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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B000B9UDFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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The mighty Deep Purple return with their newest studio album Rapture Of The Deep. The Mk 8 lineup of the band features Ian Gillan on vocals, Ian Paice on drums, bassist Roger Glover, guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey. Rapture Of The Deep promises the continued presence of one of history’s biggest bands, now celebrating their 37th year with such tracks as "Back To Back", "Junkyard Blues", "Before Time Began" and "Wrong Man".

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After the plodding Abandon, and the disposable Bananas, you'd be forgiven for not expecting too much from Purple's latest offering. Yet lengthy jams, heavy riffs, chugging basslines, and waves of deliciously smoking Hammond organ signal an intent within the Purple camp. They're back, and they're on form.

Don Airey is the star of the show, returning the trademark Hammond sound to the band from whence it came, whilst forming a chemistry with guitarist Steve Morse that was largely missing on their last album.

The beautiful "Clearly Quite Absurd" is the show stopper, exploring the lower registers of Ian Gillan's voice, while "Don't Let Go" has Roger Glover providing some of the funkiest bass of his career.

Tracks like "Wrong Man", "Rapture Of The Deep" and "Junkyard Blues"provide a level of excitement that's been missing since 1996's Purpendicular. This is classic Deep Purple. Welcome back. --Rahul Shrivastava

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I bought this album when I bought the rest of the deep purple albums, it was the last one I listened to and I think its actually a return to form after a period of going up and down in how good I thought each album was I think they are back to form on this album, there are some really good song on this album, including the song rapture of the deep and wrong man both of these have some really good riffs and good rhythms, I like the way the bass plods underneath the main riff for rapture of the deep at first and then comes in copying it and then drops out for a guitar solo, that sound quite slidey and uncertain about it's self. Wrong man has a really good sort of stop start feeling to it and the whole album is filled with very good solid song like this. Ian Gillan still sounds really good perhaps a little bit strained in the highers regions but he is in his 60's. I think the production on this album is good too the instruments are placed equally and the bass is closer in the mix than compared with the early 80's albums its more like the 70's albums. the last thing to commment on is the crazy art work which is quite clever and has what I can only describe to be reverse reflections.
Overall a very solid album by Deep purple
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I was a bit reluctant to buy this CD. Although a DP fan since the mid seventies I did not expect too much from the band these days.

This CD is the best one I bought in the last year. It is real dynamite from beginning to end and I have been listening to it constantly over the last three weeks. The tracks are cohesive and involving. A lot of first class rock music lies in here. The rhythm section is unbeatable, Ian Gillan is still a great if not the greatest rock voice. No new band can beat these tracks.

Buy it and listen to it over and over again, you will love it!
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I was a bit disappointed with the last Purple album, Bananas, and was therefore pleased to find out that 'Rapture' was definately a step up from this, with a bunch of rock solid compositions that might not be Purple classics but are really memorable nonetheless. The two tracks I dislike the most are the 'poppy' ones - 'Girls Like That' and 'Don't let Go', but the rest of the album is an enjoyable mix of the progressive, heavy, and funky, plus one ballad 'Clearly Quite Absurd,' which, although not being a huge fan of ballads, is, I feel, miles better than the one on 'Bananas.' The epic title track with its Eastern - sounding riff is particularly effective and Don Airey's stamp on the album is much more considerable this time, with synthesizer on the funky 'Back to Back,' apocalyptic keyboards on the heavy 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,' and boogie-woogie piano on 'Junkyard Blues.' The overall feel of the recording is of a band that really know what they're doing with a variety of musical styles, and sound confident and laid back but without being uninteresting or indifferent. Environmental themes are dealt with as on 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' and 'Junkyard Blues' and Gillan gets philosophical on the final, progressive sounding track 'Before Time Began.' One problem with this CD is the sound quality, which could have been much better. On some tracks Ian Gillan sounds a bit muffled and this mix is a bit muddy. I don't know if this is also true on the Tour Edition CD or the vinyl version but I'm sure a better job could have been done here. That aside, this is the only Deep Purple studio album I own from the Steve Morse era, but one which I think is worthy of inclusion with rest of my collection from the Ritchie Blackmore days. As always with Purple, live versions of songs are better than studio versions as they thrive on live appearances, so a well filmed DVD of a recent concert performance would be most welcome.
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Well what a suprise this is. Being a long term Purple fan, but having long since given up the hope of them producing a real top class studio recording in their mature years,along comes Rapture of the Deep.
This is quite simply the best record the band have made since reforming in 84, and yes I am including the classic Perfect strangers in that. PS may have contained two bona-fide classics but the rest of the album wasn't up to standard.
This album contains at least three future classics, and the songs in between are of an astoundingly high quality. It kicks off with the first of those classics "Money Talks", full of growling hammond and attitude. The keyboard intro sets the scene and then in comes Gillan with an amazing vocal similar to No One Can from Fireball.
The title track is in the vein of Perfect Strangers or Enya, full of eastern promise and snaking rhythms and another cracker. The required ballad is well above their usual standard in such songs, and thankfully blots out the memory of the contrived Haunted from 2003's Bananas. Final track Before Time Began is a prog masterpiece, one of the best songs Purple have written in two decades, with an astoundingly thoughtful lyric from Gillan.
The remaining tracks are heavy, dense, full of improvisation and musical ambition and played beautifully. The entire album grooves and rumbles with renewed vigour. Simply splendid.
Buy it, marvel at it, and despair of the crock of nonsense younger bands try to pass off as rock music in this day and age.
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