The Very Best of Deep Purple

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The Very Best of Deep Purple
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Greatest hits album by
Recorded1968-1974, 1984
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelRhino, Warner Bros.
ProducerDeep Purple, Derek Lawrence, Martin Birch, Roger Glover
Deep Purple compilations chronology
Shades 1968–1998
The Very Best of Deep Purple
Days May Come and Days May Go
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[2]

The Very Best of Deep Purple is a single disc compilation album by the British hard rock band Deep Purple. It was released in 2000 by Rhino Records/Warner Bros. Records. It features tracks by the Mk. I, Mk. II and Mk. III line-ups of Deep Purple.


This compilation is supposed to be a single disc alternative to the more comprehensive Shades four-disc collection. All the tracks were remastered simultaneously for inclusion in both sets. The set is essentially a new version of previous compilation Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple, which was released in 1980, with three additional songs, two from Mk. I and one from the reunited Mk. II. The disc bypasses the material from the Mk. IV line-up, and features slightly different versions of a few of the tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, except where noted

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."Hush" (Joe South)Shades of Deep Purple - 19684:26
2."Kentucky Woman" (Edited mono single version; Neil Diamond)The Book of Taliesyn - 19684:14
3."Black Night"Non-album single - 19703:27
4."Speed King" (US album version)Deep Purple in Rock - 19704:21
5."Child in Time"Deep Purple in Rock10:19
6."Strange Kind of Woman" (US album version)Fireball (US version) - 19714:02
8."Demon's Eye"Fireball5:20
9."Highway Star"Machine Head - 19726:09
10."Smoke on the Water"Machine Head5:41
11."Space Truckin'"Machine Head4:34
12."Woman from Tokyo"Who Do We Think We Are - 19735:49
13."Burn" (Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Paice, Lord)Burn - 19746:01
14."Stormbringer" (Blackmore, Coverdale)Stormbringer - 19744:08
15."Knocking at Your Back Door" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover)Perfect Strangers - 19847:07



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[3] Platinum 60,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  3. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Deep Purple – The Very Best of Deep Purple". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Deep Purple – The Very Best of Deep Purple". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Very Best of Deep Purple in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.