Best Deep Purple Albums

The Top Ten

Machine Head Machine Head Product Image

Rising above records such as In Rock or Fireball is Machine Head. Filled with greats, including the incredibly influential "Smoke on the Water", it is enjoyable from start to finish. From displays of technical ability ("Lazy, Highway Star") to great riffs ("Smoke on the Water", "Pictures of Home"), this album simply won't disappoint a hard rock fan.

Best hard rock of its time best Purple album, all great tracks played by on of the tightest bands in its day. this album stands up today and was where I found my musical adventure. Love this album it will always be in my top ten best records ever.

No words to define this classic album. Just listen Highway Star, Lazy, Space Truckin', Smoke on the Water, Pictures of Home...

They had their most popular songs in this album. But I like almost equal songs from all albums. So I really can't choose.

In Rock In Rock Product Image

Deep Purple in Rock is, to my mind, a more worthwhile album than Machine Head. I mean, Machine Head is great don't get me wrong, but In Rock just has better material. I absolutely love every song on there, and Speed King, Child In Time, Flight of the Rat, and others are some of the best Deep purple songs out there. In Rock also has an incredibly raw sound that an album like Machine Head doesn't capture, and In Rock is certainly one of the most important pieces in heavy metal history. Also, the songs on In Rock are not overplayed like Smoke on the Water and Highway Star. I mean, both are good songs it's just that we've heard them a million times! Play something else! I think that every band member is just top notch here, with Ian Gillan screaming his lungs out, Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord kicking out some of the most epic riffs and solos ever, and Ian Paice just flying all over his kit. So, yeah. Deep Purple in rock is the greatest Deep Purple album.

One of the best hard rock/metal album. Solos are badass. Speed King, Hard Lovin' Man, Into the Fire and Bloodsucker are far better than any songs on their other albums. Machine Head is very overrated.

Speed King, Into the Fire and Flight of the Rat are incredible songs... But of course Child in Time makes this album stand out from the others.

Gotta love Machine Head, this album was the epic beginning of Heavy Metal with Sabbath and Zeppelin.

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This album is not as popular as machine head or in rock, because most of songs in this album was not played in live.
Under gun
Nobody is home is undoubtedly underrated

The mix is better, the songs are more memorable, the soundscape and oozing riifs are more thought through. I first held Fireball and Machine Head high. Nowadays, this album wins.

Mark II reunion album... Great album! Perfect Strangers and Knocking on Your Back Door are great tracks.

Very underrated album. What a shame! Every song is great...

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There are two things keeping this from being number one in my opinion: First, A200 kinda stinks. Second, it's too short. As it is, here's my top 5:

1. In Rock
2. Burn
3. Machine Head
4. Fireball
5. Perfect Strangers

Loved this one and thought that "Sail Away" was one of Purple's best ever. One of their better albums.

Burn, Mistreated, Sail Away and the "A"200 instrumental make this album another classic.

Listen to sail away. Anybody who nows qosta, can hear this songs influence. Phenomenal record

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a sad song "strange kind of woman", is about a man who got mixed up with a prostitute who only did him for money, he did everything to win her heart, so they got married in the end. And a few days after they got married, she died.

Their best album. I've never understood why it's hated on so much by not only the press but the band itself. Mark-II is the absolute quintessential Deep Purple.

Great album. I noticed one song isn't mentioned very often but you really should give Fools a listen. Great stuff.

Another hidden Jewel... Filled with great music. Fireball, Strange Kind of Woman, and Demon's Eye stand out.

Stormbringer Stormbringer Product Image

Not their best but it is better than "Fireball". Plus "Who Do We Think We Are" should be higher than the third and first albums. Nonetheless, Deep Purple rocks and is one of the greatest bands out there.

Very underrated album... Full of great tracks. Stormbringer, Lady Double Dealer and Soldier of Fortune stand out.

One of the best records ever made. Better sound quality earlier and later? Purple records.

I actually like the funky sound of this album, if that's what you'd call it.

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Easily the best. Best versions of each song, better energy, more aggressive sound. Best version of Smoke on the Water and Highway Star as well.

