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Purpendicular and Abandon are the two best Morse era albums IMO. They've definitely established a sound with Morse.
I have the Purpendicular album but I've only ever listened to it about three times all the way through because if I listen to Deep Purple I usually listen to the MkIII Blackmore/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice version of the band and usually Burn, Stormbringer, Made In Europe & The Last Concerts In Europe cd although I do listen to the MkII Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice version of the band and usually the re-mixed Machine Head, Made In Japan/Live In Japan x3 cds & Who Do We Think We Are. As for Abandon I remember seeing it in the cd rakes on several occasions a few years ago but I couldn't muster the interesting in forking out the money on buying it.
 
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Deep Purple MkII Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice and Who Do We Think We Are album from 1973.

The album Who Do We Think We Are was possibly considered a 'weak album' in the DP canon of work falling as it does between the studio albums Machine Head & Burn and the live album Made In Japan but in actual fact I have always thought it was a good album to listen to with mostly a good number of good tracks on the album that include on side one Woman From Tokyo, Mary Long, Super Trooper & Smooth Dancer and on side two opening with Rat Bat Blue a pretty good track then after Rat Bat Blue the quality dips a bit with the last two rather long'ish numbers being both Place In Line & Our Lady sounding a bit like 'filler' to my ears but both Place In Line & Our Lady are interesting tracks in some ways if the listener listens to them but in my opinion they should have included Painted Horse on side two as well because Painted Horse is actually a pretty good song in my humble opinion.

Apparently the album was recorded under difficult circumstances with neither Blackmore and Gillan talking to each other during the whole recording sessions also I heard that Ritchie didn't like the song Painted Horse so that probably accounts for why the track didn't make the final album selection.
 
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I often wondered why Painted Horse wasn't included since there is only seven songs on the album. Anyway, it's my least favorite of the Mark II albums. I was never a fan of Our Lady or Mary Long. Rat Bat Blue is one of Blackmore's coolest riffs but I think he should laid down a guitar solo for the song. I actually like Place In Line because, although he claims blues is limiting, Blackmore is a monster blues player when he wants to be and that solo is great the way it builds.
 

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I often wondered why Painted Horse wasn't included since there is only seven songs on the album. Anyway, it's my least favorite of the Mark II albums. I was never a fan of Our Lady or Mary Long. Rat Bat Blue is one of Blackmore's coolest riffs but I think he should laid down a guitar solo for the song. I actually like Place In Line because, although he claims blues is limiting, Blackmore is a monster blues player when he wants to be and that solo is great the way it builds.
The track Place In Line from memory a rather long'ish track starts off at a 'normal' slow'ish pace then picks up the tempo and eventually 'explodes' into a big workout by the whole band and I suppose on reflection it is a ok number but maybe because it is sequenced in front of another rather long track in Our Lady that it doesn't quite work somehow?.

As for Mary Long I personally like that song and I believe the band did included it in some of there 1973 shows before dropping it. The song Mary Long is a up tempo song all the way through from start to finish and was a topical song for it's time referring to as it does to Mary Whitehouse television 'clean up' campaigner and Lord Longford a reverend/Bishop in the church of England I believe who amongst other things campaigned for Mara Hindley one of the 1960s 'Moors murderers' to be released from prison in England. The song name Mary Long is taken from both halves of the two names Mary Whitehouse & Lord Longford.
 
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because it is sequenced in front of another rather long track in Our Lady that it doesn't quite work somehow?.

I agree. The album as a whole just doesn't flow IMO.


I believe the band did included it in some of there 1973 shows before dropping it.

They performed it with Morse on the Abandon tour.
 

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Yeah I have noticed that Mary Long was performed in concert in the 1990s/2000s (and maybe still is?) about 30-40+ years after it first appeared on the Who Do We Think We Are album in 1973. Personally speaking I think it is actually a very good song and a strong number on the Who Do We Think We Are album and I also like Ian's lyrics.
 

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I'm a big fan of WDWTWA but I think that, at the time, we all thought that it suffered a bit from being so similar, structurally, to "Machine Head" - 4 tracks on side 1, 3 on side 2, the second of which was an extended blues workout etc. It drew unfair comparison between the two albums as a result.

Nevertheless, personally, I've always rated it very highly. "Woman From Tokyo" is a fabulous song, as is evident from the fact that it has remained in the live set for so long since the departure of TMIB. Jon, hammering a piano for a change, I just love. There's not a track that is as commercially friendly on MH. "Mary Long" is a fairly straightforward song but doesn't suffer from that fact. "Super Trouper", "Smooth Dancer" and "Rat Bat Blue" have some really interesting song & time structures, to me they are far better songs than "Maybe I'm A Leo" or "Never Before" from MH. "Place In Line" I adore as much as "Lazy" and I really wish that they'd do it live in place of "Lazy" from time to time, perhaps alternating them. I do agree, though, that "Our Lady" sounds a bit like filler and isn't a great album closer. As a big fan (always) of "Painted Horse", I would have loved that to have been on the album (in the same way that it was criminal that "When A Blind Man Cries" was left off MH - but that was the problem, back in the day, with vinyl album lengths and having too much material!).

It's good to see that WDWTWA has some other fans on here. I don't really rate any one of the original Mark II albums any more highly than any other. All four are magnificent to me, even after close on fifty years of play.
 

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It's good to see that WDWTWA has some other fans on here.
Yes it is good to see that Who Do We Think We Are has it's fan's and as I previously posted I actually like listening to it occasionally along with Machine Head and the 1997 Roger Glover remixed Machine Head cd as well. Also it was a shame that Painted Horse wasn't included on the original Who Do We Think We Are vinyl album back in 1973 (it mite have just been squeeze on side 2?) but never mind it is what it is.

Side 2 of the original vinyl album may have been?.-

Rat Bat Blue: Place In Line: Painted Horse: Our Lady


I believe Simon Robinson of the DPAS likes the song Smooth Dancer because he has included it in several Deep Purple compilation and Anthology records & cds over the last 30+ years I have noticed.

Below a bit of a small picture of the front album cover of Who Do We Think We Are

https://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/3/9/4/3394.jpg

Below Deep Purple pictured in 1973 after receiving gold discs for Who Do We Think We Are album sales. Note Ian smiling maybe he was pleased that it was nearly over for him but Roger looks a bit indifferent maybe he's wondering what the future holds for himself after being fired from the band!.

http://www.inthestudio.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/deep-purple-who-do-we-think-we-are-21-cd.jpg
 
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