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Steve Morse, Toronto, Feb 12 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Steve Morse has posted a message in his blog:

Hi, everybody. I’m in Nashville with Deep Purple. We’ve been all over the place with this album project, writing, writing, rehearsing, changing…………finally, we’re working with Bob Ezrin, our producer. There were some scheduling delays, but finally everybody is in the same room making the final changes to the material. Lots and lots of great stuff, in fact, too much to put on the album, I think. We’ll be working here until the moment I leave for G3, and they’ll go on with keyboards, bass and vocal overdubs. Somehow, I will get in synch with Bob to finish or redo any solos or overdubs on my end.

Read more on SteveMorse.com.

Thanks to Vladimir Drybushchak for the info.

45 Comments to “News from Nashville”:

  1. 1
    Robert Daems says:

    After so many years since the last album we deserve a double album! You appear to have enough material…

  2. 2
    Dale says:

    Hummm…. I wonder what happened to the catch it fresh and live quick approach to recording. Ian always said that songs should be recorded quick otherwise it sounds too perfect. I just wish if they have enough time at the end maybe they can remaster “Bananas” which my favourite album which suffered from Mickey Mouse mixing. I will still be rushing like hell trying to buy this new album as they left us so hungry to the point of death for new stuff. Maybe Jon Lord could be invited to make one last contribution that will be the icing on the cake. Good Luck DP and if you failed to make us in seventh heaven wit your new stuff then there always “Out of my mind” to listen to which is brilliant and I can’t stop listening to it.

  3. 3
    Dave says:

    A double album, or at least close to 80 minutes on one cd. Bob Ezrin producing…cool!

  4. 4
    Paul Jacklin says:

    They can save some material for the next one!

  5. 5
    mike whiteley says:

    It’s good to hear that the album is finally being worked on.It would be nice if the DP folks kept us up to date on it’s progress.Since Steve is G3 bound before long,Roger would be the man most likely to do it.

  6. 6
    Tommy H. says:

    Sounds amazing, finally the news – I guess everybody – wanted to hear for years. I’m looking forward to it!


  7. 7
    tony lind says:

    maybe a double album then ! Woud be a fitting gesture after so many years without a new album for us old hardened DP fans !!! We deserve that !!!

  8. 8
    MIK says:


  9. 9
    EdwardsColetta says:

    Or maybe two albums, year after year to make up for 7 year break?

  10. 10
    HardRockPete says:

    Double album, thank you very much:-)

  11. 11
    Eirik Solum says:

    Good to hear they already have come this far in the process! Beginning to look forward to the record… But my expectations are not that high, I must admit.

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    It would be good to select just the best songs they wrote to make a masterpiece album and cut off the rest…No space for mediocre songs…

  13. 13
    buttockss says:

    yea!……..double album with no stupid fillers would be nice. Hope jon is doin well. peice!!!.

  14. 14
    kraatzy says:

    So many material for an album —– why not a double CD ???

    I am soooo impatient.



  15. 15
    Peter Möller says:

    Well, the guys have had a long, long time working on songs and recording. Let’s hope the end result is worth the wait. But hey, Steve – come on and work as a team! Feel the vibe between the members and take it serious! No half-hearted work. Leave for G3… hhhmmmm 🙁 I think this could be the last studio album by the once mighty Purple. Then Mr Morse would be able to do all his side projects, of which I personally couldn’t care less.

  16. 16
    Bo says:

    Robert you are so right, but I prefer one GREAT album of rock. And I say ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not another album where you cant find or hear Purple at all.

    Have a nice summer 🙂

  17. 17
    Blane Puderbaugh says:

    Thanks for the update Steve!! I’m Soooo excited for a new album. Just found a signed copy of Machine Head… My first album. 40 years later and you guy’s still Rock!!

  18. 18
    Rick Damigella (@LinerNotes) says:

    I second Robert’s request!

  19. 19
    dave_wallis says:

    Or even a triple!

  20. 20
    James says:

    They said they had a lot for Purpendicular, but we still only got a single album. I agree that it would be great to ahve a double album, but it would also be great to every now and then hear outtakes later on. For instance, Fireball is my favorite DP album, but I spend my time listening to the 25th Anniversary edition then the original. However, don’t wait until a 25th anniversary edition to allow us to hear the extra material.

  21. 21
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Finally. They could have been laying out an album once every couple of years. With Bob Ezrin at the helm, and his track record on all he has touched, I can’t see not having a shet eating grin from the very first listen.

