Deep Purple

24 Carat Purple

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The first compilation conceived by Deep Purple as opposed to the band's record company, and it's a flawless representation of the band's Mark II identity at its very best. The Made in Japan double live album consumes much of the single LP's body weight -- the epic renditions of "Smoke on the Water," "Child in Time," and "Strange Kind of Woman" are, after all, among Deep Purple's most resonant moments. With "Woman from Tokyo," "Fireball," and "Never Before" peeling off singles, and "Speed King" excerpted from Deep Purple in Rock, 24 Carat Purple is truly a gold-plated depiction of the band at its all-time peak, before Ian Gillan and Roger Glover went their separate ways and an entire new journey kicked off with Burn.

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