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Sorry Bananas

I picked up my copy of the new Deep Purple disc Bananas and after the first listening, I knew this was not the Deep Purple I grew to love. This was a watered down version, with not a lot of punch, or originality.

After listening to the first song,"House of Pain" I was smiling. The second and third tracks were not as good, but not too bad either. "Razzle Dazzle" picked things up a bit, Silver Touch was another good tune. Walk On would have been better, if it wasn't sooo long. The song had a good groove, but then offered nothing else but repetitiveness.

Then the CD goes downhill fast. It doesn't offer me any excitment like I'm used to when listening to past Purple gems. It offers a mellow look at Purple. While Steve Morse's playing is always tasteful, I miss the classic Blackmore riffs, trading solos with Jon Lord - who is sorely missed.

The softer side of Purple seems to fit vocalist Ian Gillan fine, as he sounds good sing lighter songs. He dies out when getting heavy over the past few years. New keyboard player, Don Airey,doesn't even fill one shoe left by Lord.

The classic Purple sound is gone. This disc should be classified under soft rock, with the exception of 2-3 tunes.

All in all, I give it 4½ out of 10. Sorry guys

Don Love

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