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Deep Purple Rapture Of The Deep Edel
Produced By: Michael Bradford

Running Time: 51.12

Release Date: October 21

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Links: Deep Purple
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Songs: 84%
Sound: 88%
Purple without Blackmore really are chugging along aren't they? This is their 4th album with Steve Morse at the helm and second in relatively quick time, following 2003's Bananas. The band has also constantly toured, keeping the legacy alive, even without a couple of original members.
I loved their first album with Morse Perpendicular it was a unique album and a slight change in sound. The following two left me disappointed or somewhat nonchalant. I'm not sure I can pinpoint the reason it has to be the songs I guess but Rapture Of The Deep has me excited again.
This album follows the sound established by this line up and does require several listens to really get into the groove, but it does reward listeners. I found that Bananas didn't.
This is a really loose and groovy record! It has a little attitude and as stated, takes some time to get to know.
But I think the songs gathered make for a great listen. Money Talks and Girls Like That form a great one-two punch to get the album rolling along and for the most part are classic Purple rockers.
This is a long record for 10 tracks at least. A true groove filled record. There is a lot of music going on here and a lot of different musical parts to get to know.
Take the title track Rapture Of The Deep drenched in Hammond, with Gillan's authorative vocals guiding it, while Morse adds a quirky guitar riff to hook the listener. Through the song is at least 3 different changes in flow. It makes for an interesting song.
A personal favourite is the subtle mood of the ballad Clearly Quite Absurd. I love the lead vocal here and this was the first track I went back to after playing the album for the first time.
Other highlights are the swagger and boogie of Don't Let Go, the uptempo rocker Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and the 6 minute plus closer Before Time Began.
The Bottom Line
On Rapture Of The Deep, Deep Purple recapture some of the essence that made Perpendicular a very cool record. While the album may not convince all, those that have continued to follow the band in the post-Morse era will surely find some new gems here.
Recent Discography / Previously Reviewed
Perpendicular
Abandon
Bananas
Rapture Of The Deep

Line Up:
Ian Gillan: Vocals
Steve Morse: Guitar
Ian Paice: Drums
Roger Glover: Bass
Don Airey: Keyboards

Essential For Fans Of:
Morse era Deep Purple
Ian Gillan
If you enjoyed this release - also check out:
Deep Purple - Perpendicular
Track Listing
Money Talks*
Girls Like That*
Wrong Man
Rapture Of The Deep*
Clearly Quite Absurd*
Don't Let Go
Back To Back
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye*
Junkyard Blues
Before Time Began
--*Best Tracks



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