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Tracy Heyder
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Ed 'Janx' Jankauskas
Fredrik Jiglund
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Martin Karski
Mark Dorson King
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Don Love
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René Mikkelsen

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A must have

"Are they still going?" was the most common reaction I got when I played Deep Purple's latest release to the customers in the bar last week - and on the basis of this new release the answer must be a definite Yes.

We are only seconds into the opening track House Of Pain before Gillan lets loose his characteristic high pitched scream. Gillan, in spite of his excess-all-areas lifestyle is the true star of this album alongside Steve Morse who's stunning solos improve on anything that Mr; Blackmore ever contributed to the band's muse. Steve goes far beyond classic rock soloing to reach areas previously only inhabited by Jeff Beck and Martin Barre. There is no higher praise.

There are some classic Purple tracks here including the title track, Razzle Dazzle, I've Got Your Number and Doing It Tonight and yet it is the final instrumental track Contact Lost (dedicated to the Deep Purple fan who was killed in the Challenger disaster) and the Scorpion like (Wind of Change) lighter-waving ballad Haunted that make this album really special. In a recent interview with the band Ian complained that they only received airplay in the US on the classic rock stations. Haunted should change all that.

Hugely recommended. So yes, you must have Bananas.

Mark Dorson King

Read also Mark's interview with Gillan, Roger and Steve

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