The usual perception of early Deep Purple is that it was a band with a lot of potential in search of a direction. And that might be true of their debut LP, put together in three days of sessions in May of 1968, but it's still a hell of an album…
A FIRE IN THE SKY dives even deeper into Purple's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through Now What?!. It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a Deep Purple album.
Limited 10CD box set release from Deep Purple featuring the 2010 remastering. Includes a 120-page booklet, a description, and lyrics. Set includes 10 albums: "Concerto for Group and Orchestra," "Deep Purple in Rock," "Fireball," "Machine Head," "Made in Japan," "Who Do We Think We Are," "Burn," "Stormbringer," "Come Taste the Band," and "Made in Europe."
SHADES 1968-1998 is a 4CD Box Set by DEEP PURPLE. It was released on March 16, 1999. It spans their career from 1968 to 1998. This box set contains rare edits and singles which are remastered along with album versions of their biggest hits.
This exclusive EMI Malaysia issue is probably the most complete single-disc Deep Purple compilation. It concentrates solely on their most productive and identifiable period (the late '60s through the mid-'70s) and includes 18 of their major hits and most popular tracks. Its only drawbacks are the lack of liner notes and the premature fading of two cuts, "Space Truckin'" and "Child in Time." The piano version of "Speed King" is included, but other than that, it's all album tracks.
"Knocking at Your Back Door: The Best of Deep Purple in the 80's" is a compilation album by the British hard rock band Deep Purple. It is a compilation of tracks from three albums, Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), and the live album Nobody's Perfect (1988). This best-of of eighties Deep Purple marks the return of the Mark II line-up, and what a return! Although purists will disagree with compilations such as this, it has to be said that weeding out the dross makes this a stunning disc. From the sheer exuberance of the title track, to the monumental re-working of 'Hush,' there is very little to dislike here.