Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn – 2564618347 - Book Fold Cover - LP Record

The Book of Taliesyn is the second studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded only three months after Shades of Deep Purple and released by Tetragrammaton Records in October 1968, just before their first US tour. The name for the album was taken from the 14th-century Book of Taliesin.

The structure of the album is similar to that of their debut, with four original songs and three rearranged covers, although the tracks are longer, the arrangements more complex and the sound more polished than on Shades of Deep Purple. The music style is a mix of psychedelic rock, progressive rock and hard rock, with several inserts of classical music arranged by the band's keyboard player Jon Lord.

Deep Purple's American record label aimed at a hippie audience, which was very influential in the US at the time, but the chart results of album and singles were not as high as expected. This setback did not hinder the success of the three months long US tour, when the band played in many important venues and festivals and received positive feedback from audience and press. On the contrary, Deep Purple were still an underground band which played in small clubs and colleges in the United Kingdom, largely ignored by media and public. The British record company EMI released The Book of Taliesyn only in June 1969 on the new underground prog rock sub-label Harvest Records, but the album did not chart. Even the release of the new single "Emmaretta" and new dates in their home country in the summer of 1969 did not increase the album sales or the popularity of Deep Purple in the UK. Perception of the album changed in modern times, when it received more favourable reviews.

Record Details


Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn – 2564618347 - Book Fold Cover - LP Record


Derek Lawrence


Rod Evans & Nick Simper


guitar, Hammond organ, keyboards, backing vocals, bass guitar & drums


Ritchie Blackmore , Jon Lord,  Nick Simper & Ian Paice

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Sony Dadc Ltd

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Side One

  • Listen, Listen, Read On

Rod Evans & Nick Simper 

  • Wring That Neck

Rod Evans & Nick Simper 

  • Kntucky Woman
Rod Evans & Nick Simper
  • (a) Exposition

(b) We Can Work It Out

Rod Evans & Nick Simper

Side Two

  • Shield

Rod Evans & Nick Simper 

  • Anthem

Rod Evans & Nick Simper 

  • River Deep, Mountain High
Rod Evans & Nick Simper



12 Inches


33 RPM

Record Condtion


Cover Condition


Artist - 1 Ritchie Blackmore
Artist - 3 Nick Simper
Artist - 4 Ian Paice
Artist - 5 Tony Garnier
Artist - 6 George Recile
Instrument - 1 Guitar
Instrument - 13 Hammond organ
Instrument - 14 Keyboards
Producer - 1 Derek Lawrence
Record Details
Genre Traditional Pop
Label Sony
Language English
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Singer - 1 Rod Evans
Singer - 2 Nick Simper
Side1 - Song1 Listen, Listen, Read On
Side1 - Song2 Wring That Neck
Side1 - Song3 Kntucky Woman
Side1 - Song4 Exposition We Can Work It Out
Side2 - Song1 Shield
Side2 - Song2 Anthem
Side2 - Song3 River Deep, Mountain High

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Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn – 2564618347 - Book Fold Cover - LP Record

  • Brand: Sony DADC
  • Product Code: 2564618347
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