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Deep Purple - 1969 Deep Purple
'Deep Purple' won't overshadow 'In Rock' or 'Machine Head' in your collections, but it's worth owning not only from an historical perspective, but it makes for a fun listen every once in a while as well.

Deep Purple - 1970 Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple's 'In Rock' is one album we'll still be discussing in a hundred years.

Deep Purple - 1971 Fireball
Bolstered by the profile of 'In Rock' and the hype, 'Fireball' actually hit number one, which seems amazing even 44 years later. While reviews were mixed it continued to establish them as leaders of the hard rock circuit. It must be said this was and still is light years ahead of most bands trying their luck in 1971.

Deep Purple - 1972 Machine Head
Depending on which version of Deep Purple you prefer, it wouldn't be outrageous to suggest that their signature studio album of their entire career is captured on this album thanks to the MkII version of the band.

Deep Purple - 1973 Who Do We Think We Are
As was Purple's want, there were only seven tracks on display and by all accounts that was a miracle judging from the mostly disastrous recording sessions.

Deep Purple - 1974 Burn
'Burn' saw Purple still at the height of their powers, and it never really has gotten the recognition it deserves. It was their last album recorded in positive circumstances during the 70's.

Deep Purple - 1974 Stormbringer
After a massively successful world tour in support of 'Burn', Deep Purple Mk 3 found themselves quickly back in the studio in an attempt to capitalise on their status as one of the biggest hard rock acts of the time. The result? 'Stormbringer'.

Deep Purple - 1975 Come Taste The Band
One of rocks greatest shames is that this would be Deep Purple Mk 4's only studio recording, as the potential was there for greater things..

Deep Purple - 1984 Perfect Strangers
After an aborted reunion a couple of years earlier, Deep Purple Mk 2 (1969-73) finally completed the deed in 1984 when what was considered their greatest lineup announced plans for a new album and tour.

Deep Purple - 1987 House Of Blue Light
I might be in a minority for believing so, but 'The House Of Blue Light' twenty years down the road stands up as a more consistent listen than any of the Steve Morse era albums. Regardless 'Blue Light' straddles the line between commercial hard rock and AOR, and driven by a succession of stunning hooks this is one Purple outing I will never tire of.

Deep Purple - 1990 Slaves And Masters
Deep Rainbow? To the horror of Purple fans worldwide this became a reality in 1989 when Ian Gillan was removed from the lineup and replaced by Blackmore's one time mainman during Rainbow's AOR heyday Joe Lynn Turner.

Deep Purple - 1993 The Battle Rages On
It's been at least a decade since I listened to this and I fully understand why I had avoided it so long. That legends like Purple could conjure up such slop is unfathomable..This was (and still is) a true embarrassment for all concerned.

Deep Purple - 2000 Days May Come: The 1975 California Rehearsals
.. at least with Tommy Bolin Deep Purple had the chance to experiment and at the onset they did, which is why 'Days May Come' is an advert for spontaneous and remarkably untamed rock.

Deep Purple - 2003 Bananas
So, if it's a bunch of classic rockers that you're after, then look no further. It ain't exactly new nor original, but what the hey?

Deep Purple - 2005 Rapture Of The Deep
Still rockin' and rollin' after 35 years. Ian Gillan has still got it!!

Deep Purple - 2013 Now What?!
This is probably Purple's best effort since 'Purpendicular' and it's still good to have the band around as three of them reach the tail end of their sixties. About half the album works and the other half doesn't, with still too many tracks which seemingly have little purpose except to retread ideas and themes heard on previous albums.

Deep Purple - 2013 Perfect Strangers Live [DVD]
It's easy to become wary of Purple live albums as a whole, but this ranks up there with their best and we should be thankful it was recorded in the first place, although what took so long is another matter.

Deep Purple - 2017 Infinite
Obviously Purple are over the hill and their best days evaporated decades ago, but is there any reason they should sound this dull and uninspired? This truly sounds like music for old men.

Gillan - 1980 Glory Road
With such a varied solo career it's hard to zero in on Ian Gillan's finest moment outside of Deep Purple. Trying to pick the definitiveeffort of the band is almost futile, but 'Glory Road' has always stood out to me as Gillan's best work.

Gillan - 1981 Future Shock
It was with some amazement that while researching this album I learned it reached no 2 in the U.K. album charts. Amazing perhaps given how increasingly forgotten Gillan's excellence as a solo artist was, whereas in 1981 he was a British hard rock institution competing with the NWOBHM acts he helped influence.

Gillan - 1982 Magic
I seem to remember less positive views at the time, and personally speaking this album originally never hit home to me either, although time has been good to this recording and still stands up well today.

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