Deep Purple: The Poll

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I'll level with you, the later stuff has pretty much passed me by but some of those early albums...who can choose? Or perhaps 'live' is the only way to go, although I never realised there were so many.

Poll Results

Deep Purple in Rock 6
Made in Japan 5
Machine Head 4
Fireball 2
Perfect Strangers 2
Shades of Deep Purple 1
Bananas 1
Concerto for Group and Orchestra 1
Burn 1
Who Do We Think We Are 1
Total Abandon: Live in Australia 0
Gemini Suite Live 0
In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra 0
Inglewood - Live in California 0
Live in Paris 1975 0
The Soundboard Series 0
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo 0
Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy 0
Deep Purple: Extended Versions 0
Kneel & Pray 0
They All Came Down to Montreux0
Live at Montreux 1996 0
Live in Europe 1993 0
Live in Montreux 1969 0
Live in Stockholm 0
Just Might Take Your Life 0
Perks and Tit / Live in San Diego 1974 0
Denmark 1972 0
Space Vol 1 & 2 0
Live at the Olympia '96 0
Mk III: The Final Concerts 0
California Jamming 0
Abandon 0
Purpendicular 0
The Battle Rages On 0
Slaves & Masters 0
The House of Blue Light 0
Come Taste the Band 0
Stormbringer 0
Deep Purple 0
Rapture of the Deep 0
Made in Europe 0
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple in Concert 0
Come Hell or High Water 0
In the Absence of Pink: Knebworth '85 0
Nobody's Perfect 0
Scandinavian Nights 0
Live in London 0
Deep Purple in Concert 0
Last Concert in Japan 0
The Book of Taliesyn 0

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

"Deep Purple In Rock" has "Child In Time". Which makes this very easy to choose.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Geir, Geir -- but the rest of it is brutally rhythmic and awfully noisy, ain't't? :)

I'll go with Who Do You Think We Are. For various nostalgic reasons.
(And yes, I have listened to it recently. As well as to Stormbringer and In Rock)

t**t, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Heavy rock didn't become awfully noisy until several years later. :)

I am no mega-fan of Deep Purple, but kind of respect them for their slightly proggy values.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:27 (thirteen years ago) link

This poll is kind of unfair to that small minority of people who haven't heard all 53 albums.

PhilK, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Well it was apparently kind of unfair of me as well to vote, for I haven't heard (and most prolly ain't going to) about thirty or so titles from the bottom half of that list. Which is mainly live platters.

t**t, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link


You're a very bad person.

PhilK, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Yet not as bad as Missta Blackmore I don't think.

t**t, Saturday, 27 October 2007 18:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Neither have I heard them all but there's always some smartass who says "Where the fuck is Total Abandon: Live in Australia?" so I'm not taking any chances. The number of live albums is frankly astounding. I love Highway Star as much as anyone but I don't need more versions.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 27 October 2007 20:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I wish we could vote for the worst as well. There's a few stinkers there.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 27 October 2007 20:44 (thirteen years ago) link

"in rock," also call for separate deep purple mk I poll.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 28 October 2007 07:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Fireball. Just because.

JN$OT, Sunday, 28 October 2007 09:33 (thirteen years ago) link


m coleman, Sunday, 28 October 2007 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never not owned a copy of Deepest Purple. Yeah, best-of's are for grandmothers, but everything ya need is right there (`cept for "Hush, sadly).

Alex in NYC, Monday, 29 October 2007 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I could easily vote for Burn, and in fact just may.

Bill Magill, Monday, 29 October 2007 15:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I voted for Made in Japan, mostly because "Child in Time" is so friggin epic on that live record. In Rock and Fireball and Machine Head all rule.

Trip Maker, Monday, 29 October 2007 15:52 (thirteen years ago) link

The first one, for the influence it had on Kula Shaker.

Mark G, Monday, 29 October 2007 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

That version of Child in Time is sick. On the recent remaster, they have Speed King on there, and holy shit is it insane. Something fucked up was going on in the crowd during that song.

Bill Magill, Monday, 29 October 2007 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Deep Purple In Rock without a doubt. The most gloriously wanky metal album I know of, with the possible exception of Made in Japan or Deep Purple In Concert or one of the dozen other live ones I've never heard. I've almost never heard any of its songs on radio, which I certainly can't say about the uneven Machine Head.

