This exclusive EMI Malaysia issue is probably the most complete single-disc Deep Purple compilation. It concentrates solely on their most productive and identifiable period (the late '60s through the mid-'70s) and includes 18 of their major hits and most popular tracks. Its only drawbacks are the lack of liner notes and the premature fading of two cuts, "Space Truckin'" and "Child in Time." The piano version of "Speed King" is included, but other than that, it's all album tracks.
Fired by Tommy Bolin's energy, Deep Purple Mk4 laid down the powerful "Come Taste The Band" album in 1975 and set off to reconquer the world. The rollercoaster tour produced some incredible highs, none more so than when they arrived in Japan for a sold out tour in December 1975.
The mighty Deep Purple returns with their newest studio album Rapture Of The Deep! The Mk 8 lineup of the band features Ian Gillan on vocals, Ian Paice on drums, bassist Roger Glover, guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey. Rapture Of The Deep promises the continued presence of one of history's biggest bands, now celebrating their 37th year with such tracks as Back To Back, Junkyard Blues, Before Time Began and Wrong Man. Deep Purple's 2005 album Rapture of the Deep generally maintains the quality of 2003's surprisingly sturdy Bananas.
The usual perception of early Deep Purple is that it was a band with a lot of potential in search of a direction. And that might be true of their debut LP, put together in three days of sessions in May of 1968, but it's still a hell of an album. From the opening bars of "And the Address," it's clear that they'd gotten down the fundamentals of heavy metal from day one, and at various points the electricity and the beat just surge forth in ways that were startlingly new in the summer of 1968…