Deep Purple - The Book of Taliesyn

NME.COM feature on Deep Purple - The Book of Taliesyn album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.

Release date: 28 October 2008

Deep Purple News

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

More Deep Purple News

Deep Purple - The Book of Taliesyn: Wikipedia Album Entry

The Book of Taliesyn is the second album recorded by Deep Purple, released in 1968 (US) and 1969 (UK). The band was forced to go into the studio by the record company only 3 months after the American release of their debut album, following an unexpected chart success in the States with their first single, "Hush".

The album follows the pattern of Shades Of Deep Purple and includes not only the band's original compositions, but also some covers. The covers, just like the ones on the debut album, were all well known songs, but recorded with different arrangements than the originals and often included an introduction written by the band or taken from classical music. This time, the artists covered by Deep Purple were again The Beatles ("We Can Work It Out"), Neil Diamond ("Kentucky Woman") and Ike and Tina Turner ("River Deep, Mountain High").

Two singles were released in The US: "Kentucky Woman" (reached #38) and "River Deep, Mountain High", with only the first song being released as a single in the UK.

The cover artwork was created by John Vernon Lord (no family ties with the band's keyboard player). It is the only album to have his cover artwork.

The Book of Taliesyn was re-issued in 2000, along with 5 bonus tracks and extensive liner notes.

It was the second of three albums recorded with the original line-up of Deep Purple:

Rod Evans - lead vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Nick Simber - bass guitar and backing vocals
Jon Lord - Hammond organs, keyboards, string arrangements and backing vocals
Ian Paice - drums

User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

Like Deep Purple? You might also like...

Powered by Last.fm

Artist/Album artwork images hosted by Last.fm. For copyright enquiries please see here.

 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today