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Throw my bones

The first track from Whoosh! has arrived.

Thanks to Amit Roy for the info and to Janbl and everybody else for pointing out that video is available.

185 Comments to “Throw my bones”:

  1. 1
    Todd Mikosh says:

    Not available in the US yet.

  2. 2
    Giorgi says:

    If this track is the opener of the album, I can already imagine what awaits us. If this dramatic mood is how they start, looks like with this album they’ll take us to the very serious and memorable journey. This song brought tears to me.

    Sounds great, thank you Deep Purple for rising my expectations much more higher than expected.

    Did you already notice that with this album they’ve become the prophets of a new world which we’ll be seeing soon? Washed up on the beach… just a man… Whoosh!

  3. 3
    al says:

    Cannot be played

  4. 4
    Bruno Crepaldi says:

    Not here in Brazil!!

  5. 5
    Héctor Guenchuman Campos says:

    Not available

  6. 6
    Allan Monument says:

    Love it!

  7. 7
    Matthias Faist says:

    Great track with some fine lyrics 👌

  8. 8
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Throw My Bones… Hmmmm, I reckon he’s just trying to sell us on the salacious idea of simply ‘having a tug’.

    Well, I guess it’s easier, especially when you consider that we live in a world where instant gratification just isn’t soon enough…

  9. 9
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Sounds ok

  10. 10
    Attila says:

    I like it!

  11. 11
    Pekka Uusimäki says:

    Sounds great, especially Big Ian!

  12. 12
    Mats Karlsson says:


  13. 13
    Monika Beister says:

    You Made my day

  14. 14
    kraatzy110 says:

    Whoosh !

    A new one … but a boring guitar solo 🙁 …

    I hope it will be better


  15. 15
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Is it possible to recognise a good song on the first listen? If it is, well, I would say this is a great song. It is kind of hard to believe that these 75 year old guys still make it happen and manage to sound so effortless. This song will keep on playing in my earphones and speakers for the next 12 months or so (or 12 years, if survive this corona). Great work! Thank you so much. Much obliged.

  16. 16
    Gérard Teillot says:

    YES !

  17. 17
    Dennis Willoughby says:

    The best opening track on any purple album has too be burn

  18. 18
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    The second listen: I love it. I very much like the mature voice Mr. Gillan has these days. Beautiful tone. Beautiful melody. I just don’t know how these guys do this, again, in 2020.

  19. 19
    Philippe Pomiès says:

    Du pur son Purple ! Vivement le 12 juin… merciiii Deep Purple !

  20. 20
    Artemis vat says:

    Very different but awesome….brilland…very clear production

  21. 21
    Howard Smith says:

    Still on form, great track!

  22. 22
    Pascal Barré says:

    Philippe Pomiès ah parce que tu crois que tu va les voir?

  23. 23
    Simone Marchesan says:

    Great sound!!! 🙌🙌🙌

  24. 24
    Mark Guscin says:

    Like it !!!!!!

  25. 25
    micha ada says:

    słabe to.

  26. 26
    Peter J says:

    Great one!

    The band is still on fire & Gillan vocals are superb!

  27. 27
    Rockdoch says:

    Einheitsbrei – wie die letzen beiden Alben auch.

    Würdet ihr das auch gut finden, wenn ihr nicht wüsstet, daß es die Band ist, die früher mal Deep Purple Musik machte ?

  28. 28
    torkel says:

    Well I hated the begining with tha awful blues riff but then it´s like Purple playing with them self 🙂 Ha ha I probebly mean Playing with their own history 🙂 and it´s sound happy without playing the music happy still being rather heavy but I hope they are havier on the rest of the songs 🙂

  29. 29
    Timm says:

    Sounds great!
    Paice and Morse are spot on and Gillan sounds top notch too!

  30. 30
    Hristo says:

    The official video here:

    The funny thing, the old management’ channel posted this before officials.

    A shame really

  31. 31
    Adel Faragalla says:

    The short music clips never gave a great expectations. The first single normally supposed to carry the biggest impact as a musical statement. Maybe there is nothing to prove so the pressure is off after all what is the worst it could happen compared to the spread of our deadly virus. I will still buy the album but just for a laugh as you can’t take it seriously. Peace, love and Corona free to you all.

  32. 32
    Piero says:

    Nice song, but I wait for it better..

  33. 33
    Evan Robison says:

    Love the keyboards

  34. 34
    Rob Lynn says:

    Not a bad effort but I struggled to hear the guitar solo. I’m sure Steve was there somewhere but so far down the mix. Did Mr Morse say something to upset Ezrin???

  35. 35
    Janbl says:

    Video here:

  36. 36
    Lutz says:

    Also today, earMUSIC has released the official music video for “Throw My Bones”.


  37. 37
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Video clip featuring The Stig from Top Gear…
    The solo section sounds similar to the last part of Stormship Trooper by Yes.

  38. 38
    Ben Elshout says:

    Sounds like an Infinite leftover song. Not a great album opener, to say the least. It’s pretty mediocre. I hope the rest of the album will be better.

  39. 39
    Mathias says:

    @17 – the best opening track on any purple album has to be burn

    Absolutely right burn’s a slap in the face in a positive sense and don’t forget Speed King (taking a step back in time: imagine hearing it 1970!).

  40. 40
    Attila says:

    After a dozen or so listens, I withdraw my reservations. 30 second snippets do good for Ac/Dc, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, but not for Purple. I think most of you know what I mean.
    Back in 1984 I had to choose between two cassettes in a music shop as a very young guy not knowimg anything about hard rock, by listening to a series of short audio snippets.
    One was perfect strangers the other some ac/dc. There was no doubt about it – my instincts knew what to choose. Get the Ac/dc. But finally for some unknown reason i denied them and chose the one with boring guitar solos and unimpressive vocals. Thank God I did. And of course today I see these things completely differenrly.
    Another thing on Morse and his solos. Slow down your horses please. He has got a style, like it or not (just like Blackmore, and please listen to his late Rainbow and late DP solos how repetitive the have become…), he has also got a sore hand, and finally he is probably the most important ingredient to the fact that we have Purple alive for the last quarter of a century.

  41. 41
    mike whiteley says:

    Based on 1 listen, a decent tune. No more…no less.
    Feels like a One Eye To Morocco left-over.
    Keyboard-driven. Weak riff.Great solo from Steve though.
    Comparing first singles from the last 2 albums, this is miles better than All The Time in the World, but not nearly as exciting as Time For Bedlam.

  42. 42
    Garth West says:

    Love it, nice funky riff and good vocals 👍👍

  43. 43
    MORENO says:


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    Tommy H. says:

    What a boring opener. In the end I waited for something to come and then a fade-out. Weak and lackluster!

