DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple III (self-titled) 12" Vinyl LP Album

This album referred to as Deep Purple III, is the third studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1969 on Harvest Records in the UK. It was to be the last album with the original lineup.

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Product Information and Collector Notes

Album Front Cover:


  • There is no band-name and no album-titled printed on the front cover
  • There is no catalognr printed on the front cover.
Album Back Cover

How does the album back cover be different from other versions

  • There is no bar-code on the back cover
  • The catalognr "5C 038-90505" is printed on the top left corner of the back cover.
  • The bottom left corner of the back cover has the "Harvest" Company Logo and "EMI-BOVEMA HOLLAND", "Manufactured by EMI Bovema Holland (P) 1976"

Record label information:

  • The record labels are Yellow and Green with Black Print
  • There is NO label code on the label (Note: other releases of this album may have a label code)
  • The Rights Society "STEMRA" is printed near the center bottom of the label.
  • Is there a right society
  • The catalognr of the label is "5C 038-90505"
  • The rim-text runs from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock and 7 o'clock to 5 o'clock and both are printed in the English language.

Production & Recording Information

The album: "DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple III (self-titled) 12" Vinyl LP Album" was produced by: Derek Lawrence for Edwards Coletta

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Barry Ainsworth

Album cover design: Hieronymus Bosch

Album cover photography: David Anthony

Music Genre:

British Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Early Metal

Label & Catalognr:

Harvest – 5C 038-90505

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1976 Manufactured in the Netherlands

  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore - lead guitar
  • Jon Lord - organ, keyboards, vocals
  • Nick Simper - bass guitar, vocals
  • Ian Paice - drums
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. Chasing Shadows

    An original rhythmic idea of Ian's, who is heard playing drums, timbales, maracas and cowbell. Jon is playing claves. These percussion instruments were tracked on afterwards of course. The song is about one of Jon's nightmares. Nicky's bass line is a gas.

  2. Blind

    Jon plays harpsichord on this track, which is a love song, sort of squeezed into the format of a twelve bar blues. The middle section is a descending chromatic sequence, which is intended to give a sort of "slowing down" effect.

  3. Lalena

    Donovan's song done how we thought Donovan might like to have heard it. The only double tracking on this cut is the guitar passage at the end. The slightly "jazzy" feel to the organ is a bow in the direction of Donovan's Mellow Yellow days.

  4. Fault Line

    Recorded when we heard that we were going to be in L.A. at earthquake time, The drum track was recorded first (with organ) and then reversed.

  5. The Painter

    This track was recorded live; no double tracking.

Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Why Didn't Rosemary

    Vaguely inspired by an Otis Spann number, and again it's an attempt to widen the scope of a plain 12 bar sequence; in fact the verses are 14 bars long and the guitar solo verses are 17 bars long. Interesting words from Rod.

  2. Bird has FLown

    A different recording from the version released on a single. Ritchie tracked the Wah-Wah guitar on afterwards and also the guitar at the end of the middle section.

  3. April

    A sort of 3-part concert about the month of April. The first section is played by just Jon and Ritchie. Jon played piano and organ, and Ritchie played acoustic guitar (a rhythm pattern and a double tracked lead pattern) and electric guitar. The choir was added afterwards. The whole section used about 11 diffecent tracks. Also Ian on timpani can be heard in the background. The second section is Jon's orchestral description of April. The instruments used were: two flutes, two oboes, cor anglais, two clarinets, two violins, viola and two cellos. The third section is a treatment of the chord sequence of the first section in a more "Purple" way. As a whole we hope April hangs together as a personal evocation of a beautiful, but sad (to us) month.

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