Back in 1968, in Denmark Deep Purple performed their amazing cover of The Beatles’ “Help”, that was on their first album “Shades Of Deep Purple”
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Deep Purple’s “Help!”
With a progressive rock approach, Deep Purple’s version was released in their first album “Shades of Deep Purple” (1968). The demo they made of the song helped them to get the record deal.
The album was recorded in only three days in May 1968 and contains four original songs and four covers, thoroughly rearranged to include classical interludes and sound more psychedelic. Stylistically the music is close to psychedelic rock and progressive rock, two genres with an ever-growing audience in the late 1960s.
“Help!” by Deep Purple
Shades Of Deep Purple (1968)
The single “Hush” was released overseas in June 1968 and it turned out to be a huge success, garnering the band considerable attention and peaking at No. 4 on the US charts and at No. 2 on the Canadian charts.
The label’s reluctance to release “Help!” as the promotional single and instead go for “Hush”, proved ingenious. Widely distributed and hyped, the song was played on radios all over the US, particularly the West Coast, and the band’s fame grew considerably. The album was released in the United States in July 1968 and reached No. 24 on the Billboard Pop Chart.
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