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Founded in Hertford, UK in 1968 - Hiatus between 1976-1984 - Still active as of 2018

The archetypal hard rock band, hugely influential, and still alive and well after almost 40 years, DEEP PURPLE were formed in Hertford (England) in 1968. Their earliest line-up (known as Mark I) featured guitarist Ritchie BLACKMORE, drummer Ian Paice (who was to be the only constant member in all the numerous incarnations of the band), keyboardist Jon LORD, bassist Nick Simper and vocalist Rod Evans. Their first album, "Shades of Deep Purple", included a cover of JOE SOUTH's "Hush", which became a big hit in the USA. The following two efforts were definitely more progressive in tone, especially their third, self-titled album, which saw Lord's masterful, classically-influenced use of the B3 Hammond organ steal the limelight.

In 1969, Evans and Simper were fired, to be replaced by two former Episode Six members, bassist Roger GLOVER and legendary vocalist Ian GILLAN, who had also starred in the lead role in the original version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar". This line-up, which is widely known as DEEP PURPLE Mark II, gave the band international renown - even though their first album, Lord's pet project "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" (recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) was poorly received.

With Gillan and Glover on board, DEEP PURPLE recorded a series of extremely successful albums, which saw them blend the progressive stylings of their first three albums with an increasingly harder-edged approach, like 1970' ground-breaking "In Rock". Their sound featured lengthy, dazzling duels between Lord's Hammond and Blackmore's Stratocaster, punctuated by Gillan's sky-high screams - nowhere better embodied than in their stunning, 1972 live album, "Made in Japan". In the same year, they released "Machine Head", one of the essential rock albums of all time, which featured the seminal riff of "Smoke on the Water" (inspired by a true episode happened during the recording of the album itself in Montreux, Switzerland), as well as other classics such as "Highway Star" and "Space Truckin'".

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DEEP PURPLE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 608 ratings
Shades of Deep Purple
1968
3.22 | 583 ratings
The Book of Taliesyn
1968
3.61 | 672 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.35 | 1293 ratings
Deep Purple in Rock
1970
3.81 | 896 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.34 | 1294 ratings
Machine Head
1972
3.04 | 602 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.86 | 887 ratings
Burn
1974
3.09 | 647 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.22 | 550 ratings
Come Taste the Band
1975
3.52 | 648 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.91 | 417 ratings
The House of Blue Light
1987
2.69 | 342 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.80 | 357 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.67 | 415 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.85 | 315 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.03 | 341 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.32 | 332 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.94 | 365 ratings
Now What?!
2013
3.60 | 160 ratings
InFinite
2017
3.81 | 103 ratings
Whoosh!
2020
3.26 | 35 ratings
Turning to Crime
2021

DEEP PURPLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.27 | 327 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.51 | 727 ratings
Made in Japan
1972
3.82 | 111 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.46 | 234 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.17 | 81 ratings
Last Concert in Japan
1977
4.36 | 148 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.37 | 71 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.23 | 73 ratings
Scandinavian Nights [Aka: Live and Rare]
1988
2.90 | 99 ratings
Nobody's perfect
1988
3.38 | 34 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
1991
3.93 | 49 ratings
Gemini Suite
1993
4.24 | 78 ratings
Live In Japan
1993
3.42 | 84 ratings
Come Hell Or High Water
1994
4.60 | 10 ratings
On Stage: Black Night
1994
4.60 | 10 ratings
On Stage: Highway Star
1994
4.40 | 10 ratings
On Stage 1970 -1985
1994
3.63 | 35 ratings
Live in California 1976: On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat
1995
3.27 | 21 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Deep Purple In Concert
1995
3.50 | 25 ratings
MK III The Final Concerts
1996
3.71 | 51 ratings
Live At The Olympia 96
1997
3.27 | 82 ratings
In Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra
1999
3.92 | 26 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
2.61 | 31 ratings
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75
2000
4.11 | 9 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Wollongong
2001
3.38 | 16 ratings
Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy
2001
3.34 | 13 ratings
Kneel & Pray
2001
2.14 | 17 ratings
Space Vol 1&2 - Live in Aachen 1970
2001
3.38 | 16 ratings
Inglewood - Live in California 1968
2002
4.00 | 22 ratings
Live in Denmark 1972
2002
3.82 | 11 ratings
Perks And Tit
2004
3.71 | 33 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Dernière Seance
2004
3.13 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple with the London Symphony Orchestra and friends
2005
4.25 | 8 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Newcastle
2005
3.26 | 16 ratings
Live in Europe
2006
3.72 | 35 ratings
Montreux 1996
2006
3.81 | 26 ratings
Live at Montreux 2006
2007
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live at Montreux and in Concert
2007
2.76 | 17 ratings
NEC 1993
2007
3.80 | 25 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
3.50 | 24 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011
4.47 | 32 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Now What?! Live Tapes
2013
3.96 | 24 ratings
The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Graz 1975
2014
4.15 | 27 ratings
Long Beach 1971
2015
4.12 | 17 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
3.82 | 17 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015
4.27 | 11 ratings
Long Beach 1976
2016
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Infinite Live Recordings Vol.1
2017
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live in Newcastle 2001
2019
4.33 | 6 ratings
Live in Rome 2013
2019
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in London 2002
2021
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in Wollongong 2001
2021
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bombay Calling - Live in '95
2022

