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Turning to Crime release details

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It is official now. The release date (November 26) and the track list for the 22nd Deep Purple studio album Turning to Crime are as we’ve reported before.

The album will be available in the following formats:

  • Digipak CD
  • Jewel case CD
  • Digital download
  • Crystal clear vinyl 2LP
  • Black vinyl 2LP
  • Limited edition creamy white 2LP gatefold
  • Limited edition 5×12″ vinyl box set including DVD Locked Up: The Making Of Turning To Crime

The Locked Up: The Making Of Turning To Crime documentary will also be available on DVD and Blue-ray separately from the album itself.

turning to crime black vinyl

Promo blurb from the label:

DEEP PURPLE announces new album “TURNING TO CRIME”, out November 26th on earMUSIC

With strong tailwind from last year’s chart leading album “Whoosh!”, DEEP PURPLE surprises with new album “TURNING TO CRIME” and new single “7 And 7 Is”.

The new album, released by earMUSIC, will reach the worldwide community of Deep Purple loyal fans only 15 months after Deep Purple`s latest studio album “Whoosh!”, an album saluted by prestigious chart achievements (3rd consecutive #1 in Germany, as well as well as #4 in the UK) and acclaimed by critics who praised the creative strength of a band that continues evolving with every release.

“Turning to Crime” is the first studio album by Deep Purple entirely made of songs not written by the band and previously recorded by other artists.

The “time trilogy”, consisting of “NOW What?!”, “inFinite” and “Whoosh!” (2013, 2017 and 2020) have sold over 1 million albums, topped the charts 11 times and achieved more than 40 Top 10 positions worldwide.

Producer and friend Bob Ezrin, who worked with Deep Purple on the previous albums forming the “trilogy”, was once again an important part of the new studio work.

The first single “7 And 7 Is” will be released October 6th.

turning to crime white vinyl

Producer and friend Bob Ezrin assigned each band member a few of the selected songs to arrange. No one knew what the other band members were creating, how they arranged the first demos, until the results were shared. They all became co-producers of “their songs”, and once everybody else joined, it all turned into DEEP PURPLE songs.

The recording process should not make us misunderstand the true nature of this album: this is handmade music, this is “real” as it’s always been with every DEEP PURPLE album. When DEEP PURPLE are recording, they play together their songs from start to finish. They made no exception on this record. The only difference is that they played their instruments and their parts on their own, having to “imagine” what the others would play – in a way, as it happens when they were improvising on stage.

Despite the recording of this album relied a lot on today’s technology, the band resisted abusing the possibilities offered by today’s recording techniques by re-recording certain passages again and again. DEEP PURPLE is not cut and paste rock and roll! This makes them different from a lot of music that is currently recorded.

So, the “fun experiment” turned into something that galvanized them and that shaped quickly into a real piece of art. “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.

The first single “7 And 7 Is” will be out October 6th and delivers the message of “TURNING TO CRIME” perfectly: This album is about fun, but taken seriously. The songs have been written by others, but “TURNING TO CRIME” is 100% DEEP PURPLE. Gillan, Glover, Paice, Airey, and Morse love making music together and cannot be not be held from doing so – not even by Covid. Despite the crimes to be commited.

Thanks to Hristo and Lutz for additional info.

33 Comments to “Turning to Crime release details”:

  1. 1
    KBS says:

    What about the vinyl box set I saw with 5 vinyl, each with photos of members???
    Just curious about the vinyl box set.

  2. 2
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Oh Well sounds great! Along with Dixie Chicken, Oh Well is the recording I am waiting for the most. Two absolutely great songs.

  3. 3
    DeeperPurps says:

    I am looking forward to this album. I do not believe this is a step backwards for the band, nor do I believe that they are simply spinning their wheels with this release. Rather, this is a return to the original premise for the band at its inception back in 1968……in effect, a “Roundabout” of virtuoso musicians jumping on and jumping off at different intervals, and reworking other band’s music, making it their own; much in the same way Vanilla Fudge (whom Deep Purple are on the record as emulating), had also been doing back then.

    The way I see this is Deep Purple getting warmed up post-Covid, to reunite again once restrictions come down. When on stage together again, their jams will become the embryos for new Purple songs.

    See this album as a positive, and the band having some fun together in anticipation of even better things to come in future.

  4. 4
    Kidpurple says:

    Bring it on – sounds cool!!

  5. 5
    Fernando Azevedo says:


  6. 6
    Hristo says:

    There is another format! A box set with 5 mini lps and a dvd – full length film “… the making of”

  7. 7
    Tony says:

    Coming out of nowhere
    Drivin’ like a-rain
    Stormbringer dance
    On the thunder again
    Dark cloud gathering
    Breaking the day
    No point running
    ‘Cause it’s coming your way
    ‘Cause it’s coming your way
    ‘Cause it’s coming your way
    ‘Cause it’s coming your way
    ‘Cause it’s coming your way……..turning to crime !!!!! yeah yeah yeah the freaks said !

  8. 8
    Wiktor says:

    Sounds great to me! I will buy it!!

  9. 9
    Andrea says:

    What the hell you did to Ian Gillan?! He’s astonishing here… sure he’s 76?

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Sounds intriguing! Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

  11. 11
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Wow. This sounds great.

  12. 12
    Christoph says:

    Well done folks! Even though I wonder why 7-and-7 is so short (the band once used to say “what´s the point making a three-minute song?”). Anyhow, I pre-ordered the album and I´m absolutely looking forward!!!

