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Re: Where are the US reviewers of ROTD?


Best album since the reunion. Including Perfect Strangers which had two weak tracks (Mean Streak and Hingary Daze) compared to one here. Is heavier than Purpendicular so I place ROTD higher than that.

The lyrics here are the most intellectual of any Purple album since the Mark IIa era of the early 70's.

The song reviews.

Money Talks - Took a while to grow on me. Especially after Bananas opened with House of Pain which is one of my favorite tracks from the album. The intro is very yeary and a good one to play on Halloween, but once that stops the mood in very much more lightened. A heavy progressive rock song. I like the spoken bridge in the middle. One of the 4 intellectual songs on the album.

Girls Like That. Love the intro guitar work. This song has a Rolling Stones feel to it in both the instrumentation and lyrics.

Wrong Man - A nice grove that gets you moving. The song sticks in your head. Nice Guitar/organ combination.

Rapture of the Deep - One of the masterpieces of the Album. Has an arab music vibe to it. One of the intellectual songs on the album. Has two guitar solos breaks in the song.

Clearly Quite Obsurd - One of the two ballads on the album. Has a soft guitar sound with a piano/orchestra synthizer intrumentation. Sounds like it could fit into a late 90's/2000's Yes album.

Don't Let Go - A song with a southern rock feel to it. A foot stomping feel to it.A nice footstomping song. Love the roadhouse bar boogie piano solo in the middle of the song.

Back to Back. This is weak song of the album for me. The synthasizer solo is the highlight of the song.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - An angry sounding song about the damage man does to the enviroment and later regrets it. The hardest rocking song on the album. Paice does a drum clinic on this song.

MTV - More of a statement about American classic rock (Clear Channel) radio than MTV. A fast spoken word song. Great guitar solo from Morse.

Junkyard Blues - Another southern rocker with an Allman Brother's tinge to it. Nice extended piano solo by Airey in the middle.

Before Time Began - Along with the title track, this is considered the defining track of the album. It's a prog rock ballad similar to Yes. A strong political statement about people killing one another in the name of their Gods. A six minute epic.

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Yeah, I didn't mind 'Mean Streak' or 'Hungry Daze' on Perfect Strangers, except they dragged on too long. Not that I mind longer songs, like the excellent ones you find on Rapture of the Deep. But those 2 on 'Perfect' almost sounded like they were extended in order to make sure the album went close to 40 minutes. A better song than those two that was left off some versions of 'Perfect Strangers' was 'Not Responsible'. And, although 'Knocking At Your Back Door' was a very good tune, Ritchie's trail-out went on forever. I would've much preferred to hear Gypsy's Kiss extended. Blackmore - and especially Paice - were smoking on that one.

I could stand to hear a longer version of 'MTV'. I think that song has live potential.

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Well..if you have to ask...I guess it's worth repeating
After only ten good listens to ROTD, and one with it playing in the background, here are some thoughts.
 Great intro by Airey only to be brought down by an average, herky jerky riff and a yet even worse vocal. No flow or continuity to the song and the overlapped chorus goes on and on to nowhere. Not a memorable song at all and certainly loses it’s value as a Deep Purple opener after the Keys intro.
 In fact most of the lp is laden with off kilter, non memorable riffs much the way Abandon was put together. Yeah, they rock in their own way, but nothing to raise a fist to or play air guitar at.
 The title track has promise, but once again it’s spoiled by an off kilter riff. The idea is fantastic but instead of repeating some of the solo bridge from Gypsys Kiss, should have went in a more Kashmir, plodding way as does the vocal. It would have created a much better atmosphere. On the subject of atmosphere, it doesn’t sound like the band is playing in the same room. Gillan, as with Bananas seems to be totally separate from the band and Paiceys drums were recorded in a cardboard box. There is no depth or spaciousness to either one and Paiceys drums sound is not sharp. Morse, Airey and Glover sound in check.
 Airey is the shining star of this CD and it’s about time I’ve heard him really get a sound that’s his own. I know he’s always been a hired hand and has just been playing to whomever his boss is at the time. But I think with this CD, he takes a little Jon Lord with him, and advances to where Jon Lord should have been if he hadn’t fallen asleep after Blackmore left. Overall, he does a great job and his solos are exciting.
 I don’t know what CD everyone is talking about where Steve Morse cuts out the widdlin a little, but it is evident on every friggin solo. He uses the same moves to get to a held note or the same intro move to lead into his widdlin. It’s still all the same crap! His riffs are just as boring on this one as they have been on the rest as well and all end up with no flow just like Ted The Rappin Mechanic.
 He is at his best when coming up with a bluesy style riff and his guitar sound fits it perfectly, if only he could keep the same feel during any of the solos to go along with the feel of the song he would be OK. I don’t like his sound in the ballads. It’s the same harmonic sounds that were familiar in _I_. OK, so it’s a matter of taste and it just leaves a bad one in my mouth. Also, the ballads have no real hook line to sink my teeth into as with Haunted.
 For the most part Gillan sounds like he’s talking through a few of the tunes in much the same way as he does on No One Came, in fact one of the songs sounds just like it, and since No One Came was always my least favorite song on my least favorite MKII lp, it doesn’t do much for me. He does sound OK on a couple, even though it's a strain.
 I need to listen to it a bit more, but Deep Purple albums, up until _I_ had always hit me straight away, with the opening cut getting my juices flowing for the rest of the album. But , unlike Bananas, and very much like Purpendicular and Abandon, this one just leaves me cold, but I perservered anyway.
 All in all, this one sounds a lot like Abandon rather than a good follow on to Bananas so far.
 I’m not impressed at all, with the exception of Don Airey.
 PS. He must have read some of my comments on his Schroeder, single finger tinkling because he does a line not for note from the Peanuts cartoon. It was good, but made me laugh that he could have a laugh at himself with it.


