Deep Purple • Now What
This page is to keep tabs on the new studio album, let us know if you have any news.
Sept 20 2013 • A special edition of Now What with a bonus live set from the summer tour is due out in November. Full details here.
May 8 • Vincent Price will be released on June 7th as a single (download, 5″CD and 7”). As we suspected they are including the otherwise ‘available only as a download to certain customers in Germany’ bonus track First Sign Of Madness as the b-side.
The vinyl edition is clear vinyl. Extras on the CD are a video for Vincent Price and two more Hard Rock Cafe cuts, Well Dressed Guitar and Wrong Man. We’re still waiting confirmation on whether the single will be available through DTBOnline store.
May 7 • Chart placings for the album have been impressive, the highest charting UK album from the band since House Of Blue Light back in goodness knows when, and straight in at Number One in Germany! You can see that stats on the posting here.
April 15 • Roger Glover has posted his day-by-day account of recording Now What on the web, which you can read here:
The bonus tracks on the Deep Purple single do come from the Hard Rock Café release, which is a bit of a cheap move, as most fans had to buy special editions of the last album just to get the live tracks some years back. It’s not as if they haven’t got any other live stuff either. Bitter? When we ordered 50 copies of the CD single and were rationed to 10 so the tax fiddling Amazon could take all the rest? Of course not!
The two Ian’s have been doing some press interviews recently and also appeared on Radio 6 last week.
March 21 • The track listing and sleeve art for the album has now been released. Pausing only to wonder how much the bill for the artwork was (!), the tracks are: 1. A Simple Song 2. Weirdistan 3. Out Of Hand 4. Hell To Pay 5. Body Line 6. Above And Beyond 7. Blood From A Stone 8. Uncommon Man 9. Après Vous 10. All The Time In The World 11. Vincent Price. It’ll Be Me is the bonus track on special editions. Ltd Ed CD and vinyl can be pre-ordered at the DTB Online shop. The Americans are apparently persisting with the old Dual Disc format, so the UK CD/DVD limited edition 2disc set will be just one disc there.
March 11 • Tim Summers says he got to hear a couple of clips off the new Deep Purple single via an official French download seller, but when we tried this morning they’d shut the preview audio option. These showed what he describes as one being a bit laid back in a One Eye To Morocco vein, the other a ’69 era rocker. The sleeves for the CD and 7″ singles have been released. DTB Online are stocking the CD but cannot supply the vinyl. Nobody can (or will) confirm where the bonus live tracks are from, though as they do NOT say ‘previously unreleased’ it’s likely they are off one of the many recent live releases.
Feb 26 pm – another update! NOW What?! is confirmed as the title of the new album and according to their press release features 11 new songs and “shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that Deep Purple have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70s in the last 20 years as they do now.” (spot the contradiction in terms in that and win a prize!). It also “has the excellence and elegance of Perfect Strangers and the wild freedom of Made in Japan (that’s the 1972 live recording, not the 2011 version).
The limited edition of the album CD includes a DVD featuring the group discussing the album and a bonus studio track (an unnamed cover version). We suggest this is the one to go for (it can be ordered at DTBOnline store now).
The group will release a single at the end of March (on vinyl and 5CD: 7″ – Hell To Pay (radio edit) / All The Time in The World (radio mix – edit) (only 1,000 pressed which is woefully small). CD – All The Time In The World (radio mix – edit) / Hell To Pay (radio edit) / Perfect Strangers (bonus track live) / Rapture Of The Deep (bonus track live). Origins of the bonus live tracks are not given.
(We are of course assuming All The Time In The World is not a cover of the fab Louie Armstrong track from OHMSS movie!). Thanks again to Tim Summers, who doesn’t like to see me with nothing to do.
Feb 26 am – Tim Summers reckons the album is called Now What (?! optional?), seeing as how they’ve changed the name of their new website and issued the following rather better than usual ‘urban style’ publicity photo.
Feb 25 – Formats for the new album include a Limited Edition of the CD, and also a Limited Edition on vinyl. You can pre-order either now at DTBOnline store.
Feb 22nd 2013 – Deep Purple’s label have released another album teaser, this time synched to a video. Sounded to us like Deep Purple meets ELP, you’ll hear what we mean as soon as the guitar intro ends! Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/ePb78Ont8Ts
Gillan updates • Ian Gillan says the album has 13 tracks. Titles include Out Of Hand, Hell To Pay, Weirdistan, Uncommon Man and Above And Beyond (which has a nod to Jon Lord in the lyric). “There’s a big question mark over the name at the moment. And possibly an exclamation mark as well. You can read what you like into what I’ve just said. All will become clear – as mud – later on. That’s all I’m allowed to say. The question mark and the exclamation mark might get you intrigued.” IG is interviewed in the next issue of Classic Rock on sale in early January.
Release date • Roger Glover is now suggesting April as the likely release date for the new album.
Vocals and lyrics update : RG has said that writing and recording of the lyrics is now completed and they are letting Ezrin get the mix sorted while they’re on the road. Most of the lyrics were done by him and IG down at Ian’s pad in Portugal. Roger has posted a couple of paragraphs about this with some photos here. Meanwhile the band are saying February for release. Thanks to Tim Summers and others.
The band were recording through until the third week of July 2012 when Steve took a break for the G3 tour. He says they have more than enough material for the CD already, and good to hear him so upbeat about the project. Latest estimate is an early 2013 release with tour to promote.
Producer Bob Ezrin was tasked with arranging a choir on the song Hell to Pay. As one of the founders/owners of the music school Nimbus School of Arts, he asked them for volunteers and 20 students showed up. According to Ian Paice the music on the new album is “fairly heavy”. Good to know they’ve not gone nu-country then!
Thank to Eirik Solum