Now What?! [CD/DVD][Deluxe Edition]

Now What?! [CD/DVD][Deluxe Edition]

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Deep Purple have never quite been placed in the revered 1960s canon that includes the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or any of the other British rock bands who continue to reunite in various configurations to tour and even periodically release new albums, but given that the group hasSee more details below

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Deep Purple have never quite been placed in the revered 1960s canon that includes the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or any of the other British rock bands who continue to reunite in various configurations to tour and even periodically release new albums, but given that the group has always been a riveting and brilliant live act, part prog, part heavy metal, part funky R&B, and imminently theatrical, that second-tier designation seems like both an oversight and a shame. Returning with this set, the band's first since 2005's Rapture of the Deep, and featuring a near-classic lineup of vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist Steve Morse, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice, and keyboardist Don Airey (Jon Lord, whose distorted organ parts were so much a part of the classic Deep Purple sound, left the band in 2002 and died in 2012 of pancreatic cancer), one can only marvel at how timeless it sounds, as if it were actually recorded in the early '70s and not tracked a little more than a decade into the 21st century. Produced by Bob Ezrin, Now What?! sounds exactly like Deep Purple in the band's prime, moving from swirling, massive soundscapes to tight, riff-laden sections and back again with a swaggering confidence that is really pretty amazing, particularly given the senior-citizen ages of the band's members. The opener, "A Simple Song," is vintage Deep Purple, while "Weirdistan" and "Hell to Pay" simply rock by anyone's definition of the term, while the closing track, the massive, powerful, and just slightly eerie "Vincent Price," seems like a prog rock metal opera scaled down to single-track size. It's easy to imagine this version of Deep Purple slipping any of these songs into their live set alongside the group's classic tracks from days past without skipping a beat. Now What?! shows a band that still knows what to do, and that the album doesn't cater to the current studio tricks and processes only makes it feel and sound even more like it comes from the golden age of British prog metal. Some things really shouldn't change, and Deep Purple recognize that. They haven't changed a bit, and the group's many fans are going to find this release comforting in that regard. [A Deluxe Edition CD/DVD was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2013
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0826992031828
catalogNumber:
203182
Rank:
61229

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deep Purple   Primary Artist
Ian Gillan   Vocals,Group Member
Steve Morse   Guitar,Group Member
Roger Glover   Bass,Group Member
Eric Darken   Percussion
Don Airey   Keyboards
Bob Ezrin   Percussion,Background Vocals
Ian Paice   Drums,Group Member
David Hamilton   Keyboards
Jason Roller   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Students of Nimbus School of Recording Arts   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Gillan   Composer
Steve Morse   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer
Don Airey   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Jack Clement   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Producer
Ian Paice   Composer
Rob Harris   Engineer
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Nathan Sage   Engineer
Mike Airey   Engineer,Backline Technician
Zach Allan   Tracking Assistant
Thomas "Tommy" Alderson   Guitar Techician
Pauly Simmons   Drum Technician
Jarad Clemeent   Tracking Assistant

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