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Rapture Of The Deep in Billboard charts

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According to Billboard.com (their braindead site doesn’t allow deep links) Rapture Of The Deep peaked in 2005 at #43 on the Independent Albums chart. It may look like small peanuts, but this is the first time since 1993 that the band has even registered on the Billboard charts radar.

The full listing (or whatever is available of it for open access) is as follows:

Year Title Chart Peak Position
2005 Rapture Of The Deep Top Independent Albums 43
1993 The Battle Rages On The Billboard 200 192
1990 Slaves And Masters The Billboard 200 87
1988 Nobody’s Perfect The Billboard 200 105
1987 The House Of Blue Light The Billboard 200 34
1985 Perfect Strangers The Billboard 200 17



57 Comments to “Rapture Of The Deep in Billboard charts”:

  1. 1
    marcinn says:

    Who’d care about the Billboard? 🙂 Deep Purple is no longer a band that would rely on such statistics. They are on the higher level, though I have to admit that the information has some positive qualities to it. Thanks, and ROTD is a maginificent piece of music. 🙂

  2. 2
    T says:

    Although some of the numbers might seem pretty bleak, when one considers this is a band that has been around in some form or another since 1968–and is *still* around–touring and recording–it is a significant accomplishment that few bands can match. We’re not talking about one-off concerts.

  3. 3
    ohrlabor says:

    deep purple is still the most magnificent, busiest, excited band ever.
    thanks by a 43years old german for all the feelings their music gave and still give to me.

  4. 4
    Roberto says:

    I think that the ‘batlle rages on’ and ‘purpendicular’ even if very different, they are two masterpieces but didn’t went so high in the charts while ROTD which is not so good to me is going higher.so: who cares?

  5. 5
    George says:

    Rapture Of The Deep sold more than 1 000 000, it’s great number. pay attention that Bananas sold over 40 000. although, for me bananas is one of the greatest album of modern music, as it combines hard rock, orchestral arrangement, instrumental and hip-hop. Bananas was one of the most progressive album, that’s why it wasn’t accepted by DP fans. Rapture is typical DP hard rock with hard riffs, pylosophical lyrics and amazing screamings. Rapture is my favourite album since 1984 perfect strangers and 2003 Bananas.

  6. 6
    marcinn says:

    I also love Bananas. In fact the two albums are the most frequently played on my CD player. They are immidiately followed by Purpendicular and Abandon. 🙂

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey George, if ROTD is like that I must have missed something while playing the album several times after it came out> I always try to give something a chance…….
    I can’t find my copy(…)of ROTD right now…….
    Must be somwwhere in the (…)vaults…….

    Will try again, ok?

  8. 8
    micke says:

    And of course all the Morse era albums charted quite high across Europe.

  9. 9
    pesho says:

    Hi George,
    According to Ian Gillan, Bananas sold 20 000 in UK alone.
    Can’t be possible it sold same amount in the rest of the world.
    A “0” is probably missing from the the 40 000

  10. 10
    Cranberry says:

    Chart position or no position ROTD is a positive album, and contains some great tracks.

    Morse era DP just gets better and better

  11. 11
    Scratchplate1 says:

    ROTD sold a Million??? Are you sure George? If that is the case, it’s really great news, it puts Purple back up in a very elite bracket (commercially)

  12. 12
    Rotterdam Rebel says:

    ROTD is a fine example of a fine Band.

    Having seen DP three times this year I have only praise for their performance, and professionalism. These guys have fun!!

    What a difference a Morse makes

  13. 13
    Seven-47 says:

    Deep Purple has definitely evolved over the years, not necessarily a bad thing, but I can see how others might not be able to appreciate their new sound. Personally I enjoy “Purpendicular” just as much as “Perfect Strangers”, “Bananas” just as much as “The Battle Rages On”. Hell; I even thought “Slaves & Masters” was an excellent release. “Rapture Of The Deep” had it’s moments, but seemed to be lacking something.

    I’m glad it charted well however, hopefully this will ensure another studio release soon. I would like to see Roger Glover produce the next release, and give it more of their “classic” sound. Getting back to their signature sound at this point would be new!

  14. 14
    Tracy Heyder says:

    All in all, this is fantasitc news!!

    And I’m sure, even though the Purps say it doesn’t matter much to them about these ratings, it has to feel good to be showing some sign of recognition from the industry. I am glad to see it myself and am totally astonished that they get as little as they do. But I will state as I have many times over, “They need to change their Promoters”. That is where the buck stops. At the promotion level. Proof of the pudding is right in front of us all. The Greatest Rock Band to hit the planet, even still today. Live and Studio, thus they don’t seem to get enough exposure.

