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Deep PurpleThe Book Of Taliesyn

Tracklist

Listen, Learn, Read On4:02
Hard Road5:15
Kentucky Woman4:43
Exposition7:06
We Can Work It Out
The Shield6:00
Anthem5:29
River Deep, Mountain High10:05

Credits (11)

Notes

'The Book of Taliesyn' is the second studio album by the English rock band Deep Purple released in USA and Canada by Tetragrammaton Records in October 1968.
However, the UK release was postponed until 1969. The album was released on 21st June 1969 by the newly launched EMI progressive label - Harvest. Thus, it became the debut Harvest Records' release.

For the first three studio albums 1968-1969 performed:
Ritchie Blackmore • lead guitar / Rod Evans • vocals / Jon Lord • organ / Ian Paice • drums / Nick Simper • bass guitar, vocals

Single released: Trak 3 - Listen, Learn, Read On / River Deep - Mountain High / Trak 8 - Kentucky Woman

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    Cover of The Book Of Taliesyn, 1968-10-00, VinylThe Book Of Taliesyn
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    Tetragrammaton Records – T-107US1968US1968
    Cover of The Book Of Taliesyn, 1968, Reel-To-ReelThe Book Of Taliesyn
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    Polydor – 543 016Canada1968Canada1968
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    Tetragrammaton Records – TG-80107US1968US1968
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    Harvest – SHVL 751Australia1969Australia1969
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    Odeon – CMT 1186Venezuela1969Venezuela1969
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    Parlophone – PCSM 6064New Zealand1969New Zealand1969
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    Harvest – SHVL 751UK1969UK1969
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    Harvest – SHVLJ(D) 751South Africa1969South Africa1969
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    Polydor – SMP 1434Japan1969Japan1969
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    Harvest – 3C 062-04000, Harvest – SHVL 751Italy1969Italy1969
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    Cover of The Book Of Taliesyn, 1970-09-00, VinylThe Book Of Taliesyn
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    Cover of The Book Of Taliesyn, 1973, VinylThe Book Of Taliesyn
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    Harvest – 1 J 062-04000, Harvest – 1 J 062-04.000Spain1973Spain1973
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    Warner Bros. Records – P-8377WJapan1973Japan1973
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    Harvest – XHVL 1030, Harvest – XSHVL-1030Brazil1973Brazil1973
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    Reviews

    • minman's avatar
      minman
      I have an early pressing on Tetragrammaton Records with silver inner labels. Is this not one of the THINNEST sounding recordings ever? I’ve owned this record for YEARS and have hardly listened to it because it sounds like it was mixed in a tin can. I actually like the songs but WOW. I’m just baffled by the poor recording and/or mastering.
      • solinadave's avatar
        solinadave
        I always loved this album. And this mono version is most excellent in my opinion. I remember, of course, being bombarded with "Hush" on the radio, and much later listening to the "Shades" album, but it just never really caught my attention. And then cuts from "The Book of Taliesyn" began to be played on FM radio, later at night. That really caught my attention, and subsequently the album became my first real exposure to Deep Purple and their incredible talent. This, even with Deep Purple's later releases which came out and blew everyone away, is probably my favourite Deep Purple album. It just has everything, in my honest opinion, and I would highly recommend it, for sure.
        • meinolfbrune's avatar
          meinolfbrune
          Edited one month ago
          Stereo System where the music is come from:
          Turntable - Pro-Ject X2
          Cartrige - Ortofon MC Vivo Blue
          Amplifer - Pro-Ject Stereo Box DS3
          Loudspeakers - Nubert Nuvero 60

          The pressing and the music is very good.
          • Divano_o's avatar
            Divano_o
            The high parts in "River Deep, Mountain High" is cutting as if it's too distorted or something 😭
            • kurts.ear.candy's avatar
              Original owner here.

              I just pulled this out after lord only knows how many years. First play at standard VTA settings for pressings of that era and it sounded like garbage. Reset the VTA up +.4mm and a world of difference. Vocals were clearer, bass and especially the drums made sense. The tympani drums on Hard Road and especially on Kentucky Woman actually sounded like they should, given the state of the art in the day. This puppy is thick, could be mistaken for a modern 180 g. Just for S & G's I put it on my scale. 162 grams. The final VTA lift was .75mm side to 1mm on side 2. Went from a nice try to a nice job.

              This is a really great album that you can listen to all the way through with so many of the original versions of what have become solid parts of their work and in concert staples. This is the album that kept me interested in Deep Purple and what was to come next.

              1989 modded SL 1200 MK3 AT20SLa Shibata cart with factory stylus Wayne's periphery ring ripped @ 24 bit 96 khz with a Pro_Ject phono preamp ADC w USB out to Sony SF8.0
              • SunDemon's avatar
                SunDemon
                The vinyl sounds fine but the front cover artwork on mine is awful. It's soft focus and the blacks of the original artwork are a kind of dark purple here... actually there is a bit of a purple tinge all over it. Not so on my 1979 Japanese copy which is perfect. Yeah... I'm picky, I know... but I like to have it as I remember it back in the day. The art on this release looks like it isn't feeling too well.
                • Crowehead's avatar
                  Crowehead
                  My copy is similar to this, Harvest Heritage labels etc but with different runout numbers
                  Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A Stamped. '9' is perpendicular): SHVL 751 A - 4 9
                  Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B Stamped. '11' is perpendicular): SHVL 751 B - 3 11
                  • keltie.harding's avatar
                    Yet another cheap pirate from John LaMonte & his Creative Sounds family of labels.
                    • keltie.harding's avatar
                      Creative Sounds knockoff of the same title as reissued on Passport Records PB 3607. John LaMonte even kept the Passport catalog number! Poor sounding. Stay away.
                      • drgroove66's avatar
                        drgroove66
                        Clean, not shrill highs, but bottom end is lacking punch and depth.

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