Deep Purple – Deep Purple III

    Bruce Eder: ‘This is a record that even those who aren’t Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting — but then, this wasn’t much like any other album that the group ever issued. Actually, Deep Purple was highly prized for many years by fans of progressive rock, and for good reason. The group was going through a transition — original lead singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper would be voted out of the lineup soon after the album was finished (although they weren’t told about it until three months later), organist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore having perceived limitations in their work in terms of where each wanted to take the band. And between Lord’s ever-greater ambitions toward fusing classical and rock and Blackmore’s ever-bolder guitar attack, both of which began to coalesce with the session for Deep Purple in early 1969, the group managed to create an LP that combined heavy metal’s early, raw excitement, intensity, and boldness with progressive rock’s complexity and intellectual scope, and virtuosity on both levels. On “The Painter,” “Why Didn’t Rosemary?,” and, especially, “Bird Has Flown,” they strike a spellbinding balance between all of those elements, and Evans’ work on the latter is one of the landmark vocal performances in progressive rock. “April,” a three-part suite with orchestral accompaniment, is overall a match for such similar efforts by the Nice as the “Five Bridges Suite,” and gets extra points for crediting its audience with the patience for a relatively long, moody developmental section and for including a serious orchestral interlude that does more than feature a pretty tune, exploiting the timbre of various instruments as well as the characteristics of the full ensemble. Additionally, the band turns in a very successful stripped-down, hard rock version of Donovan’s “Lalena,” with an organ break that shows Lord’s debt to modern jazz as well as classical training. In all, amid all of those elements — the orchestral accompaniment, harpsichord embellishments, and backward organ and drum tracks — Deep Purple holds together astonishingly well as a great body of music. Deep Purple III is one of the most bracing progressive rock albums ever, and a successful vision of a musical path that the group might have taken but didn’t….

Release Date: June, 1969
Duration: 59:25
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Art Rock – Prog-Rock – British Metal – Hard Rock – Heavy Metal

 

Deep Purple – Deep Purple III Tracklist

1.Chasing Shadows (00:00)
2.Blind (05:35)
3.Lalena (11:02)
4.Fault Line (16:09)
5.The Painter (17:53)
6.Why Didn’t Rosemary? (21:46)
7.The Bird Has Flown (26:51)
8.April (32:26)
9.The Bird Has Flown (44:36 Alternate Version)
10.Emmaretta (47:31 Original Single)
11.Emmaretta (50:34 BBC Top Gear Session)
12.Lalena (53:42 BBC Radio Session)
13.The Painter (57:15 BBC Radio Session

Deep Purple - Deep Purple III

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