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Artist: Deep Purple

Title: The Book of Taliesyn

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Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1969

Label: Spitfire Records

Catalog Number: 15063


Ritchie Blackmore guitar
Jon Lord organ, keyboards, vocals
Rod Evans vocals
Nicky bass guitar, vocals
Ian Paice drums
Nick Simper bass, vocals


1.  Listen, Learn, Read On  4:04
2.  Hard Road  5:13
3.  Kentucky Woman  4:44
4.  Exposition/We Can Work It Out  7:07
5.  Shield  6:06
6.  Anthem  6:31
7.  River Deep, Mountain High  10:12
8.  Oh No No No Studio Outtake  4:25
9.  It's All Over BBC Top Gear Session  4:14
10.  Hey Bop a Re Bop BBC Top Gear Session  3:31
11.  Wring That Neck BBC Top Gear Session  4:42
12.  Playground Remixed Instrumental Studio Outtake  4:29
Total Running Time:  65:18

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Kabubala Date: November 30, 2001 at 17:28
This is the best album from the original line-up. "The Shield" is the one song from Mk. 1 that can stand with material from the later Purple marks. Overall, a very solid release. But this is far from being in the same league as PURPENDICULAR, IN ROCK, MADE IN JAPAN, or PERFECT STRANGERS.

From: Gar Date: February 6, 2003 at 23:48
I've always loved this album. No, its not metal like the Gillan era. Or bluesy like the Coverdale era. This one has an almost medieval feel throughout(even the cover songs). This album definitely isn't for everyone, but if you like epic songs and swirling keyboards give this one a try.

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 11:53
Too dated for me but I felt I just had to have it for two reasons: Complete the essential collection, and Support these dudes in any way possible.

From: johnk5150 Date: December 18, 2007 at 9:28
My favorite record before the sound change by a mile. Love Evans' smooth vocal and the jams are jam-tastic.

From: ghettonation73 Date: December 16, 2015 at 14:19
My second favorite 70's band, behind the one and only Black Sabbath.

From: hair metal again Date: March 21, 2020 at 14:05
ok release for DEEP PURPLE and at that time back in the late 60s it was all about the jam and not about the songs i guess!Lord s keys are excellent and the sound is typical of that decade!not bad,not great

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