Shades of Deep Purple was finally released in the United Kingdom with much simpler cover art in September and went almost unnoticed there. A monaural pressing of the album was released in the UK and Europe, which was simply a fold-down of the stereo mix. Shades of Deep Purple was reissued many times all over the world, often in a set with the two following albums recorded by the Mk.
I line-up. Deep Purple's members were experienced musicians with different musical backgrounds: Lord had trained in classical music and had played in jazz and blues rock ensembles,  Blackmore and Simper came from session work in pop rock,  Paice and Evans from beat bands.
Traces of the heavy sound that would mark the production of Deep Purple's "Mk. The use of so many cover songs to fill up the album was a common feature at the time,  because of the short time given to bands for songwriting and for the rushed schedules of production.
Deep Purple's live shows were from the start very loud and hard rocking   and their stage set included stacks of custom purple vinyl Marshall amps and fancy dresses. Waiting to Soldier Of Fortune - Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune : The Greatest Hits (CD) their first US tour and in need of new material to be offered on the American market and to beef up their live show, the band returned to the studio with producer Derek Lawrence to record their second album, The Book of Taliesynin August The band played at many different locations, including festivals, bars and even at the Playboy After Dark TV show, alongside Hugh Hefner and a bunch of dancing women.
The songs of this album were performed regularly by the Mk. I formation of Deep Purple, but only "Hush", "Help! II line-up in II live shows up untiland the instrumental sections of the song survived even longer, being annexed to live versions of the Machine Head recording "Space Truckin'".
The opening chords of "And the Soldier Of Fortune - Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune : The Greatest Hits (CD) were used into the Mk. II era as an introduction to the song " Speed King ". Reception of the album and the band in their home country was generally negative. Despite being presented as a "polished commercial group" in their radio appearances,  Deep Purple's stage excesses and success in the US did not Soldier Of Fortune - Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune : The Greatest Hits (CD) a good impression on British audiences.
The Deviants frontman and later journalist Mick Farren described Deep Purple's music as "a slow and pompous din, somewhere between bad Tchaikovsky and a B taking off on a bombing run". By contrast, in the US the band was often introduced as "the English Vanilla Fudge"  and massive radio coverage of their songs granted success for both the album and tour. Ian Paice said of their success in the US versus their lack of it back home, "We have been given proper exposure over there. The Americans really know how to push records.
Decades later, modern critical reviews of the album are generally positive. Bruce Eder of AllMusic considers Shades of Deep Purpledespite some flaws, "a hell of an album" and praises the "infectious I line-up considers them "both respectable and consistent", although Evans' voice is "perhaps more suited to heavy pop rather than heavy rock".
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