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Another track for the upcoming album Turning to Crime is now available for download. It’s a bonus not included in the originally published tracklist — cover of a Motown classic (I’m a) Road Runner written in 1965 by Holland–Dozier–Holland and originally recorded by Junior Walker & the Allstars for their 1966 album Road Runner. It was later also covered by many artists, including Fleetwood Mac, Jerry Garcia, James Taylor, and Peter Frampton, to name a few.

Download it here.

The original:

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the heads up.

39 Comments to “The 13th track”:

  1. 1
    Kidpurple says:

    This is on Humble Pie- Smokin / All good!

  2. 2
    Hristo says:

    Not sure the link should be placed, it is for subscribers only! Also the label provided and lossless wave one. I for one, would paste the instruction how to subscribe 😉

  3. 3
    Peter J says:

    And another killer ! 3 fantastic versions so far, that mk 8 is bloody impressive!

  4. 4
    kraatzy says:

    Langweilig …

    it s boring …



  5. 5
    ERROLL ARIAS says:

    Incredible what Gillan did to this band.. It looks more like a Javelin song than a DP tune.. The destruction of a legacy.. This new album shouldn’t be even consider an official album in the discography of the band, or, at least, shouldn’t be taken seriously. This is a joke,and a bad one!

  6. 6
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    And Steppenwolf did a great cover on their album Skullduggery. Bobby Cochran guitar work splendid as per his usual….

    Ted :>

  7. 7
    Rick says:

    Sax!!!??? Wow

  8. 8
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I see why it’s a bonus track… Not terrible but way too ‘UnPurplefide’. Too sax heavy and Vegas style. If this covers album is going to be well recognized by the fans, it needs to be Purpled Up, like the first 3 tunes which are fabulous.

  9. 9
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Ted the Mechanic @ 6

    Great example….. Sounds like STEPPENWOLF


  10. 10
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Gillan could tap a microphone on a bouncer’s head to this track! I was at the concert at Pine Knob (DTE Energy Center) in 1998 when he did just that, in harmony to “Black Night.”

  11. 11
    Ondok Patrik says:

    Thanks for the track.
    Didn’t like it, after 10 seconds i stopped playing. All theese songs are the same.

  12. 12
    Pb says:

    Accidentally on purpose?

  13. 13
    AndreA says:

    I liked the first.
    The second a little less.
    The third absolutely no.

  14. 14
    Matthew Norman Hedley says:

    did not do a thing for me..sounded like a pub band…soz

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    At this point in their career, there is one thing DP need NOT be obsessed with: to sound LIKE Deep Purple. They ARE Deep Purple. Anything they’ll do, I’m prepared to listen to with an open mind, irrespective whether it sounds like something they have done before or charters unknown territory.

    This is Deep Purple, not AC/DC, for chrissakes! They have an identity as musicians that transcends sticking to a recipe.

    I regret that they did not put this on the CD as well. It sounds fun, if a little overcrowded.

  16. 16
    Georgivs says:

    Just doesn’t click with me. As it happens with Gillan’s rock’n’roll songs, they either rock (Texas State of Mind) or just fall flat (Via Miami). This one is the case of the latter.

  17. 17
    Tehtube says:

    They were finally brave guys to play music, congrat!

  18. 18
    janbl says:

    #15 – Uwe, spot on.

  19. 19
    AndreA says:

    write me AndreA, not Andrea.

  20. 20
    Max says:

    # 18 – True!

    I always wonder how some folks manage to be DP-fans and just cannot see that change and innovation are the essence of this band. Great they surprised people once again. And this track is a lot of fun I think. And for those who cannot get their heads around anything new I’d suggest: Just give Machine Head another spin …

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    @16: Hey, Via Miami is one of the most brilliant Gillan rock’n’roll romps ever! I love that song, draws a smile to my face whenever I hear it. Anybody who ever lost a suitcase (who hasn’t?!) can connect with the hilarious lyrics. And the middle part, when the incessantly repeated “via Miami-via Miami-via-Miami” creates the illusion of a record stuck in a groove, is just musically brilliant as is the horn arrangement and Roger’s bass playing towards the end (on the studio version) when he picks up the horn melody.


    Acidentally on Purpose – the whole album – ranks among the best work both Ian G and Roger have done outside their home base.

    And to my ears, there is always a bit of Little Richard/Elvis Presley in Ian’s vocal style, no matter what he does. I always liked that. He’s not a blues crooner like Coverdale or a soul singer like Hughes, but you hear his 50ies rock’n’roll roots. It sets him apart from a lot of other hard rock singers who are more in a blues tradition.

