DEEP PURPLE: New Album Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed
March 16, 2013
British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will release their 19th studio album, “Now What?!”, via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group, on the following dates:
* Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Spain: April 26
* UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark: April 29
* North America, Italy: April 30
* Sweden: May 1
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. A Simple Song
03. Out Of Hand
04. Hell To Pay
05. Body Line
06. Above And Beyond
07. Blood From A Stone
08. Uncommon Man
09. Après Vous
10. All The Time In The World
11. Vincent Price
“Now What?!” will also be released in a limited quantity with a bonus track and a bonus DVD featuring DEEP PURPLE in conversation plus additional audio material. This edition will be available in a digipak with a cut out front cover. “Now What?!” will also be released as double vinyl LP containing a bonus track, as in the limited-edition CD.
The official lyric video for the song “All The Time In The World” can be seen below.
After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER, KANSAS). The CD contain 11 tracks, including “Out Of Hand”, “Weirdistan”, “Uncommon Man” and “Above And Beyond”. The latter song references the band’s late keyboard player, Jon Lord, in the lyric “Souls having touched are forever entwined.”
According to a press release, “Now What?!” was recorded with no musical rules… and it 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. The CD has the excellence and elegance of “Perfect Strangers” and the wild freedom of “Made In Japan”.
The first taste of “Now What?!” will be the release of a double A-side single on March 29 (as a limited and numbered vinyl seven-inch, CD single and digital download).
Seven-inch vinyl (limited to 1000 numbered copies)
01. Hell To Pay (radio edit)
01. All The Time In The World (radio mix; edit)
01. All The Time In The World (radio mix; edit)
02. Hell To Pay (radio edit)
03. Perfect Strangers (bonus track live)
04. Rapture Of The Deep (bonus track live)
DEEP PURPLE‘s 18th studio album, “Rapture of the Deep”, was released in November 2005. It was the fourth studio CD from DEEP PURPLE since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.
“Rapture of the Deep” was produced by Mike Bradford, who also worked on the band’s previous release, 2003’s “Bananas”.
On May 29, Chad Doing, host of the “Flight 750” radio show on Sports 750 The Game, conducted an interview with original AC/DC vocalist Dave Evans.
On how AC/DC got started:
Evans: “I’d been in a band earlier called VELVET UNDERGROUND (not to be confused with Lou Reed’s group)… We broke up eventually and I was without a band so I put an ad in the Sydney Morning Herald, for an ad looking for a singer that sang THE ROLLING STONES and FREE and all that kind of thing, which I was into, and it happened to be [AC/DCguitarist] Malcolm Young on the end of that line… He was putting a band together and he’d heard of me and, of course, I’d heard of him. He asked me to come over that afternoon to Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, to have a jam with Colin Burgess on drums and another guy, Larry Van Kriedt. So I arrived there and we jammed and they all shook hands and we all shook hands and I was in the band.”
The official video for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s surprising cover of the classic folk song “The House Of The Rising Sun” will make its online debut on Monday, March 24. The song is the next single from the Las Vegas-based band’s recently released album, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2”. The disc came out on November 19, 2013 and is the second half of a two-record set, with “Volume 1” coming out in July 2013.
A teaser for the “gasoline and rocket-fuel-soaked” “The House Of The Rising Sun” video — which was filmed in the desert — can be seen below..
According to The Pulse Of Radio, the original author of “The House Of The Rising Sun” is unknown and the song’s roots may date back to the 16th century.
The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence “Tom” Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934.
The most successful commercial version was recorded by the English rock group THE ANIMALS in 1964, which was a No. 1 hit in the U.K., the U.S., Sweden, Finland and Canada.
The members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH discussed in a recently released video clip how they changed up the classic song to give it a hard-rock vibe, most notably, by switching the song’s time signature from 6/8 to 4/4.
“We had the idea to do this for a while,” explained guitarist Zoltan Bathory. “The interesting thing about this song is that [it’s] actually in a time signature of 6/8 which is a waltz… and rock music and waltz doesn’t necessarily mix right.”
He continued: “So basically the challenge was: ‘How do we make this song work? How do we take away that goofy vibe and how do we make it into a rock structure?'”
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2” sold 77,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The first half of “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.