    Digging Flying Colo(u)rs big time after some great anticipation. But for this old Purple nut, the new album is probably the most anticipated project in a decade.

    We shall see….



  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    No, Steve, not every guitarist practises all day.

  23. 23
    c says:

    Nice to hear they are working and reworking the album. Capturing things for the first time doesn’t cut the mustard as both ))) and ROTD could have benefited from some more time…they both sound rushed. Ezrin will polish this up.

    In any event I’m not expecting MH part deux. Just looking for a nice solid album and please no fucking mid tempo songs or at least limit it to one or 2!!! Ian Paice please hit the god-damn drums!!

  24. 24
    LRT says:

    They’re either full of fillers or none in sight depending who you ask, so a few isn’t likely, if some of the sour pusses can handle that. Just deal with it, you either like them or you don’t, if you’re still bitching… the latter it should reasonably be. Not their problem, never has been, never will be.

  25. 25
    Wildtrooper says:

    A Purple album wiith great production at last?? I only hope and pray that the songs will do the performances (always top notch) and the production (should be good with Bob Ezrin at the wheel) justice…;)

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 20

    I dont want to nag but Purpendicular was released in 1996, 1995?

    So THIS YEAR could be the 25th Anniversary of that enjoyable album.

    If they want to, that is……..

    As we speak I pulled it out of my Purple Wall and put it on for another spin. : )

    Luckily enough we can swim in oceans, wink wink to Flying Colours.

    FC, whose show I will try to attend in Tilburg in september(Hey Tracy et others ….come catch a beer or two with me, 013 is a great place for rockshows!!!!).

    I have not heard of shows in the States, so maybe you should catch them over here?

    Or are you dissappointed with the album?

    I gave it a lot of spins.

    It was, again, a lonely affair, some of my Deep Purple fan friends around me did not care a toss…….

    So much for going my own sweet way…..

  27. 27
    micke says:

    Not any great anticipation for this one, for me. I hope they will surprice me!

  28. 28
    MacGregor says:

    Keep it to a single album & try to write the strongest songs possible! Forget all the double album rubbish! By the way, we haven’t heard from Tracey Zero Hero for a while, we hope the squirrels & turkey’s haven’t ganged up on him! Cheers!

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    In oceans of music, that is….

  30. 30
    Syed Shahroll Jamalulail says:

    Well, finally the 19th studio album. Can’t wait for the release. Hope this album ROCKS…. just like good old days. Say no more, when DEEP PURPLE cut an album, definately there’ll be a hit song, be it hard rock, ballad or even a slow number. I have all the 18 studio albums be it original or remastered. And this 19th album would be another phenomena in the making. Talking about ROCKS, Deep Purple still remains the King of Rock. Wonder when time to come, would there be another album. The 20th I guess, just before they all retire, and a last concert featuring all the ex-Deep Purple members (1968 – present) on one stage. that would be an icing on the cake for a farewell concert.

  31. 31
    Robyn Hand says:

    I’ve been a Deep Purple fan for longer than I care to admit and am looking forward to a new album! I just hope the writing is up to par! For me “and I don’t like saying it” the last really good CD’s were Perpendicular and Abandon. I think the writing suffered alittle on the last two. Maybe it has to do with Jon Lords absence maybe not. I’ve always loved Ian’s witty and interesting lyrics and I hope they will come back out on this new project. I’ve been with them since the beginning and I have a huge collection so I’m not some young new fan!!! Glad to see Bob Ezrin back!!!

  32. 32
    buttockss says:

    #1,Shades of Deep Purple, #2, Deep Purple, #3,The Book of Taliesyn, #4,In Rock, #5,Machine Head, #6,Fireball, #7,Who Do We Think We Are, #8,Burn, #9,Stormbringer, #10,Come taste the band, #11,Perfect Strangers, #12,The House Of Blue Light, #13,The Battle Rages On, #14,Slaves And Masters, #15,Purpendiclar, #16,Abandon, #17,Bananas, #18,Rapture of the deep, #19, ?

  33. 33
    Chip says:

    I can’t see another studio recording happening beyond this. So good or bad, this is likely the final album. If it is, it would make more financial sense to release a standard CD and then release the extra material in dribs and drabs. An extra track to promote a live CD. An Extra track here to spice up a compilation CD. I hate that idea, but that seems a more likely (and profitable) way to do this…especially if this is indeed the end of the road for new Purple material.

