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4.0 out of 5 stars THE QUESTION SHOULD BE ..... WHAT NOW?..., 4 May 2013
This review is from: Now What ?! (Audio CD)
...for Deep Purple,well having listened to this all week,its a successful album and hopefully a superb world tour.Talk about setting yourself up to fail ,putting a sticker 'Perfect Strangers Meets Made In Japan',suicidal or what,the press department wants shot.

Of course its never going to compare to those seminal discs of the past,no heritage band can,its never going to happen,guys in their 60's cant replicate their youth on record (nor on stage),once you accept that then you can be more realistic when listening.

This is easily the best Morse era disc,i would ,even say its the best since Perfect Strangers ( of course there hasnt been too much competition)

Gillan and the boys have looked old age in the eye and given it the middle finger,this is a superb release..

highlights ? plenty be it the beautiful ,delicate 'A Simple Song' or the superb laid back intro to'Blood from a Stone' before it kicks in.

Several tracks see Don Airey come to the fore,more Keith Emerson than Jon Lord,his keyboards enhance and enrich the likes of 'Out Of Hand','Above and Beyond' &' Uncomman Man', while the old boys show they can still hold a groove with the likes of 'Bodyline' and 'Hell To Pay' ,although the latters chorus is a bit irritating.

The band have been captured to perfection with a outstanding production courtesy of Bob Ezrin.

I'm not a major fan of the Morse era(on record) but i thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend you give it a try.
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Initial post: 5 May 2013 18:06:09 BDT
When does, in your opinion, an 'old' band, become a 'heritage' band? Old = heritage? Or if they just play old stuff in concert? Well, Purple have kept on recording. You say no heritage band can do what they did in their youth.....try the last few Uriah Heep albums, and the last 5 Magnum albums. All old folks...all rockin hard!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 19:56:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2013 20:08:45 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
David, i think most people realise that 'Heritage ' bands are those that have been around for a while,indeed i believe it may have been 'Classic Rock' magazine that started to use the phrase a while back,other publications followed suit,so its not an opinion as such,just a phrase,that most people would easily understand.

Regards the reproducing what they done in their youth,again most people would recognise that as being a fairly accurate and obvious statement,none of these bands can play 'live ' at the same levels as 30/40 years ago,they also are unlikely to reproduce albums with similar gusto,they are old men now,not young lads singing about wine,women and song,i'm sure you can understand that,this Purple album is a much more sedate and mature disc,its all the better for it,i'm sure you'll agree(maybe not).

And as you no doubt know,i'm well aware of the likes of Heep/Nazareth/Magnum etc, i've given high ratings for all the recent releases,excellent as they are,none of them are vaguely at the same levels of their 70's/80's counterparts.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 21:21:47 BDT
Agreed all round except that the last few Magnum, and 2 Heep albums are indeed as good as many of their earlier albums....the latest Nazareth one is NOT good.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 08:04:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2013 12:01:31 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
Re your last point,we'll agree to disagree,its all opinion,not fact.I would be surprised if,excellent as they are,many thought that the recent Heep/Magnum albums were the equal of say 'Demons and Wizards/Sweet Freedom' or 'Kingdom of Madness/Chase The Dragon etc.

Re Nazareth,yes its not good its excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 09:47:18 BDT
It seems actually we AGREE a lot! Except the Nazareth CD. It neither rocks or sounds good. Now What is a relatively laid-back album compared with, say, In Rock, etc, but the Nazareth one is just boring. I hate saying that as I really like to support them, but this is the only one since the also soft/boring PlayNthe Game that I have 'passed on''! What do you like about it?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 12:10:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2013 12:14:34 BDT
Mr Blackwell says:
I have to say, i like all of it,i stand by the original review,sounds fine ,to me,great playing,some excellent ,in some cases touching lyrics,sometimes tongue in cheek.

As i dont mind 'soft' rock and have many albums that would fall into that category,then albums of that nature dont disapoint me,although I wouldnt categorise 'Big Dogz in that manner. Play 'n' The Game,yes it would fall into that area,although i have to say i thoroughly enjoyed that disc also,it was the later early to mid 80's NAZ' discs that i was less impressed with, still that why we all love different things.

Obviously Big Dogz wont be troubling the likes of 'Hair of the Dog'/ 'Razamanaz' for attitude and performance .
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