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Who Do We Think We Are (Expanded)
Who Do We Think We Are (Expanded)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album never got the recognition it deserved, July 13 2004
As a purple fan I am surprised that this album never got the recognition it deserved. 30 years down the line one can see the true value of this album. It dosn't sound dated at all.
Though more mellow compared to the likes of 'In Rock' and 'Machine Head' it still kicks ass.
Ian gillan is amazing on this one, he is solely responsible for the different flavor of this album as he tries to sing more conventionaly. He avoids screaming giving feeling giving and a simple flavor to the songs.
He does a great job on 'Smooth Dancer' sadly too much of electronic effects keep the song from becoming a great masterpiece.
'Rat bat blue' is also a great rock number as is the now famous but overplayed 'Woman from Tokyo'.
Gillans magical vocals give a soul to 'Place in line'. 'Our lady'is probably the only Mark -II song with no solos either from Ritchie or Jon. The song s good nice and mellow.
On the extra tracks 'painted horse' is an amazing song. Vocals by Gillan are different and very soulful. This song could not make it on the original LP as Ritchie thought Gillan had messed up on the vocals (how? one wonders). The other extra songs are not exceptional rather different versions of the same songs.
I love this album because of its different feel as well as the undercurrent of pain in Gillan's vocals and lyrics, maybe his feelings at the time considering the imminant break-up of Deep Purple.
This is the last real masterpiece by the Mark - II line up. All their later material though good would never reach the levels of the first Mark -II output.
Buy this and 'Fireball' to get a different flavour of Mark -II Deep Purple which is as good as the more popular albums mentioned above.
As Ritchie has once said, "Deep Puple is much more than just 'smoke on the water'".

Machine Head
Machine Head
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic, July 1 2004
This review is from: Machine Head (Audio CD)
When you are in the mood for a specific band or album the songs normally make you feel good. After a while they grow on you and after some more time they sound decent and predictable, this is when you have to put the album aside for a few months till the songs create a yearning again.
'Machine Head' is an album which never fails me even after constant listening. If 'Smoke on the water' dosn't do it 'Highway Star' will if 'Space trucking' can't do it then 'Maybe I'm a leo' will. This album is amazing great music great tunes and great vocals. The album is the most blusy of the Mark-II line up and the guitar work by Ritchie Blackmore is amazing. There are so many classic solos and riffs here that one can keep changing their favorites.
"Never Before' is the only average number on this CD and it ain't too bad. Even a simple sounding song like 'Maybe I'm a Leo' is made more interesting by Ian Paice where he constantly keeps changing the Drumming to keep interest (and this one has two solos by Ritchie which such flowing blusy feel).
Buy it as you will never get a better fussion between hard rock and commercial melody with no compromise on musicmanship.

In Rock
In Rock
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mother, father and grand father of Hard Rock Music, June 30 2004
This review is from: In Rock (Audio CD)
The greatest hard rock album ever made on the face of this earth. If there was an album which borders between music and noise it is this one.
Deep Purple have woven noise into a web of unforgettable music. How a band has been able to achieve this I will never know.
Harsh, loud, furious with break neck speed, this album is a monstor which has never been matched by any other band. The album may sound dated when you put it on but that will only be at the begining as in no time the music and songs will take you over.
Harsh seering guitar work, Loud screaming vocals, great work on the keys with an excellent rythem section. Each song on this album will pick you up shake you, strangle you and when are totally breathless 'Deep Purple' will do it again with the next song.
Sad that a masterpeice such as 'In Rock' never made it big in the US and was in the shadows of 'Machine head'. This album stayed in the Britsh charts for over a year and is the album which influenced bands like 'Iron Maiden' and 'Judas Priest' among several others.
Deep Purple is arguably the best Rock Band in the world and the reason is "In Rock". No other band could make this album not even 'Metallica' in its hay days.

Bananas
Bananas
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, June 29 2004
This review is from: Bananas (Audio CD)
At long last an album by Deep Purple where you don't have the urge to skip some parts of a song. There are no real great songs but almost all the songs are good and Melodious.
In fact what has been missing from Deep Purple albums post '76 is that either there are some fillers on the albums or there is lack of melody on some songs. This is normally covered up by one or two realy great tracks.
This album has all, and makes you remember their efforts on previous albums as most of the songs are based around older song passages ( near rip off's of their own material). The only thing the album dosn't have is direction.
As the experimentation is more limited there are no great songs but the good side is that they are not trying to out do their earlier efforts and are more comfortable just playing some good tunes.
Only exceptions in new directions being songs like haunted' 'Walk on' and 'Contact lost'.
This album is no classic but one need not feel sorry for the band as most of the songs are good and enjoyable. Unluckily the band is not young anymore and the audience is thinning both in numbers and hairline.
Vocals are within capacity and good so too are the musicians. Don Aiery on keyboards at times is too 70's and some of his solos sound forced.

Nobodys Perfect
Nobodys Perfect
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy version of Child in Time, June 28 2004
This review is from: Nobodys Perfect (Audio CD)
After reading so many average reviews of the album I was not sure if I should pick it from the rack. As a hard core fan I did end up picking the CD and am I glad I did.
As said by some of the other reviewers Gillan seems to show less interest on this album. It could be because of the tussle at the time with Blackmore. On 'Strange Kind of Woman' Gillan tries to instigate the Man In Black into the Screaming and guitar solo alternates which Blackmore seems to kill rather than build up. Gillan then cleverly converts and moves the song into 'Jesus Christ Superstar..', wonderfuly done.
Though The album lacks when compared to 'Made in Japan', there is enough energy in it to sound exciting to me.
The great part of the album are the rare live versions of three 'House of Blue light' songs 'Bad attitude' Dead or Alive' and 'Hard loving Woman'.
The editing of the album is not great as a lot of Gillan's talk with the audience fades in and out.
But the clear winner on this album is the best live version of 'Child in Time' where Gillan covers up for his lack luster performance with more edgy lamenting and screaming giving the song a new feel. There is nothing extra on the other older hits like 'Highwaystar', 'Black night' 'smoke on the water' or 'space trucking'.
The icing on the cake is the live rendition of 'Hush' by Gillan.

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