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Editors’ Notes

Four months after the release of their debut album Shades of Deep Purple, the group came back with their second album. Just as their debut included unusual hard rock interpretations of unlikely songs such as Joe South’s “Hush” and the Beatles’ “Help,” The Book of Taliesyn features a muscular take on Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman,” and a jam-intro’d version of another Beatles track, “We Can Work It Out.” Their take on Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” leaves plenty of room for guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord to make a massive impression. “Listen, Learn, Read On” and “Wring That Neck” further expose the group’s prodigious chops while “The Shield” and “Anthem” prove the group had their subtle moments and a great singer in Rod Evans, who would only be with the group for one more album. This is clearly before the band headed towards hammer-down heavy metal. Bonus tracks include the noteworthy outtake “Oh No No No” as well as three BBC performances that prove how great their live chops were.

Customer Reviews

the best Deep Purple album ever

This is the best Deep Purple album. Blackmore was/ is at his best. Listen to the solos, Blackmore was doing stuff that VanHalen got credit for later on. Blackmore Rules!!!

Best of the genre

Best Deep Purple ever!


Let's put this together Blackmore and the singer from Captain Beyond Rod Evans. This is great. Enjoy


Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan. Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural...
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