1968 ear.
These were very well composed productions of long, spacey, mystical at times, full-on rockin’ tracks – this was actually some sophisticated Rock for ’68.
Strange how a group on the cutting edge of a Progressive genre switched gears and through a unified group mind shift (with Gillian and Glover) propelled yet another genre with their 1970 “breakthru” Hard Rock nearly-Metal album In Rock.
Deep Purple – MK I: Evans, Lord, Blackmore, Simper, Paice
00individual witnessed Rock History:
Deep Purple – Mark II:
DEEP PURPLE LIVE – MACHINE HEAD TOUR
4-13-1973 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (Capacity: 10,000)
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