DEEP PURPLE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.55 | 10 ratings
Rises Over Japan
1976
2.62 | 12 ratings
The Videosingles
1987
4.67 | 15 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.18 | 11 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.52 | 21 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.68 | 40 ratings
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
1999
4.19 | 17 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
4.02 | 12 ratings
Bombay Calling
2000
4.50 | 4 ratings
Around the World 1995-1999
2000
4.00 | 16 ratings
New, Live & Rare - The Video Collection 1984-2000
2001
4.03 | 50 ratings
Come hell or high water
2001
4.23 | 41 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
2002
4.13 | 22 ratings
Perihelion
2002
3.66 | 33 ratings
Machine Head - Classic Albums
2002
4.64 | 11 ratings
Masters From the Vaults
2003
4.50 | 10 ratings
Live Encounters
2004
3.74 | 9 ratings
Rock Review 1969-1972
2004
3.63 | 8 ratings
Deep Purple's Made In Japan (Rock Milestones)
2005
4.78 | 49 ratings
"Live in concert 1972/73"
2005
4.17 | 42 ratings
Live in California 74
2006
3.29 | 5 ratings
Reflections
2006
4.09 | 25 ratings
Live At Montreux 2006
2007
4.50 | 10 ratings
Around The World Live Boxset
2008
4.60 | 5 ratings
Stormbringers - The Inside Story
2008
4.72 | 25 ratings
History, Hits, & Highlights
2009
4.00 | 18 ratings
Phoenix Rising
2011
4.83 | 12 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
4.37 | 26 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.30 | 10 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live In Verona
2014
4.40 | 10 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
4.31 | 13 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015