Never heard anything after House of Blue Light.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 29 October 2007 20:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 10 November 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

"Deep Purple in Concert"

If this is the 2 CD BBC Live record, this is really killer. The first CD is Peel Show right after Gillan joined the band and the second CD is right as Machine Head was coming out. Definitely worth tracking down if you are a big fan of Made in Japan. On the first CD they really stretch out with some really crazy interplay in between Jon Lord and Richie Blackmore. It is like some early 70s heavy metal/Allman brothers jazz jams.

I went ahead voted for Live from Japan, but Machine Head is pretty great especially with 'When a Blind Man Cries' which should have had closing the album in the first place.

Fireball is a weird record. That loopy countryish tune cracks me up.

earlnash, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 11 November 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

in rock!

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 11 November 2007 06:15 (thirteen years ago) link


Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 11 November 2007 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

BURN is so great. i think i need stormbringer next. do i need stormbringer next? i haven't seen a copy of it in years now.

ETERNAL WAR AGAINST THE DICKS IS ALL WE CAN RESPECT (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 16:57 (eleven years ago) link

yes, definitely. I am a proud unabashed fan of the Coverdale/Hughes era. Get Come Taste the Band as well.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 17:52 (eleven years ago) link

Burn is killer, but I remain very attached to Perfect Strangers.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, it looks like I was the lone Burn vote above. I'd go Made in Japan second, it kind of renders Machine Head irrelevant.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 19:21 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...


Stormy Davis, Sunday, 4 October 2009 06:43 (eleven years ago) link

do i need stormbringer next? i haven't seen a copy of it in years now.

No. Nothing like Burn. This is the Deep Purple album to get if you want to hear Blackmore getting bored and Coverdale doing long-winded bloozy man calisthenics in anticipation of Whitesnake. Great cover art always sucks people in though. One expected a lot of dramatic thunderstorm hard rock. How sad that it never showed up.

Gorge, Sunday, 4 October 2009 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

Still, "Stormbringer" and "You Can't Do it Right" are first class jams.

chocolatepiekid, Monday, 5 October 2009 18:10 (eleven years ago) link

I have a DVD with that Hofstra show as well as a concert from Copenhagen. Great stuff

Bill Magill, Monday, 5 October 2009 18:12 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

OK so it's Mark III, daytime, and 200,000 people crammed into Ontario Motor Speedway, but goddamn the "Burn" riff is monsterous.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 November 2009 10:50 (eleven years ago) link

Also, Hughes is a better singer than Coverdale.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 November 2009 10:50 (eleven years ago) link

I only ever owned "24 carat Purple", so: that...

Mark G, Monday, 30 November 2009 11:06 (eleven years ago) link

these guys have some jams but man some of these guitar solos are the most boring ever

ice cr?m hand job (deej), Monday, 30 November 2009 13:42 (eleven years ago) link

I think "Mark III (whatever the fuck "mark" means") is fucking great.

Bill Magill, Monday, 30 November 2009 14:14 (eleven years ago) link

Had to look up "Bananas" to find out what the hell that was. (Mark XIV or thereabouts?) Wonder who voted for that one? (Or the "Concerto", which I've never heard & been curious about for years)

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 30 November 2009 14:51 (eleven years ago) link

Bananas is really good! So is Abandon, and Rapture Of The Deep is worth hearing, too. (I would've still voted for either In Rock or Fireball had I seen this though, probably.)

xhuxk, Monday, 30 November 2009 15:53 (eleven years ago) link

Dude I knew used to say of In Rock, "That's my main thump." Years before "that's my jam."

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Monday, 30 November 2009 17:50 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

finally listening to 'concerto' etc and it's way better (at the least the first movement so far) than i've been led to believe all these years. how people dog this but rep hard for sufjan stevens is beyond me

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 9 April 2011 23:10 (ten years ago) link

The of Concerto... that's on the turntable in The Mother and The Whore sounded good. Blackmore shredding IIRC.

I picked up the In Rock remaster the other day. Chuck was right in Stairway: they did sound like a Brit MC5!

Handjobs for a sport (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:02 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Seeing word now that Jon Lord has passed on.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:15 (eight years ago) link

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:18 (eight years ago) link

RIP. That guy always seemed ultra-classy.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:26 (eight years ago) link

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:27 (eight years ago) link

This is essential viewing for any Purple fan and Lord is drily humorous in this.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:43 (eight years ago) link

Best rock organist. RIP.

