Deep Purple – The Book of Taliesyn 1968 U.S. LP real one!


An original U.S. pressing of the 1968 LP The Book of Taliesyn by Deep Purple.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the 1968 second album by Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn.

About this copy: This copy of The Book of Taliesyn is an original 1968 U.S. pressing on the Tetragrammaton label, and not the more common counterfeit pressing.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of foxing on the back and minor corner wear.

The record is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.

A nice copy of an album that’s harder to find than you might realize.

Background: The Book of Taliesyn was the second album by Deep Purple, released in 1968 on the Tetragrammaton label in the U.S. and on Harvest in the UK.

The album reached #38 on the U.S. charts, helped by the single “Kentucky Woman.”

While the album has been continuously in print in the UK, the U.S. pressings went out of print in 1969 when Tetragrammaton Records went out of business.

Deep Purple moved to Warner Brothers for new releases, but Warner declined to reissue the band’s first three albums that had been released on Tetragrammaton.  Counterfeiters decided to fill the void, and by the mid-1970s, counterfeit pressings were showing up in cutout bins across the country.

Counterfeit copies can be easily spotted by the blurry images on the back cover; the images are quite sharp on original pressings. gave The Book of Taliesyn a 3 1/2 star review:

Several months after the innovative remake of “You Keep Me Hanging On,” England’s answer to Vanilla Fudge was this early version of Deep Purple, which featured vocalist Rod Evans, and bassist Nick Simper, along with mainstays Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice. This, their second album, followed on the heels of “Hush,” a dynamic arrangement of a Joe South tune, far removed from the flavor of one of his own hits, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Four months later, this album’s cover of Neil Diamond’s Top 25, 1967 gem “Kentucky Woman,” went Top 40 for Deep Purple. Also like Vanilla Fudge, the group’s own originals were creative, thought-provoking, but not nearly as interesting as their take on cover tunes.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tetragammaton
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in
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