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Judged on its own merit, this is really good record
on 17 August 2013
Deep Purple, regardless of line-up changes and number of years that have passed, will always be judged by the output from the classic quintet 40+ years ago. However you look at it, that is harsh; but there we are. All great bands have a legacy to protect, and I prefer to thank them for continuing to play for the love of it, rather than bemoaning that they may not be as awesome as they were as men in their 20s. And besides all that, if anyone deserves an album dedicated to them, it`d have to be the late Jon Lord!
And this album is a fitting tribute; it`s damn close to classic DP. Gillan still sounds strong, somehow, and I defy anyone to complain about Steve Morse (I love him as a solo artist so I am biased) - Paice and Glover are still awesome and Airey fills Lord`s huge boots with class. There are a few standouts for me on this fine record - opener "A Simple Song", "Weirdistan", "Vincent Price" (Morse makes some great spooky guitar sounds), and the best song of them all, "Uncommon Man"; a great song by any standards, from any era. I`m not a diehard Purple fan, but this is a mighty record that sits with some of their best.