  45. 45
    Christoph Meier says:

    The very best Message of today!!! 😃🤘

  46. 46
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Dig It!
    Just able to give it a listen Friday Morning @ Work (I work for a City in So. Cal. so I have to be here). Wish it was a bit longer, and the end seemed pretty sudden regardless of length.
    @ #37, B.R: I listened to it (and kinda watched) before reading the comments and had the same feeling of YES towards the latter half of the solo.
    @ #40, A: About the Morse solos. When it started I was saying to myself, “Gee, it sounds like every other Morse Solo”, but you are correct. It is his style and he is limited in what he can do so we enjoy what we can. And I also think that you are not far off in assuming that he is the most important ingredient for the past 25. He rejuvenated the band and gave them back the fire in their belly’s back in the day, and after Don took over the keys it gave them another little bump, but at that point I think that each member became pretty equal in importance in that if any were removed there could be no permanent replacement.

  47. 47
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Wow, great song, great rendition, it even has a real chorus, we don’t get that with Purple all the time, you generally have to buy Uriah Heep albums if you want a real chorus! ; – )

  48. 48
    mike whiteley says:

    I think Morse and Ezrin have some bad blood going back to Kansas- In The Spirit of Things.
    I learned a lot from the Making of InFinite DVD,It shows Ezrin is a task-master,he has the final say.Steve may record a truckload of solo ideas,and be done with his parts without hearing the finished product.. Bob cuts and pastes ideas together.Seems to me Bob decides what ultimately goes on the record, which the band trusts him to do. So, if he wants to make Steve’s solos seem unimaginative & uninspired or to bury guitars in the mix, he can do so.
    Mr Morse seems like such an easy-going guy. It’s hard to imagine him upsetting Mr Ezrin.

  49. 49
    Peter says:

    Well ….. looks like to old for Rock,n,Roll.

  50. 50
    Mihajlo Simic says:

    Very very good song 🎶

  51. 51
    Av Onaziz says:

    Its on spotify right now

  52. 52
    mike says:


  53. 53
    Jens Norin says:


  54. 54
    Lance Lrf says:

    Perfect for Social Distancing.

  55. 55
    Johan Antonides says:

    It’s me, it’s me who cannot adjust to this Purple-sound. I can’t blame Steve or Don for it but only my own incompetence. At the age of 13, when I heard for the first time Deep Purple In Rock in 1970, Ritchie and Jon impressed me so (too) much that I allways will compare any new Deep Purple song with that benchmark.

  56. 56
    Sebastian Fudali says:

    Solid, but not memorable.

  57. 57
    Yance says:

    Nice groove , well played and sung, not bad at all. How fortunate that they can still put quality materiel out , will buy, will play it and will enjoy it !

  58. 58
    Kim Peters says:

    Sounds beautiful, and ROCK solid.
    Thank you, gentleman.

  59. 59
    Erik says:

    very fine music…..Ian sounds good…..the mood is epic…..love it

  60. 60
    Tony Harris says:

    I like !!!

  61. 61
    Mike Roy Podlacha says:

    Steve Morse is back at it again with the same guitar solos… boring

  62. 62
    Steffen Soyez says:

    Like the song 👍 great track

  63. 63
    Perfect-stranger says:

    Totally agree with Mike.
    Sounds like a leftover from ONE EYE..
    Still like it though let’s hope the rest of the tracks are stronger and heavier.

  64. 64
    Aireight says:

    Sounds great. So glad they’re putting out another one. I tend to agree that this could’ve been in a different place on the album. There will definitely be some hard rockers, though.

  65. 65
    JOSE VERONA says:

    Gracias por hacernos felices en este momento tan desgraciado !!.
    Un abrazo desde las ISLAS CANARIAS. .

  66. 66
    JOSE VERONA says:

    Gracias por hacernos felices en unos momentos tan desgraciados.
    Un abrazote !!.

  67. 67
    Martin Strohbeck says:

    Still not like RB song but okay!

  68. 68
    al says:

    an ok songs,mid tempo style,which suits Gillan’s voice at this point.It is the only song that caught my ear out of that awful snippets offered.

  69. 69
    Tony says:

    Pffff, I don’ t like the song…..boring….. only thing good about song is the solo of Steve.
    ……..closing time boys !

  70. 70
    Joan masip oliveras says:

    Deep Purple again i 2020. They don’t have to prove anything, they are just having fun. And thank God they’re. They can play jewels whithout effort. That’s how big they are.

    Deep Purple FOR-EVER!

  71. 71
    Robert says:

    Been following this mighty band since 1971. Sadly have to say that I couldn’t find anything inspiring with this song. I will buy the new album as I love this band yet my expectations are low…happy to be proved wrong tho 😊

  72. 72
    Rock Voorne says:

    Infinite leftover probably.

    Not my cup of tea but probably not something to be emberassed about confronting people outside the Deep Purple fan bubble.

    Not sure what to feel or think about it yet.

    Crikey, again a Steve Morse solo I did hear a zillion times before .

    Positive enough?

  73. 73
    James Gemmell says:

    Yawn…think of “Highway Star”, “Speed King”, “Knocking At Your Back Door,” “Burn”… and then listen to this sleeper. I mean it’s melodic, but Gillan lost the highest end of his voice on the Black Sabbath “Born Again” tour in 1983, and it’s disintegrated a tad every year since. Now, Purple is reduced to a singer who can do cabaret and that’s it. If I were Airey, Paice & Glover, I’d plead to Gillan and Morse to retire and bring in someone with a powerful voice. Someone who doesn’t sleep backstage during half of the concert, who doesn’t forget half the lyrics and loses his voice in the middle of half the songs. Please, please retire, Ian… you’ve been a sad parody of your former great self for many decades now. And you seem blissfully unaware of it. Morse sounds like his wrist is now shot for good.

  74. 74
    Albania says:

    Throw My Bones = Roll The Dice

  75. 75
    Vadim Kogan says:

    Boring. Steve Morse play the same guitar solos. 👎👎👎👎

  76. 76
    Nur Haqiim says:


  77. 77
    Jeff D'Costa says:

    When are they gonna retire? 😩

  78. 78
    Greg Furlong says:

    Brilliant, great Groovy bluesy start, ballsy riff, sublime guitar solo from Steve, Big Ian sounds excellent, Rhythm section Rock solid as Ever. Don cool organ and synths
    What do you expect from Deep Purple??
    Just one great tune after another. This song reminds me a little of All the time in the world , not so much in time signature but in evocation of melody and lyrics.
    At this time of World Angst, could this be just the tune to provide some Hope??
    Deep Purple young men of 75 years young, what a Stellar band they have been and continue yo be.
    Heartfelt thanks for this

  79. 79
    Steve Clements says:

    Time to give it up DP. Better to remember and listen to the amazing legacy than this.

  80. 80
    Eeksquared says:

    Two or three listens on my iphone and I like it. Good choice for a single but I’m not sure why it is opening the album. Maybe they’re giving us a break from the usual drama drenched opener and wrong footing us a little. Early days but I suspect the guitar solo is a good one, and I’m already getting hooked by the cheeky keyboard fills. I’m always up for a more extended playout (with a single edit perhaps) but I haven’t enjoyed Gillan’s voice as much as I do these days since, well, 1976!

  81. 81
    stoffer says:

    good but not great! nothing ground breaking here but still a nice groove……prophetic lyrics from IG?!

