Deep Purple are one of the greatest rock bands in history. Fact. Their Mark II line up (Gillan, Paice, Glover, Blackmore and Lord) is the most well-known and loved, but over the years various lineup changes also altered the band's sound. With this collection not only do you get a chance to follow this lineage, but you get to do it on 180g vinyl which makes a huge difference in terms of audio quality.

Machine Head which contains one of the most well-known songs, Smoke on The Water which raised the band to stratospheric fame. You can hear how hard they are working on this album, they are hungry for it, Highway Star, Maybe I'm A Leo, there's not a bad track on here. Gillan's voice is still the epitome of a rock vocal, Blackmore's guitar is legendary, Glover's bass playing percussive and dynamic, Paice's drumming is syncopated and masterful and John Lord's organ and keyboard work is well...sublime. With tremendous pieces of work like Fireball and In Rock already behind them and all being delivered in a short space of time, this is Purple at their peak, but perhaps they gave too much too soon?

Machine Head was also the beginning of the disintegration of the MK II line-up due to a combination of exhaustion and internal politics.

1973's Who Do We Think We Are? is the last album to feature Ian Gillan and Roger Glover for nearly a decade. The album has elements of a hard rock sound, but they have put the breaks on and incorporated a much more blues feel kicking off with the most well-known track, Woman From Tokyo. It certainly sounds like Purple, but the focus and passion in Gillan's vocal just aren't there for the most part. The same could be said for the rest of the band; they are musically competent but the fire that invented a genre is lacking in comparison to their earlier work. Mary Long, for example really comes across as a band who sound fatigued. The band attempt to resurrect their energy with Rat Bat Blue and Place In Line on side two and injects more of an invigorated sound to the alb