  34. 34
    Dale says:

    Here is my list of guesses for the album title
    Fracture of the bones
    Rising of the dead
    Black more or less dead
    Horizontal bananas
    SIRID in Rock ( SIRID is the initial lettere of the band first names)
    Gig till we drop
    Till death do us apart
    As for the CD cover we can expect a Tom and Jerry cartoon poster look alike
    Just kidding guys but I really hope they do not take it too seriously and produce a very serious Dark Album like ROTD.

  35. 35
    HZ says:

    Well it will not be Machine Head, I don’t expect to much… IG is weak spot, he’s old for this kind of music, his voice is pale, the rest can play, but enough is enough.

  36. 36
    boyhaq says:

    might be this is the last album with ian gillan…. DP must replace him wisely with another vocalist whose ever be apart of DP… Joe Lynn Turner most proper to bring DP making a history the band with the longest journey .. DP might be over than 50 years exist ….

  37. 37
    Pete says:

    I can’t understand why some people’s expectations for the new album are so low,i agree that there have been a few fillers lately(if you can call 2005 and before that’ lately’!),but on EVERY Deep Purple album,most of the tracks are so phenomenal that most bands can only dream of creating brilliance like that.Quite simply,i think Deep Purple are still the best band in the world,and i’m hugely excited about the new album.I don’t think this will be their last album by a long way,if it takes off,they will have a new lease of life.What’s stopping them from continuing?Gillan and Paice have said many times that they never want to quit!They are all still world class musicians,and it’s criminal that all Deep Purple members past and present have not received gongs for services to rock music!

  38. 38
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Ahhhh yes. Just like missing a month of soap operas. Haven’t missed a thing. We are right where I left off a month ago. All the usual suspects with the same old gripes and complaints. Reminds me of the movie…”Groundhog Day”. Anyone here not interested in a new album or expecting it to be sub-par should really seek another band to follow. Why on earth are you bothering with it here if you are as hum-drum as you are regarding this band and their music? Truly mind boggling to say the least.

    Hey Priest at #26, I finally grabbed ‘flying colors’. Been listening to it a lot. Some really fine stuff on this. Thoroughly enjoying it. The main thing it does for me is ramp up my anticipation of the new Purple album. Would love to take you up on that beer and the show, but I doubt I’ll be making that trip PP. thanks for the invite though. Would surely be a blast. Hope you go. Will be looking out for live recordings.

    MacGregor @28,

    Nah, the squirrels and Turkeys are leaving me alone. I’ve been busy at our lake House doing a lot of fishing. We don’t have internet service there. Been a recluse for the summer. Came back home for a couple of days to check on things, then its back to the lake for more fishing.


  39. 39
    antonio segura says:

    Espetacular um cd duplo, estamos aguardando com muita ansiedade. Não se esqueçam quando voltarem para o Brasil incluir no setlist SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING. Saudades JON.

  40. 40
    JMAC says:


  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I have not even gone to BN in Nijmegen last month.
    I skipped Jon Lord in Germany last autumn for the same reasons : money!

    Now I could sadden myself thinking : Wish I had……

    But I feel thankful for what I saw, espescially Tilburg/NL in 2003.

    So I might not make it to FC as well : (

    If I continue that approach for a year it will give me at least breathing space.

    I dont want to dive into debts again like I did in the very past.

    Having said all that, …….

    SAD beyond words about Jon.


  42. 42
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe Jon’s ghost will sit in with the DP sessions? : )

    Or have they finished already?

  43. 43
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, I DID notice my brain was playing tricks on me the day I reckoned Purpendicular was already 25 years old.

    Posite is I DID notice, but still…….

  44. 44
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    About Jon’s Ghost….PP.

    I hope there is an effort to do a tribute to JON LORD on this album. Steve Morse paid tribute to the Space Shuttle disaster on ‘Bananas’. Surely our now ‘One and Only’ Purple Hammond player from Purple has something ‘Special’ up his keyboard sleeve for the great maestro…..

    Great title for the song in tribute….”Before We Forget”….

    Cheers and though I am finding time for some cheer, I continue to weep…..

    That being said, great new Purple song….’While My Hammond Gently Weeps’ with Sir Paul McCartney guesting. Ian Paice has a connection due to playing drums on an album of his. He and Sir Gillan could do a duet with Paul at the Piano and Airey doing the Keys thing. The possibilities are endless…..Damn you Jon Lord!!!!! I Miss you SO already!!!!


  45. 45
    purplepriest1965 says:

    What’s startlin me me now is…….

    I suddenly realize that Jon Lord will trigger many moons of sadness while millions are forgotten in a second.

    I dont know what is sadder than that.

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