Deep Purple - Purpendicular

Year of Release: 1996
Label: BMG Entertainment
Catalog Number: 74321338022
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:28:00

Because of the new Deep Purple release, scheduled for August, I thought I'd review Purpendicular; in my opinion, their best work after Perfect Strangers.

The reason is very simple: Steve Morse, the virtuoso Dixie Dregs' guitar player, took the place of Ritchie Blackmore, tired of playing with his band. I think Morse is one of the most expert guitarists and he has a very peculiar style.

In fact, listening to this album, it's easy to recognize his mark on this disc. It can be noticed in both the hard-rock songs or in the ballads. For example, "The Aviator" has an acoustic start which could have appeared on the Steve Morse Band's Structural Damage.

With his presence, the whole group seemed to wake up from a sleep in which it had been caught for a long time. Purpendicular is a team effort and this fact is represented by the song writing: all the tracks are written by the five members.

Ian Gillan's voice is good although it isn't the same as in the past times (like in the Seventies indeed), Jon Lord's organ (he left the group last March) is less repetitive than usual and Roger Glover is the protagonist, playing some wonderful riffs like in Rosa's Cantina.

I prefer the longest songs of the disc, "Loosen My Strings" and "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming," which are very complex pieces, but with great melodies at the same time.

A very good album, although there are songs I don't like too much: the heavy "Somebody Stole My Guitar" and "Soon Forgotten."

Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic (4:16) / Loosen My Strings (5:57) / Soon Forgotten (4:47) / Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (7:29) / Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover (4:43) / The Aviator (5:20) / Rosa's Cantina (5:10) / A Castle Full Of Rascals (5:11) / A Touch Away (4:36) / Hey Cisco (5:53) / Somebody Stole My Guitar (4:09) / The Purpendicular Waltz (4:45)

Ian Gillan - lead vocals and harmonica
Roger Glover - bass
Jon Lord - keyboards
Steve Morse - guitars
Ian Paice - drums

Shades Of Deep Purple (1968)
Book Of Taliesyn (1969)
Deep Purple (1969)
Concerto For Group And Orchestra With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (live) (1970/2002)
Deep Purple In Rock (1970)
Fireball (1971)
Machine Head (1972)
Purple Passages (1972)
Made In Japan (live) (1972/1998/2001)
The Best Of Deep Purple (1972)
Who Do We Think We Are (1973/2000)
Burn (1974/2004)
Stormbringer (1974)
Come Taste The Band (1975)
24 Carat Purple (1970-1973) (1975)
Made In Europe (live) (1976)
Powerhouse (1978)
The Singles A's & B's (1978)
The Mark II Purple Singles (1979)
Deepest Purple (1980)
In Concert 1970 - 1972 (live) (1980)
Live On The BBC (1980/2004)
Deep Purple Live In London (live ''''74) (1982)
Perfect Strangers (1984)
The Anthology (1985)
The House Of Blue Light (1987)
The Best Of Deep Purple (1987)
Nobody's Perfect (live) (1988)
Scandinavian Nights (live) (1988)
Slaves And Masters (1990)
The Anthology (1991)
In The Absence Of Pink (Knebworth ''''85) (live) (1991)
Purple Rainbows (1991)
Knocking At Your Back Door (1992)
The Battle Rages On (1993)
Progression (1993)
The Deep Purple Family Album (1993)
Live In Japan (3cd) (1993)
Come Hell Or High Water (live) (1994)
Child In Time (1995)
Purpendicular (1996)
California Jammin' (1996)
Live At The Olympia (1996)
The Final Concerts (1996)
Abandon (1998)
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra (2000)
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2000)
This Time Around: Live In Tokyo '75 (2001)
New Live & Rare: The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (2001)
In Concert: 1970-1972 (2001)
In Profile (2001)
Singles Box Set (2002)
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Edition (2002)
Listen Learn Read On (2002)
The Essential (2003)
Gold (2003)
California Jam 1974 (2003)
Bananas (2003)
The Platinum Collection (2005)
Who Do We Think We Are (24kt Gold reissue) (2005)
Rapture Of The Deep (2005)

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: February 11th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone

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