The Very Best of Deep Purple

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The Very Best of Deep Purple
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Greatest hits album by Deep Purple
Released 2000
Recorded 1968-1974, 1984
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 79:02
Label Rhino, Warner Bros.
Producer Deep 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 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 4 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, which was released in 1980, with 3 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

  1. "Hush" (Joe South) - 4:26 (from Shades of Deep Purple - 1968)
  2. "Kentucky Woman" (single version) (Neil Diamond) - 4:14 (edited mono version of a song from The Book of Taliesyn - 1968)
  3. "Black Night" - 3:27
  4. "Speed King" (US album version) - 4:21 (from Deep Purple in Rock - 1970)
  5. "Child in Time" - 10:19 (from Deep Purple in Rock)
  6. "Strange Kind of Woman" (US album version) - 4:02 (from Fireball - 1971)
  7. "Fireball" - 3:24 (from Fireball)
  8. "Demon's Eye" - 5:20 (from Fireball)
  9. "Highway Star" - 6:09 (from Machine Head - 1972)
  10. "Smoke on the Water" - 5:41 (from Machine Head)
  11. "Space Truckin'" - 4:34 (from Machine Head)
  12. "Woman from Tokyo" - 5:49 (from Who Do We Think We Are - 1973)
  13. "Burn" (Blackmore, David Coverdale, Paice, Lord) - 6:01 (from Burn - 1974)
  14. "Stormbringer" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - 4:08 (from Stormbringer - 1975)
  15. "Knocking at Your Back Door" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover) - 7:07 (from Perfect Strangers - 1984)



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[3] Platinum 60,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified 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.  Enter The Very Best of Deep Purple in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search