Deep Purple

Anthems

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Deep Purple is one of those bands who has countless albums coming out featuring live material blended with album tracks and the occasional hit single to make a mishmash of listenable rock. This is mostly taken from their best moments of the '70s, which is by far the best period in their career. Big hits like "Hush," "Woman From Tokyo," and "Highway Star" are featured in solid versions that are usually live but still pack a punch due to the performing lineup. Most of the biggest songs are here (sans "Smoke on the Water") in some form, and the sound quality is shockingly good on the live material. The band would get so muddled up in membership changes and complications that their catalog fell into the same messy shape as many of their contemporaries, but some of these compilations are pretty decent and this is one of them. Nothing essential, but if this is the only Deep Purple album available to you, you could do a lot worse.

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