Deep Purple - Deep Purple

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Release date: 28 October 2008

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Former Guns N'Roses man Slash pays tribute to Deep Purple's Jon Lord

Former Guns N'Roses man Slash pays tribute to Deep Purple's Jon Lord

Axeman calls Lord's sound 'One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal'

Tom Morello, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics pay tribute to the late Jon Lord

Tom Morello, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics pay tribute to the late Jon Lord

The Deep Purple co-founder passed away earlier today at the age of 71

Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies aged 71

Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies aged 71

He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer

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Deep Purple - Deep Purple: Wikipedia Album Entry

Deep Purple is the third album by the band of the same name, recorded and released in 1969. The album is notable for featuring the longest track in the band's history - a 12-minute "April". It was also different from the band's first two releases in that it included almost entirely original material, the only cover being "Lalena", originally recorded by Donovan Leitch.

This release saw the band heading into more progressive and hard rock direction, which was further developed on the next albums.

The album reached only #162 in the Billboard charts. The single, "Bird Has Flown" didn't impress the audience either. Shortly after the album was released in the US, and even before the UK audience could buy it, Rod Evans and Nick Simper were both fired when their limitations became evident to the other members.

In 2000, the CD was re-issued along with extensive liner notes and 5 bonus tracks.

It was the last album to feature the so-called Mark I of Deep Purple, that included:

Rod Evans - vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Nick Simper - bass guitar, backing vocals
Jon Lord - Hammond organs, keyboard, backing vocals
Ian Paice - drums

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