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Recorded in 1968 when Deep Purple hadn't quite invented their trademarked brand of heavy metal, Shades of still exhibits traits that would lead the band to bust arenas five years later — check the extended jams on the instrumental "And the Address" and "Mandrake Root." (To this day, the band still performs the Joe South cover "Hush.") The Beatles '"Help," delivered as a Wagnerian dirge, is jaw-dropping in almost the same way as Spooky Tooth's later take on "I Am the Walrus." Ritchie Blackmore is already a spidery-sounding flash guitarist and singer Rod Evans, replaced by Ian Gillan after three albums, gives the band a creepy psychedelic vibe that was advanced by Captain Beyond, a band the singer would subsequently join.