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Deep Purple



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5 stars Overall, this is a superb album. The first side (1 to 4) are all true classics, the band sound really tight and fiery, not like the old 70s stuff but in a newer, sophisticated way.

"King Of Dreams" is a tense, dramatic masterpiece, with great lyrics and a chorus which knocks you for six,

"The Cut Runs Deep" has has great slam and super vocals from Turner (check out the fabulous live version medlied with "Hush" curently on YouTube)

"Fire In The Basement" is a traditional DP song (kind of reminds of MK1 days) again excellent,

"Fortuneteller" I love, it has a spinetingling intro and interesting chorusy guitar and chord progressions from Blackmore,

"Truth Hurts" continues in similar vein.

"Love Conquers All" is a majestic ballad, with a fine melody, elegant, weepy guitar and a passionate performance from Turner,

"Breakfast In Bed" is probably the weakest song here, but it's still perfectly enjoyable listening,

"Too Much Is Not Enough" has an exciting modern keyboard sound from Lord,

and "Wicked Ways" is the excellent finale, with some more fine performances from everyone.

I would say that in 'modern terms', (i.e. having to work with a click track, using newer keyboards, the requirements of radio etc. and how that dictates the sound of an album before anything has even been written) this is the most impressively produced, played and written LP Deep Purple ever made. It's very accessible and commercial sounding, and really should have been an enormous hit in the way that Coverdale acheived with Whitesnake around the same time. I think that's what Blackmore wanted: to make the band fresh and exciting to a new audience, instead of trying to please the old farts (who were not impressed, instead they were later to prefer the stale, forgettable, irrelevance of Morse-era albums like "Abandon" and "Bananas").

analogueaddict | 5/5 |


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