Deep Purple Shades (1968-1998) (4-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: March 2, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Rhino
Description by OLDIES.com:
The heaviest of Purple collections, covering their late '60s origins on through their early-to-mid-'70s "classic" period, right on up to the present. All of the heavy metal band's various lineups are represented, featuring legendary members Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Tommy Bolin, and David Coverdale. Compiled with the group's direct cooperation, this four-CD box set includes the hits, key album tracks, loads of rarities, and previously unreleased sides from the vaults - all digitally remastered from the original tapes for best-ever sound quality. Also includes a lavish book containing extensive liner notes, great photos, and track-by-track info.
Entertainment Weekly - 4/2/99, p.95"...While the latter-period stuff is depressingly formulaic, discs 2 and 3 showcase this once-vibrant band at the top of its early-'70s game..." - Rating: B-
CMJ - 4/12/99, p.26"...SHADES is awesome, if you're metal enough to take four hours of relentless heavy riffs and arena-filling, headbanging classics. And if you're not, then it's time to beef up!"
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 4.Love Help Me
- 5.Kentucky Woman
- 7.River Deep-Mountain High
- 9.The Bird Has Flown
- 10.Hallelujah (I Am The Preacher)
- 11.Speed King
- 12.Child In Time
- 13.Cry Free
- 14.Black Night
- 15.Jam Stew
- 16.Into The Fire
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Strange Kind Of Woman
- 2.I'm Alone
- 4.Demon's Eye
- 5.Anyone's Daughter
- 7.No One Came
- 9.Slow Train
- 10.Never Before
- 11.When A Blind Man Cries
- 12.Highway Star
- 13.Smoke On The Water
- 14.Pictures Of Home
- 15.Space Truckin'
- 16.Painted Horse
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Smoke On The Water
- 3.Woman From Tokyo
- 4.Mary Long
- 5.Super Trouper
- 6.Smooth Dancer
- 8.Might Just Take Your Life
- 9.Sail Away
- 10.Coronarias Redig
- 12.Hold On
- 13.Lady Double Dealer
- 14.Gettin' Tighter
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Knocking At Your Back Door
- 2.Perfect Strangers
- 3.Son Of Alerik
- 4.Call Of The Wild
- 5.Bad Attitude
- 6.Hard Lovin' Woman
- 7.Hush '88
- 8.King Of Dreams
- 9.Fire In The Basement
- 10.Slow Down Sister
- 11.The Battle Rages On
- 13.A Castle Full Of Rascals
SHADES 1968-1998 is a 4-disc deluxe box which includes a 54-page booklet featuring liner notes by David McLees, essays by Jim Ladd and Tim Joseph, a song-by-song annotation by Mick Wall as well as rare photos and a complete discography.
Deep Purple: Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica, congas); Jon Lord (vocals, keyboards); Nick Simper, Tommy Bolin (vocals; guitar); Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass); Rod Evans, Joe Lynn Turner, David Coverdale (vocals); Steve Morse; Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Roger Glover (synthesizer, bass); Ian Paice (drums).
Producers include: David McLees, Simon Robinson, Deep Purple, Martin Birch, Roger Glover.
Compilation producers: David McLees, Simon Robinson.
Engineers include: Andy Knight, Martin Birch. Philip McDonald.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and GAry Hersch (DigiPrep).
Personnel: Tommy Bolin (vocals, guitar); Jon Lord (vocals, strings, keyboards); Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica, congas); Glenn Hughes , Rod Evans, Joe Lynn Turner, Nick Simper (vocals); Joe Satriani, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse (guitar); Roger Glover (synthesizer); Ian Paice (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Authors: Mick Wall; Jim Ladd.
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, Lo (03/1968-05/1998); De Lane Lea Studios, London, England (03/1968-05/1998); IBC studios (03/1968-05/1998); Pye Studios, London, England (03/1968-05/1998); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (03/1968-05/1998).
Although Deep Purple is rumored to have provided the most fodder for the heavy metal parody Spinal Tap, their influence on the world of hard rock is as important as either Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. SHADES covers 30 years of recording done by a myriad of line-ups. Deep Purple, named after Nino Tempo and April Stevens' version of the standard, started out as a psychedelic pop act before quickly evolving into a hard rock band characterized by keyboardist Jon Lord's classical tendencies and Ritchie Blackmore's over-the-top, pull-off arpeggio solos.
Purple's most successful and popular line-up (Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan) spent the early '70s cultivating their hard rock credentials with landmark albums such as DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK, FIREBALL, and the granddaddy of 'em all, MACHINE HEAD. "Space Truckin'," "Speed King," "Highway Star," and of course "Smoke On The Water" are classic Purple triumphs populated by muscular riffs and potent decibels loathed by critics and adored by the public. Internal dissension led to future line-up changes that found Deep Purple becoming a base from which former and future members became part of groups ranging from Whitesnake and Rainbow to Black Sabbath and the Dixie Dregs.
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