Deep Purple - The Book of Taliesyn (1968)

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The Book of Taliesyn is the second album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1968 by Tetragrammaton in the US, and by EMI's Harvest Records in the UK, and Polydor in Canada and Japan in 1969.

The album follows the psychedelic/progressive rock sound of Shades of Deep Purple; however, there is a harder edge to several songs, beginning to show the new sound Deep Purple would introduce in 1970 with Deep Purple in Rock.

There are three cover versions on this album - "Kentucky Woman", originally from Neil Diamond, "We Can Work It Out" from the Beatles and "River Deep Mountain High", known from Ike and Tina Turner version. Kentucky Woman was released as a single, though the single version was edited for time.

The album's name is taken from a famous 14th century Welsh manuscript including certain poems attributed to the 6th century poet Taliesin.
1. Listen, Learn, Read On (4:03)
2. Hard Road (Wring That Neck) (5:16)
3. Kentucky Woman (4:45)
4. Exposition / We Can Work It Out (7:09)
5. The Shield (6:08)
6. Anthem (6:02)
7. River Deep, Mountain High (6:36)

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