    Cheers

  15. 15
    Hucky says:

    i’m glad, that DP don’t have to depend on any charts. but it’s still great to see them having success.
    yes, they did evolve, and: yes, i love every incarnation of DP. when THOBL came out, i loved Mitzi Dupree & Dead Or Alive. Slaves & Masters has also some great tracks like Fire In The Basement or The Cut Runs Deep.
    it’s not always the complete album, but a few strong tracks can be found on every release. if i should name a favourite album after Perfect Strangers, it would have to be Abandon. simply because of the sound. it’s f*** heavy… and Don’t Make Me Happy is awesome.
    but this is just my humble opinion… you shouldn’t argue about taste – it’s better to listen to the music. cheers.

  16. 16
    ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ says:

    ΟΙ DEEP PURPLE ΕΙΝΑΙ ΤΟ ΜΕΓΑΛΥΤΕΡΟ ΧΑΡΝΤ ΡΟΚ ΓΚΡΟΥΠ ΟΛΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΕΠΟΧΩΝ……….ΤΟ ROTHD ΕΙΝΑΙ ΟΤΙ ΚΑΛΥΤΕΡΟ ΕΧΕΙ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΗΣΕΙ ΤΑ ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑΙΑ 10 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ!!!

  17. 17
    George says:

    purplepriest1965
    Ok, listen to RotD and be objective. Listen to “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”, “Wrong Man” and to “Well Dressed Guitar” (WDG is on the RotD 2CD tour edition), don’t miss “Things I Never Said”. That’s really great and hard album.

    pesho
    I’ve read somewhere that Bananas sold 40 000 in the world. Pay attention, it’s the only DP album (after 1969) that didn’t charted in the UK. And then, RotD realased. As Ian Gillan said, Rapture is their BEST SELLING album since 1984 reunion Perfect Strangers. Rapture sold more than Million copies all over the world. That’s great number for deep purple. This number and quality of this album proves, DP is not only alive, they are in the highest rate of their career.

    In 2007 DP sold more than 100 000 tickets only in France, that’s another good news. so, Long live to the most alive band in the world!

  18. 18
    Seven-47 says:

    Well said “HUCKY”! I agree!

  19. 19
    stoffer says:

    Charts or no charts they are and have always been my favorite BAND. Way to go guys I’m proud to be a FAN.

  20. 20
    micke says:

    Bananas sold over 500000 copies according to Bruce Payne and I would say that’s a low estimate.

  21. 21
    richard legris (elprupdeep@) says:

    we don’t need chart (we… fans) we need a band a real one a band who give us best concert like the guys are giving us since the last 14 years .thanks guys all the best and have a beautiful christmas with your family and friends and please come back in 2008 as better as you are ! get some energy during the holidays break for the next album and tour coming up! cheers;richard.

  22. 22
    CP says:

    If those numbers are correct,it insures that the Purple will be back both on disc and in the concert venues.I think those that support this band will find that good news.

  23. 23
    Jyrki says:

    Does anybody know how many copies the other albums have sold?

  24. 24
    marcinio says:

    I’m a deep purple fan but to me bananas was just a piece of $H|T.
    All the comments here made about Bananas were so positiv but I didn’t really like a single song on that album. Thank god they released Rapture in 2005 because I like most of the songs on that album. As for me I bought it 2 times (2 versions) and I also think that 1000000 sold copies (minimum) could be a true number since they released rapture in various versions.

  25. 25
    T says:

    Marcinio, I would not say that Bananas was *that* bad, but I will agree with you that Rapture of the Deep was a significant improvement over it. It does all boil down to a matter of taste and there is no way we will all agree.

    Bananas included the title track, Sun Goes Down, and Silver Tongue as representatives of the level to which we are accustomed. This was a transition album after TOO LONG a break between recording sessions and the introduction of a new member–a MAJOR replacement. Unfortunately, it was also an attempt at being commercial, which DOES NOT WORK for Purple.

    I didn’t like the cover or title but thought the concept was interesting–just not very…well, very Purple.

    Rapture of the Deep was a step in the right direction and had a degree of sophistication that is more indicative of Purple. The cover was well-executed and artsy, although I thought the original cover with the diving bell porthole window was much better.

    As for Rapture, I bought the regular and Tour Editions and wonder if the latter is included in the total sales.

    If the trend continues, the next album will be a significant one. I see Purple going in one of two directions: Back to a higher-crafted sound in the vein of Purpendicular, or as Steve Morse alluded to several times, a back-to-basics sound with the Hammond run through a Marshall.

    Purple has an army of ready-made fans, very loyal, each representing an album sale. That should be the target audience. They’re better off delivering a strong, hard rock album than trying to break into the radio airwaves which will just ignore them anyway.