  82. 82
    josh says:

    Yesss, love every single part of this song !

  83. 83
    Qbert says:

    Listened to it yesterday,
    Listened to it today,
    this overture sounds solid,
    that’s all I have to say.

  84. 84
    rené lucien says:

    désolé mais vous me l’auriez fait écouté sans la voix je n’aurai jamais pensé à deep purple tellement ils se sont éloignés du son traditionnel pour la bonne et simple raison que l’élément moteur du groupe est parti! je ne n’achèterai pas!
    par contre en concert ils jouent plus de 50% des anciens morceaux…cherchez l’erreur!

  85. 85
    Enan says:

    Throw my Bones really touches a chord in these desperate times. Another song, the sublime Fingers to the Bone, is also particularly apt tight now. Stay safe and healthy. https://youtu.be/KbX5hDb8lEw

  86. 86
    Ted says:

    “Blackwood Richmore says:
    Throw My Bones… Hmmmm, I reckon he’s just trying to sell us on the salacious idea of simply ‘having a tug’.”

    Sure you’re not giving out too much personal info there!? Reminds me of when so many people thought the track “69” was about, well, you know what, when the lyrics were so perfectly clear.

  87. 87
    Xavier Gomez says:

    After a few listens it gets a bit boring for an opening track. Above average riff, vocals and arrangement.

    Steve’s solo is unimaginative and lacks dept or momentum. and to add to the lackluster playing it is engineered too low and muffled by and equally unimaginative bass guitar.

    70s theme video adds to the lyrics of a song that resembles as if it is a follow up to “All I Got is You.” sincerely hope there’s more woosh in the other tracks.

  88. 88
    Giorgi says:

    I can’t stop playing and watching the video, over and over again.

  89. 89
    Uwe Hornung says:

    @37 Blackri(t)chie, was that wordplay or just rudimentary knowledge of Yes song titles coupled with too much Star Wars viewing as a child? ; – )

    Stormtroopers (= Star Wars … or Ted Nugent …)


    Starship Trooper


    Stormship Trooper?

    I now have to listen to DP’s Starbringer album … or Rainbow’s magnum opus Stormgazer!

    ; – )

  90. 90
    Stefano Dalsanto says:

    Wonderful song wonderful video thanck you

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    maurane says:

    Philippe Pomiès says:
    Du pur son Purple ! Vivement le 12 juin… merciiii Deep Purple !

    suivant la suite de l’épidémie je doute qu’ils passent en juin!!!

  92. 92
    Thorsun says:

    The break into the guitar solo is very cool, but later you just have a COPY of “Birds of Prey” chord structure under Steve’s playing, only a bit sped up… That doesn’t sound promising at all. You do a “new” album – is it keeping the care about the state o’ art or manufacturing a throwaway patchwork? If the latter, why bother at all?

    And I’d love to have it explained – you record an album and keep it shelved for how long? 6 months, more, before you put it out? It’s been the same with “Infinite” – I seem to recall, only tad shorter, 4 months or so… Why the joke like this should be on the listeners? In the CoVid reality – let’s just hope all of us make it to the point of hearing it!

  93. 93
    Scott McNay says:

    Hmmmmm. I think Purple has been putting out fantastic music on their last two CDs. Some of their best actually even compared to MK II. Different to be sure, but certainly excellent and it shows an evolution of a living growing band.

    That said, I was a bit underwhelmed Not a bad song, but not a great song to lead off with?

  94. 94
    al says:

    @ 38

    It might be their best song,the snippets didn’t leave too much hope either.

  95. 95
    Alan says:

    Heard it a few times now. I want to like it but it sounds a bit ploddy and as someone else here says, it feels like a leftover from Infinite. I would like some more energy for a track opening the album…

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    Martin Damary says:

    Steve Clements on the contrary. Love these guys and their music. Bring it on! (Sorry that you are missing out)

  97. 97
    Robban says:

    Love it.. Thanks to Steve and Don..

  98. 98
    Don Mullen says:

    Good song

  99. 99
    Sammy R Romeo says:

    Not much of an opener!!! What happened to the RNR? Geez Pretty lame!!! I love this band but it’s time to put it to bed!!!!

  100. 100
    marcus Streets says:

    I am just re-watching Perfect Strangers live on Sky Arts and in Jon’s solo there is the Hammond rocking that is not quite up to Keith and the hands on different keyboards that is not quite up to Rick.
    But when Jon is being Jon – then nobody can touch him.

    We cannot expect Mark 8 to be exactly like Mark 2.

    Don could do a bad imitation of Jon-or he could be brilliant as Don.
    Ditto Steve and the old man.

    The fact they want to take the risk on making new music shows they care.

    They are not just dialling in performances on the nostalgia circuit.
    And that is why I love them.

  101. 101
    kraatzy110 says:

    @ 27

    Du hast genau den Nagel auf den Kopf getroffen.

    You have take the bullet into the target !!!!!!!!



  102. 102
    Steve Clements says:

    Martin Damary glad you like Martin. No way i feel thst i am missing out. Maybe you are by not listening to something else? 😉🤘

  103. 103
    Martin Damary says:

    Steve Clements nah. I listen to all of DP (bar slaves and masters) daily since the early seventies. I also listen to other stuff but nothing beats the sound of DP.

  104. 104
    Steve Clements says:

    Martin Damary i admire your commitment. A true fan, nice one🤘

  105. 105
    Keith Walsh says:

    It’s way to safe doesn’t really add anything.
    Hope the rest of the album is better. Thought the last album infinite was one of their best in awhile but this song is a step backwards imo

  106. 106
    Alan Kent says:

    This feels turgid. Long-term fan but maybe it is time to throw in the towel / bones.

  107. 107
    Giorgi says:

    The matter of fact that this forum on THS still keeps comment moderation and even worse, it’s not updated at least once in a day, keeps this very important forum dead.

    I keep coming here in every few hours to read what other people think of the new single, but nothing is new. Please reconsider to change some rules here, we prefer a fresh, alive comments feed, especially when the new album is on it’s way.

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    Phil says:

    First up listen, I like it.
    @40. Spot on comment re Steve. Great guitar solo on track.
    Stay safe & healthy all.

  109. 109
    Chip says:

    #41 pretty much nailed my thoughts, although I like it…More blistering rockers like Bedlam would be my preference.

  110. 110
    Diego Besada Alvarez says:

    I am a great fan , unfortunately sounds like a mix of Infinite songs

  111. 111
    Russell S. Emerson says:

    It isn’t the same without Lord….but I still enjoyed the song. Respect Steve Morse but hated the solo and his tone.

