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The high-quality extensive "The Vinyl Collection" by Deep Purple comes in a nice and sturdy box and contains 7 albums with remastered songs from the original tapes and 180 g pressings and replica sleeves (with original inserts!). This is the first output containing the remastered classics "Perfect strangers" and "The house of blue light". A limited collectors item!
* Machine Head
* Who Do We Think We Are
* Come Taste The Band
* Perfect Strangers
* The House Of The Blue Light
Tracklist - The Vinyl Collection
- 1.Highway Star (Remastered 2012)
- 2.Maybe I'm A Leo (Remastered 2012)
- 3.Pictures Of Home (Remastered 2012)
- 4.Never Before (Remastered 2012)
- 5.Smoke On The Water (Remastered 2012)
- 6.Lazy (Remastered 2012)
- 7.Space Truckin' (Remastered 2012)
- 1.Woman From Tokyo (Remastered 2000)
- 2.Mary Long (Remastered 2000)
- 3.Super Trouper (Remastered 2000)
- 4.Smooth Dancer (Remastered 2000)
- 5.Rat Bat Blue (Remastered 2000)
- 6.Place In Line (Remastered 2000)
- 7.Our Lady (Remastered 2000)
- 1.Burn (Remastered 2004)
- 2.Might Just Take Your Life (Remastered 2005)
- 3.Lay Down, Stay Down (Remastered 2006)
- 4.Sail Away (Remastered 2007)
- 5.You Fool No One (Remastered 2008)
- 6.What's Goin' On Here (Remastered 2009)
- 7.Mistreated (Remastered 2010)
- 8.'A' 200 (Remastered 2011)
- 2.Love Don't Mean A Thing
- 3.Holy Man
- 4.Hold On
- 5.Lady Double Dealer
- 6.You Can't Do It Right
- 7.High Ball Shooter
- 8.The Gypsy
- 9.Soldier Of Fortune
- 1.Comin' Home
- 2.Lady Luck
- 3.Gettin' Tighter
- 5.I Need Love
- 7.Love Child
- 8.This Time Around/Owed To 'G' (Medley)
- 9.You Keep On Moving
- 1.Knocking At Your Back Door (Album Version)
- 2.Under The Gun
- 3.Nobody's Home
- 4.Mean Streak
- 5.Perfect Strangers (Album Version)
- 6.A Gypsy's Kiss
- 7.Wasted Sunsets
- 8.Hungry Daze
- 1.Bad Attitude
- 2.The Unwritten Law
- 3.Call Of The Wild
- 4.Mad Dog
- 5.Black & White (Album Version)
- 6.Hard Lovin' Woman
- 7.The Spanish Archer (Album Version)
- 9.Mitzi Dupree
- 10.Dead Or Alive
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If you were to pick a period for classic Deep Purple it probably would be from In Rock to WDWTWA, i.e the classic Mark 2 line-up, although that would of course be only 4 albums. This one is seven, and I'm a little mystified about the selection. Basically In Rock and Fireball are missing, and along with the rest of the 70's studio albums are the 2 80's releases, Perfect Strangers and House of Blue Light. Weird. So which others made the cut?
Machine Head - essential. 5 stars. The only track that comes close to being non-essential is, ironically, Never Before, which the record company in the UK picked as the single release that pretty much flopped. Doh! Everything else.. wonderful. Listen to the vastly underrated Pictures of Home, which would be a standout on its own on most band's albums but here is one of many, so loses out slightly. Moving on...
Who Do We Think We Are - is the last mark 2 album, for a while as it turned out. It gets unfairly maligned, and I believe it's because of what it was following. However I would say, for any other band, it would stand on its own as a classic. No singles this time, although Woman from Tokyo was released a few years later in the UK. Nothing stands out as a dud, and overall it's a consistently excellent album.
So... DPMK3. Burn & Stormbringer. Personally Coverdale does an excellent job on both, but this is the start of the drifting into loooong blues-based songs, like Mistreated. Personally they don't do a lot for me, but if that's your thing, then there's much for you on these two. Burn is amazing and there's some hidden gems on these two, but they're much more of a mixed bag than what went before.
Then.. DPMK4. When DP became effectively 2 originals and 3 others, in some people's eyes. For me Come Taste The Band is an album to be dipped into with caution, there is a lot of funk orientated stuff on here and perhaps it would have been interesting to see what would have come afterwards. Glenn Hughes as we know became successful for joining and leaving more bands than members of Whitesnake hired and fired by David Coverdale. Coverdale was a fine vocalist but some of this stuff just is weak, particularly given the band reputation.
Then the long break and surprise reformation in 1984. Who'da thought it? And.. was it worth it? Welll...
Perfect Strangers - it's not a patch on earlier Mk 2 albums. But is better than the Mk4 and 3 albums. Good to hear Gillan in fine voice and a couple of the songs stand up well - the opening track and Perfect Strangers, and none of the others are a waste of time, so it's a sound return.
Finally, House of Blue Light - I played this a lot in 1987 when it came out, and the stand out track is Mad Dog. Sadly the rest is a bit of a mish-mash, apparently it wasn't the best of times for the band personality-wise (no surprises there) and it does show, and as a climax to the box set it's a bit of a garden fireworks display rather than the full show with Pyro.
Overall I would imagine that the first 2 albums would get most plays.
Beware also - the sticker says that the albums come with MP3's, but it doesn't. They're wav files, and not very organised or labelled files at that.
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