  26. 26
    vetko says:

    Hi, I agree that ROTD is one of best studio albums of DP. Even on DeeppurpleHUB fans vote like this:
    1.Machine head
    2.In Rock
    3.Burn
    4.Perpendicular
    5.Perfect Strangers
    6.ROTD
    ……..
    And one remark:
    Bananas was sold 500 000pcs. in the end of 2005
    ROTD was sold more than 1 000 000 pcs. in the end of 2006…NOW WE ARE IN THE END OF 2007…..

  27. 27
    Roberto says:

    I really agree with Hucky.I will never stop to listen to Deep Purple because they change every time.New incarnations,new sounds,new directions.This is why they are still alive, well and followed by people.
    The best production has been made with ‘Abandon’ while the best album of Morse era is ‘Purpendicular’.I think we have to consider the whole album.In every release there are great tracks but even low points.These low points are not present in ‘Purpendicular”the batlle rages on’ ‘ perfect strangers’ and in all of the 70 albums.
    ROTD contains only three great tracks while the rest is mediocre.’Bananas’ 4.I don’t like Bredford production particulary the rendition of the snare(I own the Ian Paice snare and played naturally, it sound really great)
    I think it’s better for Purple to do less albums but superlative.This not happen these days.
    I hope the next realise will be more in the Gillan’s ‘eternity’ song direction(from the ‘Blue dragon soundtrack’).
    We need Power from Gillan’s screams!!!!!!!!

  28. 28
    Rascal says:

    It would interesting to see the sales of all the DP Albums to date.

    Are these figures available, and from where?

  29. 29
    Seven-47 says:

    “T”;

    I’m glad you mentioned the album cover, I’ve been disappointed with their choice of covers since “The Battle Rages On”! What happened to covers like: “In Rock”, “Fireball”, “Stormbringer”, “Burn”, “House Of Blue Light”, and “The Battle Rages On”?

  30. 30
    4 ECMT says:

    Cranberry gets straight down to the root of the matter! The Morse era DP sounds better than ever! Love them!!!

  31. 31
    stoffer says:

    Album covers?? c’mon, isn’t it what is inside that counts

  32. 32
    T says:

    Absolutely it is what’s inside that counts. However, an album is a package, and some people judge the book by its cover. In addition, a cover is much like the overture of an opera, setting the tone and mood of the work. It took a long time for me to buy “Born Again,” but I’m glad I did.

  33. 33
    BILL MAJOR says:

    THANK YOU, CRANBERRY. YOU’RE DEAD ON. EVER WONDER WHY PURPLEPRIEST IS THE FIRST TO RESPOND AND IT’S ALWAYS NEGATIVE? FUNNY THING, HE KEEPS BUYING EVERYTHING AND HE SURE MUST LISTEN TO IT OVER AND OVER BECAUSE HE THINKS HE KNOWS ALL AND HE IS PURPLEPRIEST, RIGHT? HEY PRIEST, I SAW RITCHIE W/ CANDICE IN CHARLOTTE ON 10- 25. FANTASTIC SHOW. HUNG OUT W/ BAND MEMBERS AFTER THE SHOW AT A LOCAL PUB. [MINUS RITCHIE AND CANDICE] GREAT SHOW. LARGE TIME. THERE WERE A LOT OF SKEPTICAL ROCKERS IN THE THEATRE THAT NIGHT WHO TALKED THE WAY PRIEST DOES. I SPOKE TO A LOT OF THEM BEFORE THE SHOW AND SAT CLOSE TO SEVERAL OF THEM DURING THE SHOW. WHEN THE THING WAS OVER EVERY ONE OF THEM WERE NOT JUST CONVINCED, THEY WERE AMAZED. TIME TO MOVE ON AND SMELL THE NEW ROSES.

  34. 34
    Cranberry says:

    To be fair, Priest always makes an interesting read (dont want to praise him to much, he could get offended lol).

    We all have opinions, likes and dislikes, some valid points, some not so valid.

    ROTD is a good album IMO.

  35. 35
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Ermmmmm, where dit Bill read that I buy everything?
    On the contrary…………
    ROTD I got on copy(burned)butt still no idea where it is……..
    Must admit I did not look very hard…….
    Negative because I do not say the same thing as you?

    I am very positive about things, OTHER things…………..

    Ian Gillan once said : “If someone wants shit he’ll find a turd….

    .

  36. 36
    John H says:

    There’s just no justice, the worst, most uninspired DP album I’ve ever bought charts, but no sign in that chart history of the awesome Bananas, Abandon or the masterpiece Purpendicular. That’s why I don’t pay attention to this nonsense.

