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Deep Purple - 2005 Rapture Of The Deep

ARTIST: Deep Purple
ALBUM: Rapture Of The Deep
LABEL: Edel Records
SERIAL: 0165542ERE
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Ian Gillan - vocals * Steve Morse - guitars * Roger Glover - bass * Don Airey - keyboards * Ian Paice - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Money Talks * 02 Girls Like That * 03 Wrong Man * 04 Rapture Of The Deep * 05 Clearly Quite Absurd * 06 Don't Let Go * 07 Back To Back * 08 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye * 09 MTV * 10 Junkyard Blues * 11 Before Time Began



Well the show keeps on rolling on. In existence for nigh on thirty five years plus .. give or take a couple of days. It appears this outfit has more longevity about it than a DOT COM business. Certainly the membership has come and gone, so too the record labels (now with Edel), but with 2005's 'Rapture Of The Deep', the band are unchanged since 2003's 'Banana's album. The rumours and knives were out beforehand that this album might not fare too well. After a good listen, I can reassure long time fans that 'Rapture Of The Deep' can hold its head up high. After all, Deep Purple have given their fans unequivocal service in their thirty five years of delivering quality product. And so the albums keep getting released, and equally so the demand from music buyers remains as high as ever.

The Songs
The sound of the album is very improvised. Only five weeks of studio effort were involved in putting this effort together, so as a result a 'live/jam' oriented feel is one that comes to mind. Sometimes that brings out the best in a band, and I feel it has done just that for Purple. Is it a money thing? It could well be, other wise the band wouldn't be in business. So says their lead off track 'Money Talks'. A good earthy start, lots of organ work from Airey, a flashy solo from Morse, and the vocals from Gillan are clear and pronounced. Production is pretty good I must say! I loved the retro feel of 'Wrong Man', this one has a 70's swagger that would've sounded great back in the day. Forgive the Asian influence on the intro, or throughout the title track 'Rapture Of The Deep'. The unusual flavouring is worth a listen and at least Don Airey gets to mangle his playing chops with some great organ flurries. Taking the melancholy road is 'Clearly Quite Absurd', a tune which combines emotive, reflective and sombre moods. It is best described as part Pink Floyd part Dire Straits. A nod perhaps to 'Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming' from 'Purpendicular'? I think so. Getting back to a blues-based approach is 'Don't Let Go', showing off some big choruses and some fluid soloing from Morse. I liked the change-up moments on 'Back To Back', and though the keyboard work of Airey is a throwback to 70's era Yes, I still enjoyed it nonetheless. The pounding near-tribal drum-beat from Ian Paice is the scene setter for 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye'. By the sounds of things, all caution was let loose to the four winds on this one.. 'Yes I piss in the water and burn down trees.. I watch as the creatures fall to their knees..'. Carefree abandonment one would say. A bit of a dig at the media/industry is the European bonus track 'MTV'. As a writer I can't help but chuckle at this tune.. they are so right!! Taking things in a funky direction is the improvisation of 'Junkyard Blues'. I reckon they didn't have to practice this a lot, just let the raw energy take over. The album ends with 'Before Time Began'. Not so sure on this one, it is an unusual way to finish the album at 6 and a half minutes, I guess the band could take this track any which way in a live setting. Only time will tell how they deal with it.

In Summary
Long time fans will have a few months to savour this disc before the band head out on the road. As mentioned, the improvised feel of the material probably means the band is going to toss a few liberties when performing live, which will be exciting to watch. As classic rock takes a foothold as a genuine money-spinner for the industry both in terms of album sales and particularly so with live concerts, Deep Purple will be right there at it again come 2006, riding on the back of this album.

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 08 2009 18:30:35
Very mature album.Lyrically perfect and a bit experimental.Strong release in any case.
#2 | dangerzone on June 17 2009 07:44:12
This was a dull listening experience in 2006 and sadly remains so three years later. Looking back I don't think Purple really recovered from the loss of Blackmore.
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