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Yeah, I didn't mind 'Mean Streak' or 'Hungry Daze' on Perfect Strangers, except they dragged on too long. Not that I mind longer songs, like the excellent ones you find on Rapture of the Deep. But those 2 on 'Perfect' almost sounded like they were extended in order to make sure the album went close to 40 minutes. A better song than those two that was left off some versions of 'Perfect Strangers' was 'Not Responsible'. And, although 'Knocking At Your Back Door' was a very good tune, Ritchie's trail-out went on forever. I would've much preferred to hear Gypsy's Kiss extended. Blackmore - and especially Paice - were smoking on that one.

I could stand to hear a longer version of 'MTV'. I think that song has live potential.




Personally, I'm a big fan of Mean Streak and Hungry Daze. Much better than Nobody's Home and Gypsy's Kiss.
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You're joking, right? Better than Gypsy's Kiss. That song kicks. Hungry Daze is humorous, but that's about it.
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As I posted on a different page, I have the CD on right now and still find it bland and boring. No song sticks in my head or has me humming it. IMHO, it is my least favorite since Stormbringer.(Even Stormbringer had something that stuck in my head, but not this album).
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Well, music is like food. We all have different tastes, and that is well. Personally, I find Rapture very exciting and innovative. "Girls Like That" and "Wrong Man" are highly hummable (IMO), "Money Talks" has a good melody and heavy beat, "MTV" is extremely creative (and makes a heck of a statement about the current state of the industry). Roger Glover is heavy and Don Airey really shines, from my viewpoint. But, music hits all of us differently. Like you, I was not enthralled with Stormbringer. But that album lacked any energy at all, and this one seems extremely energetic. But just one person's view.
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You're joking, right? Better than Gypsy's Kiss. That song kicks. Hungry Daze is humorous, but that's about it.




Well, I realize I'm in a minority here, but I am actually a big fan of Mean Streak and Hungry Daze.

Mean Streak just has a great vibe and a hell of a driving chorus.

I think I love everything about Hungry Daze, but I'll pint out the great riff, the great Blackmore/Lord solo, and the great singing from Ian. It is different enough from other Purple material though.

Gypsy's Kiss is a nice enough song, but really the best parts of it are (1) Ritchie's intro to the song and (2) the "bridge" to the solo by Ritchie. Other than that, it's just average IMO.
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I cant even get myself to listen to it one more time. emoticon After the first spin I put in the box, put it on the shelf, put it out of mind! emoticon One could have only wished!?

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 Sam Goody said they weren`t scheduled to get any in. I bought mine ROTD at Walmart. Each song has a different feel to it. Before Time Began is a great song, its has a cool mood to it.

  This is the first time I`ve heard Purple with Steve Morse and Don Airey. They both do a fine job.

 The guitar work here is good. Ritchie is the greatest guitarist of all time, but Steve is a good fillin. 1-10 I give it an 9.
 Compared to the rubbish comming out now days its refreshing good ole rock.

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