  112. 112
    Jason Halvorsen says:

    Deep Attention Mr. Ian Gillan,
    The new deepest disaster swoosh goes whooshing straight down, like a maelstrom to the garbage can. Another compete Ezrin disaster..!!! A dated clunky blues riff to open is not a good classical hard rock hook.
    I could not even finish listening to the song. That’s a first for me how sad 😢…
    Three and four minute songs?? WTH… Then Steve the guitar Mahavishnu guru is kind of buried in the mix. This makes slaves and masters sound good!!!!
    Let’s hear burning guitars soaring vocals, stunning keyboard with pounding hard rock Rhythm. It’s clunky and goes laboriously chug chug.
    It’s getting near the swan song so let’s go in rock 🎸 Bach to the beginning…
    Deep Purple needs to send Senior Ezrin a one way ticket 🎫 Deep space trucking, as he is beyond his use by date. Sorry but he is old boring and Just plain brand x.
    One to many wasted sunsets. One to many for the road.
    A new more hard rock metal minded producer hint hint, would wake Deep Purple up from there deepest comma, then kick them straight in the but. Ian you need to pick up the tempo and make Deep Purple, Deepest Purple again, instead of deeply boring..!!!!
    PS: Ian, Elvis would agree with me….
    From Jason Halvorsen ✌️ and love..!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  113. 113
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Jason @112 please don’t slam off Bob Ezrin after all he managed to get the best out of average fragmented material and ideas presented to him. So the guy is a genius and he is very honest with the band. He refused to add another average track on infinite so the band can only come up with a cover song from the Doors.
    If it wasn’t for him Now What and Infinite would have sounded similar in production to Bananas and ROTD
    The producer can’t write a song for the band but he can put and direct ideas and riffs together to the best of his ability and that’s what he did very successfuly.
    Watch the making of infinite documentary to see his influence on the band.
    Peace, love and Corona free to you all.

  114. 114
    Chip says:

    While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I couldn’t disagree with #112 more. Ezrin has done a great job on the last 2 records. I’m a little leery of the clips and this not quite measuring up to those records but Ezrin really got the band to put out new music again and some really good new music at that.

    While Purple may be considered a nostalgia act, they keep putting out new music, unlike most Jurassic rockers, and the Ezrin albums. Particularly Infinite have been great.

    But that’s just my opinion, for what it’s worth…

  115. 115
    Enan says:

    Too many critics in this crazy world. Just be grateful for and enjoy every note this beautiful band plays for us. We are so damn lucky. Big Ian, Little Ian, Roger, Steve and Don…I thank yeahowwwwwww!!!

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    Joan masip oliveras says:

    For those about to let the bigest band of all time down…
    For those who claim retire
    For those who treat big Ian unkind
    For those who just compare
    For those who don’t understand age

    …We don’t need you
    … we don’t need you
    … we don’t need YOU!

    For those who appreciate
    For those about to rock…
    We salute you!

    Deep Purple we salute you!

    (let’s hope next June bad weather’s over and the sun shines again and we all can go out to Montreaux…, or to whereever, together to see them and sing with them again. God bless.)

  117. 117
    Nikfarjam says:

    I am a huge blackmore fan. But I really loved this song. I played it for my daughter who is a classical violinist. She also loved it. Steve’s solo is the same and nothing new.but overall it was beautiful. Thanks for all these years and “throw my bones”

  118. 118
    Daniel says:

    Nice song played very well…
    But there is no drama, no dynamics in this.
    The parts are all there but the arrangement kills everything it could have been.
    The 3. Verse sounds exactly like the 1.
    Instruments, effects, voicings, phrasing ..
    In that regard it reminds me of that last rainbow song (what was the name?)…
    Maybe there are subtle changes and I missed them on the first two listens.
    It just doesn’t move me though I like the melody and most of the chord structure and progressions….
    Without an arrangement that grabs me, it just isn’t memorable. That’s what the producer is actually there for.

  119. 119
    Giorgi says:

    It’s not only the song and instrumental what makes Throw My Bones so important DP release for now.

    The lyrics – one of the best in DP catalogue,
    The video – the best among all of the videos which they’ve (unfortunately there’re few)
    The very desperate time we’re living on now,

    Adding to this absolutely fantastic, thoughtful singing of Gillan and very dramatic instrumentation – this all combined makes Throw My Bones conceptually the most relevant release timewise. It does say a LOT, it resembles and reflects a LOT what’s happening right now.

    Feels like Deep Purple, as any really big artists with true souls have become a prophets of our age.

    The whole conceptual side of Throw My bones and Whoosh! generally is so important and it’s done with so much maturity and taste, that it’s a little bit eerie to read comments only about some minor parts of the guitar solos etc.

    Take it as a whole, step back and look to the bigger picture – this is how they announced this single and they’re right!

    So, congratulations Deep Purple and EarMUSIC, you do what you know best! Thanks for this.

  120. 120
    Giorgi says:

    By the way, the clip has 300,000 views in just two days. Their most popular video clip, ever.

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    Andy Dee says:


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    HardRockPete says:

    This song gets better every time I listen to it! Great tune👍

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    They’ve been everywhere & done everything… So they asked the question “Now What?!.
    They answered that with a journey of exploration to an icy pole to see the glaciers melt with inFinite climate change,
    Now they relate their findings to us… that we & all of creation that exists on this planet are gradually being swept away by time & change…

  124. 124
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Joan @116
    We all love DP and Big Ian and Little Ian and Al DP family tree but an opinion on a song means nothing to the band as its all ready recoded and produced.
    All I want from you is to play every openerer to DP albums since 69 In Rock to understand why we are not very impressed.
    This song is OK but no way I would put it as a musical statement to an album opener.
    DP don’t need praise or knocking down as I will still buy this album and it will be in the top 10 in all Europe. But people need to have a voice its called democracy but I agree with you when people are rude to my favourite band then I would silence them for sure.
    Love, Peace and Corona free to you all.

  125. 125
    Al says:

    @ 116
    I hope you stick to your profession,because as a lyricist you are a no go.I rather listen to ABBA

  126. 126
    Guillermo Blengio says:

    deep purple!!! great!!

  127. 127
    Ian Wallace says:

    Strong Deep Purple song (this incarnation)🤘

  128. 128
    George G Martin says:

    After reading all of these reviews I’ve come to the conclusion a lot of you are way to freaking critical. My God lets just be grateful there still together and creating new music. I guarantee when the time comes, when they are no more if you truly love this band the way that I do you will be in tears. So everyone enjoy it and support it. God bless!

  129. 129
    Tommy H. says:

    @ #119:

    You’ve got a point but in the end, everything you write doesn’t describe what DP is known for. Actually, I want to hear hard rock influenced by classical music from one of the biggest bands in the world of that genre. Everything else can also be done in some solo project. It’s totally OK to have one or two songs on a hard rock record which make people aware that there’s more to discover in terms of the band’s creativity. Thoughtful lyrics are also very appreciated. But there has to be a certain direction and after 50+ years that direction should be clear.

  130. 130
    Thomas Miske says:

    Hey KOOKS! Highway Star was 50 years ago….GET OVER IT! You expect the same music decade after decade? Deep Purple are grown men… they are also professional musicians and ARTISTS! How dare anyone sit on their lazy, talent less ass and criticize Deep Purple. Go listen to your stupid Def Leppard CD’s and get lost!

