Mandrake Root

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"Mandrake Root" is a song by Deep Purple that featured on their debut album Shades of Deep Purple.

Deep Purple recorded their first studio album in May 1968. Of the eight songs that were included, (an additional one, "Shadows", was cut as a demo but scrapped from the album), only four of them were written by the band itself. Additionally, one of these songs, "And the Address", is an instrumental. The studio version is just under six minutes long. Most full recordings of live arrangement exceed the twenty minute mark.

"Mandrake Root" was performed and recorded at the same time as their first instrumental - "And the Address" - and was actually intended to be an instrumental at first. Song is primarily a solo, and the lyrics weren't added until after rehearsals took place before the album-recording of "Shades of Deep Purple in May 1968". It was recorded on Sunday, May 12. The song features many sound effects, which were picked from the BBC Library.

Song has rather controversial writing history, thou it officially has credited to Rod Evans, Jon Lord, and Ritchie Blackmore, according to Jerry Bloom authorized biography of Ritchie Blackmore it was written by a guy called Bill Parkinson and named "Lost Soul". The song was conceived as a drum solo for Carlo Little (Rolling Stones original drummer), who like Blackmore had played with The Savages, the backing band for Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages. Simper said...
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