EMI Gold
Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Album Rock, Arena Rock

Album Review

While not celebrated as pioneers of heavy metal as often as contemporaries like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple were as integral a band as any in the evolution of high-octane rock. Essential tracks the group from its early days doing soul-fried heavy blues-rock numbers like "Hush" or their rowdy take on Neil Diamond's hit "Kentucky Woman" into their mid-'70s arena rock apex. Ritchie Blackmore's instantly recognizable riff on "Smoke on the Water" has launched the guitar careers of countless starry-eyed metalheads, and a wealth of other FM radio classics like "Highway Star," "Woman from Tokyo," and "Space Truckin'" is a reminder of just how hard working Deep Purple were. They were also an act that helped usher in the popularity of the double live album with 1972's platinum-selling Made in Japan. Included from that set are "Black Night" and the extended epic jamming of "Child in Time."
Fred Thomas, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Hush
  2. Kentucky Woman
  3. Hallelujah
  4. Speed King
  5. Black Night [Live in Japan] [Live]
  6. Strange Kind of Woman
  7. Child in Time [Live in Japan] [Live]
  8. Fireball
  9. Highway Star
  10. Never Before
  11. Smoke on the Water
  12. Space Truckin'
  13. Woman from Tokyo
  14. Burn [Single Edit] [Edit]
  15. Stormbringer