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Deep Purple's new album
1. House Of Pain
2. Sun Goes Down
4. Razzle Dazzle
5. Silver Tongue
6. Walk On
7. Picture Of Innocence
8. I've Got Your Number
9. Never A Word
11. Doing It Tonight
12. Contact Lost
"The album is called Bananas, and it will be released
when it is ripe."
Ian Gillan, Dublin - June 24, 2003
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Bananas is Deep Purple's first studio since Abandon
in 1998. It features 12 tracks of immense variety and musical prowess. Don't
take our word for it. One of our reviewers thinks Bananas is "the most
playful Deep Purple album since the beginning."
"What is most joyful on this
CD is the sound of the band. Wonderful. Notice how positive and loaded
with good energy this record is."
Our favourite Greek reporter, Stathis Panagiotopoulos,
was the first to jot down his Bananas impressions
for The Highway Star (and the world for that matter) and many more have followed
him - like Attila Scholtz who has provided us with an
elaborate and insightful musician's view of the album. Read with joy as
they all take us through Bananas - reviews on the left.
is confident enough to deliver a succession of lyrical witticisms in the
manner of a veteran stand up comedian. You always know each and every
song is rooted in some mini cameo from his eventful day-to-day life. A
job well done."
But what do you think? If you've gotten yourself
a case of Bananas and has a few words to say about it, please drop
us a line
"I could get shot for saying
this, but I think that Bananas is better than Perfect Strangers and Machine
Head, almost as immortal as Purpendicular, but not quite."
Since Abandon, the band has performed three new songs onstage.
"Long Time Gone" from the summer of 2000 seems to have been put to
one side, while the excellent "Up The Wall" from 2002's UK tour has
been re-written and is now called "I've Got Your Number". The instrumental
"Well Dressed Guitar" was recorded for Bananas, but has been left
off and might surface as a single b-side somewhere. This appears to have been
"This is the most Purple sounding
album in a long, long time. The production was done in a way to prevent
overproduction. In other words, the band wrote the songs, learned them
and went into the studio to make a Deep Purple album. What comes across
is a very DP sounding effort."
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Two of the songs on Bananas were co-written with now ex-Hammond
Maestro Jon Lord, and we asked Roger Glover to explain.
We also asked Jon Lord what
he thinks about Bananas.
"We were sensing that Jon was
leaving, his commitment was only half-hearted. That was a important reason
the new album was late. But you don't kick out Jon Lord from Deep Purple,
it had to be his call to leave."
And have you seen the luxurious gatefold vinyl edition yet?
It does exist, you know!
If you spot any media reviews of Bananas (and they're
'forwardable'), do let us know.
This special last updated November 19, 2003