Deep Purple - Purpendicular

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Posted on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 11:57am
by Ron Wallace

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Album Overview

Purpendicular is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock band, Deep Purple. Released in 1996, it is their first album with guitarist from Dixie Dregs Steve Morse, who replaced Ritchie Blackmore. Meanwhile, Blackmore founded back Rainbow and released the album Stranger in Us All.


1Vavoom : Ted The Mechanic4:16
2Loosen My Strings5:57
3Soon Forgotten4:47
4Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming7:29
5Cascades : I'm Not Your Lover4:43
6The Aviator5:20
7Rosa's Cantina5:10
8A Castle Full Of Rascals5:11
9A Touch Away4:36
10Hey Cisco5:53
11Somebody Stole My Guitar4:09
12The Purpendicular Waltz4:45

It was recorded at Greg Rike Productions, Orlando, Florida, February to October 1995 and engineered by Darren Schneider and Keith Andrews. It had a more experimental approach than previous albums. The arrangement to the "The Aviator", for example, employed an acoustic folk/country arrangement that had not previously been heard on the band's previous work. Several of the songs, such as "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" featured smaller keyboard parts, and mainly center on the guitar parts. Another new addition to the guitar playing was the use of pinch harmonics, very notably used on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar". "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" and "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" remained regular features in Deep Purple's live setlist in recent tours.

Like the title of the band's following album, Abandon, Purpendicular is a pun; in this case, based on the band's name and the word "Perpendicular"


  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Steve Morse – guitars, vocals
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums


Engineer: Adam Barber
Mastered By: Greg Calbi
Mixed By [Assistant]: Joe Smith
Mixed By [Assistant]: Roger Glover
Producer, Written-By: Deep Purple
Recorded By, Mixed By: Darren Schneider
Recorded By, Mixed By: Keith Andrews