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Where are the US reviewers of ROTD?


Surely by now, I hope that everyone in the US has gotten ahold of a copy and given it a few listens. Where are your reviews?

Sorry, impatient, but very curious about more perspectives about ROTD.
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I'm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Went to a couple retail stores last night, November 5th (record shops have virtually vanished due to the ill state of the record industry), and Rapture of the Deep was not on the shelves yet. I pre-ordered the limited-edition tin box version of the album from Europe through deep-purple.net, but have not received it in the mail yet. Have heard nothing on the radio yet. Now let me digress away from your question a bit. You have to understand that the rock industry is dead in the United States. Unless you're the Rolling Stones or Aerosmith, it's very hard for a classic rock band to get any of its new music played on the air. "Bananas" went unplayed on U.S. radio. All you'll hear are the old worn-out tunes like Woman and Smoke. Now that the stations are almost all owned by huge corporations now (Clear Channel Radio Inc. owns more than 2,000 American stations!), there is no room for jocks to play listener requests, etc. Some clown in Louisville, Kentucky, programs the same mothballed hit tunes from yesteryear, and faxes that playlist to the program directors at all of those stations. So, you can hear the same songs on 2,000-plus stations every day! Fun, fun. And that's just Clear Channel. By the way, even jocks are becoming a dying breed. They're being replaced by computers. The corporation just satellite-sends the music to each station's computer system. The jock then voice-tracks (pre-records) all of his song introductions into the computer hours ahead of time, and goes home. Since the FCC deregulated the industry and no longer requires stations to carry informational programming, news is pretty much a thing of the past. Hardly any stations carry news staff anymore, and those that do are largely rip-and-read (pretend on the air you have a large news staff, but no one's out in the field covering events. It's all just read stuff off the AP wire).
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quote:

Carramba wrote:

Surely by now, I hope that everyone in the US has gotten ahold of a copy and given it a few listens. Where are your reviews?

Sorry, impatient, but very curious about more perspectives about ROTD.



Posted my thoughts here: http://com3.runboard.com/bdeeppurplefanforum.fraptureofthedeep.t146
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Q: Where are the US reviewers of ROTD?

A: Hopefully, in the U.S. emoticon/ emoticon


 You knew I wouldn't choose to resist that temptation, didn't you Richard?



*The above was posted from the perspective of a member of the Deep Purple FanForum - not as a member of it's administration.

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Ever since I bought ROTD on Nov. 1st, I haven't wanted to hear the new Stones album "A Bigger Bang" again. It was good but, what really struck me about these two albums is that ROTD is a recording of a working band that's really tight and the Stones is a "let's get together every eight years" kind of band. I feel there is much more going on below the surface with ROTD. This is something to be said for a band that plays together a lot. Here is a quick run down:

Money Talks - a well arranged progressive hard rock vibe. There are a lot of things happening in this song and it sets the tone for the album. Stunning. A great opener!

Girls Like That - a "radio friendly" song with a nice hook and a cool keyboard solo. It holds its own next to the great opener and the following nugget!

Wrong Man - a chugging powerful groove and again a catchy chorus. It's hard to stop singing this one. So out of the gate we've got three good rock songs of various style and then something wonderful happens...

Rapture Of The Deep - an epic with fantastic Arabic riffs and melodies. A very successful attempt at trying something a little progressive with purpose. Masterpiece #1

Clearly Quite Absurd - a simply stunning ballad that doesn't get mushy at all. Melancholy melodies which suit Gillan's mature voice perfectly. Goose-bump time. Masterpiece #2

Don't Let Go - one of the albums best rockers and a steady groovin' toe tapper. Nice!

Back To Back - Fun funky stuff that could go on to be a radio hit in my world.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - a fast rocker, with very powerful lyrics and a Bo-Diddley type drum feel from Paice.

MTV - this has some fantastic "tell it like it is" lyrics, superb singing by Gillan and wonderful solos. Sometimes I skip this one, just to hear it like my European friends.

Junkyard Blues - breathtaking, just listen to these solos. The energy is contagious. To describe it in words is impossible. But it's blues that I can digest.

Before Time Began - WOW!...a Deep Purple classic, with a psychedelic touch. Once again, I am impressed by the arrangements and the progressive feel. Masterpiece #3

LOVE THIS ALBUM! THE BIGGEST BANG of the year.

I can't say it's better than MH or IR, etc.
That's like comparing A Hard Day's Night and Abbey Road for example. Just too different to compare.
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I got the last copy at the local record store here...it's good stuff.
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Rapture of the Deep is excellent. I purchased it at Tower Records on November 1st and my copy was 1 of two remaining.

