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Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix

Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix cover art

Our Japanese correspondent sent in this interesting piece of Mk1 memorabilia. It is one of those compilations that can now be considered as bizarre, but at the time probably made quite a lot of sense to the record company.

I bought this at a second-hand record shop in the 1970’s. Entitled “Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix”, it is a round tin can with two LP’s. The DP LP includes Hush, River Deep Mountain High, Prelude; Happiness, I’m So Glad, Hey Joe, Kentucky Woman, We Can Work It Out and April. Hendrix’s LP includes 12 songs including Purple Haze. The record company is Polydor, and it was released after “Concerto for Group and Orchestra”.

It is quite interesting that the liner notes categorize DP as the same genre as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Moody Blues and Nice, but with a more hard rock taste. The notes describe DP as a band which became popular in the US first rather than Great Britain. Also that DP is band which does not try to exceed its maximum power with each LP, but rather is a “well-behaved” band which flourishes step by step. Whoever wrote this was in for a surprise when “In Rock” was released! Anyway, the band members look very young…

Many thanks to Akemi Ono for the info and pictures.

6 Comments to “Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix”:

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    LRT says:

    This is not “memorabilia.” And I question if the main photo belongs to this person, it’s from eBay. This item runs a minimum of $300, I’ve never seen one go for less. The cover doesn’t find justice in the photo, it’s as glossy paint as can be. To actual collectors it is not a rare sight to see a picture of one. But to the laymen, happy gawking. They did this with The Who/Hendrix and others as well. But at the end of the day this is indeed one of the most cherished Purple records ever. Nothing whatsoever bizarre about it. Some people collect. Some people don’t. 😀

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    LRT says:

    Ah ha, correction. This photo shows up on Google, and the condition is rather marginal.

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    LRT says:

    Btw, not that it isn’t easy to do. But it could not be purchased in 1970. Because it was released in 1971.

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    Nick Soveiko says:


    : objects or materials that are collected because they are related to a particular event, person, etc.
    : things collected as souvenirs

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

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    LRT says:

    A record album is not memorabilia. A poster is. Period. Just send something in to THS that they’ve never laid eyes on and they’ll treat like it’s news of the world. 😀

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    Scott W says:

    To me memorabilia is generally tickets, poster’s etc. But, then again, I would throw t shirts from a concert one attended in there because it reminds on of the ‘memories’ of the show. This too could almost be in that category because you would file it away and not actually play the Lp due to it’s ‘memorabilia’ value! You would play the tracks off a cd instead since the versions on here are just the standard studio versions of said tracks.

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