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The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI 2 Disc]

Artist: Deep Purple

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Label: EMI Music Distribution
Album: The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI 2 Disc]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hush (30 Anniversary Rema
2)    Mandrake Root (3o Anniver
3)    Kentucky Woman (30 Annive
4)    Wring That Neck (30 Anniv
5)    Bird Has Flown, The
6)    Emmaretta (30 Anniversary
7)    Hallelujah
8)    Black Night (Single Versi
9)    Speed King (25th Annivers
10)    Bloodsucker (25th Anniver
11)    Child in Time (25th Anniv
12)    Strange Kind of Woman (Si
13)    Fireball (25th Anniversar
14)    Demon's Eye (25th Anniver
15)    When a Blind Man Cries ('
16)    Highway Star ('97 Remix)
17)    Smoke on the Water (25th
18)    Never Before (25th Annive
19)    Woman From Tokyo (25th An
20)    Burn
21)    Might Just Take Your Life
22)    Stormbringer
23)    You Keep on Moving
24)    Perfect Strangers
25)    Knocking at Your Backdoor
26)    King of Dreams
27)    Ted the Mechanic
28)    Any Fule Kno That

Performer Notes
  • This best of collection features 28 remastered tracks by heavy metal and hard rock giants Deep Purple, including "Smoke On The Water," "Hush," "Kentucky Woman," "Speed King," and "Woman From Tokyo."
  • Of the many anthologies and collections that Deep Purple have released over the years, The Very Best of Deep Purple spans the longest era, covering not only the band's power pop beginnings and '70s heavy metal heyday, but also their '80s and '90s period, a phase where the band re-formed and split up constantly, often falling out of favor with fans in favor of newer metal acts. Most of the set comes from the band's '70s heyday, with a smattering of '60s cuts thrown in, but the addition of cuts from the early '90s will help old fans who may have long since abandoned the band to reconnect with Purple's later years. The addition of newly remastered and remixed versions of the classics act as additional bait to fans who have collected the many previous Purple collections, and the remastered cuts definitely give this an edge over other Purple anthologies, sounding their clearest and sharpest. So while this is arguably the foremost Deep Purple collection, mixing all of the standard Purple classics like "Hush" and "Smoke on the Water" with newer selections, it still comes with some caveats. Too many key album cuts and singles from the band's prime years (such as "Space Truckin'," "Shield," and "No One Came") are jettisoned in favor of some rather pointless selections (like the turgid "Hallelujah"). What's more, while "Perfect Strangers" is as much a key Purple song as anything the band cut before, the rest of the '80s and '90s tracks are forgettable filler, demonstrating, sadly, that Deep Purple's best years are behind them. For casual fans and newcomers, this will be all the Purple they'll need, since it contains the biggest hits in best-ever sound quality, but more dedicated fans will feel cheated by the superficial selection (not to mention the absence of any rarities or previously unreleased cuts). Still, because it gives the biggest overall picture of Deep Purple's evolution, as well as containing the remastered hits, The Very Best of Deep Purple is probably the best Deep Purple collection. ~ Victor W. Valdivia

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:28 September, 1998


1. Hush (30th Anniversary Remaster)

2. Mandrake Root

3. Kentucky Woman

4. Wring That Neck

5. The Bird Has Flown (Us Single Version)

6. Emmaretta (30th Anniversary Remaster)

7. Hallelujah

8. Black Night (Single Version Remaster)

9. Speed King (25th Anniversary Remaster)

10. Bloodsucker (25th Anniversary Remaster)

11. Child In Time (25th Anniversary Remaster)

12. Strange Kind Of Woman (Single Version Remaster

13. Fireball (25th Anniversary Remaster)

14. Demon's Eye (25th Anniversary Remaster)

15. When A Blind Man Cries ('97 Remix)

16. Highway Star ('97 Remix)

17. Smoke On The Water (25th Anniversary Remaster)

18. Never Before (25th Anniversary Remaster)

19. Woman From Tokyo (25th Anniversary Remaster)

20. Burn

21. Might Just Take Your Life

22. Stormbringer

23. You Keep On Moving

24. Perfect Strangers

25. Knocking At Your Back Door

26. King Of Dreams

27. Ted The Mechanic

28. Any Fule Kno That

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Ramiro on
A much more suitable compilation for the casual Deep Purple listener who is only looking for the hits and not their best work as a band. Many of these songs are in their new 90s remix which is not always the best way to listen to most of these songs, that would be the work of the original album tracks.
I would recommend you just skip this release and simply go for the awesome remasters that include bonus songs including the 90s remix by Roger Glover.

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