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Chasing Shadows - Deep Purple (Deep Purple album) - Netflix
Deep Purple, also referred to as Deep Purple III, is the third studio album by the English rock band Deep Purple, released in June 1969 on Tetragrammaton Records in the United States and only in September 1969 on Harvest Records in the United Kingdom. Its release was preceded by the single “Emmaretta” and by a long tour in the UK, whose dates were interspersed between the album's recording sessions. The music of this album is mostly original and a combination of progressive rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, but with a harder edge and with the guitar parts in more evidence than in the past. This was due both to the growth of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore as a songwriter and to the conflicts within the band over the fusion of classical music and rock proposed by keyboard player Jon Lord and amply implemented in the band's previous releases. The band started their second US tour in April 1969 with little support from their almost-bankrupt American label and without an album to promote, because of a delay in the manufacturing of the new LP. During the tour, Deep Purple showed a remarkable progress as performers and a musical direction more oriented towards a heavier and louder sound than before. Doubts about compatibility of vocalist Rod Evans with the hard rock music that other band members wanted to pursue brought about the decision of searching for a substitute, which was found in Ian Gillan of the band Episode Six. Gillan formed a songwriting duo with Episode Six's bassist Roger Glover, who was also invited to join Deep Purple and replaced Nick Simper. The band's new line-up, identified as Mark II, debuted live in London on 10 July 1969. Commercially, this album was the least successful of the three albums released by the band's Mark I line-up and was ignored by critics upon its release. Modern reviews are generally positive and remark the variety of styles within the album and the boldness of the song arrangements.
Chasing Shadows - Commercial and critical reception - Netflix
Deep Purple was practically ignored by the music press in the US upon its release in June 1969 and bounced up and down on the Billboard 200 chart for a few weeks, peaking at No. 162 and not coming close to the success of its two predecessors. Tetragrammaton's financial problems were partially to blame, as promotion was lackluster, but the lack of a hit single to be aired on FM radio or a tour in support of the album were also important factors. In the UK, the single “Emmaretta” did not convince critics and buying public and failed to chart. At the time of release, Deep Purple was generally ignored by the British music press, more focused on the eventful Concerto for Group and Orchestra than on an album by an extinct line-up. The album was a slow seller in Europe and eventually was certified Gold in Germany in 1990. Modern reviews are generally positive. AllMusic's Bruce Eder calls the album “one of the most bracing progressive rock albums ever, and a successful vision of a musical path that the group might have taken but didn't”, remarking how Deep Purple succeeded in combining “heavy metal's early, raw excitement, intensity, and boldness with progressive rock's complexity and intellectual scope.” Jedd Beaudoin of PopMatters appreciates in his review the heavier sound of the songs and notices how “Evans sounds more and more out of place in a band that was increasingly more comfortable with stretching itself beyond the confines of pure pop pieces”, like in the track “April”, which he considers not only “the most ambitious thing on the entire record, but also arguably the best.” David Bowling, in his Blogcritics column, reviews the album as “the least satisfying of their three early career releases, although it can also be considered their most adventurous” for its “meandering through a number of different styles and sounds.” However, considering the growth shown by Blackmore and Lord as performers in this release, he concludes that it is “a fitting conclusion to the band's formative years.”
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