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    'Lucille was oh so real, when she didn't do her daddy's will'

    Anyone else a fan of this band's brand of in-your-face, 'Speed King' style rock?

    Provocative question: did they ever top their first album?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydnBearstheClock View Post
    'Lucille was oh so real, when she didn't do her daddy's will'

    Anyone else a fan of this band's brand of in-your-face, 'Speed King' style rock?

    Provocative question: did they ever top their first album?
    If you mean 'Shades of Deep Purple' then they certainly did.

    But seriously...'Deep Purple In Rock' was a yardstick for them. After pretty much copying Vanilla Fudge for three albums they found a way to shake off the polite late 60s Austin Powers image and let the beast out of the cage.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Deep Purple was one of my favorite bands in high school. I have a half dozen or so CDs of them now. My favorite has to be Machine Head. There were some great tracks on that album that never got played on the radio.
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    I had every one of their albums right up to about Machine Head or Fireball, somewhere around there. They were a major band for me, along with the other ones we have recently discussed. I admit that they went the way of the dodo as far as my sustained interest is concerned. One of these days (hey, wasn't that another one of theirs from around that time?) I will give them another listen.

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    I love Hush. I wish those first three Purple albums sounded better on CD. I don't think they did a very good job on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    One of these days (hey, wasn't that another one of theirs from around that time?)
    Er no...Pink Floyd.

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    Who do we think we are is what I was thinking. It was the last of the ones I bought—and a big favourite, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    If you mean 'Shades of Deep Purple' then they certainly did.

    But seriously...'Deep Purple In Rock' was a yardstick for them. After pretty much copying Vanilla Fudge for three albums they found a way to shake off the polite late 60s Austin Powers image and let the beast out of the cage.
    there were 3 albums before that? In Rock must've overshadowed them pretty bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I love Hush. I wish those first three Purple albums sounded better on CD. I don't think they did a very good job on them.
    strange, my copy of In Rock sounds very good on CD - I have another (purchased a 3 CD set) which doesn't sound quite as good. It's guess the album was remastered a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydnBearstheClock View Post
    there were 3 albums before that? In Rock must've overshadowed them pretty bad.
    There were four if you count the live 'Concerto for Group & Orchestra (composed by Jon Lord and conducted by Malcolm Arnold, no less - also Gillan and Glover were making their vinyl debuts after replacing Rod Evans and Nic Simper) but prior to 'In Rock' the band were far more popular in the US than here.

    The three early albums are well crafted and certainly worth listening to but the recruitment of Gillan and Glover took the band to a different level in terms of moving in a much heavier direction as 1969 drew to a close. 'Concerto for Group & Orchestra' holds a more anomalous position - many fans dismiss it as a Jon Lord vanity project but it was significant for 'bedding in' Gillan and Glover prior to the recording of '...In Rock'.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    In Rock was the 3rd or 4th album I ever bought. It remains a favourite.

    They certainly didn't surpass it with Fireball or Machine Head.
    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydnBearstheClock View Post
    strange, my copy of In Rock sounds very good on CD - I have another (purchased a 3 CD set) which doesn't sound quite as good. It's guess the album was remastered a few times.
    I wasn't referring to In Rock. That's the fourth album.

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    I still remember the first time I heard "Speed King". At our small villages under 16's disco. Made an immediate impression, a seminal musical moment in my life.

    I still remember the last time I heard " Come taste the band"............... Unfortunately!
    Did I miss something already?

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    As I mentioned on Machine Head, there are some great tracks on the album that never got radio time. I absolutely love the opening riffs on this track:
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
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    I liked Machine Head but never listen to it now because most of it ended up on the Made in Japan album and I always preferred those live versions much more. 'Never Before' was a great track, though - I wish it had done better on the singles chart. Might listen to 'Maybe I'm a Leo' and 'Pictures of Home' for old times' sake - it's been at least 15 years!
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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