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Shades of Deep Purple

Shades of Deep Purple

Shades of Deep Purple is the debut album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in 1968 on Parlophone in the UK and Tetragrammaton in the United States.

The album reached #24 on Billboard's Pop Album charts in the U.S. The song "Hush," a cover of a Billy Joe Royal song written by Joe South, reached #4 on the U.S. singles charts.

The song "Mandrake Root" would become an early concert staple for the band, with the keyboard and guitar solos extended at times for up to 15 minutes. A similar instrumental would be paired in later years with the extended live versions of "Space Truckin'." In the version of "Space Truckin'" recorded for the 1972 live Made In Japan album, a riff from "Mandrake Root" can be plainly heard during the instrumental parts.

Track listing

  1. "And the Address" (Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord) – 4:38
  2. "Hush" (Joe South) – 4:24
  3. "One More Rainy Day" (Rod Evans, Lord) – 3:40
  4. a) "Prelude: Happiness" (Evans, Blackmore, Nick Simper, Lord, Ian Paice, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov )
    b) "I'm So Glad" (Skip James) – 7:19
  5. "Mandrake Root" (Evans, Blackmore, Lord) – 6:09
  6. "Help!" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 6:01
  7. "Love Help Me" (Evans, Blackmore) – 3:49
  8. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 7:33

Bonus tracks on the CD re-issue

  1. "Shadows" (album out take) (Evans, Blackmore, Simper, Lord, Paice) – 3:38
  2. "Love Help Me" (instrumental version) (Evans, Blackmore) – 3:29
  3. "Help!" (Lennon, McCartney) (alternate take) - 5:23
  4. "Hey Joe" (Roberts) (BBC Top Gear session) – 4:05
  5. "Hush" (South) (live US TV) – 3:53

Personnel

Additional personnel

  • Produced by Derek Lawrence
  • Engineered by Barry Ainsworth
  • Bonus tracks recorded in 1968 & 1969
  • Digitally remastered and restored by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London
  • Dedicated to Bobby, Chris, Dave and Ravel.

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