Undoubtedly the best album in the Mark I era. The elements that the band kept to shape it's style are here and are obvious. It is such a versatile album that in some moments there is an inclination towards a progressive style, in others to psychedelic/acid one and never leaving the hard rock umbrella. rRecommended tracks: ''Blind'', ''The Painter'', ''Why Didn't Rosemary'', ''April''
Deep Purple is clearly Jon Lord's album. His classical leanings dominate this work, but that makes the album all the more special. Blackmore does shine though, on magnificent tracks like "The Painter" and "Why Didn't Rosemary?". Perhaps the more obvious standout is the epic "April", which clocks in at over 12 minutes. With this album, Deep Purple demonstrated just how insightful a band they were, and this deserves to sit right next to the classics In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Burn.
The album doesn't really get going until the fourth song. Why Didn't Rosemary is pretty funny and paves the way for other humorous songs by the band. April is very beautiful as well. After this album, the band's sound would change for good.
Purple's Mark I least successful album but also the most solid work of the three Mark I era albums. "Chasing Shadows", "Blind", "The Painter", "Why Didn't Rosemary?" and specially "April" are my favourite songs. "April" is one of the most interesting songs this band ever recorded.