"Deep Purple: The Friends And Relatives Album" - a review by Andreas Thul
From the pressinfo: "Deep Purple, one of the greatest acts in rock
history just clebrated their 30th anniversary. So it's exactly the right
time to release an album packed with titles of the numerous band members of
Deep Purple, their solo projects and other spinoff bands.
This album features classics of Deep Purple, Rainbow, David Coverdale,
E.L.F., Glen Hughes, Tommy Bolin, Gillan and others.
There's still an active fanclub and this remarkable double-CD is a
must for these loyal fans."
Sometimes I sit and wonder
Sometimes I just sit
I hope you all know
What you're doing
Who needs this thing?
Well, I think the pressinfo isn't that wrong... This album is for
sure not for the typical "have heard some Purple tunes and
want to have them on CD"-listener.
But is it for "these loyal fans" of the "still active fanclub"? The song
selection and combination isn't that uninteresting, as it offers a view into
the deepest corners of things Purple. But exactly when I hear things I might
be not too familiar with, I want to read some information
about the songs I'm listening to, about their story and about the
people involved. And at this point this album offers nothing.
The two-page booklet just shows the names of the bands, the songtitles,
the writing credits and the copyright information - that's all. Not even
the names of the albums the songs are taken from...
Too bad "Deep Purple: The Friends And Relatives Album" was released in
January - otherwise it would have been a perfect example for a "Cashing
In On Christmas"-try...