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Bananas [CD]

Deep Purple Audio CD
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In a world that is constantly changing and where trends and fashions are unforeseeable, Deep Purple are among the few reliable constant factors of music history. For more than 30 years now, they have enriched the spirit of rock music regularly with new albums, fascinating tours, and projects causing quite a stir. Five years after their latest studio album Abandon and three years after the ... Read more in Amazon's Deep Purple Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000A5BU2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. House Of Pain
2. Sun Goes Down
3. Haunted
4. Razzle Dazzle
5. Silver Tongue
6. Walk On
7. Picture Of Innocence
8. I Got Your Number
9. Never A Word
10. Bananas
11. Doing It Tonight
12. Contact Lost

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By virtue of its less-than-sober title, Bananas has already fallen foul of the more conservative elements of Deep Purple's fanbase: trenchant adherents who think that this sort of jocular impertinence doesn't befit the work of serious rock musicians (obviously they've never heard of Frank Zappa) and who have campaigned to get the album title changed. But no matter: Bananas ought to service the cravings of the riff-devouring faithful while enticing the uninitiated with some exceptional and entirely-out-of-character dalliances with distinctly non-Purple material.

The current Deep Purple line up--Gillan, Glover, Paice, Morse (Ritchie Blackmore's replacement on guitar) and Don Airey (formerly of Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne, an adept organ lick specialist who stepped into the breech following the recent amicable retirement of founder-member Jon Lord)--join-the-dots on such hackneyed rockers as "House of Pain" (music: think Rainbow's "All Night Long", lyrics: think "my woman's a bitch to me but that's the way I like it") and "Silver Tongue".

To their credit, Purple recognise that no self-respecting middle-aged man can attempt to out-raunch Tom Jones and so "Doing It Tonight" is as tongue-in-cheek as it is hands-down-the-trousers, while the slyly funky "Picture of Innocence" could be Ian Dury's "Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll" for teetotal virgins. Steve Morse's guitar instrumental "Contact Lost" (a tribute to Deep Purple fan Kalpana Chawla, the Indian-born astronaut who was lost in the Columbia space shuttle disaster) and the new folk of "Never a Word" both tread new ground, while "Haunted" (a memorable, emotionally-engaging ballad with female soul singers) is the best Deep Purple song in living memory and could have been a recent No. 1 for someone like Richard Ashcroft. A few more numbers of this calibre and Bananas would have been an absolute peach. --Kevin Maidment

