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The Very Best of Deep Purple

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  • 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.

    Posted on January 28, 2010