Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep

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Posted on Sat, 06/13/2015 - 7:03am
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Edel Records


Album Overview

Rapture of the Deep is the 18th studio album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio album from Deep Purple since Steve Morse joined the band in 1994 and the second to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey. The album was produced by Mike Bradford, who also produced the band's previous release, Bananas.


1Money Talks5:33
2Girls Like That4:02
3Wrong Man4:53
4Rapture Of The Deep5:55
5Clearly Quite Absurd5:25
6Don't Let Go4:33
7Back To Back4:05
8Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye4:19
10Junkyard Blues5:33
11Before Time Began6:31

Release and Reception

Like Bananas, the album received generally positive reviews from critics and fans. Rapture of the Deep is Deep Purple's first release in Europe on the German label Edel Records, while in the US the record was released by Edel's sub-label Eagle Records. However, Damien was critical of the album in Terrorizer, lambasting it as "dad-rock autopilot" and lacking fire.

The album peaked on Billboard's USA Top Independent Albums chart at position No. 43. In the USA, the album sold 2500 copies during the first week. In the UK, the album sold 3500 copies during the first week and 1200 copies during the week after. It also made the top 20 in several European charts. The title track "Rapture of the Deep" was released as a promo single in 2005.


  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Steve Morse – guitar, backing vocals
  • Don Airey – keyboards
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums


  • Produced and engineered by Michael Bradford
  • Mastered by Andy Van Dette at Masterdisk. New York


The Special Tour Edition bonus disc contains the tracks "Clearly Quite Absurd" (new version), "Things I Never Said", "The Well-Dressed Guitar" (instrumental outtake from Bananas sessions), "Rapture of the Deep" (Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, 10 October 2005), "Wrong Man" (Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, 10 October 2005), "Highway Star" (Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, 10 October 2005), "Smoke on the Water" (Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, 10 October 2005), and  "Perfect Strangers" (Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, 10 October 2005).