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Slaves And Masters CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000025VC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. King Of Dreams
  2. The Cut Runs Deep
  3. Fire In The Basement
  4. Truth Hurts
  5. Breakfast In Bed
  6. Love Conquers All
  7. Fortuneteller
  8. Too Much Is Not Enough
  9. Wicked Ways

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DEEP PURPLE Slaves And Masters CD

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Got to love this , original lineup (almost ) and joe lynn turner ' s brilliant voice , great .
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Great addition to any Deep Purple collection.
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I love this album. The songs are structured incredibly well, playing is absolutely top class. I also think this is the best hard rock album for showing off keyboards ever. What strikes you is the work done to craft each and every song here. Just listen in detail to the fills, complex licks, the way the band works together. They say Ritchie was a hard task master, and on the evidence here, when given a top class band there was almost no limit to what he could drive then to achieve together.

Most of the criticism heaped against Slave and Masters is based on spurious comparison with other Deep Purple works. It is not, so they say, a "proper" Deep Purple album. It is quite different to the others, and that is is not a bad thing at all in my view. But do not expect to hear a 1990s version of Machine Head. Listen to this on its own terms.

All the songs here are strong, but Wicked Ways, the last song on the original album is standout. A cool and clever lyric, powerful keyboard riff, and a fantastic break in the middle which blissfully returns with the main riff stronger than ever, does it every time.

This reissue is nice, sound quality is good, notes are interesting, the bonus tracks a bonus but far from essential. It would have been nice to have a bonus CD of a live concert from this line up, material does exist but there has been no official release.
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A great album with Deep Purple in ballad mood, Blackmore puts in a classy performance, and Jon Lord is his usual excellent self. Disappointing that there's only one bonus track, and 2 single edits, if you've just played the album tracks, why on earth would you want to hear the inferior single edit ? I would really give it three and a half stars, as I rate it in the bottom 3 or 4 Deep Purple albums, so as good as it is, there a lot of D P albums better, but we all like different things, and that's as it should be.
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Slaves And Masters is a very divisive album - among Purple fans it caused the Blackmore v Gillan arguments like no other. It has its fans but most will agree its not classic Purple and is one of their marmite albums - you love it or hate it.

Essentially what happened was that Ian Gillan, who was vocalist from 1969-73 and from 1984 onwards was sacked in 1989 by a band increasingly dominated by Ritchie Blackmore. In the aftermath, a former Rainbow (Blackmore's own band from a few years earlier) vocalist was brought in to record an album that was more American AOR than British Hard Rock. The band had existed with Gillan and Blackmore at opposite sides with the other 3 in between, smoothing over the cracks and making the band still a functional unit. When Glover, Lord and Paice sided with Blackmore (or were eventually persuaded by him) then Gillan's days were numbered. In a twist, a few years later for the follow up album, the others had a change of heart and demanded Gillan be brought back in to the fold. Blackmore left during the support tour and the band eventually brought in Steve Morse as a replacement. This takes us to the current band.

At the time this album came out I thought it was laughable and an absolute turkey. I was never a fan of the Joe Lynn Turner era of Rainbow and here he was in Deep Purple! These guys were in their late forties at the time and shots of them on tour wearing black leather with a big haired American singer just seemed wrong. Maybe they had thoughts of trying to crack America again by going down the AOR/metal look, fairly short-sighted though as this was already old hat by then and grunge was about to creep up and kill it off anyway.

As time has gone by and one ages, my view of it has mellowed.
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If you like the later incarnations of Rainbow then this is the Deep Purple album for you as it is the commercial american sound that Blackmore pursued at the time and his guitar is all over this recording but not in a typical Purple style. Don`t get me wrong I love his playing but there is something about the edge that Gillan brought to the table, he was the Lennon to Blackmore`s McCartney. Joe Lynn Turner sings his heart out and Jon Lord plays some tasty organ but ultimately this is Rainbow with Jon Lord and Ian Paice guesting. I do love it but it absolutely ain`t a Purple album!
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Brilliant album. Joe Turner is a classy performer and I think, the equal of Gillan.
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This lineup of purple is 4/5s of the classic mark II lineup and 3/5s of the most commercially successful Rainbow lineup, so it's inevitable that 'Slaves and Masters' would sound like both bands in places.
Joe Lynn Turner is a more than capable replacement for Ian gillan and sings his heart out on every track. Ritchie Blackmore's performances are excellent throughout as well. Both members seem to dominate the album.
There are some great tracks on this record. 'King Of Dreams' is a good slice of commercial arena rock to get the album off and running, and also gave Purple a minor international hit single.
Next track, 'The Cut Runs Deep' is an absolute belter. Packed full of jagged guitar and lush keyboards with an impassioned vocal, it's a top driving rock track.
'Fire In The Basement' is classic Purple. It's a good mix of blues and hard rock with a good riff. Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore throw in some typical solos and the double entendre, innuendo stuffed lyric is highly Gillanesque.
'Truth Hurts' is another catchy stadium rocker that wouldn't sound out of place on an 80s Rainbow album and 'Love Conquers All' is a very anti Purple romantic ballad, which is actually quite refreshing and another minor hit single.
'Fortune Teller' is another Rainbowesque track, but is packed full of atmosphere and drama. It's a terrific number and perhaps the strongest track on the album for my money.
'Wicked Ways' closes the album in fine Purple form with more guitar and organ interplay between Blackmore and Lord and another snorting vocal from Turner. It's a bit of an epic and a perfect album closer.
'Breakfast In Bed' and 'Too Much Is Not Enough' are fairly by the numbers album fillers albeit well performed and sung.
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