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New album report in Swiss press

Tracks magazine; Issue #4, 2016, pp.28-29

Swiss music magazine Tracks has a Deep Purple studio report in their July/August issue. If you have followed our news thoroughly, there is not much in the article that you don’t already know. Our correspondent summarizes the gist for the rest of us who do not speak German:

  • in February 2015, the band met in Bottrop, Germany for the writing/jam sessions;
  • followed this year by the recording session in Nashville, with Bob Ezrin producing;
  • after which Gillan and Glover met in Portugal for writing the lyrics;
  • the vocals were recorded in Toronto after the HoF induction in April;
  • 14 tracks were finished but not all of them might end up on the album.

Roger also mentioned in early July that he expects to hear mixed album for the first time somewhere around the Montreux date (which was July 16th).

Release date was mentioned in several interviews as being penciled in as some time early next year.

The magazine is available for your viewing pleasure online. Look for the pp 28-29 spread.

Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

23 Comments to “New album report in Swiss press”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    You bastards!… stop teasing me!… pleeeeeaase!…. frustration….. #*/@%×*!.

  2. 2
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I think it is a good plan to not oversell the new album way before it’s release. Wait until it is close and then totally inundate the world with promotion of it soon before it comes out. Do a track or 2 live before it goes public. That is what they did with Purpendicular. I was at 1 of the 4 advance shows before the album came out at Sunrise Musical Theater in Florida. They played 3 songs… “Ted the Mechanic”, “Purpendicar Waltz” and “Soon Forgotten”.

    Promote, Tour, and Play Songs from it…. pretty simple.

    Hope ALL 14 songs make it to the album. How bad can any of the be? Here is an Original Tracy (Zero the Hero) Quote…. “Deep Purple songs are like Blow Jobs. The worst one I ever had was AWESOME”!


  3. 3
    Adel says:

    The great Mystery and secrecy goes on. I just wish they spend more time writing the album and less time on publicity acts. Now What was a great success but the core music material in it was very shallow. If you listen to Perpendicular and Bannas then you would get my point. I would still be the first one to buy it as I love anything from DP.

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    @5 “Shallow.” Sounds like you need to take your own advice about Now What?! Can I have a $50 bag of whatever it is you are smoking?!

  5. 5
    josh says:

    @#2 Tracy: your comparison is superb 🙂

  6. 6
    CHIP says:

    What Tracy said…the HOF induction may be silly but it gives them a better marketing position for casual potential fans. If you follow Tracy’s strategy and play at least 6 new tracks live…and rotate the who album..and push the HOF angle…could sell some music…

  7. 7
    Mike Whiteley says:

    #1- BR: Frustration ?? Why ??
    Teasing ??
    It sounds as if the recording & mixing is done There’s nothing the band can do to hurry the release of the new album.That’s completely up to their record label.
    I hope to hear it sooner rather than later.Gillan turns 71 in mere days.Roger follows in November.The “touring clock” is winding down on the Purps.

  8. 8
    Tommy H. says:

    Music is also a business and everytime something new is going to be released this business side gets involved more than anything. Although I understand e.g. the Youtube-debate, the truth is that nothing is free, isn’t it?! On the other hand: If a product is really convincing it’ll almost sell by itself, right? But who can tell that nowadays, maybe apart from a hand full of achievements where you could tell from the very beginning that you’re in for something special. Remember the time before Now What?! was recorded: The question whether or not they should even think about recording something new popped up a few times due to today’s circumstances in the music business. At some point I often asked myself: A young band may be driven by existential fear to some degree but why does a band like Deep Purple even bother about stuff like that – a band which really achieved everything there is? If you truly are a creative being the joy to do something new should easily outweigh every other aspect, if you ask me. But those involved should know better, it’s often like that. We, who are just watching from outside, can only discuss on the basis of shallow half knowlegde.

  9. 9
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    I sincerely don’t know what to expect learning that the vocals were added after the HOF ceremony… I wish I didn’t read that…!

  10. 10
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    LRT @4…. WTF are you about here with #5?

    I think you are on the wrong PAGE

  11. 11
    Peter says:

    Whaaaat? It must be one of the silliest rumours I have ever heard…. There was obvious technical issue – IG´s live voice was obviously recorded only from “ambient microphones” in venue and not from his own microphone. Let´s say that there are two mixing consoles – one for venue itself and 2nd for filmed broadcast…. IG´s voice was set OK to the venue, but NOT for broadcast (I have no idea why). What you hear on official broadcast is actually IG voice catched by all other microphones as it probably sounded from monitor PAs in venue….

