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I personally don't have the problem many of you have, because I discovered Puprle with Morse on guitar in 2009. The first time I got in touch with Purple was when I accidently watched the Total Abandon concert on TV, so Morse was part of my first impression of Deep Purple. At first I didn't really like Blackmore's style, but that changed dramatically over the years. Still, for me it's quite easy to just compare In Rock and Now What?! without any sentimental feelings.
My Morse-Era rating would be:

1. Now What?!
2. Purpendicular
3. inFinite
4. ABandOn
5. Bananas
6. Rapture Of The Deep




I would put them in exactly that order too. emoticon

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1.Infinite - Superb production and, in Time For Bedlam, Morse era's greatest rocker. Too many mid paced rockers of little consequence the worst of which is On Top Of The World. Half an album of awesome track and i know it's not popular but i like Roadhouse Blues- has an I Thought No grove.

2.Now What - Superb production. Like Infinite half an album of great stuff and the rest Ho Hum.
Wierdistan is my absolute favourite Morse era track which should be 2 minutes longer - wish they'd explored the instrumental groove at the end and why does Simple Song not go on for a lot longer? it's really cooking when they stop.

3. Purpendicular. The most diverse album by Purple bar none. SIFLS, Ted and the Purpendicular Waltz are all top class. A marvellous comeback only slightly marred by slightly limp production. Oh and Soon Forgotten is terrible.

4. Bananas - I don't mind the title or the cover but the production sucks the life out of the best set of tracks of the Morse era. House of Pain is the second best rocker of the era. Oh and my wife came down the aisle to Never A Word. Special mention for the lyrics throughout the album. I love Walk on to.

5. Rapture. Wrong Man and Rapture itself are absolutely brilliant tracks but how on earth did IP let the album be heard with that drum sound? Comfortably the worst produced album in Purples rather patchy (since Martin Birch) canon. Special positive mention for Well Dressed Guitar. Purple's best ever recorded instrumental. (Wring that Neck was only awesome- actually beyond awesome, rather other worldly- when played live)

6. Abandon. Yeah i know it's the heaviest sounding but to my ears it's really monotone. I absolutely love Seventh Heaven and Any Fool but the rest to me if some good ideas only half realised. I read that JL was absent from the inception of some of the material and i think this lacks his arranging and polishing skills (but that's only a theory!)
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i know this has come as a bit of a surprise for some(myself included emoticon) to hear me say i like all of those albums, but I suppose my initial problem with Mk Morse was that Blackers wasn't there! and i found it kinda hard to see the band i had grown up with as DP without him.
He is my all time musical hero and by far my favourite guitarist, he for me is just a completely unique genius.
Then of course Jon left and made it even worse and even less like DP for me.
And i guess this kinda swayed my thoughts on the material they have released with SM.
Over the years though I've had to accept that this band are still around without Jon and Ritchie and now i do find those albums very enjoyable they are good solid and at times brilliant rock albums.

Ian Gillan is a great artist and though hes well passed his best live, he still delivers superbly and uniquely in the studio.

Paicey is well just Paicey and instantly recognisable, a brilliant talent

Roger is just cool and a very fine bass player

DA is a brilliant keyboard player no doubt and has at times brought his own personality to the bands material rather than simply cloning Jon

SM is a truly brilliant guitarist but just lacks imagination at times IMHO when soloing with DP,he has though still recorded some wonderful work with the band both live and in the studio.

Anyway stay safe everyone lets hope we all get through this horror fest soon.



In my ears Ritchie Blackmore is THE greatest guitar player all time when it comes to rock music. It's about the whole scale, others are technically better and so on.

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My ranking. I know I'm out of step with most on Now What?! - I didn't like it at the time and never feel the urge to play it.