By far the best Deep Purple album of them all, because it captures their best songs LIVE, which is how Purple were meant to be enjoyed - remember, they were a live band.

I already voted for In Rock. I wasn't looking for live albums but this one and Live at Leads rule the live rock album category.

Best Deep Purple album. The songs are better played live than the original versions in Machine Head, In Rock and Fireball.

The House of Blue Light The House of Blue Light Product Image

I partly disagree with the person who said "Pop sound of 80s is the only drawback."
This album has 3 metal songs on it but I guess nobody paid attention to them.
As usual, the softest and poppiest songs become most popular because most people like namely this (Call of the Wild). And then from 1-2 songs people make conclusions about the whole album which isn't correct.

This is an extremely underrated album this should definitely be in the top ten. It has that awesome Metal shred attitude and really blows you away.

Melodic and musically very interesting album. Pop sound of 80s is the only drawback.

Not a lot to say about this album... It's just a good album. Key tracks: Call of the Wild and Mitzi Dupree.

Now What?! Now What?! Product Image

Crucial album, Total bang on the money material. It just demonstrates there is no substitute for talent. Some great moments on here, with a new twist on the purple sound.

Well crafted songs, great production. DP play to their enormous strengths and the album is a breath of fresh air after several albums of bad breath

Not quite a Machine Head, but probably joint second along with Perfect Strangers and In Rock.

One of the best albums they have made, only missing a hit!

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Better than!? , unfortunately the last album of the mark ll

The Contenders

Slaves & Masters Slaves & Masters Product Image

A great album with some excellent rock songs. Saw the tour in Copenhagen in 1991. Fantastic concert featuring at least four songs from the album. Blistering playing by Blackmore.

To me, the special songs from this album are: The Cut Runs Deep, Fortuneteller, King Of Dreams, Love Conquers All.

Exquisite riffs and melodies.

Doesn't sound like other DP albums, but with three fantastic songs, "Breakfast In Bed", "Fire In The Basement", and "Wicked Ways", this is a true hard rock classic album.

This line up is/was better then current line up. Still not digging Now What?!

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Definitely their most consistent album. Machine Head, In Rock and Burn might be better collections of songs, but this album works much better as an album. Also - individual musicians' performances are excellent. This album is a band at it's peek. (the fact that the band stayed on this peek for the next 3 albums only proves how great of a band Deep Purple really are)

This is my favorite Deep Purple album. I know it might be an uncommon opinion, but my favorite of Deep Purple is Mark 1 many because I'm a psychedelic rock guy. I find this era of Deep Purple very underrated. This album and the rest of Mark 1 is many a combination of Psychedelic Rock, and early Prog Rock, very good.

I only like their old stuff and this is definitely one of their best records! it should really be higher on this list!

More prog than the previous two, one of their most accomplished

Who Do We Think We Are Who Do We Think We Are Product Image

Hard to follow a great album like Machine Head, but if you're looking for more great mk2, then don't count this one out. Each song is definitely different from the last while there seeming to be a distinct style running throughout the record. Highlights include: Place in Line, Rat Bat Blue, and Woman from Tokyo. Also the unreleased song Painted Horse is fantastic.

Love this album, things were unravelling for the band when this album was produced, yet they managed to put together an extraordinary mix of some lesser known numbers.
I love the groove that 'Place in Line' exhibits, great blues/rock. Gotta be my favorite!
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For me, this one is better than Machine Head which was mellower & less heavy, not in his songs but in his sound.

WDWTWA contains top songs from start to end & the unusual "Our Lady" is definitely the most underrated song in the group's catalog

This album is my favorite. You never get tired of listen to it like many others.
That's probably reason why not popular. It's not easy listener, but it lasts.

Shades of Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple Product Image

Their very first album... Showed a lot of potential including songs like Hush, Prelude: Happiness/I'm so Glad, and great covers like Help and Hey Joe

I'm 71. This album is full of blues which I've loved all my life. This album competes with Joplin's Kosmic Blues.

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Haven't tried the full album yet but heard some songs and were good.