  131. 131
    Christer Nilsson says:

    Can’t help thinking about what it would sound like with a nasty hammond organ instead of that synth…

  132. 132
    Hristo Yankov says:

    I can’t believe so much negative comments. I hope you guys doing better than yesterday! Is it makes you happy?

  133. 133
    Kim Peters says:

    There is a difference between verse 1 and 3. A tambourine was added. Classy move.

    I read a comment recently that said…
    This band was great in the 70’s, and now they’re great in their seventies.

    Love it.

  134. 134
    Fender123 says:

    @ #128 & #130: I could not agree any more, prefect sentiments indeed. Have stayed away from this forum for quite a while as repeated negativity from various contributors started, for me, to get quite irritating. If you don’t like something, don’t listen to it, but don’t keep complaining that it’s not the same as when RB was in the band – really!!!! Yes, we ALL LOVE RB, of course the great Jon Lord and prefer IG’s voice from the 70’s & 80’s (bet he does too) and, let’s face it, Mark 2 is the reason we are all here now – but if the opener from yet another DP album does not quite suit your ear, that’s fine but give the guys a break and listen to the full album when we get hold of it in June before casting such dismissive comments. I recall some of the usual protagonists’ similar knee-jerk comments when we first heard clips of Time For Bedlam – and how much do we love that now?!?! If you want to hear 70’s & 80’s sounds that’s fine, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and many more are still doing their thing (or are available in a shop near you), which is fine too, but can we give the DP kicking a rest, these guys are pushing a few years now so enjoy while you can. Good luck to all in the current bizarre state we find ourselves in.

  135. 135
    Tim says:

    The remarkable thing is here that firstly there is another album at all , and secondly they have no real right to be sounding as good as they have been on the two previous albums. Yes there is a nod and a wink to plenty in this 3 1/2 minutes not only things from Infinite but also the chorus reminded me a bit of Haunted from way back from the inexplicably unliked,from the monoliths at least, Bananas album there was also a touch of Rapture of the Deep .Like it or not really but if Ezrin and DP had not found each other the band would perhaps have wound down by now instead of maybe exiting on something of a high the last 2 albums have produced some incredible late career highs and the last UK tour was one of the best in years add to that off the back of those 2 releases they ended up live on the BBC who would have thought that. So there we not everyone will agree with my views sentiment and opinion but frankly i don’t really care anyway its all just rather good we actually have something we can discuss and i doubt there were many around in the 70’s and 80’s who thought we’d be talking new album in 2020 and full on tour.

  136. 136
    Joan masip oliveras says:

    Or AC/DC?

    Thanks All, just a joke, out of the blue.

    Hate ABBA, sorry.

  137. 137
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Blackwood RICHMORE @123
    Bloody hell you managed to sort out the jigsaw pazzle.
    Spot on my man
    Peace, Love and Corona free to you all

  138. 138
    Vincek says:

    Pop song!
    Keyboards is only good!
    Already played melody and rhythm on previous albums. Solo boring.
    I hope the rest of the album is better…

  139. 139
    ivica says:

    “Sixes” / MK 8 / doing a good job again .. as a DP fan I find myself privileged and blessed

  140. 140
    cdag says:

    I’m really very very disappointed by the song, even if I was expecting it to be uninteresting.

    I feel like DP and specially Gillan is using always the same recipes to make a song.

    It is great to make a new album every 2 or 3 years, but you need to have something to say. I suppose that this first song is supposed to be the most catchy song. If so, I think I will not buy the album. It will be the first time as I have every single album, as much of the people who come on the website.

    Infinite was a fantastic album. Time For Bedlam…what a song ! When it was released on YouTube, I watched the video so many times in one night !

    And the other songs from the album were really good. One Night In Vegas, All I Got Is You, Birds Of Prey, etc.

    I’m waiting for the album, that I’ll probably actually buy, to see if there’s any good stuff, but I’m very disappointed with the first single. I listened to it 2 times, and that was enough.

    The only song which makes me curious is the song And The Address from Mk.I era written by Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord.

    I really wish Ritchie could make a concert to have Mark II back together (unfortunately without Jon Lord). Ritchie did so much for the band. Whatever haters say, he is the one who drove Purple on the road of success. I respect Gillan, but I think his behaviour is incomprehensible.

    Well sorry it wasn’t the subject.

    I think I will put Whoosh! with NW ?! and Rapture, in the avoidable albums drawer.


  141. 141
    David McCrory says:

    Wonderful, really like this track looking forward to getting my new album thorough on 12th June.

    It looks like they got he Stig from BBC Top Gear to play the part, mannerisms are so close

  142. 142
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Ian Gillan did just as much to the success of Mk2 so you need to have a balanced approach. Whether you like it or not the singer is always the face of the band Ozzy is well respected when it comes to BS and Robert Plant is well respected as the singer of Led Zepplin so I just feel that when you focus on Ritchie then you are not talking about the band.
    Before you start slamming off Ian Gillan maybe you should watch and read what other musician who worked with Ritchie said about him especially RJ Dio (God bless his soul) so you can get an idea of what you are talking about.
    I love Ritchie and I respect him as a musician but when you get someone as nice as Ian Paice saying that he is no longer friends with Ritchie then you will get the bigger picture.
    As for your dream reunion concert its just a dream that will never materialise but its OK to dream.
    Peace and Love and Corona free to you all.

  143. 143
    AndreA says:

    it is simply a pop rock piece without energy and nothing to compare to infinite. I am disappointed ,it doesn’t excite me.
    The last javelin is more exciting also…

  144. 144
    Victor says:

    I’m surprised by the majority of reactions here. I really don’t get where all this negativity is coming from: “bland”,” uninspired”, “boring”, “lackluster”… I thought it sounded great!

    I get that there’s a faction here that still waits for the return of Blackmore and believes that he and only he makes Deep Purple music relevant and legitimate. I wholeheartedly disagree, but to each their own (you’re missing out on amazing Morse material, though). Nevertheless, to all other more “open-minded” DP fans, I really don’t understand why you feel this tune is boring. I mean, great groove, great lyrics, exotic keys contrasting with a funky guitar line, thundering bass by Roger, plus the mixing sounds good (a relief, since some tracks on InFinite sounded really muddy, specially on the cymbals). You know what, it’s probably this contrast between the groovy guitar s + drums against dramatic keys + vocal line that makes this song for me. It’s awesome.

    By the way, don’t take my words as of one who’s willing to swallow anything Purple puts out. I’m of the opinion that half of InFinite (and Abandon, for that matter) was straight up filler material (other half was great, though) and I’ll be the first to throw Rapture under the bus.

    P.S.: Also, can´t believe some people here thought “Now What?!” was boring. It’s their best since Purpendicular, which in turn holds a seat in my top 5 favorite Purple albums!

