Deep Purple – Shades of Deep Purple Japan LP with obi


A 1973 Japanese pressing of Shades of Deep Purple by Deep Purple, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Shades of Deep Purple by Deep Purple, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Shades of Deep Purple is a 1973 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover of the original 1968 issue was unique to the Japanese release; the 1973 issue used the same artwork as the U.S. issue.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the edges and corners and some foxing on the back cover.

The obi is VG, with a few wrinkles and a repaired split at the bottom edge.  The obi and cover have ¥2300 price stickers covering the original ¥2000 printed price.

The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks like it might have been played once.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP and one of our favorite Deep Purple LPs.

Background: Released in 1968, Shades of Deep Purple was the debut LP by Deep Purple.  The album reached #24 on the U.S. charts, but did not chart in the UK.

This was the first of three LPs released by the band with Rod Evans on vocals and Nick Simper on bass, when the band had more of a progressive rock sound. gave Shades of Deep Purple a 4 star review:

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. From the opening bars of “And the Address,” it’s clear that they’d gotten down the fundamentals of heavy metal from day one, and at various points the electricity and the beat just surge forth in ways that were startlingly new in the summer of 1968.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in