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Deep Purple - Deep Purple - 1969 UK Pressed Harvest Label 8-track 1st Pressing LP

€ 65
ArtistDeep Purple
TitleDeep Purple - 1969 UK Pressed Harvest Label 8-track 1st Pressing LP
Price € 65
GenreHard Rock
Record labelHarvest
Catalogue noSHVL 759
Year of release1969
GradingVG+ (Vinyl and Labels/VG+ (Cover)
Stock listDeep Purple
Additional infoRare 1969 UK Pressed Harvest Label 8-track LP, of the UK hard rock combo's third album - slightly harder edged - combining "... heavy metal's early, raw excitement, intensity, and boldness with progressive rock's complexity and intellectual scope, and virtuosity on both levels.* - the last effort of MK I before replacing original lead singer and bassist Rod Evans and Nick Simper with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover respectively.

Vinyl has the generic lime and dark green company labels with 'The gramophone Co. Ltd. ...' rim credit omitting the left side boxed EMI logo. Labels have 'Made In Gt. Britain' bottom label text.

Vinyl has machine stamped matrix information:
Side 1: SHVL.759A, mother/stamper 1 P
Side 2: SHVL.759B, mother/stamper 1 O
suggesting that the album was pressed by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., and manufactured from the 1st mastering, the first set of mothers - early stampers - easily a 1st pressing.

Vinyl is presented an outer laminated Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. gatefold picture cover.

Condition : VG+ (Vinyl and Labels/VG+ (Cover):

Vinyl is shiny - has a few inaudible surface lines paired with light sleeve inflicted wear.
Labels has a spiderweb of spindletraces by far mostly placed within the centerring - labels are close to near mint overall, vinyl is overall a solid VG+, but plays far better? superior volume and dynamics as you would expect it from a UK pressing from this era - superb instrument differentiation and a very light degree of noise even when played at a high volume - very nice.

Cover has a little superficial wear to outer laminate? hardly any to front panel - more pronounced to back panel and especially along vinyl outline which also displays a little light wrinkling from spine and a very few thumbnail marks along opening. Front panel has a single thumbnail marks.

Inner spread displays a light degree of the thumbnail marks found on the outside, and is very nice. Almost near mint.

Seams are really nice - top and bottom panels seams are perfect, spine only very slightly pressurized and easily readable. Opening edges are almost without rubbing.

Spine corners has just a little rubbing - opening corners less - all in all a very nice upper VG+ cover.


Side 1:
1. Chasing Shadows (Ian Paice, Jon Lord) 5:34
2. Blind (Jon Lord) 5:26
3. Lalena (Donovan Leitch) 5:05
4. Fault Line - instrumental (Ritchie Blackmore, Nick Simper, Lord, Paice) 1:46
5. The Painter (Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Nick Simper, Ian Paice) 3:51

Side 2:
6. Why Didn't Rosemary? (Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Nick Simper, Ian Paice) 5:04
7. Bird Has Flown (Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Jon Lord) 5:36
8. April (Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord) 12:10

All tracks arranged By Deep Purple

Recorded January - March 1969 at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London, UK

All Stings and woodwinds' sections are composed by Jon Lord

Cover printed by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London
Vinyl pressed by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex, England


Deep Purple:
Rod Evans - lead vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - guitars
Jon Lord - Hammond organ, piano, harpsichord, backing vocals, strings arrangement on "April"
Nick Simper - bass, backing vocals
Ian Paice - drums, percussion

Technical Credits:
Derek Lawrence - production, mix
Barry Ainsworth - Recording engineer
Deep Purple - Arrangements
Jon Lord - Arrangements (String And Woodwind Section)

Hieronymus Bosch - Painting ('Hell', the third panel of 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights' c.1490-1510.)
Michael Savino - Art Director
David Anthony - Photography
Deep Purple - Liner Notes

* AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder