The Book of Taliesyn - 1968

Line up:

Rod Evans - Lead Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - Guitar
Nick Simper - Bass, Backing Vocals
Jon Lord - Organ, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Ian Paice - Drums
The Book Of Taliesyn - 1968


1. Listen, Learn, Read On
2. Wring That Neck (Instrumental)
3. Kentucky Woman
4. Exposition (Instrumental)
5. We Can Work It Out
6. Shield
7. Anthem
8. River Deep, Mountain High


	The Book of Taliesyn is the second album by English rock band Deep Purple,
released in 1968 by Tetragrammaton in the US, and by EMI's Harvest Records in the UK, and Polydor in Canada and Japan in 1969.

The album follows the psychedelic/progressive rock sound of Shades of Deep Purple.
However, there is a harder edge to several songs, beginning to show the new sound Deep Purple
would introduce in 1970 with Deep Purple in Rock.

The Book of Taliesyn is perhaps also the most recognizable one of the three albums released by the first line-up,
containing the big hits "Kentucky Woman" and "Mandrake Root" in addition to many songs later used on various compilation albums.

There are three cover versions on this album - "Kentucky Woman", originally from Neil Diamond,
"We Can Work It Out" from the Beatles and "River Deep Mountain High", known from Ike and Tina Turner version.
Kentucky Woman was released as a single, though the single version was edited for time.

The album's name is taken from a famous 14th century Welsh manuscript including
certain poems attributed to the 6th century poet Taliesin.