  145. 145
    josh says:

    @#116 you are 100% right

  146. 146
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    To: Gillan, Paice, Glover and Airey…

    Please bring Blackmore… one last time…

  147. 147
    Xavier Gomez says:

    over 140 responses and you sense that there are 3 types of fans. first, those who heard the band from Shades album, second there are the second generation fans. thirdly, you have fans who first listened to Purple less than a decade ago.

    it goes without saying that each category have different expectations. personally, I believe the band lost its distinctive sound and ethos after Ritchie left.

    when fans say the band does not sound right, they are not being fastidious nostalgics but speaking with sincerity.

    yes, we have Mark I to Mark III, it went through changes, yet the fans expected to hear the unmistakable Purple sound and synergy.

    so what am I getting at. Deep Purple may mean different thing to fans, yet the centering point is about what Ritchie, Jon and Ian Paice developed since Shades.

    I understand the disappointment expressed in the comments, it is not just about being nostalgic. its about losing intrinsic substance of a band that augmented classical music and classic rock into a band that grew deep roots.

    As many have shared from their hearts, this is not a fitting way for Deep Purple to Woosh into oblivion. I was hoping that current members would have asked Ritchie to write a track for this album.

    The fans have spoken. we still love how the current members have persevered in spite of the challenges. I sincerely hope the would be a one-time final re-union with Ritchie.

  148. 148
    Harrie van den Bersselaar says:

    It’s the best single since a very, very, very long time. And I like “All I’ve Got Is You” a lot.

    The bluesy riff combined with the incredible catch keyboards from Don is amazing.

    And it’s absolutely Deep Purple.

    Can’t wait for the album!

    In the 70’s they also wrote songs of 3:30 minutes.

  149. 149
    Marcus says:

    So this on the You Tube comments

    From Andre Sihotang

    “Update my previous post: Less than 1 week, already > 500.000 view. Amazing, this is the fastest viewed video by Deep Purple I’ve ever seen, even better than songs from Infinite and Now What (Vincent Price took >1 year to get 1 M views, All I Got Is You and The Surprising took around 5 months to reach 1 M). I believe Throw my Bones will reach 1 M views in less than 1 month”

  150. 150
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    #147 Xavier Gomez says:
    “when fans say the band does not sound right, they are not being fastidious nostalgics but speaking with sincerity.”

    They may be sincere, but they are absolutely wrong in saying the band does not “sound right”. The band sounds right, that’s for sure. It is how the band wants to sound. It is, actually, quite absurd to say the band doesn´t “sound right”. If you don’t like how they sound then it is not your cup of tea. It is as simple as that. Don’t waste your time on the band. Don’t waste your time in slamming the band. Instead, try to find yourself something else to listen to. Deep Purple just is not your cup of tea. The guys do what they want to do, take it or leave it. They are absolutely right in doing what they feel is right. They are sincere.

    BTW: I have enjoyed every single album they’ve made with Steve Morse (and of course all the albums by Mk1 and Mk2).

  151. 151
    solitair says:

    I loved this one instantly! Listened to it again and again. This is amazing because I don’t think much of the current, so called living and breathing, DP. I did NOT enjoy the last few albums … But this one caught me.
    So yes, okay, I like this song very much. BUT the drum sound? Horrible. The guitar solo? Very far from spectacular. So the weak aspects are still quite obvious.—- Anyway: My long time favorite band caught me again. This was a great experience!

  152. 152
    Chip says:

    I was slightly disappointed but it’s still a really good song. Not sure what folks who hate this are listening to…

    While music is a matter Of taste, there is a lot to like about this song. And with all of the bad news in the world, having a new Purple song to listen to is fantastic!!!

  153. 153
    Chris Whiteside says:

    It’s over. 😥. Still the greatest band of all time.

  154. 154
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @147 Xavier Gomez,
    Ain’t nostalgia a bitch?.
    So RB was right afterall!.
    As my good old Spanish mate always says to me, “Hasta Manana”…
    & then I reply with “Have a banana!”.

  155. 155
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Marcus @149
    Maybe fans can’t believe they clicked on the right song so they keep trying again and again to believe what they are hearing.
    Only joking
    The song is catchy for sure but it’s a massive surprise. To me at least
    Peace love and Corona free to you all

  156. 156
    Giorgi says:

    The way you review all things Purple is much too conservative.
    Your attitude is already so boring,
    Counting the length of solos? Come on, stop it!
    I’m happy that the band doesn’t follow your demands.
    They’re actually on a long way ahead of you. Thanks God, thanks Purple.

  157. 157
    cdag says:

    @142 : Adel Faragalla

    I can see that talking about Ritchie is something which make people here react. It was just a little part of my post but I can see that it is a sensitive subject.

    First of all, I want to say I have a lot of respect for Steve Morse. I saw DP four times with him, and I loved the way he plays. And he seems to be a really nice guy.

    I don’t say Gillan has no responsability in DP Mark II success of course.

    Ritchie is a founding member of Purple. Gillan is not. Ritchie is the one who met a young drummer called Ian Paice. He was impressed by him and when the opportunity came, he took him in a band which would be soon called Deep Purple (the title of his Ritchie’s grandmother’s favourite song).

    Ritchie is the one who told Jon Lord that they should do a rock album after the orchestra thing, as Ritchie had been impressed by Led Zeppelin and their singer Robert Plant.

    He wanted a singer who would be able to scream. And he found Gillan.

    Honestly I do not understand Gillan’s attitude. He alsays had some mean sentences against Ritchie, while Ritchie never really said anything bad toward Gillan. There is a lot of anger and frustration in Gillan. Ritchie left DP in 1993 but never tried to stop them from touring. I think he has been really easy with them.

    Ritchie proposed to do one show with Purple you are right. That would be a nice thing for the fans. Gillan said playing with Ritchie would be like returning with you ex-wife. In 1992, when Gillan was back with DP, he didn’t consider he was going back with an ex-wife. And he has no problem to sing songs he composed with his ex-wife. Gillan is bitter I think.

    If Jon Lord was still there, it would be much different I think.

    I saw Blackmore’s night twice, in Helsinki and Paris. I can tell you that Ritchie is still fantastic with a giutar, although he has arthritis in his hands. In Helsinki I had the chance to meet Ritchie and Candice after the show and I must say they have been absolutely lovely with us (we were a few fans). He took the time to chat a little bit with us, sign our albums, shake hand, and Ritchie and Candice made a picture with me. We were all delighted.

    You will say that I’ve been lucky to meet him when he was in a good day.

    You are right, I probably dream,..

    Anyway, I just want to say that I don’t like much the new song Throw my bones. It’s not an awful song but I feel I already heard this song before.

    Greetings to all of you and stay away from th corona virus.


  158. 158
    nupsi59 says:

    Sorry guys, this is neither fish nor meat, waiting for the entire album.

    Take care of you and have a nice Day!

  159. 159
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    158 Comments so far.

    This may not be the most but it is the most that I can recall. What is the record? Do people have that much more spare time or is it that spirited of a debate?

    I feel the spirit and I like it!

  160. 160
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Thanks for your balanced response and I am so envious that you got to meet the man in black in person.
    Yes I agree Ritchie did reach out to the DP guys to do a show but I am 100 present sure it nothing but a move to stir problems and I don’t think he would ever share the stage with Gillan.
    BTW to prove to you that my guess is right if you recall around the time of the passing of our beloved the maestro Jon Lord quite a lot of past musicians who worked with Ritchie did reach out for him to do shows as no one knows who is next in line and David Coverdale was one of them but they were faced by a wall of silence.
    I don’t know Ritchie and I never met him but one thing everyone who worked with Ritchie says about it and that’s he a complicated character to work with and he trusts no one but genius people are always are.
    Peace love and Corona free to you all.

