Most editions of Universal's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series capture the featured artist if not at their very peak, at least at a moment in their career when they were having hits. That's not the case with Deep Purple's volume. It's devoted to their '80s recordings for Mercury, a time that isn't considered one of their peaks, even if it did produce the fairly solid The House of Blue Light. This does round up the highlights from those records, and it does a good job of doing it, but it's not for most listeners -- especially the kind that would normally be quite satisfied by a volume of 20th Century Masters.
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Deep Purple
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Deep Purple Review
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine