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Classic Rock Revisited
Moe Cullity
Robert Daems
Electric Basement
Rich Franz
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Robert Gloria
Rasmus Heide
Tracy Heyder
Dave Hodgkinson
Paer Holmgren
Benny Holmström
Ted Hurst
Ed 'Janx' Jankauskas
Fredrik Jiglund
Dennis Karlsson
Martin Karski
Mark Dorson King
Stefan Krüger
Christer Lorichs
Don Love
Jeremy Marples
Melodic Rock.com
René Mikkelsen

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Rob Prior
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Julian Radbourne
La Repubblica
Dave Rudders
Attila Scholtz
Garry Smith
Jan Thielking
Catrin Wiegand

Chart Attack
Scunthorpe Telegraph
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Does Jon Lord like Bananas?
Charting Bananas
Associated Press
Bananas in Berlin
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Banshee Bananas

The metal kings are back with their best album since 1984's Perfect Strangers, one that blends Deep Purple's power chords and banshee vocals with the memorable melodic hooks that earned the band a place in rock history.

Bananas is the third studio album with former Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, who joined the band when Ritchie Blackmore decided to flush his career and dabble in medieval folk ballads in the worst career decision since David Caruso left "NYPD Blue."

The first single, "House of Pain," is a crunchy, catchy nugget, and Morse evokes Blackmore's fluid solos on "Sun Goes Down." Perhaps the best track is "Picture of Innocence," which rails against the right-wing's attempts to impose its vision of morality on society.

Despite 30-plus years of screaming and howling, Ian Gillian (sic) is still in fine voice, joining longtime Purple drummer Ian Pace (sic) and bassist Roger Glover. Keyboardist Jon Lord is out, replaced by hard rock veteran Don Airey, whose work with Rainbow (Blackmore's first solo band) and Ozzy Osbourne is legendary in its own right.

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

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