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Rich Franz
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Rasmus Heide
Tracy Heyder
Dave Hodgkinson
Paer Holmgren
Benny Holmström
Ted Hurst
Ed 'Janx' Jankauskas
Fredrik Jiglund
Dennis Karlsson
Martin Karski
Mark Dorson King
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Don Love
Jeremy Marples
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René Mikkelsen

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This one could do it!

I finally got to hear the whole CD and can only say that overall, it covers so many areas of sound that you can't get the gist of it with one listen.

I am so glad that you guys put the sound bytes out there before the thing came out. I have to admit. I wasn't impressed by the samples. I was actually let down. All the hoopla about Michael Bradford making such a difference and how this was going to be the "make or break" record quickly was shattered upon listening to the sound bytes. Deep Purple songs are too complex to be able to feel the true aspect of their body without hearing the whole song.

When I plugged my "Banana" into the player and cranked it through my sound system, instead of the bytes on my computer, I experienced the full DEEP PURPLE rush. I definitely like it more and more as I hear it over and over again. I'm not sure this a good thing. I didn't get that "holy shit, this is awesome", that happens sometimes with records. I did get the "yeah, not bad-not bad", vibe at first listen. Now it's growing on me and even tunes that did nothing at all, are coming around. I'm thinking, that is the characteristic of a great record that needs digesting and familiarization.

I am not going to do a song by song review. What I am going to do is say that; a major mistake will be made if "SUN GOES DOWN" is not used as the single for the US. This is such a fresh, rocking, wicked, full, new and present sound that without a doubt, has the best chance of getting the attention of new listeners. I can guarantee that if that tune comes out on some unsuspecting soul's radio, while they are driving in their car, they will be instantly taken in and will be dialing the Radio Station on their cell phone to find out who that is, and requesting it again. It is by far the most present "Rock" tune on the album.

House of Pain? A cool, catchy groovier, but too obvious. Too "Old School" for the tune to be introduced as the first "single" off the record that is being pushed as a "breakthrough" record for a "classic" band.

There are only 2 songs out of 12 that could have been left off. "Doing it Tonight" and "Razzle Dazzle". Not bad songs, just unnecessary for an album with as I said earlier, "All the Hoopla". The variety of sound is nice across the board. The nice, bluesy "Walk On". 60's ish, renaissance sounding "Never a Word", (a gotcha to Blackmore maybe?). The slow, love ballad of "Haunted". Eerie smooth instrumental of "Contact Lost", (hopefully more to come from DP's Axe Wielder). And of course the typical, straight forward, signature DP tunes; "Silver Tongue", "Bananas", "Picture of Innocence" and again, "House of Pain".

I think what I enjoy the most is the "full body sound" of this record. Ian's singing is nice and polished with the smooth control that has been ignored lately. The driving rhythm from Roger, Ian and Don that reigns throughout this record, which in my opinion has been missing to this degree for a while now. Purpendicular should be re-recorded with this added touch.

Without a doubt, hand over foot, it would be the "best overall' record to date. Bananas has the ability to finally be a U.S., "New Rock", airplay friendly CD, playable on the "current" Rock stations as long as the right tunes are promoted. These guys are not just a "Classic Rock" band. For the sake of all the effort these guys have put into continuing to put out such great new records and not just touring and repackaging old stuff, it's time for them to make the mainstream again.

Great new tunes with a different, yet familiar sound and feel, that should bring this great band to the present listeners, and then in years, wind up on the "Classic" stations. I hope the DP Promotion Machine does it's job and gives these guys their due.

"Superb" record and "I thaaaaaaank you!"

Tracy Heyder

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