Including a collection of previously unreleased live & studio tracks from the halcyon days of Deep Purple (Mark II) featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord & Ian Paice

01. Painted Horse (5:19) (Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice)
02. Hush (4:37) (Live, Albert Hall '69)
03. Wring That Neck (12:51) (Live, Albert Hall '69)
04. Child In Time (12:29) (Live, Albert Hall '69)
05. Black Night (4:59) (Live, Japan '72)
06. Cry Free (Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice) (3:11)

Painted Horse was recorded in Autumn 1972 for the inclusion on the 'Who Do We Think We Are' album. Left unmixed because of internal conflict, it appears here for the first time. Subdued but interesting solo from Ritchie on guitar & Ian Gillan's Lunch Wrapper (mouth organ!).

The next three numbers are all from a short set which preceded Jon's Concerto for Group & Orchestra on 24th September 1969, & they give a unique glimpse into Deep Purple's first stage act. Probably nervous, & already worried about the way the press might (& did) misconstrue the reasons behind the Concerto, they were nonetheless anxious to prove themselves in their own rights. Gillan's vocals give Hush a new dimension (listen for evidence of his early passion for Elvis) & the Albert Hall acoustics give Jon's Hammond a superb atmospheric sound.

Wring That Neck was an integral part of the show until 1971, an instrumental for Jon & Ritchie, whose wonderful finger vibrato is captured at last. These older numbers were eased out as new material was written & recorded.

Child In Time was one such new number, the live version closely follows the original studio recording, which had only been laid down a few days before. Gillan put his heart & soul into the vocals, & Ritchie concentrates hard to pull off a classic solo. The stunned audience remain silent as the final notes echo around the hall, before they busrt into applause.

Black Night, recorded at the same time as the historic 'Made In Japan' live double album but not included therein, was performed as an encore duriing August 1972 in Tokyo & only previously included on the '24 Carat Purple' album

Cry Free closes the album. A rather lovely Gillan lyric over a hard Purple riff, with an unusual phased guitar solo from Ritchie. Possibly a projected single, this was one of a number of items recorded during sessions for the immortal 'In Rock' album

Classic tracks from the classic band
Sad affections: Simon Robinson/ Ann Warburton

Mixed by Martin Birch
Cover design by Cream
Cover photography by Dieter Zill courtesy of Bravo Magazine
Back cover photography by Robert Ellis L.F.I. & Fin Costello

(P) © 1977 Deep Purple (Overseas) Records Ltd. under licence to EMI Records Ltd.

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