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With legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) ensuring that the sound is everything it can be and with keyboardist Don Airey nailing down the distorted organ riffs much like the late Jon Lord did for the band through the '70s, the modern Deep Purple shows no signs of age nor rust. Though the subsequent decades have seen Deep Purple's reputation stagnate in comparison to its contemporaries like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple remains among the heaviest bands of the rock era. Guitarist Steve Morse has always been a guitarist's guitarist, and with singer Ian Gillan leading the pack, tracks like "A Simple Song," "Weirdistan," and "Blood from a Stone" are natural additions to a catalog that includes "Smoke on the Water" and "Space Truckin'." By ignoring fads and sticking to its core sound, Deep Purple is sure to satisfy the old-school hard rock fans alienated by the various changes in rock 'n' roll over the decades. "Hell to Pay" swaggers like it's 1974 all over again.

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Best of the Morse Albums

I am not a huge fan of Steve Morse's guitar sound, and I have always thought that his songwriting style did not mesh well with Purple. This album does seem to be a cut above the rest, though. The guitar sound is heavier, the playing is more melodic, and the riffs are real riffs instead of jazzy lines.

However, the real star of this album is Don Airey! From the opening song, the keyboards are all over this album. He plays fast and furious, sounding at times the way Jon Lord used to on the old Deep Purple live albums.

Glover's bass is amped up, and Paice is in fine form here. The weakest link is Gillan. His vocals are mostly spoken and tired sounding.

Overall, I think the rest of the band is finally pulling it together and making some good music.

WOW SOUNDS GREAT.

RITCHIE BLACKMORE IS NOT ON THIS ALBUM, BUT WHO CARES THIS STUFF SOUNDS GREAT. SOUNDS LIKE, THEY KEPT TO THEIR ROOTS. (HELL TO PAY) IS AWSOME. TY DEEP PURPLE FOR BEING A PART OF THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE. (SMOKE ON THE WATER FIRE IN THE SKY.) P.S. TRY THE 80'S ALBUM ITS PRETTY GOOD TOO.

Great album

I've listened to this album several times now, and I like it more and more each time! This is the work of a group of fantastic rock musicians. It has a spontaneity and freshness that is so lacking in much of today's music. This is genuine rock and roll. I recommend this to any rock fans.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan. Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural...
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NOW What ?!, Deep Purple
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 2013

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