Fireworks

CD Reviews

Deep Purple - 'Deepest Purple' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/8c/65/67/786_DeepPurpleDeepestPurple_1289089460.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 07, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3111   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Label

An excellent selection of material that would suit just about any hard rock fan, but if you're already into Purple, there's little here that will be new to you.

"And on the 30th Anniversary, EMI said 'Let there be more Purple'..." And lo, there was another Deep Purple reissue. This time, rather than a studio album, it is the 30th Anniversary of 'Deepest Purple'. Not really a greatest hits, because Purple would be hard pushed to call themselves a singles band regardless of slight chart success, it would probably be better described as a 'best of' but even then, I think you'd need two CD's to manage that properly without some howling omissions. As it stands, this was my starting point in my discovery of Deep Purple, so there are some fond memories of the songs contained within.

Purple have made a staggeringly powerful contribution to the rock world, creating some truly iconic, epic and thunderous tracks. Most of them are on this CD, so that's good news. The compilation opens with 'Black Night' and ends with 'Smoke On The Water' which tells you what to expect - classic 70s rock from one of the great bands. 'Speed King', 'Fireball', 'Strange Kind Of Woman', 'Highway Star'... all of them still very much staples of Purple's live set today and essential listening for any hard rock fan. There's also the staggering vocal performance on 'Child In Time' which put Ian Gillan among the all time greats, plus the lesser known but equally good 'Demons Eye'.

On the original issue of ‘Deepest Purple’ it was all culled from the classic Gillan/Glover/Blackmore/Lord/Paice line up, apart from 'Burn' and 'Stormbringer' from the Hughes and Coverdale fronted lineup. I always thought that was a bit harsh - I know the Gillan era is the classic one, but to limit MK III to a pair of songs is not on, and to ignore the Bolin era completely is no better. This expanded edition is only coming out on CD, so the extra room that a CD offers compared to vinyl means that some of those wrongs are dealt with by throwing in some extra cuts. MK III are represented further by the excellent Blackmore/Coverdale collaboration 'Soldier Of Fortune'. The Bolin-era gets a solitary nod in the form of the well chosen 'You Keep On Moving' and even the Rod Evans MK I version gets an inclusion with their hit recording of 'Hush'. I personally thought the eighties remake with Gillan singing was miles better, but it's a worthy inclusion nonetheless.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The odd one out of the set is 'When A Blind Man Cries' - it never appeared on an album originally, it was a B-side to 'Never Before' (another criminally overlooked Purple song in my book) and because a certain Mr Blackmore wasn't keen, it was buried. It enjoyed a renaissance when Blackmore departed the band and Ian Gillan has played it many times, along with the Steve Morse version of Deep Purple frequently giving it an airing - so even though it wasn't an album track and doesn't come close to being a hit, it's nice it got a nod of recognition.

So, no dead wood to speak of in the track selection and disc two apparently features a track by track introduction from Mr Jon Lord... along with an appearance by the aforementioned 'Never Before' and an interview, which take up residence in place of 'When A Blind Man Cries' and 'Soldier Of Fortune'. I am reliably informed the DVD also features live and TV performances, but I can't verify that because EMI didn't furnish me with one. As for the remastering of the compilation itself, once again it states that these are 2010 re-masters, and just like 'Come Taste The Band', I can't hear any difference between it and the version I already own, save for the inclusion of more tracks. With that in mind, if you're someone like me who has the old compilation and ended up buying all the albums, then the second disc might make it appealing to completists. Otherwise, it's a great starting point if you wanted to check Purple out but didn't know where to start. It's an excellent selection of material that would suit just about any hard rock fan, but if you're already into Purple, there's little here that will be new to you.

James Gaden

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  June 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 14 hours ago
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site