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is superb! 29 Sep 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
Really can't understand the negative review from Classic Rock magazine on this one. If only other "big name" artists could record an album this good, maybe the music industry wouldn't be in such bad shape. On the other hand, UK magazine Guitarist, gave it a 4 star review, calling it a damn good album, made to enjoy. That to me is a more important review because it's based on the MUSIC rather than a soapbox review from a bitter old critic soap preaching about Mr. Blackmore and the good old days back in the '70's. Hey it's the 00's now!!
Now that I got that off my chest, let me tell you about Bananas. A lot of these songs only took two listens before I was hooked. I still don't like one track, Razzle Dazzle, a little too commercial for my ears, but the rest is pure gold and with such excellent musicianship and good production. House Of Pain, the song that opens this album is their new Highway Star, a killer track with great musical interplay. Also songs like, I Got Your Number, Silver Tongue, Sun Goes Down, Bananas (title track) and Picture of Innocence are among the best rockers they've done since the reunion.
There is vintage guitar and organ interplay from Steve Morse and Don Airey respectively. The rhythm section of Roger Glover and Ian Paice brings a precise dynamic that is Deep Purple and also ensures with dignity that this legendary band will carry on with that wonderful spirit. Ian Gillan's singing is focused and terrific as ever.
The last studio album (Abandon) left me a little hungry. Not the case with Bananas, it left me feeling like a just ate a really satisfying meal. One will also note the variety of songs of magnificent quality. On a final note I will say that any fan of rock music will appreciate this CD. As one UK Amazon critic wrote, "Bananas has some instant favorites and some others that will grow and grow and grow on you". A veteran band like Deep Purple is something to be treasured.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Top Banana! 2 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion this has to be the best Deep Purple album in years, in fact since about 1973. It is superb, great songs, great singing, great lyrics and great playing from all the guys (very progressive). The album has a very 70's feel but brought up to date and without losing the classic DP sound. Thanks Don for not ditching the Hammond sound.
I've had the album for two weeks and haven't been able to stop playing it. As soon as it finishes, I start it again (three or four times a day). There are no duff tracks, and I find it hard to pick which are my favourites, though after much debating they would have to be Bananas, Walk On and Doing It Tonight (best guitar solo on the album). Closely following these would be House of Pain, Razzle Dazzle, Picture of Innocence, I Got Your Number, Never A Word and Contact Lost (though why is this little instrumental so damn short!) Sun Goes Down and Silver Tongue are also very good and although the ballad Haunted is a bit cheesy in places, it has a great sympathetic guitar solo, very soulfull.
DP was the first "heavy" band that I got into back in 1978 when I heard the Fireball album for the first time. I've been a huge fan ever since, favourite albums being the MkII albums. Perfect Strangers and Purpendicular are also excellent, but this latest album has shot near the very top of my list of favourites. I can definitely hear influences from "In Rock", "Fireball", "Who Do We Think We Are" but the band have moved on and I can't wait to hear them play a lot of this album on the new tour. We've had the "greatest hits" tour of recent years, but I really want to hear more of these newer songs in the set list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 18 Jan 2004
By David Cranson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album won't win any prizes as being the best Rock album of the year. Neither will it come anywhere near the greatness of the 70s; but . . . it ain't a bad album at all. Highlights include the opening scream by I.Gillan Esquire, followed by 'House of Pain', 'Haunted' - which is by far their best ballad since 'Mistreated' & 'I've Got Your Number'. In fact, all told I would say that this is the best effort from Purple since 'The Battle Rages On' album. Don Airey is on fine form and the guitar of Steve Morse has never been better - great solo on 'Haunted'
For those out there who couldn't see past Blackmore, they're probably not even gonna give this one a chance sans Lord, but if that's you then you're missing out on a peach. So much better than the ast effort as to be out of sight!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, not just for DP fans ! 16 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a long time DP fan. Only got around to ordering Bananas just before Xmas. Have heard it 4-5 times now and am very impressed. One track that stands out to me is Walk On which was not written by DP but Gillan and Bradford, who produced the album. Wonder if there is food for thought there for any upcoming Gillan solo albums....
Rest of the album has some classic Purple/Morse grooves and Bradford has tried to include various fill-in sounds, intro's, fade out's etc to enrich the songs. Some of the songs remind me more of some of Gillan's solo work. Don Airey blends very well. If I were producer, perhaps I would have made a few changes, hence the 4 stars only. Contact lost could have been longer with more of the vibrato solo.
Finally, a lot of the songs have a lot of elements that could be made into singles, but anyway, this should also be heard by non DP fans. Very, very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You would have too be Bananas not to get this
This is old school Deep Purple heavy and loud I can't stop playing this in the car There is not one bad song on this and Ian Gillian is amazing I would recommend this highly to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SplendidRaptor
3.0 out of 5 stars Bananas
Unfortunately not the best deep purple. One or two songs are ok . Could do better . Preferred older deep purple.
Published 15 months ago by Richard Bailey
I bought this album this weekend, not knowing quite what to expect. The title, cover and indeed line-up are a slight deviation away from the their normal ploughed furrow. Read more
Published 18 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the major Deep Purple
good album, but not good as DP should be or as i like it.
The title track and 'Picture of Innocence' are good songs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Yaniv Riahi
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky name wacky album
I think this album is good and also crazy, It has some quite strange songs on it such as Razzle Dazzle, which is quite a strange song to me. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Cubby Kovu
BANANAS by DEEP PURPLE (2003) isn't bad, it's just it's not the CLASSIC albums of the 70's or even the 80's/90's MK2 REUNION ! Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by James Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars bananas vinyl
this lp is clearly used, there somehow seemed to get sand or something iside the innner sleeve of the lp making it allmost inpossible to play before cleaning the record. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by hanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple - Bananas
Bananas is Deep Purple's seventeenth studio album, it was released in 2003 and is the first album not to feature legendary keyboardist Jon Lord, who amicably retired prior to its... Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new DP album
I previously only liked DP up to Who Do We Think We Are and that was maybe one album too far. This however is a band risen from the flames and back at the top where they belong. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by 70s
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, compressed
As others have said, there are a few clunky lyrics on this cd where Ian Gillan sounds a bit too MOR for my taste, but the band really cooks. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2010 by 70s
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