Best of Deep Purple
Deep Purple was formed around the same time when the mighty Beatles were crumbling, early 1968.Unlike many bands who are made up of their best friends,Deep Purple was formed by London businessmen Ron Hire and John Coletta.
Even though they reached the no.4 and no.38 spots in the Billboard Hot 100 U.S charts with their debut single "Hush" and "Kentucky Woman" from their very first album Shades of Deep Purple, released October 1968, the band was on the verge of disintegrating as their record label Tetragammaton had gone bankrupt refusing the band any sort of promotion.
Which eventually led to an embarrassing fiasco of not having a single song of Deep Purple in the Billboard Hot 100 U.S charts from their next two albums, resulting in the ousting of the band members Nick Simper and Rod Evans.
The band came back strongly with their new single "Black Night" under their new record label EMI Records. Dubbed as the 'unholy trinity of heavy metal music', along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, "Black Night " would become their highest chartered single, in their home country U.K, peaking at no.2 in the U.K charts.
Best of Deep Purple a collection of their best selling tracks also includes "Speed King", "Strange Kind Of Woman" and "Fireball ".Unlike Beatles, Deep Purple sold more albums across the Atlantic, in the U.S than in their native U.K.
Fireball , Deep Purple's 1971 album topped the charts in the U.K but never gave the band the much needed financial impetus.However, songs like "Demon's Eye" and "Fireball " would go on to be in the list of band's all time classics.
"Smoke On The Water" one of Deep Purple's most popular numbers from their 1972 album Machine Head is considered by many critics as one of the best guitar songs of all time.The song is also included in their best hits collection available on Amazon and itunes music store.
The song did not even reach the top 20 in the U.K charts but was a resounding success in the U.S, where it peaked at the 4th position in the Billboard Hot 100 charts and the album Machine Head reached the top 10 of the U.S album charts.
Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple's guitarist has been credited for composing this masterpiece, which earns him and the band a substantial amount of royalties till this day.
Track Listings -
2. Kentucky Woman (Single Version)
3. Black Night
4. Speed King (U.S. Album Version)
5. Child In Time
6. Strange Kind Of Woman
8. Demon's Eye
9. Highway Star
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Space Truckin'
12. Woman From Tokyo
15. Knocking At Your Back Door