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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE GREATEST, BUT CLOSE TO IT FOR A PURPLE HITS CD
Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino)
The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino) collects 15 of Purples' hardest hitting tunes from the various incarnations of the band from the very first LP Shades Of Deep Purple in 1968 to Perfect Strangers in 1984. These songs are culled from the huge Purple box set Shades 1968-1998 (Warner...
Published on Jan. 4 2001 by Jay Siekierski
3.0 out of 5 stars Another "Best Of"
Deep Purple is one of the greatest bands ever. No doubts about it. I own a very complete collection of cds and videos of them. The reason I give this compilation 3 stars, has nothing to do with the quality of the material in here. It has to do with holding together in it, the same songs you can find in any other "best of Deep Purple". Yes, the classic songs are here, but...
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by Roger
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE GREATEST, BUT CLOSE TO IT FOR A PURPLE HITS CD,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino)
The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino) collects 15 of Purples' hardest hitting tunes from the various incarnations of the band from the very first LP Shades Of Deep Purple in 1968 to Perfect Strangers in 1984. These songs are culled from the huge Purple box set Shades 1968-1998 (Warner Archives/Rhino) and all are digitally remastered and are FIREBALLS! All songs are the original long album versions except "Kentucky Woman" that is the single version & "Speed King" which is the U.S. Deep Purple In Rock album version and is a shorter version than the release on the U.K. album. All the hits are here "Smoke On The Water," "Hush," "Woman From Tokyo" & "Demon's Eye" to name a few. The booklet has some nice pictures, U.S. album discography and song by song info by 2 DP archivists. Play this LOUD & BURN! A+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Deep Purple?�Almost!,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)For anyone on a financial plan this CD of hard rock's best band is adequate. It consists of 15 songs from Deep Purple's various stages. Opening with 1968's Hush and ending up with 1984's Knockin' At Your Back Door. This disc will give you a good perspective on how this rock band changed throughout the years. The bulk of the CD comes from the famed MK II line up Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan and Glover. A couple of the tracks (Kentucky Woman and Demon's Eye) might have been expendable when there were such key omissions as Perfect Strangers, Bad Attitude and Ted the Mechanic.
I think Warner Archives/Rhino should have made this a 2-CD collection for a much better representative of what immense music Deep Purple created. Warner Archives/Rhino awarded Black Sabbath with a 2-CD set and their material isn't nearly as varied or interesting. But they'll probably get around to it before we know it. Still, a great introductory disc to Deep Purple. Also pick up the classic Made In Japan. Then you'll have a good balance of studio and on stage magic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Deepest Purple,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Overall, I think that this CD is better than Deepest Purple and When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We Roll but this greatest hits compilation isn't quite perfect but I'm going to review it song by song.
Hush: Deep Purple's first hit released in the summer of '68 hitting the Top 5 on the American Billboard charts but this song isn't one of my favorites, it's a good psychedelic song but it isn't a great Deep Purple song. 4/5
Kentucky Woman: Despite the fact that this is only the single version but I think that this is a great song to listen to and it's one of the few remakes that I actually like better, that's something that I don't say too often, sadly for vocalist Rod Evans he left within a year later after recording this song. 5/5
Black Night: I don't know which album this song was off of but it's a really cool song, wish that it can be a little longer but this is the song that we get to hear Ian Gillan sing and hear Roger Glover play. 5/5
Speed King: Ian Gillan can really sing on this song and it rocks! 5/5
Child in Time: This is a good song and it's hard to believe that it's over 10 minutes long although it doesn't seem like it, believe it or not, they actually used the opening riffs from It's a Beautiful Day's Bombay Calling. 5/5
Strange Kind of Woman: I love this song and it's probably my favorite Deep Purple song from the pre-Machine Head albums, good catchy chorus. 5/5
Fireball: Great organ riffs by keyboardist Jon Lord, this song reminds me of the washing machine! 5/5
Demon's Eye: Although this song has a great chorus but this song isn't one of my all time favorites, it's still good. 4/5
Highway Star: When I first heard of this song on Dazed and Confused, I used to think that it was called Highway Storm, ain't that funny or what, this song is about fast cars. 5/5
Smoke on the Water: Despite how much airplay this song gets, this song has one of the best riffs in hard rock history, and this is also Deep Purple's most famous song. 5/5
Space Truckin': Another minor hit off of Machine Head but this song isn't one of my favorites. 4/5
Woman From Tokyo, Another one of the classic rock staples and this is a cool song, I like the fact that it goes in different directions, sadly vocalist Ian Gillan and Roger Glover would leave the band within a year or so later but this song is a classic. 5/5
Burn: Here we meet new vocalist David Coverdale (who would later go onto great success a decade later with Whitesnake) and new bassist Glenn Hughes, this is probably my favorite Purple song with David Coverdale on vocals. 5/5
Stormbringer: It is my understanding that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was dissapointed by the album cause they didn't want to record a remake of a certain song that he liked and this song isn't nearly as good as Burn. 4/5
Knocking at Your Back Door: After almost a decade of Deep Purple breaking up, they got back together and recorded a strong Deep Purple album called Perfect Strangers. 5/5
If you're a casual Deep Purple fan you'll want this album and I wish that Deep Purple would make a double greatest hits album cause there are songs that I would want to hear on a compilation album like Mary Long, Mule, Mistreated, Sail Away, Gettin' Tighter, Perfect Strangers and Lazy, other Deep Purple albums that I would recommend is Machine Head.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)This album Kicks As*! The title is right,it is THE BEST OF DEEP PURPLE. Its amazing how old this band is...Deep Purple is WAY before my time, but i still love them! If your just getting into Deep Purple, i suggest this CD.