    John

  37. 37
    Cranberry says:

    See what I mean?? He never fails!!

    A rock star ‘quote’ for every occasion.

    As John Lydon once said ‘I’m not here for your amusement. You’re here for mine.’

  38. 38
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “And so the seasons changed…………..”(Ian Gillian)

    Sorry, being lazy, tired, drunk………….

  39. 39
    Cranberry says:

    Thank You !!

  40. 40
    Rascal says:

    S&M I had on copy (burned, I lit my joint on it)

  41. 41
    rob deluca says:

    best 2 post reunion ( perfect strangers)cd’s: bananas and rapture !!!!!

  42. 42
    rob deluca says:

    its cool to hit the indy charts !!!!!

  43. 43
    Seven-47 says:

    Dear Rob Deluca:

    Very interesting choices, I’m guessing this will create alot of debate! I appreciate your ability to move on and recognize the new material. Personally I would select Purpendicular and House Of Blue Light.

  44. 44
    matt D. says:

    Someone asked IG what was his favorite album he ever made and he replied, when you are a parent you love all your babies. As a fan, I like all the DP albums. I have found greatness in all DP music. ROTD is just another example of greatness. How can you not like traditional tracks like Things I never Said and Wrong man and new direction music like Before Time Began and Clearly Quite Obsurd… to name a few…

  45. 45
    purplepriest1965@hotmail.com says:

    Hey Rascal……….

    Thanx for the almost poetic compliment you made me.

    First I thought : Dribble? Does he/she not mean drivle?

    But no………very nice metaphor with the dribbling waterdrops on stone/rock, Rascal.

    Felt a bit humbling, though.

    That I(…)would be able to dribble , slowly but surely, away this illegitimate line up made up of at least one mispalced person…………

    Visualised it………….
    Sighhhhhhhhh………….

  46. 46
    purpleman says:

    Not a big fan of there new one either,its to uninspired,plastic if youwill.perp endicular rules…. they need that live studio sound like perp, or burn.Sounded like they wernt having much fun yaaawwwnnn!!!!

  47. 47
    Rascal says:

    Yes you are right of course priest, it should be ‘drivel’, but ‘dribble’ seems far more descriptive, and apt under the circumstances.

    Illegitimate?

    Void of apathy and discontentment due to a well placed person.

    Reality…..

    Oh yes……….

  48. 48
    Thomas Bell says:

    Very good news. Their best consistent album since Perfect Strangers. Deep Purple should be the most well known band in the world. Does anyone know the sales figures of some of their major albums?

  49. 49
    Thomas Bell says:

    Its good news. Their most consistent album since Perfect Strangers. Does anyone know the sales figures of their major albums?

  50. 50
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I am dribbling and eroding my meal away……….

    Cheers!

  51. 51
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Rascal, I suppose you are referring HERE to Ian Gillan?

    Into the VOID………….

    Glenn Hughes, thank you for all the great ROCKTRACKS over the last 15 years………..

    Yours truly, PP65

  52. 52
    Rascal says:

    Its where ever your imagination may take you

    ‘And you can never break me though you try
    To make me think you’re magical’

  53. 53
    Rascal says:

    Reading deep, with a runaway imagination………………..

  54. 54
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Isn’t “Spanish Archer” not part two of Smooth Dancer?

    Maybe not……

    If I read , with imagination indeed, in Gillan’s Lyrics through timeDP and SOLO) I see lots of “Smooth dancer like lyrics….

    “Let’s find them ………..all. and CONCLUDE Ian Gillan has a strong LOVE/HATE relationship with the Man in Black………

  55. 55
    Jimmy jay says:

    hey purple priest1965. the toothless wonder says” he who smelt it delt it” imagine that. let IG made his quotes.

  56. 56
    Frank says:

    Ive heard Gillan being asked about Spanish Acher, (after a gig in 1990 whith his soloband) and he said, i’ts the same feeling like in Smooth Dancer, but not about the same person .. So, i don’t think Spanish Acher is about Blackmore an then, who can tell us about the nof sales of all the DP-albums??

    P.S. Sorry about my wrong spelling, but my voiceprogram won’t tell me the words i’ve written, before i send it, can’t help it.

    Cheers
    Frank

    umber

  57. 57
    Jimmy jay says:

    i donot understand the dp bashing. i thought this was a site for dp fans. not evey song on every album is going to satisfy everyone all the time. be glad dp makes new music. look at all the so called greatest bands. led zep is reuniting and maybe a tour. they made a total of 8 albums. where is the new album followed up by their tour? not bashing led zep fans, however us dp have our cake and eat it too. albums and touring. doesnot get better than that folks. thanks jj.

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