There will almost always be disagreements regarding track selection on Greatest Hits compilations. But come on Record Labels, obvious ommissions are totally unacceptable! Know the artist. Do your research. Check the Billborad charts (Hmmm, this is a Rock band, I guess it would make sense to check out Billboards “Rock Tracks” chart.). How can “Perfect Strangers” not be on this Deep Purple Greatest Hits disc. With ommisions like this, it makes you wonder if the compiler ever listened to the radio or has a clue about the band. The disc would rate 5 Stars with the inclusion of Perfect Stangers. But I have no resevations about downgrading the rank to 3 because of such an obvious oversight. I expect more from the record labels, and especially Rhino Records.
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The only newly remastered single-disc compilation featuring all of the hits during the band’s heyday. Includes 15 full-length singles, live cuts, and album tracks from 26 albums released between 1968-1984!
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This is the best Deep Purple compilation on one disc that you can find out there although a properly remastered version of “Deepest Purple: The Best of Deep Purple” would give this a good run for the money. The sound has been very well remastered and the track selection is truly representative of their life’s work from “Hush” to “Knocking…Door”. If you want a sampling of Deep Purple without getting all the albums, this is it. Although if you decide you like what you hear and want to explore even more, then go get remastered versions of “Machine Head” and “In Rock”. If you are also an aspiring rock guitarist these two are essential listening as well as this one. Highly recommended.
Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino)The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino) collects 15 of Purples’ hardest hitting tunes from the various incarnations of the band from the very first LP Shades Of Deep Purple in 1968 to Perfect Strangers in 1984. These songs are culled from the huge Purple box set Shades 1968-1998 (Warner Archives/Rhino) and all are digitally remastered and are FIREBALLS! All songs are the original long album versions except “Kentucky Woman” that is the single version & “Speed King” which is the U.S. Deep Purple In Rock album version and is a shorter version than the release on the U.K. album. All the hits are here “Smoke On The Water,” “Hush,” “Woman From Tokyo” & “Demon’s Eye” to name a few. The booklet has some nice pictures, U.S. album discography and song by song info by 2 DP archivists. Play this LOUD & BURN! A+.
Overall, I think that this CD is better than Deepest Purple and When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We Roll but this greatest hits compilation isn’t quite perfect but I’m going to review it song by song.Hush: Deep Purple’s first hit released in the summer of ‘68 hitting the Top 5 on the American Billboard charts but this song isn’t one of my favorites, it’s a good psychedelic song but it isn’t a great Deep Purple song. 4/5Kentucky Woman: Despite the fact that this is only the single version but I think that this is a great song to listen to and it’s one of the few remakes that I actually like better, that’s something that I don’t say too often, sadly for vocalist Rod Evans he left within a year later after recording this song. 5/5Black Night: I don’t know which album this song was off of but it’s a really cool song, wish that it can be a little longer but this is the song that we get to hear Ian Gillan sing and hear Roger Glover play. 5/5Speed King: Ian Gillan can really sing on this song and it rocks! 5/5Child in Time: This is a good song and it’s hard to believe that it’s over 10 minutes long although it doesn’t seem like it, believe it or not, they actually used the opening riffs from It’s a Beautiful Day’s Bombay Calling. 5/5Strange Kind of Woman: I love this song and it’s probably my favorite Deep Purple song from the pre-Machine Head albums, good catchy chorus. 5/5Fireball: Great organ riffs by keyboardist Jon Lord, this song reminds me of the washing machine! 5/5Demon’s Eye: Although this song has a great chorus but this song isn’t one of my all time favorites, it’s still good. 4/5Highway Star: When I first heard of this song on Dazed and Confused, I used to think that it was called Highway Storm, ain’t that funny or what, this song is about fast cars. 5/5Smoke on the Water: Despite how much airplay this song gets, this song has one of the best riffs in hard rock history, and this is also Deep Purple’s most famous song. 5/5Space Truckin’: Another minor hit off of Machine Head but this song isn’t one of my favorites. 4/5Woman From Tokyo, Another one of the classic rock staples and this is a cool song, I like the fact that it goes in different directions, sadly vocalist Ian Gillan and Roger Glover would leave the band within a year or so later but this song is a classic. 5/5Burn: Here we meet new vocalist David Coverdale (who would later go onto great success a decade later with Whitesnake) and new bassist Glenn Hughes, this is probably my favorite Purple song with David Coverdale on vocals. 5/5Stormbringer: It is my understanding that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was dissapointed by the album cause they didn’t want to record a remake of a certain song that he liked and this song isn’t nearly as good as Burn. 4/5Knocking at Your Back Door: After almost a decade of Deep Purple breaking up, they got back together and recorded a strong Deep Purple album called Perfect Strangers. 5/5If you’re a casual Deep Purple fan you’ll want this album and I wish that Deep Purple would make a double greatest hits album cause there are songs that I would want to hear on a compilation album like Mary Long, Mule, Mistreated, Sail Away, Gettin’ Tighter, Perfect Strangers and Lazy, other Deep Purple albums that I would recommend is Machine Head.
Deep Purple is the heavy metal equivalent of Yes. Both bands sprung up in the late 1960’s, flirted for awhile with the idea of combining classical music with rock, had a relatively brief early 1970s heydays in which they recorded their best albums, had some latter success upon reuniting in the mid-1980s, and have since faded into a long and uninspired twilight that has added little to their legacies. Like Yes, most of Deep Purple’s best music resides on a handful of albums (“Machine Head,” “Made in Japan,” “Perfect Strangers”) and any anthology album simply sweeps the other bits and pieces together into one package. As single disc anthologies go, “The Very Best of Deep Purple,” is as tightly packed as it could be (just a tad over 75 minutes of music). And while you can always quibble about track selection around the margains on a disc lke this (I’d have chosen the title track of the band’s 1984 comeback album “Perfect Strangers,” for example) all of the band’s best known tunes are here, including “Smoke on the Water,” “Space Truckin’,” “Hush,” “Woman from Tokyo,” “Knocking at Your Back Door.” It’s also no accident that about 12 of the 15 tunes included were recorded by Purple’s “classic” lineup with BOTH vocalist Ian Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Without either one or both of them, the Purples are little better than just another arena rock band. The CD booklet contains lengthy liner notes and photographs from various periods in the band’s history.Overall, a decent single disc anthology album that will be of most interest to the casual fan.