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Deep Purple

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Night Prowler, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    OK. well, expect Bananas in the next coming days. I don't think I've ever heard this album before. Blame the cover!! :D
     
  2. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    I'll give it a shot too.
     
  3. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    Excellent :edmetal: We have Bananas, Rapture of the Deep and Now What?! to go :cool:
     
  4. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    I've heard talk about this band being a modern version of Deep Purple and after listening to this I can totally understand why some might make that connection....Although the singer doesn't come close to ANY of the Purple frontmen....;)

     
  5. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

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    Deep Purple - Bananas (2003)

    Well, it took Deep Purple five years to do the follow up to 1998's Abandon but meanwhile they also had to find a replacement for founder and long time member Jon Lord who choose to quit the band to devote his time pursuing his classical music interests and also to get away from the strains of touring. Decision fell on the former Rainbow keyboard player Don Airey, a well known face in the Purple camp and a respected keyboard player. Released to basically no fanfare in 2003, Bananas didn't do particularly well in the charts - I believe this was one of their worst charting albums in the UK? So the five years of absence for the band had surely made an impact..but apparently did really well in many other European countries.

    I won't say too much about the songs themselves this time around. Just a quick run through of what I consider to be the highlights here. First of all I'd like to say that Don Airey does a really good job "filling the shoes" left by Lord. He has the same kind of approach to and does a respectful job of continuing the Hammond tradition in Deep Purple. Great player with respect for the bands classic sound. House of Pain is good, as is Haunted, Sun Goes Down and Silver Tongue....Actually I'm rather impressed by most of the album. it all fits well together and the production is really on point - Gillan sounds good on an album again too! There's some tracks I'm less fond off too though...Razzle Dazzle? too filler and I Got Your Number....

    Contact Lost is a really nice tribute to the astronauts of the Columbia space shuttle disaster and a thoughtful way to end the album...Apparently made on the whim by Morse upon hearing of the news.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

    The tour for the album lasted almost two years and saw Deep Purple play the now famous Live 8 show in 2005...

     
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  6. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    I saw them on that tour in late 2003. It was a great gig.
     
  7. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    Where did you see them on that tour?

    I was supposed to see them this year back in June but the show was cancelled due to Ian Paice's health. Apparently he had a mini stroke and so the shows were cancelled obviously...I hope he is doing much better now.

    http://www.deeppurple.com/message-ian-paice/
     
  8. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    It was in Nuremberg. Same venue I saw them later in 2006 with Alice Cooper.
     
  9. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    Ah I see. There's a full pretty much pro shot version of the Berlin show from the Columbiahalle in 2003. So I thought if that was the one you went too you'd be more than interested in seeing it again! :D



    At the 25:25 mark you can hear the dedication to the Columbia crew as they play Contact Lost...
     
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  10. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    I always liked Bananas .. not their best album by any stretch, but a lot of really solid songs. My main complaint about it is that it lacks any great songs ... but also does not have anything terrible on it. Overall though a good solid album.

    Airey really was a good choice for the band. He and Morse do really well filling in for really legends and both doing a good job on the old songs, while creating good new material that sounds like Deep Purple, but also has their own stamp on it. it. No complaints with either of them.
     
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  11. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock



    Airey pulling a DT by going full western at around 2:20 :p
     
  12. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    @Zare , @Black Bart anything to add before we move on to the second to last entry in the discography?
     
  13. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    I thought I had answered... apparently I haven't! :)

    I like Bananas a lot, apart from the two Morse snoozefest episodes (namely "Never a Word" - a bad Aviator- and "Contact Lost", uninspired in my opinion, too bad he has nothing else to play as his solo spot live). My favourite ones:
    - the title track
    - "Doing It Tonight"
    - "I Got Your Number"

    I like "Walk On" but it would have fit a solo album of Gillan's better.
    Don Airey is the new guy although he is still in the shadow of Jon Lord, who co-signed two or three tracks if I remember well. This has changed since then - I will have to listen to Rapture again but Now What!? is still quite fresh in my ears and Airey rules on it.
     
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  14. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    Blasphemy! :D It is Rudess - the glorified keyboard demonstrator who still has to come up with a good tune of his own- who imitates Lord and Airey. (I've tried to keep it short and to the point! , as Ted Mosby would say;) )
     
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  15. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    I like this point!! :D
     
  16. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Sixes you can proceed, I'll spin Bananas when I get to it.
     
  17. Freeyyaa

    Freeyyaa mordebo et stringebo

    Who thinks that Deep Purple played soft-prog instead of hard-rock at "Now What"?!
     
  18. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

  19. Freeyyaa

    Freeyyaa mordebo et stringebo

    And what about you?
     
  20. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    I have no opinion on Deep Purple.
     

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