    He’s pure Little Richard here in the third verse at 2:35 …


  22. 22
    Peter J says:

    #15, 18, 20 : well said guys.

    Every time DP or Gillan give us rock n roll, a lot of fans don’t get it… Too bad for them.

    This record will be filled with music genres that a lot of Purple fans ignore, so we’ll read more of those “I don’t want DP to play this, they should play what I like” type of posts later this month.

    We could congratulate mk8 for yet another new brick in the Purple wall : first time they use horns in the studio, to me this alone could give the song a reason to be celebrated.

  23. 23
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Max @ 20,

    And there you have it. Fantastic! And as Steve stated, “Basically I think It’s us having fun playing roots music. It’s Purple”.

    ‘Nuff said. :>


  24. 24
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    High marks for creativity on this undertaking. Whether it is “good” or not is always up to the listener. But Purple’s calling card has always been doing things out of the box. Whether it’s a sudden appearance on the ‘Today Show’ in America with Matt Lauer in 2015, blowing up part of the stage at California Jam I, or labeling an album ‘Now What?!’. If you want predictability, listen to any of the thrash-metal bands that have sunk into oblivion or the glam-rock groups like Cinderella and Poison whose albums have two inches of dust on them. Those bands’ insistence on being “hip” and predictable reflected their lack of creativity and consigned them to the scrap heap of history. Purple, on the other hand, continues to be a living, breathing band. One that puts out new albums that are still purchased around the world and old albums that collect little dust because they are still in rotation on our turntables, in our dashboard CD and mp3 players, on what is left of corporate radio stations, and in our hearts. As for you whiners: Get. A. Life.

  25. 25
    Svante Axbacke says:

    I don’t think the band is surprised over these comments either. Just look at the quote from someone in the band on the front page of Classic Rock Magazine: “I thought the purists would see this as criminal”.

  26. 26
    Micke says:

    @ 21 Indeed Uwe, Via Miami is really good as is the album Accidentally on Purpose! For those who by chance have not heard it, gooo..!

  27. 27
    Mike Nagoda says:

    I love it, especially the horns!

    My one criticism is you can hear the sax is playing overtop Don while he’s playing a wicked Hammond solo- that drives me nuts. Should’ve had the Hammond and sax solos back to back imo.

    Other than that, great stuff! The guys are having fun, that’s what’s important, and it comes through! This is going to be a great record!

  28. 28
    janbl says:

    I’ve heard the Air Jazz Quartet tribute to Deep Purple, that was a lot of fun (in my ears), now it could be fun if DP did a jazz tribute or even played some jazz (other than Smoke).

  29. 29
    AndreA says:

    I love “Accidentally on Purpose”!
    Via Miami is crazily brilliant.

  30. 30
    Rick says:

    #24 Very well said James. My thoughts exactly.

  31. 31
    Eitablepanties says:

    Deep Purple’s……Lulu album.

  32. 32
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Uwe @21,

    You’ve said it all, eloquently as per usual. :>

    Accidentally On Purpose is a desert island gem!

    janbl @28,

    Agreed. And University of Miami Steve (Not Van Zandt) would eat it up!


  33. 33
    Attila says:

    I heard the 30 sec samples from TtC. Well a lot of things we have not heard before from the Band. Incredibly dense musically. Shapes of things stands out. Morse is all overall the place. White room is majestic.

  34. 34
    Tommy H. says:

    “Turning to Crime” might have been a fun project. For me, it’s better than nothing, no more no less. It’s strange – there wasn’t a tour to support their last album which had some bonafide material on it (Man Alive being my favorite). Somehow, it won’t feel right to release another album with new songs just yet, or does it? Hard to say … on the other, they have all the time in the world right now.

  35. 35
    Attila says:

    A total (positive) surprise is The battle of New Orleans. Seems like a funny little piece. Redone tounge in cheek.

  36. 36
    Dave says:

    #34.They didnt tour because of a little thing called Covid-19. No one toured. Everything was shut down.

  37. 37
    AndreA says:

    Take the pills

  38. 38
    Eitablepanties says:

    @ 37, not complete.

  39. 39
    Wishmaster says:

    #2 agreed. Some of us bothered to subscribe, so it shouldn’t just be linked to here. That’s just wrong. Take it down.

    Regards the track, which I’ve actually not listened to yet… It’s being stated that it’s an extra bonus track for those subscribing to the emails. That’s not quite correct, because it’s actually included on the 5×12″ vinyl box set edition.

    So I’m a bit annoyed (again) because I’ve ordered that. So stuffed by Highway star, and stuffed by the record company as well!

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