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And a couple of =1 promotional interviews to wrap up the day. German site aussiedlerbote.de has an interview with Ian Gillan, and it’s in English: Is there a song on the new album that particularly touches your heart? I like them all. But “Old-Fashioned Thing” is probably my favorite. In that song, there are interesting […]

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Wear their heritage with aplomb

A couple more press reviews of the new album =1. The Arts Desk seems to have missed the arrival of a new guitar player, but generally enjoyed the album: At this stage in the proceedings it’s unlikely Deep Purple are suddenly going to haul in a whole new fan base, but for anyone with more […]

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One is symbolic of simplicity

Couple of interviews promoting =1 that by now, frankly, sound a bit redundant, but here they are for the sake of completeness. Roger Glover spoke to ABC News: Glover said Gillan once questioned how big of an equation someone could come up with where the answer would equal one, then had a mathematician friend come […]

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Far from spent and endured

Several more =1 reviews from around the web. Ultimate Classic Rock: Musically, Deep Purple pushes an aggressiveness that rivals contemporaries in their field; Airey and McBride bring homage but never sink to nostalgia (check out their keyboard and guitar interplay on “A Bit on the Side” and “Sharp Shooter”). The 78-year-old Gillan can’t hit those […]

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Human chemistry is beyond science

Virgin Radio Italy interviewed Ian Gillan and Simon McBride. Go there to watch the chat. The audio is in original English with Italian subtitles. And by-the-by, that interviewer looks familiar 😉

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New sheriff in town

Metal & Rock Zone reviews =1

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Their finest moment this century

Classic Rock reviews the freshly released =1: Just when you thought arguably Britain’s finest rock band had nothing more to give, along comes what may be their final rebirth. They’re taking it on the road of course. Can anything stop them? Hopefully not. Read more in Louder Sound. A review (most likely the same one) […]

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=1 How does it add up for you?

As Deep Purple’s =1 albums hits the racks – and the charts – all over the world, we’re curious how you feel about it. We already reviewed the album – now it’s your turn. Write your own review of =1. Send your reviews of =1 to albumreview@thehighwaystar.com for a chance of publication right here on […]

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And then the transistor radio came along

Ian Gillan was interviewed by a streaming site Qobuz on the occasion of =1 release, where he starts with here and now, and goes all the way back to the church choir boy experiences

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Still equals one

=1 is upon us, and here’s the “official interview” from the band, posted today

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Alive, kicking and in the zone

Blabbermouth reviews the new album =1 in most glowing terms: When you have a legacy as indisputably colossal as DEEP PURPLE’s, making new music could easily be an afterthought. But tasked with producing new albums to rival the immortal likes of “Machine Head”, “Burn” and “Perfect Strangers”, the hard rock legends have done a solid […]

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We listen to the new album, part 5 =1

Courtesy of earMUSIC, The Highway Star is reviewing Deep Purple’s new album =1. As we are fast approaching the end of The Long Wait for its release on July 19, this segment looks at the album’s last two songs. Deep Purple’s first studio album with new guitarist Simon McBride is one highly anticipated piece of […]

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The obvious impression is often misleading

Simon McBride gave an interview to the German site laut.de (in the midst of an interview marathon with 9 other engagements). Yep, reverse translation again. As such, take it with a grain of salt. It’s a lengthy read. Simon talks about his influences, joining the band, the songwriting process, lengths of the songs on =1, […]

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Funeral for a friend

Stereophile magazine laments the passing of physical media (exhibit A) and discusses the problems with the music streaming. Yep, there’s a connection. There are plenty of reasons to worry about this, even beyond the purely sentimental. Mostly it comes down to a loss of control. You control what you own—what’s on your shelf—but a favorite […]

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There’s this one lick…

Ultimate Guitar spoke to Simon McBride, and offers not quite a full interview, but his answer to one of the questions: What is the most difficult Ritchie Blackmore part to play? Most of it is actually not too bad. There’s one little lick which annoyed me for a long, long time, it’s in ‘Lazy’. I […]

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Shop smart for =1

Just a sort note. In case you haven’t ordered the new album yet and like to save money, SuperDeluxeEdition.com provides a handy shopping chart for the box set, 2LP, and CD+DVD digipak (that’s the last one, erroneously marked as 2LP again). Go to superdeluxeedition.com for all your price comparison needs. Caveat: most likely does not […]

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Bones rattle and teeth shake

NME reviews the 2024 Montreux Jazz Festival and starts right with the most important in our quarters: “We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline,” growls Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, erupting after what could arguably be the most iconic riff ever gets a bigger reaction than any guitar part could – […]

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Rejuvenated again

German site Musicreviews.de reviews =1 in positively glowing terms, and gives it a score of 13 out of 15 (same as Whoosh and inFinite, while Now What?! got 12/15 from them). Usual reverse translations caveats… (you know the drill). When listening to “=1” you quickly come to the conclusion that DEEP PURPLE really did everything […]

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Time is of an essence

Louder Sound has a preview of Glenn Hughes’ interview slated to appear in the next issue of the Classic Rock magazine. Her Glenn talks about Black Country Communion and possibility of doing another album with them. I want people to know that this will possibly be the last band that I’m in. I’m so deep […]

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So complicated

In a new interview with German publication Welt, Ian Gillan discusses Russian politics, title of the new album =1, Brexit, making friends in Germany in 1965, and almost setting his house on fire. All the usual caveats about reverse translations fully apply. […] Everything has become infinitely complicated these days. We have to give up […]

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