*smoke on the water, fire in the sky*....
4.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Deep Purple is a rock band that never fails to please. For over three decades, they have been giving us some of the best rock and roll the world has ever seen. Not long ago, this Best Of compilation was released on Rhino Records. Being a casual fan of the band, I bought it. How does it measure up? Read on and you shall see.
First of all, the good points of this compilation. It may be single disc, but it covers nearly two decades of rock, and does a good job of it. It's got two tracks from the era in which the band had original lead vocalist Rod Evans, the hit song Hush and an awesome cover of the Neil Diamond classic, Kentucky Woman. The vast majority of this compilation is devoted to material with the band's most famous singer, Ian Gillan. You get the hits Woman From Tokyo and Smoke On The Water, plus a plethora of other tracks that use many different styles. Black Night, Strange Kind Of Woman, Highway Star, and Space Truckin' are masterpieces that must be heard to be appreciated. Gillan originally quit the band to form his own band, and later he joined Black Sabbath (he only recorded one album with them, Born Again,) but in recent years he has returned to this band. You also get two cuts from the band's years with vocalist David Coverdale (best known for being the singer in Whitesnake.) The final track on the album is Knocking At Your Back Door. For this track, Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) return to the band. Without question, this is one of the greatest songs ever recorded.
Unfortunately, this isn't a perfect compilation. Kentucky Woman and Speed King are edited versions. MANY hits compilations for many bands tend to put edits on hits albums. Not sure why. And besides, SPEED KING ISN'T THAT GOOD OF A SONG! It's the only questionable song on here. Also, the compilation overemphasizes material that features Gillan and/or Blackmore. Sure, these are generally the band's best tracks, but they did release good tracks with other vocalists and guitarists. I also would've liked to see the title track from the Perfect Strangers album.
Final verdict? If you're a casual fan of Deep Purple and don't want to hunt down all of their albums, this is for you. This is the band's best hits compilation to date, and I highly recommend it to all fans of classic hard rock.
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple has a greatest hits too...,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)This album is truely one amazing album. This was the first album I bought by Deep Purple. I heard about 3 or 4 songs by them so I picked this album up. It was a good idea I did, because I really enjoy it. The almighty song "Smoke On The Water", is on here. Although, I like a lot of songs on here better than that song. If you have never listened to Deep Purple, but you have been curious of what they sound like, pick up this album, it's great to start with and includes all of the smash hits you have heard on the radio, including others you haven't heard...
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Purple!,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Classic Purple!
If you've never heard it, you're in for a treat.
If you want to hear 21st century Deep Purple,
God bless DP!
3.0 out of 5 stars Another "Best Of",
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Deep Purple is one of the greatest bands ever. No doubts about it. I own a very complete collection of cds and videos of them. The reason I give this compilation 3 stars, has nothing to do with the quality of the material in here. It has to do with holding together in it, the same songs you can find in any other "best of Deep Purple". Yes, the classic songs are here, but where are the tracks by Deep Purple Mk4? Where is a song like "You Keep On Moving", which is one of their finest songs?. For those who think that Deep Purple doesn't make it without Ritchie Blackmore, well, too bad for them, they are missing such a great music legacy by this band. Let's refresh the memory and think of the album Deep Purple recorded with John Lynn Turner as lead singer, well, Ritchie Blackmore was there and it's certainly the worst album they ever did !!!!!... so Blackmore is a great guitarist but he is not the band. That's the best part of Deep Purple, each musician gives to the band something unique. Just listen to some albums like "Deep Purple live in Tokyo 1975" (with Tommy Bolin)... "The Final Concerts Mk3" (with Blackmore)... and "Live at the Olympia 1996" (with Steve Morse). You will understand what I'm talking about ;-)
Long Live to Jon Lord !! Ian Gillan !! & Glenn Hughes !!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great compellation!,
This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)Deep Purple are of the best hard rock bands to ever play together. And I am a strong beliver that when Richie Blackmore isnt in Deep Purple, its not Deep Puprle, I mean the man is a pain, but man can he play the guitar. I love Deep Purple while Blackmore is their, and when he isnt Deep Purple isnt a good band. THis is a good compalation cause it gets the best of the Blackmore years, you get the worldsmost famous song 'Smoke On The Water' and the classic 'Highway Star' and 'Woman From Tokyo' you also get the ever so underrated 'Knocken At Your Back Door' all of which have killer drumming, Keyboards, Vocals, bass, oh and of coarse that amazing guitar. But 'Child In Time' to me is Deep Purples best song and in my openion Blackmores best solo, and probly the best solo of all time! All the good stuff is her, so you are missing out if yo dont own this, but you must pick up Machine Head, and In Rock as well as this collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Without Some Of The Greatest Hits, Still A Great Album,
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This review is from: The Very Best of Deep Purple (Audio CD)All i can say is WOW!!! Actually i can say it once just to explain the greatness of this CD, and another time to explain how shocked i was at how many hits they left off. For example, they left off Perfect Strangers and The Mechanic. What were they thinking??? Also I think that the greatest hits should have also included the fantastic remake of Hendrix's Hey Joe. When i first heard it i was amazed. With this all said, I am still amazed by the absolute brilliance that is Deep Purple.
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