Listen Learn Read On

Listen Learn Read On

by Deep Purple

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Overview

Listen Learn Read On

Amid the ever-growing tide of Deep Purple box sets (this was at least their eighth in nine years), Listen Learn Read On stands alone, not only as the ultimate round-up of the band's greatest moments, but also as the answer to more collectors' dreams than most collectors were even aware they'd had. You want Deep Purple's long-legendary, but forever unavailable BBC sessions? They're here. You want the killer live encores that other albums omitted? They're here. You want a solid introduction to the band members' pre-Purple passages? They're here. And, of course, you want the hits. So they're here as well. Superficial similarities to the 2001 Rhino box can be dismissed immediately. Six CDs and a 120-page booklet eschew the full 30-plus year career summary approach that marked that set. Rather, Listen Learn Read On concentrates wholly on the band's original lifespan, prior to their mid-'70s break-up. That this covers each of the group's most vital incarnations is self-evident -- no matter that the reformed Deep Purple has now more than doubled its predecessor's existence -- still, the so-called Marks I and II and Mark III created the band's reputation, with II and III, at least, revitalized every time the latest line-up plays another show. Of course the approach isn't perfect. No matter how well-loved the David Coverdale era of the band may have been, there is no escaping the fact that disc six, covering Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band, is a distinct departure from the highs of the earlier eras. Hitherto, Deep Purple were helping blueprint all that hard rock and metal would grow up to become. Those last couple of albums not only lost that particular focus, they also lost all the wit and wisdom that was once the band's hallmark. It gets pretty grueling in the dog days of that final disc. Spin back to those that went before, however, and it doesn't even matter that it's once more around for "Smoke On The Water," "Child In Time," "Strange Kind Of Woman," "Space Trucking," and "Mistreated." In each and almost every instance, vaults have been scoured, archives have been emptied, and there's a surprise around every corner -- a quadrophonic mix here, a BBC session there and, in the case of "Space Trucking," a previously unissued 30-minute live version that makes every other rendition sound anemic. Familiar friends rub shoulders with perfect strangers -- the Fireball outtake, "Fools," is the only wholly unheard song on the set, but almost half the 71 tracks here have either never seen legal daylight in the past, or are making their CD debut. And, of the rest -- well, you said you wanted the hits. You just didn't say exactly how you wanted them.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0724354097324
catalogNumber: 540973

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deep Purple   Primary Artist
Tommy Bolin   Guitar
Ian Gillan   Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore   Guitar,Soloist
Glenn Hughes   Vocals
Ian Paice   Drums

Technical Credits

Tommy Bolin   Composer
Deep Purple   Producer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Ian Gillan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Joe Meek   Producer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer,Remixing
Glenn Hughes   Composer
Jon Lord   Composer,Contributor
David Balfe   Producer
Martin Birch   Engineer
Malcolm Brown   Producer
Chris Charlesworth   Additional Music
David Coverdale   Composer,Contributor
Pete Dauncey   Producer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer
Tony Edwards   Executive Producer
Rod Evans   Composer,Contributor
Eddie Kramer   Producer
Derek Lawrence   Producer
Ian Paice   Composer
Roger Quested   Producer
Walter J. Ridley   Producer
Simon Robinson   Liner Notes,Introduction
Dave Siddle   Engineer
Nick Simper   Composer,Contributor
Paul Williams   Producer
Reed   Producer
Phil Jay   Producer
John Tesar   Composer
Nick Watson   Producer
Mike Franks   Producer
Robert Simon   Producer
Mike Harding   Producer
Robert Lamm   Composer

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