Quirky rocker, quaint release.,
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This review is from: Vincent Price (Audio CD)
The first CD single I've bought since the 90's, and well worth it. The title track is a stately and atmospheric rocker, complete with choir. The previously unreleased First Sign of Madness is a pretty generic uptempo number, although it's worth a listen for Don Airey's lively roadhouse piano and a typically catchy Steve Morse guitar solo. The Well-Dressed Guitar was my main reason for buying this release in the first place, since it's otherwise only available on the tour edition of Rapture of the Deep. Faux-classical and magisterial, it's one of my favourite rock instrumentals ever. The live version of Wrong Man is from the same RotD tour edition. With a nice, chugging groove, it demonstrates just how tight Deep Purple is as a live unit. And again, the highlight is the guitar solo.
The CD is enhanced, so you have to put it in your PC or Mac to see the video. Remember the craze when just about every CD was enhanced? Anyway, I just dragged and dropped the 200 MB+ mp4 file to my desktop. The video is an entertaining pastiche of horror movies from the silent era, although whoever wrote the oddly phrased title cards is obviously not a native English speaker. But somehow that just adds to the quaintness of buying a physical CD single in 2013 :)