A sealed copy of Deep Purple's self-titled 1969 third LP, released on Tetragrammaton Records.
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Offered for sale is a sealed original pressing of Deep Purple’s self-titled 1969 third album, released on Tetragrammaton Records.
It’s assumed by many today that Deep Purple were popular worldwide from the release of their first album. In fact, they really didn’t hit it big until 1970, and their first few releases sold moderately well in the United States and not well at all in Europe. In America, their first four albums, Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn, Deep Purple, and The Concerto for Group and Orchestra, were released on a small California label called Tetragrammaton Records. The first two Deep Purple albums sold fairly well in the United States, but nothing else on the label made a dent in the charts, and the label went out of business by the end of 1969 after less than two years in business.
What few collectors realize is that the third and fourth Deep Purple albums are fairly hard to find as original pressings on Tetragrammaton. Furthermore, most of the copies of all of the Tetragrammaton Deep Purple LPs that are floating around are either counterfeit pressings or unauthorized reissues. This gives the impression that these records are fairly common, when in fact, they are fairly rare. Adding to the problem for collectors is that the label went out of business just a few months after releasing the band’s third album, and immediately after pressing the fourth LP.
Here is what AllMusic.com had to say about it in their 4 1/2 star review:
This is a record that even those who aren’t Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting — but then, this wasn’t much like any other album that the group ever issued. Actually, Deep Purple was highly prized for many years by fans of progressive rock, and for good reason…. Deep Purple holds together astonishingly well as a great body of music. This is 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.
The record offered for sale is an original sealed copy of the band’s self-titled third album, simply called Deep Purple. It’s the last album featuring the group’s original Mark I lineup, with Rod Evans on vocals and Nick Simper on bass. It’s also possibly the best album the group ever made.
This copy is still sealed, with no rips, tears, or holes in the shrink wrap. There are no cutout holes, punch holes or saw marks. It has the original gatefold Unipak cover. In short, it’s just about perfect. It’s also the only sealed copy of this album that we have ever seen or seen offered for sale.
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