  161. 161
    HardRockPete says:

    #140 So you want Blackmore to return for a one-off with Purple? Have you seen the YT videos of the current Rainbow? Have you heard all the live releases? Blackmore is TOTALLY unable to play hard rock these days, and he wouldn’t be able to keep up with Deep Purple. He has lost it! Yes, he is soon to be 74, but so is Clapton, Beck and Richards. They can still deliver, Blackmore can’t!

    I saw him both with Purple and Rainbow years ago, and I wouldn’t want him to p.ss all over those fine memories by reuniting with a band that he can’t keep up with. It’s better he stays with his current Rainbow. That band is so mediocre that they almost make Blackmore shine! Almost, but not quite.

    The new song from Purple is more promising than anything Blackmore has done since Stranger In Us All, even if you think there is a formula to Gillans writing. You obviously can’t recognise a pattern in Blackmores composing skills, so I’ll throw you a bone…. Smoke On The Water, All Night Long, Man On The Silver Mountain and Burn! It’s all the same riff reworked.

    I’m thankful that Purple is still around, and as a BIG fan of the band I’m thankful that Steve Morse saved them back in 1995. I’m also thankful that it was Don Airey who was asked to fill Jon Lord’ shoes because he was the only person who was able to fill them, and as a bonus bring something new to the table.

    Kudos to Deep Purple for keeping the band, history and legacy alive and well❤️❤️❤️

  162. 162
    Daniel Pospiech says:


    I listened to it via cell phone speaker.
    When the Whoosh vinyl arrives I’ll give it a thorough listen. No YouTube fan here.
    Maybe their processing combined with the playback device ruined production.
    The record will sound better for sure.
    As I wrote… There may be subtle changes.
    A tambourine is as subtle as it gets… 😁…
    Anyway, I am looking forward to the album. Especially on vinyl.

    All th best…

  163. 163
    Artemis vat says:

    I dont like misery….i believed that infinite was the last album and from that point of view im very excited with the 21 album….throw my bones is a very good song although not a huge opener track…thats ok… anyway… the last great opener track is far away…the battle rages on 1993…im waiting for the 12 June and i support any efford of the group

  164. 164
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 144:

    Let’s wait and see what the rest of the album will be all about.

  165. 165
    Yance says:

    It is indeed a very well put together song , well constructed and let’s be fair wonderfully executed, no surprise. These guys have been doing it so long . I am full of admiration that they still have the ambition to create and want to create for us. They will be dark days when they decide enough is enough !

  166. 166
    Adel Faragalla says:

    You are talking pure nonsense when you say Ritchie can’t play the guitar now in a rock formation with DP. A Blackmore who is half as good as he was in his peak is still as good as anyone around.
    You need to show respect before you attack the guy playing skill.
    Now I agree with you that a renuion will be a disaster for the fans as the harmony between Ritchie and thr rest of DP is long gone and finished.
    As Ian Gillan said recently we all getting on and looking towards the end. Let’s all put this to rest and let’s all respect what the guys did musically for us that will live on longer for hundreds of years to come.
    Its so painful what we are doing among us tearing apart great musisions. This is not happing among Black Sabbath or Led Zepplin fans.
    All I want is for all members of DP family tress to be healthy and well and talked about with a little more respect and appreciation.
    This of course will never happen as we all are different but at least we can try to address the music and not to be rude about the people who produced enjoyable music for us.
    Peace love and Corona free to you all

  167. 167
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @161 HardRockPete, you’re mistaken, it wasn’t Steve Morse that saved them…
    It was the guitar legend Joe Satriani that saved them when he stepped in & changed their fortunes on the live circuit & made them realise that they didn’t need RB in order to carry on as a working band.

    And so the dark rain clouds cleared up & the sun came out & shone down upon them & breathed a little sunshine & happiness into the band’s life again.

    In fact, Steve Morse was the legend that they roped in to replace Joe Satriani…. & what great decision that was!. He was an unusual choice, but he’s a really nice guy & his pedigree is absolutely awesome. 🎸 😊
    Be happy!.

  168. 168
    Woody Black says:

    It is all right beeing a Don Airey fan. I am not. For me i would like having Rick Wakeman into Deep Purple. He is one of the ingenious keyboard players in the classic/rock world.

  169. 169
    Kid Purple says:

    Deep Purple- says it All!

  170. 170
    al says:


    Sure let’s wait and see but i’m afraid that he single will the most interesting song out of this Gillan” solo” album.

    I wish the other’s Airey/Morse could be more involved in decision making and ideas.

  171. 171
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Some comments here make me wonder how well acquainted the authors actually are with DP’s vast, but chequered history:

    – Blackmore was no doubt the most influential DP member ever (until 1993), but he wasn’t the band. On his own, he didn’t do so well, Rainbow was but a shadow of DP’s worldwide success. Before Gillan and Glover joined, DP struggled, Blackmore by himself even with ace musicians like Jon and Little Ian could not elevate them to the status he desired. So when some people write that Ian is indebted to Ritchie … – you can turn that sentence around und it is just as true. Maybe they just needed each other und were a good fit for a while?

    – “Deep Purple should go back to being the hard rock band they were.” Huh? How credible a hard rock outfit can a bunch of 70-year-olds-going-on-80 be? Why should Ian Gillan of all people want to be just a hard rock singer? He left DP at the peak of their success because he did not want to be just a hard rock singer anymore – his favorite album from the Mk II era is Fireball – the least “hard rock” of them all.

    – DP’s last truly hard rock album was TBRO – one listen und you can tell that they were unhappy und running out of steam by then. I love hard rock und even heavy metal, but first und foremost I like a band that is happy at what it does und communicating with one another. The DP from Purpendicular onward is not a traditional hard rock band anymore, but has PROG influences, even more so since Don Airey joined. So what? I think they are credible at what they do in the autumn/winter of their career.

    – It is beyond me, why people cannot accept each and every DP line up for its own musical worth and each era for its own strengths – the young upstarts that recorded In Rock were a marvel to behold und in tune with their times, the senior citizens still putting out music today deserve our respect. One does not rule out the other.

  172. 172
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 170:

    I don’t think that the decision making process is an issue here. I bet that they don’t care so much about the outcome of a songwriting/recording process at this time around, as long as it floats their boat. This is why things are directionless to a certain degree and they leave it to the producer (Ezrin) to take the wheel.

    Lately, I was listening to the last Black Country Communion album (BCC IV). Despite the omnipresent Zeppelin stamp (one can take it or leave it) and poor Derek who can’t be heard most of the time (probably because of Joe or an unholy fashion trend where the keyboards have to be kept at a lower volume level than the guitar), it’s a very consistent and entertaining effort. Plus, it’s got that riffy, simple, straight forward, bluesy kind of rock Deep Purple rarely comes up with these days. Still, every Purple record had something to offer so far (however, some records more than others) …

  173. 173
    jaytee says:

    “Throw my Bones”

    Songwriters Glover, Airey, Ezrin, Morse.