DEEP PURPLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.63 | 8 ratings
Best of Deep Purple
1970
4.40 | 19 ratings
Purple Passages
1972
4.45 | 20 ratings
Mark I & II
1973
3.35 | 47 ratings
24 Carat Purple
1975
3.39 | 28 ratings
Powerhouse
1977
3.19 | 15 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1978
4.35 | 26 ratings
The Singles A's and B's
1978
4.17 | 12 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
1979
2.93 | 65 ratings
Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple
1980
4.50 | 6 ratings
Fireworks
1985
4.29 | 7 ratings
Greatest Purple
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Anthology
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple
1987
4.50 | 4 ratings
Black Night - Best
1990
2.84 | 17 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door: The Best Of Deep Purple In The 80s
1991
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Deep Purple In Brazil
1991
3.89 | 18 ratings
The Compact Disc Anthology
1991
1.79 | 10 ratings
Progression
1993
4.20 | 22 ratings
The Deep Purple Singles A's and B's
1993
4.33 | 3 ratings
I Successi
1993
4.40 | 5 ratings
Soldier of Fortune: The Greatest Hits
1994
3.18 | 9 ratings
Smoke On The Water - The Best Of
1994
3.88 | 8 ratings
Child in time 1984-88
1995
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Collection
1997
2.18 | 12 ratings
Purplexed
1998
2.52 | 35 ratings
30: Very Best Of
1998
3.25 | 7 ratings
Under The Gun
1999
4.44 | 9 ratings
Shades 1968-1998 boxset
1999
3.67 | 6 ratings
Anthems
2000
4.00 | 6 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.17 | 15 ratings
The Very Best of Deep Purple
2000
4.08 | 6 ratings
On the Road
2001
4.33 | 6 ratings
The Soundboard Series
2001
4.60 | 5 ratings
Collectors Edition - The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (12 CD)
2001
4.50 | 4 ratings
Very Best Deep Purple Album Ever
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
In Profile
2001
4.62 | 13 ratings
Listen Learn Read On
2002
3.37 | 8 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Best of Deep Purple
2002
4.00 | 9 ratings
Singles Collection 68/76
2002
4.50 | 4 ratings
Winning Combinations split CD
2003
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2003
4.67 | 6 ratings
Purple Hits - The Best of Deep Purple
2003
2.64 | 9 ratings
The Early Years
2004
3.00 | 2 ratings
New Live & Rare
2004
4.07 | 15 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2005
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Ultra Selection
2005
1.73 | 4 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2006
3.50 | 5 ratings
Higway Stars
2006
3.36 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection)
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Gold - Greatest Hits
2009
4.56 | 9 ratings
Singles & E.P. Anthology 1968-1980
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Essential
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2011
4.45 | 11 ratings
Now What?! (Gold Edition)
2013
4.30 | 10 ratings
Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69
2014
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Vinyl Collection
2016
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Fire in the Sky
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Songs Live in Concert
2017

DEEP PURPLE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.70 | 22 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
1968
3.64 | 14 ratings
Kentucky Woman / Hard Road
1968
3.33 | 17 ratings
Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
1969
3.43 | 14 ratings
River Deep Mountain High / Listen, Learn, Read On
1969
3.34 | 20 ratings
Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
1969
4.52 | 25 ratings
Black Night/Speed King
1970
4.28 | 18 ratings
Speed King / Into the Fire
1970
2.70 | 11 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
4.11 | 23 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
1971
4.25 | 20 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.09 | 11 ratings
April
1972
4.64 | 14 ratings
Black Night
1972
3.55 | 19 ratings
Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries
1972
4.60 | 20 ratings
Highway Star
1972
3.77 | 13 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
1973
4.19 | 16 ratings
Woman from Tokyo
1973
4.60 | 20 ratings
Smoke On The Water
1973
4.31 | 16 ratings
Burn
1974
3.83 | 12 ratings
Might Just Take Your Life
1974
3.42 | 12 ratings
Lady Double Dealer
1974
3.56 | 9 ratings
You Can't Do It Right / High Ball Shooter
1974
3.85 | 13 ratings
Stormbringer
1975
3.90 | 10 ratings
You Keep on Movin'
1975
4.27 | 11 ratings
Child in Time / Smoke on the Water / Fireball
1975
4.00 | 6 ratings
New Live & Rare Vol. 2
1976
3.63 | 8 ratings
El vuelo del pajaro (The Bird Has Flown)
1977
4.00 | 6 ratings
New Live & Rare
1977
4.22 | 9 ratings
Black Night
1978
4.25 | 8 ratings
Burn
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
New Live And Rare Vol.3
1980
4.25 | 12 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door
1984
3.90 | 10 ratings
Nobody's Home
1984
4.14 | 14 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
4.14 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple
1984
3.80 | 5 ratings
Off the Record Special with Mary Turner
1985
4.14 | 7 ratings
Smoke On The Water / Living Wreck / No, No, No
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
Black Night
1985
3.19 | 8 ratings
Bad Attitude
1987
4.14 | 7 ratings
Call of the Wild
1987
3.25 | 8 ratings
Hush
1988
3.25 | 8 ratings
Love Conquers All
1990
4.00 | 10 ratings
King of Dreams
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Fire in the Basement
1990
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tour Brasil '91
1991
2.67 | 9 ratings
The Battle Rages On
1993
4.00 | 9 ratings
Anya
1993
3.75 | 8 ratings
Time to Kill
1993
3.75 | 8 ratings
Talk About Love
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
Anyone's Daughter / Speed King
1994
4.25 | 8 ratings
Black Night
1995
3.60 | 5 ratings
Aviator
1996
2.75 | 4 ratings
Hey Cisco
1996
4.59 | 8 ratings
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming - Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
1996
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Turtle Island Shuffle
1996
3.20 | 5 ratings
Don't Hold Your Breath
1996
3.40 | 5 ratings
Any Fule Kno That
1998
2.75 | 4 ratings
Don't Make Me Happy
1998
2.75 | 4 ratings
Whatsername
1998
4.00 | 4 ratings
Black Night (live Australia 1999)
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
Smoke on the Water (live '99)
1999
2.85 | 22 ratings
Days May Come and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals
2000
4.00 | 10 ratings
1420 Beachwood Drive: The California Rehearsals Pt 2
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
House of Pain
2003
3.50 | 2 ratings
Haunted
2003
3.29 | 7 ratings
Rapture of the Deep
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
Rhino Hi-Five: Deep Purple
2005
3.67 | 6 ratings
Well Dressed Guitar
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
Clearly Quite Absurd
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Encore: Lucille / Maybe I'm a Leo
2012
3.50 | 6 ratings
All The Time In The World
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Vincent Price
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Above and Beyond
2013
4.33 | 3 ratings
Hell to Pay
2013
3.67 | 3 ratings
Out of Hand
2015
3.67 | 3 ratings
Johnny's Band
2017
4.22 | 9 ratings
Time For Bedlam
2017
4.13 | 8 ratings
All I Got Is You
2017
4.00 | 5 ratings
Limitless
2017
4.00 | 2 ratings
Throw My Bones
2020
4.00 | 3 ratings
7 and 7 Is
2021