Money Talks- I love this song. Quite interesting intro from Don Airey, getting those erie sounds from the Hammond, then launching full into the intro, with an undercurrent humming with the soaring hammond, Money Talks blasts into the main riff. But shock horror,instead of DP blasting into the normal guitar/organ solo that you might expect, Gillan follows through instead with a mesmerizing "Money goes to Money, yes it always returns" with his double vocal approach, and then we get the very excellent solo. I also quite like the backing singing "ohhohhohh Money Talks to me..." Nice heavy song to introduce the album.

Girls Like That- a seventies sort of rocker with quick vocals, an ok second song.

Wrong Man- this one is the song Ritchie would probably be proud of. Very Purple, probably the most Purple sounding song I've heard this line up compose. As someone else posted, this song has a chugging beat, very heavy and dark, with some nice Gillan middle eastern style humming to close the song. One of my favorites on the album.

Rapture of the Deep- this is the song that I always wanted Purple to compose but it never came-- until now. Excellent, majestic, a jewel of the album. This is Rapture of the Deep.

Clearly Quite Absurb- would it be wrong to claim that a ballad is my favorite song of the entire album? Fantastic lyrics accompanied by a sad guitar strum from Morse, with Airey smoothly contributing over top, but the close of the song is the best. Morse plays some "feel it for me" guitar at the end and then Airey sort of loses control of the hammond as it dives and distortes, and then Airey lets lose with a riveting soaring keyboard solo as an outro to the song... followed by the mild Morse end. Sublime song!

Full review to follow

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Rapture of the Deep is the second album written and conceived by Airey, Gillan, Glover, Morse, and Paice joining with the forces of producer Michael Bradford for another go round. What this band has managed to produce is a cohesive and energetic creation of the Deep Purple "sound" and yet carving out a niche of their own.

The album starts with a growling,ominous sounding Airey followed by a surprising off beat riff of Money Talks. This song takes a few listens to appreciate, but it's full of layering and mood changes that gives it quite a bit of depth. Contrary to Money Talks, what follows is the poppy Girls Like That that has you singing along with a nice effective organ solo by Airey.

Tha album is only warming up.

Wrong Man opens with a wonderful crunching rhythm guitar from Morse. A very strong rock number with a cool fluent solo by Morse. Good guitar outro and supporting keyboard sounds from Airey - great subtle cowbell from Paice. Rapture of the Deep - the song - summarizes what this band is all about - great melody, multiple time changes and great solos from Airey and Morse. Morse has three solos which are absolutely beautiful supported by a great Airey solo. Clearly Quite Absurd is by far the best and most moving ballad written by Deep Purple - a song which suits Gillan's voice accompanied by the sensitive and beautiful guitar sound of Morse. There are moments of this song reminiscent of 'She's So Heavy' by the Beatles and ends with a short, but dramatic organ solo by Airey. Absolutely breathtaking.

They're not finished - the jazzy bluesy Don't Let Go follows. Crank it up and start that foot tapping. Great riff, melodic chorus and great musicianship - some of the vocalization from Gillan reminds us oldies of 'No One Came' (there are smatterings of this vocal technique throughout the album - great stuff). Airey's electric piano solo at the end has that "Riders on the Storm' by The Doors feel to it. Back to Back comes crashing through the speakers and it has become quite apparent that not only is the best work of the Morse Purple era, but this is a classic in the Purple catalogue. This song cranks - the interplay of Morse's guitar and Airey synthesizer is spellbinding - a personal favorite.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better we get 'Hand Jive' Deep Purple style - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - great rhythmic drumming by Paice with great supporting rock chords. Again multiple tempo changes - and did I happen to mention great guitar/keyboard work by Morse/Airey. As I'm trying to come up for air the guitar and organ solos by Morse and Airey in MTV knock the wind out me. Morse's jazz influence is quite evident in his solo and Airey's organ has that nasty 'No No No' sound from Fireball.

The eclectic and diverse nature of this album finishes with two monster songs. Junkyard Blues has Purple firing on all cylinders - the emotion of Morse's bluesy guitar work meshes very nicely with the jazzy piano work of Airey. This song again typifies and defines this phase of Deep Purple. If the final song was a clunker this album would be a classic, but it concludes with a very warm rock (can warm and rock be used together?)song from this wonderful band - Before Time Began - a brilliant close to a great album!

Deep Purple has created a classic album that stands alone without need for comparison to what went before and what will follow. The highlight of this album is the strong songwriting and the cohesive sound. Morse and Airey work well together - they have the rock base, but more importantly have the varied backround that will allow them to step outside the boundaries that once defined the Deep Purple of yesteryear.



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It's a helluva disc, Rapture is. As an overall album -emphasis on "overall - I'd say it's Purple's third-best studio album. I actually think it's better, overall, than Perfect Strangers.

It's extremely creative, and Paice's rhythmic drumming really drives the beat. An excellent job by him. Gillan also sounds like he's been taking his vitamins, as he does some wild stuff. Great all around. Love the opening of Money Talks, when Glover and Paice kick in big-time.
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I'm starting to really love this cd.
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