1. Infinite - excellent throughout, apart from Roadhouse Blues and Time For Bedlam (again, know I'm in the minority!)

2. Purpendicular

3. Abandon

4. Bananas

5= Now What?! / Rapture Of The Deep




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UncommonMan wrote:

I personally don't have the problem many of you have, because I discovered Puprle with Morse on guitar in 2009. The first time I got in touch with Purple was when I accidently watched the Total Abandon concert on TV, so Morse was part of my first impression of Deep Purple. At first I didn't really like Blackmore's style, but that changed dramatically over the years. Still, for me it's quite easy to just compare In Rock and Now What?! without any sentimental feelings.
My Morse-Era rating would be:

1. Now What?!
2. Purpendicular
3. inFinite
4. ABandOn
5. Bananas
6. Rapture Of The Deep




I would put them in exactly that order too. emoticon



Yep, this is correct order! emoticon

NW?! is awesome album from first to last second. Superb record all around! By the way - I got the reason why Apres Vous had working title "Big Riff" when I heard it live as opener in MUCH heavier version, than studio version is - that would be the only little remark to whole album. The very best album of all 84 - now period!

Purpendicular is excellent and very fresh record from reincarnated band full of new life. It contains mainly very very strong material, I have to say that I especially love Loosen My Strings and Cascades of course, but some songs are weaker than others. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming doesnt need to be praised, does it? Masterpiece especially in live version from RAH 99. I can live without Rosa´s Cantina.

Infinite - four masterpieces - Birds / Surprising (IG´s best vocals on studio Purple album in long decades - I remember when I heard that first snippet on facebook clip it really got me into tears - what a BEAUTIFUL track that is) / Bedlam / All I Got Is You, weakest link is One Night In Vegas. Very fine record but overall weaker than NW?!

Abandon - I love this album and never really got the hate for it. It´s THE heaviest Mk Morse album, first half of album is very strong - great opener and how is that possible that masterpiece of this record /Fingers To The Bone/ wasnt mentioned yet?! Watching The Sky and Seventh Heaven are very strong too. I have to admit that I like Jack Ruby a lot! On other hand really dont like Evil Louie.

Bananas - huge contrast to Abandon! The most lightweight record, sounding very "happy", very easygoing record. Superb Sun Goes Down, on other hand I never got a popularity of I Got Your Number, one of weaker ones on this album IMO. I love Walk On and title track. Never got a disdain to Doing It Tonight - like it as fun number almost closing a number. emoticon Contact Lost sadly butchered by production!

Rapture Of The Deep - I have to say that as time goes on, I simply cannot stand what Bradford did with this record - it needs to be remixed and re-released once again, properly re-mixed by RG probably. Songs are not bad, they are simply butchered by producer in this case. Never-ending endings of Rapture Of The Deep and Wrong Man are one example - these songs should have been about 40 seconds shorter, when they made ROTD shorter for live performances, it was better for the song! The strongest material - title track, Before Time Began (best on album IMO), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (what was the goal of that horrific echoing throughout the song???). Weakest link Dont Let Go / Back To Back and Girls Like That - if this album was made by Ezrin or even Glover, I am sure that awfully distorted IG´s unnecessary scream in middle wouldnt be there! Since two Ezrin records, it´s very difficult to listen to this album for me as I cant understand how something sounding like THAT can even be released! As Roger once said - demo recordings of low profile bands sound much better than this record from Deep Purple.

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What a lovely positive post this is .
My favourite mk morse are :- 1 Now what , solid throughout few weak tracks.
           2 Rapture of the deep, simply because it has some of the best modern purple
           tracks on it , even the weak tracks have bits of brilliance in them
           3 Infinite, Time for bedlam, birds of prey and the surprising are in my list of all
           time favourite purple tracks
           4 Purpendicular, has a nice vibe through it but nothing jumps out at me
           5 Abandon polished but dull , with no great ideas.
           6 Bananas too nice a bit like latter day Gillan solo stuff.
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Isn't a change of taste an early sign of the virus?

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Isn't a change of taste an early sign of the virus?



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Isn't a change of taste an early sign of the virus?



This wont be the case, because virus is causing losing the taste. His taste got actually better and more sensitive. emoticon He finally discovered the quality of MkMorse albums which opens him a brand new world! emoticon
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Everybody seems to be happy about your conversion. This could be a sign that the end of the world is near. 😁😊
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