Deep Purple

Deep Purple and Beyond

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The Direct Source label does it again: they put together a compilation with a major heavy rock act as its subject, include four tracks (and of course its most infamous one) by that artist, and fill the rest with solo doggerel and dreck by its various members. Here, Deep Purple kick off with an excellent live version of "Smoke on the Water," only to be followed by limp, utterly uninteresting, and often downright dodgy live versions of "Ted the Mechanic" and the unlistenable "Via Miami," in which the band try to be Mott the Hoople! The version of "Black Night" works to a degree but its sound is a bit on the bootleg side. There are also numbers by the Ian Gillian Band, Glen Hughes, Roger Glover & the Guilty Party, and a David Coverdale solo. Ugh. Every single selection is horrid. The only other redemptive material here is by Ritchie Blackmore's venerable Rainbow outfit, who give a fine rendition of "Kill the King." Only the true Deep Purple fanatic could possibly want this "artifact." The rest are advised to steer clear.

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