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Many artist do not play new material live before it’s official release these days. We all know why & it certainly makes sense, when certain individuals presume they can film & record anything they like, whenever they like, for whatever purpose that they intend! Leave it until the album is released, keep people guessing & that in itself will generate enough anticipation for anyone that is interested. In this day & age, promotion is, well, out there enough isn’t it? Cheers.

  13. 13
    GaryH says:

    Jeogger @9. I saw Purps play in Japan just a few short weeks after the HOF ceremony and Ian G’s voice in concert was strong then; so it bodes well for a quality vocal performance on the new album

  14. 14
    AndreA says:

    Happy Birthday Dear Gillan,God Bless You: I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU.

  15. 15
    Ivica says:

    Finally , WE entered in this “Strange House”, litlle time Ritchie returned for a short roots,It ended The Football European Championship, Olympic Games …. still waiting for a new album / 20 / best rock band of all time …
    interesting year 🙂

  16. 16
    Nick says:

    There’s something about the unforced chemistry and organic feel of Purpendicular that keeps me coming back to that album time and again. Sometimes it’s as simple as the stars aligning.

  17. 17
    LRT says:

    Was it something I said? First of all Tracy, I replied to this once already. Yes, wrong thread. But right comment about the nonsense I was responding too(some dingbat calling NW?! songs “shallow material.” I was checking a few threads at once, it happens. Then I did respond here but the mod did not allow it. Perhaps this one will fly.

    @11 -The label does not define how long post production takes, and they can delay a release but it still has nothing to do with it. Last album 13 days in the studio and four months later it was on shelves. “It will possibly be out by the end of the year, or sometime early next year.” -Roger Glover -Anything longer than six months post production and there would be a very good reason for it. This album was more than halfway done TWO years ago in August the writing was done, Steve Morse told me so back stage that month. Two years to get from writing to recording/mix/master and released isn’t suggesting everything is hunky dory about it at all. Although them delaying Bob Ezrin as much as they did to write-up another one, he could have very well been busy for some time, causing these delays all the more. But let’s end it with “It will be the greatest thing you every heard.” -Ian Gillan ….we’ll see about that as usual.

    [edit] An album takes four to six months MINIMUM to record and get into the marketing stream(any longer and it’s scheduling and whatnot conflicts between the involved). Become a Distributor like myself and find that out.

  18. 18
    Kiddpurple says:

    @16 / been listening to perpendicular for the last month as I hadn’t put in on for awhile.
    What an album!
    SIFLS – should have been the song of the year when it came out!
    Looking forward to new Purple – never disappointed!
    Rock on Deep Purple!

  19. 19
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @ 17 LRT, it may be that this coming DP album is planned as their final studio outing, thus there are obvious reasons for holding back on the release of it. But something else is also nagging me… doesn’t IG usually write all the lyrics himself?. I think I’ve read that this time RG co-wrote the lyrics with him. Hmmm… has IG suffered writer’s block?. Anyway, this will be IG’s 13th DP studio album, thus equalling Mr B’s 13 contributions…. Add to that, this will be RG’s 14th DP studio album, making him 3rd in line after IP & JL, in regards to the number of DP studio albums that he has been a part of. PHEW!… the mind boggles!. As for IG saying that the album will be the greatest thing etc, well that’s just the usual spiel…. it’s only a sales pitch & nothing more. He says things like that with every new album. The new album will simply be more of the same… just like the last five… & I will buy it & I will love it. I always do. Smiles to ya.

  20. 20
    Svante Axbacke says:

    IG and RG usually work together on the lyrcis, as far as I understand. There are always reports about them meeting up at IG’s house in Portugal to work on the words.

  21. 21
    Boswell's Johnson says:

    I’m pumped for the album. I don’t know how people are making the assumption something is wrong with the upcoming disc.

    Here’s a neat interview with Steve:


  22. 22
    Alan says:

    @18. Perpendicular is a good album but the melody from SIFLS, whilst a good song, is essentially a re working of a Ritchie melody, namely Knockin’ at your back door.

  23. 23
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @22 Alan, yeah & didn’t the Red Hot Chili Peppers then rework Steve’s tune for their song ‘Californication’?. That’s rock ‘n’ roll buddy, ain’t it a bitch?. Rock is a musical magpie, it’ll nick anything from anything to make something else. Our favourite guitarist was never the most original or inventive, but I like what he does very much indeed. He gives everything he works on a new musical flavour. Delicious!. I’ll miss him when he is gone…. & Page, & Iommi & Moody & so many others. Smiles to ya!.

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