    Take care of yourselves in whatever part of our crazy planet

    you reside.


  174. 174
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 171:

    Most of what you write is correct. However, there’s one thing I disagree with: Hard rock is what a Purple show is still all about. They are still a hard rock band. I also think that this might not be the natural approach for musicians at their age but everything comes back to that when they go on tour again. And that’s what people definitely want to hear, that’s why the come to a Purple show.

  175. 175
    Yance says:

    Tommy you are so right @ 171 , live they are definitely a hard rock band whatever the album sounds like, and for that very reason its good they can stretch out on an album and put some different sounds in front of us . Long live DP , I consider myself very fortunate to be looking forward to another purple album and another tour.

  176. 176
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Tommy, you’re right about the live shows. And that is an aching disconnect, DP today rely too much on Mk II heyday material. I’d love to hear a concert with only Morse und Airey era(s) stuff, with SOTW as the third encore!

    Let’s face it, no one plays Blackmore riffs more credibly than Harold himself. And I think the Purpendicular onward music has its own identity – Morse can emulate any guitarist, but he shines most with his own stuff. I always like the DP gigs best when they tour a fresh new album and stick a maximum of new numbers into the set (which they then fade out as the tour progresses!).

  177. 177
    Tommy H. says:

    Uwe (#176), I totally agree with you. I don’t think that they abandoned hard rock after TBRO though. It’s just that with Steve they could do other things as well for the first time and that became interesting in itself. However, at some point you just want to hear a riff or straight forward hard rock tune respectively and that’s something which should always be there. And it definitely is: On Now What?! you got Hell to Pay, on Infinite Time for Bedlam for instance. Of course you always have that prog influence there ever since Don joined the band. Otherwise they’re fine hard rock tunes. It’s not that they can’t do it anymore. If you listen to Don’s last solo album you’ll find plenty of hard (and prog) rock there. But, just like you wrote, Blackmore was way more prolific writing good riffs or hard rock music for that matter.

    I’m also of the opinion that Steve is best at what he does when he can really do his thing. That’s something though I was very shocked about when I watched the documentary material of Infinite. My feeling was that Bob tried very hard to make something (or -one) out of Steve he isn’t. You could see the frustration in Steve’s eyes, also due to his pain having to fight arthritis.

  178. 178
    Uwe Hornung says:

    With his 12 hours a day unrelenting rehearsal regime, Steve no doubt contributed to his wrist issues. Someone should have told him that you can’t do as a 60-year-old what was easy to you as a 20-year-old. I should know, I’m turning 60 this year!

    But a lot of people overlook just how large Steve’s contribution as a rhythm guitarist to modern day DP’s groove is. Blackmore shone with his riffs und solos, he was a lazy rhythm guitarist at the best of times. Morse’s rhythm work puts him in a league with EvH, another unsung rhythm guitar hero whose brilliant work in that department is overshadowed by his soloist legend status.

  179. 179
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    You know…
    you can please some of the people all of the time, or you can please all of the people some of the time… but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
    Happy Easter folks!.

  180. 180
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Blackwood Richmore @179
    The most powerful words of wisdom that made me able to watch and listen painfully to Blackmore’s Night for last 23 years.
    Happy Easter m8
    Happy Easter to you all
    Stay in and Enjoy the DP great family tree music.

  181. 181
    Attila says:

    Don is superb, no doubt. But I stumbled into a few clips with Jon doing jams here and there. The bottomline is I miss the Hammond from the current sound a bit.

  182. 182
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @180 Adel, Blackmore’s plight?! 😜😊

  183. 183
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Don plays plenty of Hammond, I don’t think there is another reasonably popular band out there with as much Hammond as current DP, Uriah Heep – where the organ sound is simply overwhelming live and in the studio – being the notable exception. Don also plays a lot more Hammond with DP than he has ever done with other bands, he is cognizant of the fact that an omnipresent Hammond is pivotal for the Purple sound.

    But Don plays different voicings to Jon and also has a different rhythmic groove. Don has more of a jazz (rock) und prog background and it shows in his playing (as Roger has noted too when he was asked whether Don sounded like Jon to him and he said “not at all” ). Jon made an art of letting things sound natural and effortless, even a little sloppy (the Keith Richards of Hammond playing), the “human factor” so to say.

    Remember how all major post-76 split bands of the DP mothership – Rainbow, Gillan, Whitesnake – retained the DP-line up configuration with an organ/keys, but all the Soules, Careys, Stones, Aireys, Rosenthals and Towns(es) (all lovely keyboardsmiths, but none of them a natural “Hammondista”) in the world could not bring what Jon brought. Only Whitesnake had the Purple organ sound down pat – because they had Jon to do it! Listen to Trouble (the album) and you know what I mean. That album seamlessly continues where Come Taste The Band had left off as regards Jon’s Hammond playing.

    Jon once mentioned in an interview that after the 1984 reunion sessions had commenced, Ritchie walked over to him in the rehearsal space, shook his hand in appreciation und said: “How do you get your sound? I’ve been looking for a keyboarder like that for years and I never found him …”. And Jon quipped: “Well first of all, you have to me …”!

    All that said, Don has developed a lot on the Hammond since he first depped for Jon all those years ago. I remember that when Don was the “new boy”, his organ was still a little stiff (ok, adolescent pun intended!), which depending on the setting is not always a good thing. Those days are long gone, in my ears Don is by now the most dominant keyboard player DP ever had, but his organ style is often more akin to Keith Emerson than to Jon. In the constant evolution of DP line-ups, that is nothing to gripe about. Jon was Jon and Don is Don.

  184. 184
    NWO says:

    @UWE – You are spot on with your comments. A lot of people on here don’t truly understand a musician and their work. I have found a new appreciation for musicians as I just started to learn to play guitar at just a few years your junior.
    Dam it is hard and I have no natural talent, but love to learn. Hopefully I can get up to garage band sucks level. Right now I am just at brutal plug your ears low in mix status….So creating music, playing and practicing all day, playing on a stage for 2 hrs every night – You gotta love it or it would SUCK!! It makes me laugh when people compare RB or Jon or anyone really to their current counterparts. I am sure all could point to a younger and better musician than they are or ever were….

    People live in their past bubbles. I see them all the time (Well not LATELY!!) We all have friends that talk about the past like it was yesterday but it was 20-30 years ago!!

    Musically DP are doing what they want. It surprised me that on social networks people I know who haven’t heard a DP song since Perfect Strangers are liking this track!!

    Deep Purple are displaying a true Rock attitude!! Don’t like it? Let me turn it up for ya!!!

  185. 185
    Rock Voorne says:

    “– Blackmore was no doubt the most influential DP member ever (until 1993), but he wasn’t the band. On his own, he didn’t do so well, Rainbow was but a shadow of DP’s worldwide success. ”


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