Deep purple newbie approves of this... great stuff

like many prefer to call it, the biggest surprise of 2017. good album, deep purple went progressive on this one.

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While not your tradional Purple this album is great in its in right. Had the been a different name the critics would have fawned over it. Getting tighter, Lady Luck, Coming Home, This Time Around/Owed to G...brilliant. Really a shame that the name of the band then substance abuse by Bolin and Hughes on the tour killed any chance of it being thought so during its day. This album is still fresh sounding today.

We're talking the great Tommy Bolin here folks! How about showing a little respect. No other guitarist in history could play convincing prog rock/psych with Zephyr, lightning fast fluid riffs with Cobham and Mouzon as well as record two seminal solo albums. Not to mention more than ably replace Blackmore in Purple and Walsh in the James Gang. All this by the age of 25. Oh yeah, he could sing too!

Really powerful, brilliant, dense, funky, rocker and with great compositions and great instrumentation, and I am sure this record is not in everybody's top 5 just because of the style: nothing to do with classic hard rock, nor with Ritchie Blackmore's Purple.

Paice drumming at his peak, lord, lord stunning as usual, Hughes and cov gelling well, all with added bonus of bolins guitar maestro-ness. Breathtaking mix of rock and funk, check out drifter,love child, u keep on moving, and poss my two fave tracks of all time, owed to g and this time around

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Come on, 18th. Should be on top 10. It has great tracks like Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Loosen My Strings, The Aviator, A Touch Away, Rosa's Cantina.

Only recently bought this album after the disappintment of hearing Bananas. Hardly a bad track on it. Deserves a higher rating.

Great album.. Key tracks: Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic and of course Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming

Bananas Bananas Product Image

They can still create great, listenable rock music, even the ballads are good

I have noticed, this album is kinda softer. comparably to other albums of Deep Purple.

I don't think it should be so low on the list.

Rapture of the Deep Rapture of the Deep Product Image

I voted for In Rock - best album by anyone, ever, full stop. Fireball would be #2 [Ian's singing on Fools! ], Machine Head, brilliant as it might be, is too clean and lacking in edginess to top those two and for me has two pretty ropey tracks - you know the ones I mean - something you could never accuse In Rock of... But I can't believe RotD is so low on this list. OK there are some fillers but there are also some great tracks and some outstanding instrumental passages and, though they are very different, I'd be hard pushed to choose between it and Now What?! To take to my desert island. To my mind it is a vastly better album than Bananas which I simply couldn't get into, though I know many would disagree. Do give it a listen. Program out tracks 2, 3, 6 and 7 [and the last few annoying, unnecessary seconds if that were possible] and you have a 1970's length album of depth, colour and virtuosity. Mind you, I'd love to hear Bob Ezrin remix/remaster it.

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Concerto for Group and Orchestra Concerto for Group and Orchestra Product Image

I appreciate their idea of pairing classical music with rock/metal - 30 years later Metallica did something similar, too (S&M - with San Francisco Symphony orchestra).

How is it not even on the list?!?!

The Book of Taliesyn The Book of Taliesyn Product Image

Another early Deep Purple record... Kentucky Woman is great but Exposition/We Can Work it Out is a personal favorite of mine because it really reveals Deep Purple's musical genius.

Listen,learn,read on 7/10 wring that neck 9/10 Kentucky woman 7.5/10 exposition 7/10 we can work it out 3/10 shield 9/10 anthem 8/10 river deep mountain high 5/10

Great prog rock album, very underrated. Mk1 at their peak

Should be at top 10

Made In Europe Made In Europe Product Image

Best versions of MKIII songs. "stormbringer" & "Lady Double Dealer" live versions are 10 times better than the studio ones. Much too short set list. We really miss "smoke on the water" & "The gypsy" from the same tour... and "Might Just Take Your life" & "Lay Down Stay Down" from the Burn tour.

Absolutely! This should not be at the bottom and certainly not at the top. Comming on the heals of Burn and Stormbringer, this is the Made in Japan of Mark III and should be respected as such.

This one should not be at the bottom of the list. Coverdale and Hughes are in great form. Check the live version of Stormbringer!

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