During their 1970s prime, pioneering heavy metal band Deep Purple was a superstar sensation in Japan. The 14-song 1995 Japanese release Purple Chronicle: The Best Selection collects 13 classics like "Highway Star," "Child in Time," "Space Truckin'," "Woman From Tokyo," "Hush," "Burn," and "Smoke on the Water," as well as a superb B-side rarity, "When a Blind Man Cries." This restrained, blues-based original is a marked departure from most of Deep Purple's work. Despite the stellar material on Purple Chronicle: The Best Selection, which is related to an earlier Japanese box set, its expensive import cost and fuzzy sound render it desirable for Deep Purple collectors only, who will also enjoy the liner notes and lyrics in both Japanese and English. For both casual fans and audiophiles, Purple Chronicle: The Best Selection is surpassed by two domestic releases on Warner Archives/Rhino with superior, remastered sound: 2000's The Very Best of Deep Purple and 1998's two-CD, 25th anniversary expanded edition of Machine Head, which includes "When a Blind Man Cries."
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AllMusic Review by Bret Adams