  13. 13
    Peter J says:

    Yes Andrea I thought the same, Gillan sounds fantastic, can’t believe the quality of his voice…

    And he looks even younger now than on this video (check the indian recent interview)… The guy never ceases to amaze.

  14. 14
    Adel Faragalla says:

    The thing I always admired the most about DP that they are a hard working band. These guys are an inspiration to any young musician who reach fame then waste years of doing media headlines for the wrong reasons.
    They will work till they drop.
    The Retirement word has to be erased from the Oxford dictionary.
    Well done guys 👍

  15. 15
    Kevin Staden says:

    It’s a shame there is not an option for a Vinyl/CD/DVD deluxe box set like they did with Infinite and Whoosh! And the only way to get the DVD is with the 12″ single set.

  16. 16
    Gary Poronovich says:

    Wow!!!… well done!!… did i detect a wee bit of Blackmore-esq noodling in Morses` solo? Whatever, pre-ordered!

  17. 17
    Buttockss says:


  18. 18
    Hristo says:

    And another one:

  19. 19
    Lutz says:

    @ 15, Kevin Staden

    You can get the DVD and Bluray as a single disk in digipack here:


    Have fun watching.

  20. 20
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Does anyone know why the Digipack cost so much more than the Jewel Case version? I can’t see any difference between the 2 other than the case and it should not cost that much more to make. The website shows both only having 1 CD but does the Digipak come with the DVD and it just is not listed that way?

  21. 21
    Andres says:

    Anyone else noticed “volume 1” written as first track here?


    Hmm… I bet we’ll get another album next year 😉

  22. 22
    Victor says:


    I’m wondering that myself. It’s odd that they don’t have a CD+DVD combo for sale like Infinite and Whoosh did.

  23. 23
    Kevin Staden says:

    @19 Lutz,

    Thanks for that. How’d you find that? How come they have the DVD/Blu-ray as a separate item when it’s not listed as a part of the ‘official’ items. Bit odd?

  24. 24
    Peter J says:

    @ 20 & 22 : same reaction here.
    Maybe we should write to EarMusic… As I can’t listen to vinyls, I’m not going to by the box set and 15€ + post fees are a lot for a single dvd, even though the documentary looks nice and Gillan is impressive

  25. 25
    RB says:

    I could have sworn that ‘Whoosh’ reached number 2 in the UK album charts, kept off the number one slot by Taylor Swift. Anyone else remember this?

  26. 26
    Geof says:

    Being a huge fan of Love, I thought “7&7 Is” is a great version — Paice plays with energy not heard since the In Rock days — but what baffles me is: at the end of the Love version, the fast part ends with an explosion, and then they go into a slow, bluesy fade-out with Johnny Echols playing a guitar solo. Why oh why did DP not do something similar, and let Morse take off, possibly even alternating with Airey over a long fade-out? Just stopping the way it does sounds premature; it’s a missed opportunity, and I can’t believe it wasn’t discussed as to whether or not to include the end section of the original version and have some fun with it.

    And the next question is: will there be any bonus tracks in Japan — or perhaps the DVD/Blu-ray as a bonus disc — as there often is? There are people who know the answer, but so far, CDJapan doesn’t list it, and Amazon Japan has pre-orders only as an import, so the actual Japanese release apparently is delayed.

  27. 27
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @26: Duelling solos quickly loses it’s charm when you are on separate sides of the Atlantic.

  28. 28
    Geof says:

    Granted, but I think if you saw a list of all the albums recorded remotely, one member at a time and even way before the pandemic, it would be pretty depressing, and I mean that! I’m a musician, and nothing beats playing in the same studio, with eye contact and energy.

    Having said that, the dueling with Airey was an afterthought; I still think they could’ve/should’ve had the explosion and then gone into the slow bluesy fade and let Steve take off…

  29. 29
    MacGregor says:

    The duelling guitar synth bit reminds me of classic Yes, Howe & Wakeman era. Back in that era also the glorious Dixie Dregs had the guitar & violin duels & of course the DP Blackmore & Lord duels. Wonderful. Cheers.

  30. 30
    Geof says:

    To answer my own question posed in comment #26 above, I received a New Release alert from CD Japan today, and it will be released there as both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo, in addition to the regular CD. It’s just under $40 plus shipping, so it’s probably cheaper to buy them separately in Europe and the US, although I haven’t seen US or Euro prices on the video release yet. And, there are no bonus cuts on the CD.

  31. 31
    Scott W says:

    I went to order the box set, a poster and the cd from the DP official site and the shipping was $90! I think I’ll look elsewhere…

  32. 32
    Geof says:

    So if it’s being released in both a jewel case and digipak, how do you know which version you are getting? I prefer the durability of a jewel case over a cardboard digipak, but for example, Amazon only shows one version and from the two photos, it appears to be the digipak. It looks thick, so it might have a plastic tray, but you never know. Is it a matter of different countries releasing it in one packaging or another?

  33. 33
    Geof says:

    So, looking at the Super Deluxe Edition website, it shows the prices and availability of all the various formats from Amazon in different countries, and while most have both the jewel case and the digipak, OF COURSE Amazon US only lists the digipak [https://superdeluxeedition.com/news/deep-purple-turning-to-crime/]. We in the US can order the jewel case version from their official store for $14 — hey, that’s not bad! — and, $11.50 shipping; hey, that’s not happening. The US store only carries merch like coffee cups and t-shirts, no CDs.

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