Deep PurpleThe Book Of Taliesyn

Label:Tetragrammaton Records – T-107
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Prog Rock, Classic Rock


A1Listen, Learn, Read On
Written-ByPaice*, Lord*, Blackmore*, Evans*
A2Hard Road
Written-ByPaice*, Lord*, Simper*, Blackmore*
A3Kentucky Woman
Written-ByNeil Diamond
Written-ByPaice*, Lord*, Simper*, Blackmore*
A4BWe Can Work It Out
Written-ByLennon, McCartney*
B1The Shield
Written-ByLord*, Blackmore*, Evans*
Written-ByLord*, Evans*
B3River Deep, Mountain High10:05

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Original US 1968 pressings have heavy brown cardboard covers with a glued back flap attached to rear paper panel. Labels are a Silver gloss paper with a Blue "Tetragrammaton" Logo, and thick black lettering. Dead wax has small inscription "DCT" and larger "T-107-Side 1" and "T-107-Side 2"

Second Cutting at DCT included DCT3 and DWJ

Later 1970's & 1980's represses exist with same cover art, release no#, date and are made in Canada with a white paper Gloss cover. Vinyl is thin like "Dynaflex" and have Silver labels (non gloss) with smaller black lettering with no Blue label logo. Dead wax has crudely written "SMK" and "T-107had two poonly side 1" & "T-107 side 2".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): T-107 Side-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): T-107 Side-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Alternate Deadwax Inscription): T-107A DCT3 DWJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Alternate Deadwax Inscription): T-107B DCT3 DWJ

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Book Of Taliesyn (Reel-To-Reel, Album, Stereo, 3 ¾ ips)Tetragrammaton RecordsTNX 107US1968
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The Book Of Taliesyn (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor543 016Canada1968
The Book Of Taliesyn (LP, Album, Stereo, Monarch Pressing)Tetragrammaton RecordsT-107US1968
The Book Of Taliesyn (LP, Album, Stereo)Tetragrammaton RecordsT-107US1968
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The Book Of Taliesyn (LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo)Tetragrammaton RecordsT-107US1968



  •'s avatar
    This is BOOTLEG edition from the 70s! The labels on vinyl were rough, like damaged and it offered very poor sound quality! Original Tetragrammaton label were smooth, almost glossy and the sound was great - better than on original UK Harvest press! Original vs counterfeit covers are hard to recognize, but bootleg ones were little washed.
    • sdvikingmac's avatar
      Why is "The Book Of Taliesyn" listed ahead of "Shades Of Deep Purple"? Shades was their first studio album and came out before Taliesyn.
      • Minimal-Man's avatar
        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.
        • 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
          • theo.franci's avatar
            Edited 8 years ago
            Doesn't anyone think this one might be a bootleg back from the '70s? The silver label paper on the pics has all these roughnesses! The genuine Tetragrammaton labels were made of good, plain paper, weren't they?
            • Darrell_Johnson's avatar
              DCT had 4 cutting rooms at this time and many inscriptions indicated the room so that future releases could be cut in the same room. Three and four were most similar with Scully Lathes and Westrex 3D Cutter Heads and were often interchanged. Room one was strictly mono and room two was in a constant state of experimentation.
              • superbee67's avatar
                I just bought this and it is as described here, it is still in the shrink-wrap with a $1.99 price sticker from Sutton records, I paid $10.00 for it, a great find!


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