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Deep Purple
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released June, 1969 (US)
November, 1969 (UK)
Recorded January to March 1969
at De Lane Lea, London
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock[1]
Length 44:34 (Original LP)
59:26 (2000 CD edition)
Label Harvest Records (UK)
Tetragrammaton (US)
Polydor (Cananda)
Producer Derek Lawrence
Professional reviews
Deep Purple chronology
The Book of Taliesyn
Deep Purple
Deep Purple in Rock
Re-issue cover

Deep Purple, also referred to as Deep Purple III, is the third studio album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in 1969 on Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and on Tetragrammaton in the US. It was to be the last album with the original lineup.

The songs have a psychedelic rock particularly in the Seven Track "Bird has Flown" and progressive rock feel that verges on classical music, particularly in the long introductory sequence of the 12-minute final track "April", which is thus far Deep Purple's longest studio recording. All tracks on the album are band originals except for "Lalena", which is a cover of a Donovan song.


Album Cover

Tetragrammaton ran into difficulty over the use of the Museo del Prado-owned Hieronymus Bosch painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" which was incorrectly perceived as being anti-religious in the US and thus rejected or poorly stocked by many record shops[2]. The original painting is in colour although it appears in monochrome here due to a printing error for the original layout and the band opted to keep it that way.[citation needed]

Track listing


Side one

  1. "Chasing Shadows" (Jon Lord, Ian Paice) – 5:34
  2. "Blind" (Lord) – 5:26
  3. "Lalena" (Donovan Leitch) – 5:05
  4. a) "Fault Line" (Ritchie Blackmore, Nick Simper, Lord, Paice)
    b) "The Painter" (Rod Evans, Blackmore, Simper, Lord, Paice) – 5:38

Side two

  1. "Why Didn't Rosemary?" (Evans, Blackmore, Simper, Lord, Paice) – 5:04
  2. "The Bird Has Flown" (Evans, Blackmore, Lord) – 5:36
  3. "April" (Blackmore, Lord) – 12:10

Bonus tracks on the CD re-issue

  1. "The Bird Has Flown" (alternate b-side version) (Evans, Blackmore, Lord) – 2:54
  2. "Emmaretta" (single a-side) (Evans, Blackmore, Lord) – 3:00
  3. "Emmaretta" (BBC radio session 1/16/69) (Evans, Blackmore, Lord) – 3:09
  4. "Lalena" (BBC radio session 6/6/69) (Leitch) – 3:33
  5. "The Painter" (BBC radio session 6/6/69) (Evans, Blackmore, Simper, Lord, Paice) – 2:18

Track 4 is divided into tracks 4 & 5 on CD re-issue, resulting in the increase of the position of following tracks.


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