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Nick Simper & Nasty Habits

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Nick Simper & Nasty Habits – The Deep Purple MK1 Songbook
Wymer Records

Rating: B+

The original, or MK1 version of Deep Purple, featured Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Ritche Blackmore from what would become the group’s hit making heyday. Bass player Nick Simper was also part of MK1 and he is back, literally decades down the road, on the road proving that this version of Deep Purple was much more than just the band who released the hit single “Hush.” Simper wants everyone to know that the roots that blossomed into albums such as Machine Head and In Rock began with the albums The Book of Talliesyn and Shades of Deep Purple.

While Simpler has done his best to overexpose his connection with DP over the years, the truth is that he has teamed up with an excellent band called Nasty Habits and put together an amazing retrospective of the songs that first made Purple famous. This is pure and simply damn good rock n’ roll. The first three songs on the CD are “And the Address,” “The Painter” and “Mandrake Root,” the latter of which was kept in DP’s live set until 1971. “Emmaretta” is a bluesy rocker that comes to live with Nasty Habits at the helm.

While there are many highlights, “Wring That Neck,” the Neal Diamond remake “Kentucky Woman” and “Hush” steal the show. There three songs are the most well known from the MK1 line up and over 40 years later they still are powerful as hell.

This is an awesome concert performed by great musicians. Some of the arrangements are slightly different but, hell, this is a rock concert. All the songs jump out of the speakers and the damn guitar playing by guitarist Christian Heissenberger can only be described as excellent. For historical reasons, this album is really cool. But, unlike some attempts to turn back the clock, this one rocks. Hats of to Simper for reminding us of early Purple, an era when the band mixed heavy rock with a bit of psychedelic weirdness. The bottom line here is that despite Simper’s over killing of this era of Deep Purple, this one is really good enough to buy.

By Jeb Wright
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Registered: 04-2004
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Re: Nick Simper & Nasty Habits

Cheers, I will definitely get that album.
17/9/2010, 6:03 Link to this post Send Email to Rezi   Send PM to Rezi


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