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Shades of DP


When it comes to debut albums, you hear a lot about Led Zeppelin I, Boston's first album as being classics (there are others, but I can't think of them at this time). What about "Shades"? It never is spoken of as a classic first album, but it seemed to influence Rick Wakeman, and Ritchie said it was his favorite MKI album, so I thought I'd review it. It starts off with:
-And the Address-Still one of my favorite all time DP tracks. The hammond build up, then the entire band come in. We get a good guitar solo followed by one of Jon's best solo's (IMHO). Excellant instrumental.
-Hush-What's to say. A classic track that still gets plenty of airtime today. Without this hit, we might have never gotton MKII.
-One More Rainy Day-good hammond work by Jon with excellant vocals. Rod's voice is definitely suited for this. Good song.
-Happiness/I'm So Glad-Powerful instrumental build up to the song proper. You can hear the power of the hammond along with Ritchie's strumming. The song itself is very good. Good bass playing by Nick.
-Mandrake Root-Kind of sounds like "Foxey Lady" by Hendrix but who cares. We get long organ and guitar solo's, both exciting. Paice is really pushing the band. This song just got better and better live when done by MKII!!
-Help-Whoever decided to do help as a ballad is a genius. Rod is in fine form and Blackmore does a solo that shows he can do more in just a few notes than most guitar players can by playing a hundred miles per hour.
-Love Help Me-Anyone hearing this for the first time might think it was a long lost Beatle Track. Kind of reminds me of their version of "Help". Nice rocker. Wish there was a live version of this.
-Hey Joe-Nice hammond build up!! Could go on forever as far as I'm concerned. Ritchie plays some excellant guitar and Rod does a great job!
That's my review. I'm no expert.
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doggone wrote:

When it comes to debut albums, you hear a lot about Led Zeppelin I, Boston's first album as being classics (there are others, but I can't think of them at this time). What about "Shades"? It never is spoken of as a classic first album, but it seemed to influence Rick Wakeman, and Ritchie said it was his favorite MKI album, so I thought I'd review it. It starts off with:
-And the Address-Still one of my favorite all time DP tracks. The hammond build up, then the entire band come in. We get a good guitar solo followed by one of Jon's best solo's (IMHO). Excellant instrumental.
-Hush-What's to say. A classic track that still gets plenty of airtime today. Without this hit, we might have never gotton MKII.
-One More Rainy Day-good hammond work by Jon with excellant vocals. Rod's voice is definitely suited for this. Good song.
-Happiness/I'm So Glad-Powerful instrumental build up to the song proper. You can hear the power of the hammond along with Ritchie's strumming. The song itself is very good. Good bass playing by Nick.
-Mandrake Root-Kind of sounds like "Foxey Lady" by Hendrix but who cares. We get long organ and guitar solo's, both exciting. Paice is really pushing the band. This song just got better and better live when done by MKII!!
-Help-Whoever decided to do help as a ballad is a genius. Rod is in fine form and Blackmore does a solo that shows he can do more in just a few notes than most guitar players can by playing a hundred miles per hour.
-Love Help Me-Anyone hearing this for the first time might think it was a long lost Beatle Track. Kind of reminds me of their version of "Help". Nice rocker. Wish there was a live version of this.
-Hey Joe-Nice hammond build up!! Could go on forever as far as I'm concerned. Ritchie plays some excellant guitar and Rod does a great job!
That's my review. I'm no expert.



Lennon has said that DP's version of Help is not only his favorite Beatles cover but one of the best he's ever heard and the way he envisioned his to turn out. Pretty high accolades!

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Thanks Doggone, enjoyed reading that!

I rate Shades as the least strong Mk1 album, but I love it regardless, it's a special album anyway. And like you said, it was the first one anyway.

About AtA: just recently I heard one musicologist claim it's chorus melody was clearly inspired by Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western stuff. Well, it makes sense in more than one way and I for one believe it's true!

Ny favourites of the album are AtA, Hush, and OMRD. All tracks have their moments though.
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Shades was overshadowed by Deep Purple in Rock. Shades never had a chance.

Great album though, together with Deep Purple a mk 1 classic!
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Shades was overshadowed by Deep Purple in Rock. Shades never had a chance.

Great album though, together with Deep Purple a mk 1 classic!
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RatBatBlu wrote:

quote:

doggone wrote:

When it comes to debut albums, you hear a lot about Led Zeppelin I, Boston's first album as being classics (there are others, but I can't think of them at this time). What about "Shades"? It never is spoken of as a classic first album, but it seemed to influence Rick Wakeman, and Ritchie said it was his favorite MKI album, so I thought I'd review it. It starts off with:
-And the Address-Still one of my favorite all time DP tracks. The hammond build up, then the entire band come in. We get a good guitar solo followed by one of Jon's best solo's (IMHO). Excellant instrumental.
-Hush-What's to say. A classic track that still gets plenty of airtime today. Without this hit, we might have never gotton MKII.
-One More Rainy Day-good hammond work by Jon with excellant vocals. Rod's voice is definitely suited for this. Good song.
-Happiness/I'm So Glad-Powerful instrumental build up to the song proper. You can hear the power of the hammond along with Ritchie's strumming. The song itself is very good. Good bass playing by Nick.
-Mandrake Root-Kind of sounds like "Foxey Lady" by Hendrix but who cares. We get long organ and guitar solo's, both exciting. Paice is really pushing the band. This song just got better and better live when done by MKII!!
-Help-Whoever decided to do help as a ballad is a genius. Rod is in fine form and Blackmore does a solo that shows he can do more in just a few notes than most guitar players can by playing a hundred miles per hour.
-Love Help Me-Anyone hearing this for the first time might think it was a long lost Beatle Track. Kind of reminds me of their version of "Help". Nice rocker. Wish there was a live version of this.
-Hey Joe-Nice hammond build up!! Could go on forever as far as I'm concerned. Ritchie plays some excellant guitar and Rod does a great job!
That's my review. I'm no expert.



Lennon has said that DP's version of Help is not only his favorite Beatles cover but one of the best he's ever heard and the way he envisioned his to turn out. Pretty high accolades!




Saw that too, that's some respect!!

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