DEEP PURPLE Reviews


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 Purpendicular by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.67 | 415 ratings

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Purpendicular
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Deep Purple came reinvigorated after the swap of their guitar player. Morse is a more versatile guitar player and brings some American elements into play such as country, Americana or 80's hard rock. This album brings memorable and solid songwriting, feeling of freshness and a certain willingness to experiment. Morse supplies technically demanding solos showcasing his great technique but he can also show tasty and emotional playing or heavy riffing. "Ted the mechanic" catches the attention by the updated hard rock sound that is closer to American hard rock than British. "Soon forgotten" has a riffing tandem of electric guitar and Hammond. The flagship song "Sometimes I feel like screaming" is one of the most memorable 90's Deep Purple songs. Very well composed and flowing slowly into a crescendo, you are frequently reminded of the fantastic guitar motive. Although I consider Gillan's voice just OK on the album, he excels here by even providing high-pitched chorus. The instrumental outro is Morse's walk. "Aviator" is a country-tinged ballad. I'm a bit sceptical towards the monotonous "The purpendicular waltz" but it will its fans also thanks to a blues-rock riff.

Overall, it's a very solid album - 4 stars for a hard-rock/pop fan, 3 stars for a progger perspective.

 Concerto for Group and Orchestra by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1969
3.27 | 327 ratings

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Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by von bathel

5 stars Listening to the two pieces last night...moved and with immense pleasure, I had to do this remaster and post to those interested a musical analysis of the works a little more technical. I saw reviews from the 70's and some more recent ones here too with bad approachs about Jon Lord's work and in these symphonic arrangements. Which in itself is a total lack of culture and level both intellectual, and sensitivity of these people. The analysis made based on personal taste gets even worse. In my opinion as a musician, pianist and composer, Jon Lord surpasses all contemporary English composers from afar with his works with Deep Purple, Sarabandes and Gemini Suite. His orchestration technique is close to that of Russian composers, especially "The Five Group" ( Balakirev, Cui, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov ) and also arrives in the aggressive technique of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Not to mention his total placement of Asian/Oriental solos and umlauts extremely present throughout the work. Besides, not looking at all like a European composer, let alone English (maybe that's the point) his music is beautiful, full of nuances in minor chords and dramatic thirds, with sublime atmospheres that I personally love music Russian scholar, master. Finally, I see Deep Purple with Orchestra in 1969, an unmissable work that will lead directly to the other work from the 70's (which I post here a fantastic live bonus excerpt) "Sarabandes" which is the icing on the cake. Not to mention the incredible performance by Blackmore on guitars, Glover on bass, solos by Ian Paice with the Orquestra killer percussionist, and the sublime lyrical vocals of Ian Gillan. Saying it's bad shows total alienation and musical culture.
 Deep Purple in Rock by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.35 | 1293 ratings

