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Mark your calendars

It’s still 3 more days to the announcement from the label, but with the online behemoth retailer listing up, it’s pretty much as good as official — the new Deep Purple album will be called Turning to Crime, it will be an album of covers, and it will be released on November 26, 2021, on CD and 2LP.

Some of you have already surmised, and the promo blurb confirms that it is an album of covers because the the band were unable to get together at the same place at the same time, jam, and write new material due to you-know-what happening in this world for the past 20 months or so. Recording for the album had to be done remotely, from wherever they’ve been sheltering from the pandemic individually (which is probably 3 or 4 different countries).

After five decades of records made chiefly of original material, Deep Purple’s 22nd studio album consists solely of songs written and previously recorded by other artists: a criminal offense commonly described by the rock police and purists Grand Jury as “doing covers.” Studio recordings of songs previously released by Love, Huey “Piano” Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles & Quincy Jones, Little Feat, The Yardbirds, Lonnie Donegan/ Johnny Horton, Bob Seger System, Cream, plus the “Caught In The Act” medley feat. songs by Freddie King, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin and The Spencer Davis Group came to life with the band, for the first time in their career, recording them while not being in the same room. “Turning To Crime” is Deep Purple enjoying playing music without commercial plans nor losing their edge and drive. This is Deep Purple coming full circle. This is 100% Deep Purple.

Track list:

  1. 7 And 7 Is (Love)
  2. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (Huey “Piano” Smith)
  3. Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac)
  4. Jenny Take A Ride! (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels)
  5. Watching The River Flow (Bob Dylan)
  6. Let The Good Times Roll (Ray Charles & Quincy Jones)
  7. Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
  8. Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds)
  9. The Battle Of New Orleans (Lonnie Donegan/Johnny Horton)
  10. Lucifer (Bob Seger System)
  11. White Room (Cream)
  12. Caught In The Act medley:
    1. Going Down (Freddie King)
    2. Green Onions (Booker T. and the M.G.’s)
    3. Hot ‘Lanta (The Allman Brothers Band)
    4. Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin)
    5. Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Spencer Davis Group)

Our criminal playlist has been updated with respect to the Medley.

Thanks to Scott Mcnay for the heads up.

18 Comments to “Mark your calendars”:

  1. 1
    Victor XL says:

    So it’s available in vinyl and cd format only. What about a deluxe box set like the “Infinite” and “Whoosh” box sets?

  2. 2
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Pretty cool! The variety in the selection is awesome, although some of the originals are quite dull. But with a purple touch they might come alive. The old guys are doing what they please and it is wonderful! But Deep Purple doing Led Zeppelin and Cream! Who could have thought? This is a fun record. I’ll certainly have a listen. Welcome!

  3. 3
    Ondok Patrik says:

    We swallow it, they couldn’t write new songs, as they were in differenr countries during the pandemic bullshxt.

  4. 4
    stoffer says:

    Bring it! I’m excited and ready, should be fun. 🙂

  5. 5
    Buttockss says:

    It is what it is. Still i hope Deep Purple don’t go out this way 🤷‍♂️.

  6. 6
    Georgivs says:

    Recording of rock’n’roll classics done remotely? By the band that lives and breathes live playing? I mean, come on…

  7. 7
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @1: DP’s record company seems to love to churn out a million versions of each album so I think it’s a fair guess there will be more versions of this release over time…

  8. 8
    Victor says:

    I must say, either Purple or the label were brilliant in that cheeky promo text.

    Way too many people seeing this under an unreasonably serious light, as if it was a new book in the bible or whatever. “It’s a crime against their legacy!!” Oh, come on…

    “Love Conquers All” was a crime, certainly not this. They ventured into the unknown by recording the album remotely (very daring for any music group, let alone one whose members reached senior citizen status 15 years ago) and, in the end, it’s all good music and good fun. More than necessary in these completely atypical times.

  9. 9
    Adel Faragalla says:

    As much as I cant swallow the idea of using the brand of DP for a tribute cover album but i guess what is done is done and I need to move on and enjoy the blessings and the excitements of hearing the guys playing together.
    My ears can’t wait.

  10. 10

    Ian Gillan and Roger look well dodgy in those photos

  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Victor @ 8 -I am not sure what is ‘daring’ about recording remotely, it happens often & was occurring well before covid. As soon as this virus hit that is one of the first things many in this situation would have been thinking, as to recording any material. Too easy with technology the way it is. Cheers.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    @ 10 -You are not wrong, especially Glover, sheesh, keep him off the streets looking like that, one mean mother there indeed! Gillan reminds of when he is on zoom first thing in the morning, not sure about whether it is before his caffeine fix or after as he looks ‘wired’. Cheers.

  13. 13
    Victor says:


    I’m glad to read that. Life’s too short to be bitter, especially at something so small.


  14. 14
    Tony Cools says:

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, the freaks said
    Man those cats can really swing
    They got music in their solar system
    They’ve rocked around the Milky Way
    They dance around the Borealice……….

    great news…….. and may be not the last album, you never know with these guys !

  15. 15
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Victor @ 8 & 13,

    Two thumbs up!!

    Adel @9,

    Atta gal. You made my day! :>


  16. 16
    Janbl says:

    Sample “7 and 7 is” at Amazon.de (sure you already knew).
    Sounds good:)

  17. 17
    janbl says:

    Uh, and full song on Spotify, didn’t see that before now.

  18. 18
    Rene says:

    I am looking forward to listen thuis album. Great songs. May be Deep purple van made a unplugged album off all there great songs

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