Trip Maker, Monday, 16 July 2012 17:47 (eight years ago) link

Yeah :(

the Notorious B1G1 (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 16 July 2012 17:59 (eight years ago) link

Oh man, RIP.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 16 July 2012 18:04 (eight years ago) link

polyphonic, Monday, 16 July 2012 18:15 (eight years ago) link


EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 16 July 2012 18:51 (eight years ago) link

Jon Lord kicked ass.

earlnash, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 02:30 (eight years ago) link

That's a pretty serious jam

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:31 (eight years ago) link

RIP, had to listen to two or three Purp albums at work because of this.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:08 (eight years ago) link

Pretty nice!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 22 July 2012 00:17 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

Bumped because I'm listening to Machine Head right now and I'm marvelling at the amazing drumming. Ian Paice = legend.

The 1970-1973 line up of Deep Purple were fucking white hot, and it's such a shame that they couldn't keep that line-up together for longer.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 18:41 (four years ago) link

Consensus seems to be that it was pretty much all Richie's fault. I do rate Burn higher than the previous Gillan record, but certainly Mk. II might have stuck it out a while longer if Blackmore wasn't such a pill.

erudite beach boys fan (sheesh), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 20:10 (four years ago) link

Paice is tremendous though. Kind of a Fleetwood Mac sort of thing with Purple, only instead of the bass/drums as the only constants it's keys/drums. Hard to go wrong with Lord/Paice tho, even that first Whitesnake record is pretty good.

erudite beach boys fan (sheesh), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 20:16 (four years ago) link

Yeah, what they really should have done is taken a break after Machine Head and recharged their batteries. There's some great stuff on the Coverdale-led records, but I think Mk. II could have gone on to make some incredible music. For me, Purple Mk. II is on an equal footing with Sabbath and Zeppelin.

Rising-era Rainbow were a fucking white hot band too, but Blackmore were dicks to those too. Particularly the keyboardist and the bassist. Cozy Powell and Dio left because Blackmore wanted to get away from everything that actually made Rainbow a great rock group.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 20:23 (four years ago) link

yeah every time I listen to that run it's always even better than I remembered. a band whose best work has aged very well, like first four Sabbath albums well.

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 20:31 (four years ago) link

The production on Machine Head is impeccable, IMO - so clear, punchy and powerful.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 21:25 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

A couple of weeks ago found the remastered cd of 'In Rock', then yesterday the 2cd version of 'Made In Japan'.
And loving them, even 'Smoke on the Water' sounds insanely massive.
Used to really hate that song as my parents ran a roadhouse pub/inn place in the late 80s and every sunday we would put on a local guitarist who used backing tapes.
The big finale was always 'Smoke On The Water', and all his biker mates would mosh about.
Truly painful experience.

But, these 2 cds are excellent.
Just need to get lucky and find Burn, Fireball, and Machinehead now.

mark e, Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:42 (one year ago) link

Nothing tops Made in Japan but In Rock and Machine Head are both worth checking out.

pomenitul, Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

Who Do We Think We Are is underrated imho.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

pomenitul :
i have already got 'in rock' remaster with the Roger Glover 'remixes' (one of which is listed as 'unedited') no less.
suspect there is a story behind the inclusion of those.

mark e, Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:12 (one year ago) link

The 80s reunion records are worth checking, especially the first one 'Perfect Strangers' which is one of their best albums they did.

This collection of BBC live recordings I think is better than Live in Japan. It's come out in a few different titles. I got this one.

earlnash, Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:08 (one year ago) link

I've got the two-disc of that. The '70 disc is them in jumbo jam mode, and the '72 disc is basically a dress rehearsal for Made In Japan (which was recorded a few months later, iirc).

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:05 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

“Anyone’s Daughter” is such a twisted song. I’d been listening to a lot of Dick’s Picks Dead and realized that song was prime for extended live jams.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 04:18 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

On their second album, The Book of Taliesyn, Deep Purple interpolate "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Strauss at the beginning of "River Deep Mountain High". I'd like to suggest that the previous song on the record, "The Shield", also references this piece, with its piano melody alternating between the minor and major third of the scale. Jon Lord must have really liked 2001.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:02 (one week ago) link

If you are looking for more jumbo jam mode from '70, I highly recommend Scandinavian Nights (I believe later reissued as Live in Stockholm).

A 34-minute "Wring That Neck"! A 29-minute "Mandrake Root"! A 20-minute "Child in Time"!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 April 2021 16:29 (one week ago) link

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