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Deep Purple in Rock
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by the chungmonger

4 stars Now this is pretty funny.

This is the only other Deep Purple album I have listened to, the other being Machine Head, and I must say it is far superior. I wouldn't call it amazing, but it is a flawless example of Deep Purple's surprisingly incredible talent- Ian Gillan's bat[&*!#] insane vocals, creative guitar parts from the equally bat[&*!#] insane Ritchie Blackmore, and, of course, the supremely underrated keyboardist Jon Lord. All these elements come together perfectly into this absolutely mental experience. It also goes to show how underrated the band is as nobody really knows them outside of the funny water smoke song.

I have to admit something. I'm pretending to be serious. I don't really have much to say about this album, but I could probably give more extreme praise if I forced it out. The album is good, quite good. The musicians are great, the vocals are funny, the songs are consistently good, I like the album. But like I said, I wouldn't call it amazing.

In short, Deep Purple is pretty underrated and this is probably their best album though i have not listened to Burn yet and i cba to listen to their other stuff.

lol.

 Whoosh! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.81 | 103 ratings

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Whoosh!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron
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3 stars A legacy band having some fun - this is Deep Purple's 'Whoosh!' album, the band's 21st studio release, and third one after joining forces (and practically rejuvenating themselves) with producer Bob Ezrin. Ian Gillan, Don Airey, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and Steve Morse present a very fun collection of songs that impress the most with the fact that each one kind of reminisces a specific phase of the band's career, whether this be the 60s psychedelia period (with the re-worked version of Purple's 1968 instrumental 'And the Address', originally written by the late Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore), or the more groovy, sometimes bluesy mid-70s (on songs like 'Throw My Bones', 'We're All the Same in the Dark', 'What the What', 'The Long Way Round'), or even the gnarlier episodes of their 80s releases (we have the energetic tracks 'Drop the Weapon', 'No Need to Shout' and 'Dancing in My Sleep') ? no matter which aspect of their sound they take up, they give it a modern spin, whether this be through Don Airey's proggier keyboard extravaganzas, quite welcome if I may say, often reminding us either of Jon Lord, or maybe Rick Wakeman, or through Steve Morse's infectious riffs and crushing solos, very catchy and upbeat, he has to be the member who brings the most 'muscular' qualities to the latest Deep Purple sound.

But after all, is 'Whoosh!' a classic? The answer would lean more towards a negation; Yes, the songs are quite good, some could even go down as DP classics ('Man Alive', 'Drop the Weapon' and potentially 'The Power of the Moon'), they are catchy, enjoyable, and surprisingly strong for a band of their age, but the throbbing aggression and the tempting vibrance that so well define classic albums like 'In Rock', 'Fireball', 'Burn' or 'Machine Head' could hardly be experienced, and this is no surprise. The big celebration is to see Deep Purple still going strong, releasing strong LPs every couple of years now, and the fact that they have that much fun with their new songs is simply inspiring.

 Turning to Crime by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.26 | 35 ratings

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Turning to Crime
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars I've never been one to embrace albums that are completely filled with cover tunes so when i start to check out an album that is nothing but remakes of classic songs i bring my biases along from the getgo however once in a while i'm quite surprised that something is actually better than i ever could have imagined. Such is the case with the latest release from DEEP PURPLE. It's hard to believe that this band in name at least as been around since 1968. That's 53 years of rocking and rolling and like The Rolling Stones seems to be immortal however we're talking the Mark II lineup mostly since the only member to have been with the band since the beginning is drummer Ian Paice.

Back with the 22nd overall studio album, TURNING TO CRIME features 12 timeless classics reinterpreted by Ian Gillian (vocals), Steve Morse (guitars), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums) and Don AIrey (keyboards). Several guest musicians add the extra touches of tenor sax, horns, trumpet, fiddle and squeeze box. While it may seem inappropriate for a band of such stature to tackle such an album after years of original albums, it should be remembered that DEEP PURPLE started out as a cover band with more songs from others than self-penned. Before the Mark II breakthrough the band with original singles Rod Evans covered everyone from Joe South, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ike & Tina Turner and even Neil Diamond.

While that was the thing in the 1960s, it was actually quite the surprise to find out that TURNING TO CRIME is a collection of covers here in the year 2021 but in a way this album is like a trip down memory lane and takes the listener back to the more innocent times when popular music was almost exclusively verses and choruses and you could just tap your feet to a good beat and catchy melodic hook. I have to say that DEEP PURPLE has been rather hit and miss ever since it launched its comeback with "Perfect Strangers" all the way back in 1984 and that would be mostly miss! Although Steve Morse has performed admirably as the tall order replacement of Ritchie Blackmore, the quality of DEEP PURPLE music has been rather weak with a few exceptions here and there.

TURNING TO CRIME is an oldies but goodies type of album taking you back to the years of good old fashioned rock and roll. Most of the tracks were mined from the 1960s ranging from the psychedelic rock of Love and the rock'n'soul of Ray Charles but the 50s is fair game with a track from Huey "Piano" Smith as well as the 70s with some Little Feat and Bob Seger. While at first glance i assumed this album was going to be awful but once i lowered my expectation enough i was immediately surprised that this album isn't that bad at all! While the band's songwriting has deteriorated over time, the musicians' ability to perform has not. Ian Gillan sounds exactly the same as he did on "In Rock" or "Machine Head" and Steve Morse is still every bit as his Dixie Dregs days with some surprising guitar solos improvised. Add some dirty piano rolls courtesy of Airy and it becomes apparent that DEEP PURPLE successfully take the songs on board to the next level which arguably should be the purpose of cover tunes.

True that this album is hardly the next best thing since sliced bread but if a classic band wants to churn an album of nothing but cover songs for the fun of it, so be it. Yeah, there are some silly clunkers on here such as "The Battle Of New Orleans" but for the most part these guys add the classic DEEP PURPLE touch to the otherwise straight forward rock and soul classics from the past. Clearly not the band's next best masterpiece but as i've already stated, hardly the throwaway dross that i was expecting. I could actually listen to this again and not hate it!

 Now What?! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 365 ratings

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Now What?!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by LucyInHisSky

5 stars Some friends recommended me to hear this album, defending the point that Deep Purple was not over when Blackmore left. So, with a fast assessment here on progarchives anyone can find this album being only surpassed by the masterpieces In Rock and Machine Head. Next step than was to give it a try and the results were? oh, what a album !

We have not Deep Purple here trying to emulate their seventies sounds, not only band´s formation are different, but also their member changed and became more mature as musician and human beings. They went to explore new boundaries, and I woud say this might even be considered a better album than those ones listed above if not for those well known classic and fantastic songs. I think this way because Now, What sound to me more, how can I say, proggy. It is an even work, there are no highlights despite its strong opener, and I like when a prog album is not uneven and does not have highlights, prog is not about having singles as sellings hooks. Another strong point here is that after many listens there are still things to be discovered, there is not melodies easily remembered which is also evidence of strong prog tendencies. When you gets in a average song like Hell To Pay, you see the instrumental prowess saving the day and turning that into a strong progressive achievement. In the end, you may consider there is not a track like Perfect Stranger here, but it does not prevent this album to be a better one IMHO as a whole.

If you want superb musicianship and does not care if a band has more roots in hard rock than in progressive rock, this work for sure will match your taste. Is is very well rated here, it is easily a for star album. But I will consider this a masterpiece because more than being very good is has the exacty amount of heaviness I love so much, not more nor less. And it is not just a band, this is Deep Purple.

 Now What?! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 365 ratings

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Now What?!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Now what?! is a product of its time and age. The band now playing together in this lineup for a decade had decided to leave safe waters embrace more progressive rock/metal while remaining rooted in rock and hard rock. Songs are mid or slowly-paced and chaps know how to be effective without playing over the top focusing on the sound, chemistry and motives. Compositions are solid and already after the first listen, you'll have melodies or rhythms remaining in your memory. Airey proves to be a versatile keyboard player. Gillan knows how to sing with the aged voice to give the best voice colour to their fans. I ignore the more mellow and straightforward songs and concentrate on hard rocking and progressive-metal/rock compositions which are pretty well constructed to remain catchy. Kudos for trying a bit different direction and offering a tasty product once again.
 Bananas by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.03 | 341 ratings

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Bananas
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Great that Deep Purple don't call it a quit even in the new millenium. We can familiar hooks on this 2003 effort, after long 5 years of waiting. All in all, the band has mellowed and slowed down a bit, not an unsurprising move. Where Abandon bordered on heavy metal, "Bananas" is sometime quite soft to be called hard rock. There are no thought changes, radical adventures nor new compositional approaches.

The band delivers a couple of memorable songs with tasty instrumental hooks such as the second track. Morse guitar playing brings both American and older Deep Purple elements and Airey stepped in the old worn out shoes very well.

Progressively speaking, there's not much to bite at, however "Silver Tongue" has tasty elements with interesting rhythm and guitar changes.

"Never a word" is one of the softest DP tracks ever with mellow guitars and almost no beats. "Contact Lost" has a haunting guitar solo.

Doesn't stand out from the DP album crowd but does not bitterly disappoint either.

 Turning to Crime by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.26 | 35 ratings

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Turning to Crime
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by JulioCesar

4 stars The Best Morse-Era Album (Yes, Really!)

In terms of consistency, this is the best album in a long time. Surely since Morse joined. This is a fun album with great soloing and surprisingly great singing by Gillan. Sure, sometimes his words come out a bit strange as often happens with older singers, but his pitch is on point and at times he puts real power behind his vocals. The break from touring must have done him good. If only he took extended breaks more often in the past! I do like the morse-era albums and the songwriting on them, and i feel bad saying this is the best Morse era album because it's a covers album and not originals, but Purple are so good at doing these renditions (It'll be me from Now What bonus tracks is an example of this) that i can't help but love (almost) every minute of it.

The ever-controversial Morse sounds like Morse. I like it, but if you don't then you probably won't enjoy it.

Paice is fantastic as always. Really in his element playing these old tunes.

Glover is great also and gets his first lead vocal however, the song he sings on (battle of new orleans) is quite weak. The weakest on the album, by far but not because of his vocals.

Don Airey is fantastic here, as always. He has really come into his own during the Ezrin albums.

I had loads of fun with this album, and i hope you do too.

 Turning to Crime by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.26 | 35 ratings

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Turning to Crime
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by proghaven

5 stars I even could not expect this to be so good. To me, 'cover album' is almost synonymic to 'rubbish'. But this one is just slightly below top and far beyond expectations. Of course this release has no direct relation to prog, but it shouldn't at all. I consider this a sort of farewell bow to the era when those five old guys started to make music, and to the songs they educated on. And the band did this work on highest possible level. The songs themselves are mostly rock'n'rollish, lightminded and unpretentious (not surprisingly, as there was no prog in the 1960s yet). But Deep Purple's interpretations are quite proggy. The original versions of those old songs were composed, arranged and especially performed on the border of (as we say in Russia) samodeyatelnost (amateur performance). But Deep Purple played and sang them as professionally as only Deep Purple are capable. Airey played virtuoso piano solos, Morse played virtuoso guitar passages, Paice played drums as if he was still 25 years old, Glover was up to the mark as usual... and Gillan's voice surprisingly got younger (just compare to Whoosh!). The result is a really noble album based on the material which initially was far from nobility. Not really progressive? OK I agree. But in this case - no matter.
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