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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000FP2ZOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Micaloneus on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The longest living hard rock band from the 70's is back with a brand new album, well sort of. It's actually been out since November 2005 selling over one million copies worldwide. This is a special edition two CD set, that gives you not just a bonus disc, but a great bonus disc.

Most of the songs on "Rapture Of The Deep" are mid tempo rockers that explore mature subject matters both in lyrics and musicianship. Perhaps the finest song on the album is the poignant "Clearly Quite Absurd." Other stand outs are "Money Talks," "Wrong Man," the title track, "Before Time Began" and the bonus track on disc two, "Things I Never Said."

Purple's guitarist of 12 years, Steve Morse really stands out on this album with rock solid rhythm and fiery leads. Ian Gillan continues to amaze as a legendary rock singer of forty years, still knowing how to turn a good song into a very special one. The rest of the band are as forceful and stunning as ever. Keyboardist, Don Airey may just be the biggest star of the album with keyboard work that must make founding member Jon Lord feel either very proud or a hair jealous.

Here is a quick run down of the tracks on disc one:

01. Money Talks - a well arranged progressive hard rock vibe. There are a lot of things happening in this song and it sets the tone for the album. Stunning. A great opener!

02. Girls Like That - a "radio friendly" song with a nice hook and a cool keyboard solo. It holds its own next to the opener and the following nugget!

03. Wrong Man - a chugging powerful groove and again a catchy chorus. It's hard to stop singing this one. So out of the gate we've got three great rock songs of various style and then something wonderful happens...

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Dean Webb on January 4, 2007
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I hesitated to jump into this because of many other long-time fans' poor reviews. It seemed to be a love/hate sort of thing. Yes, the CD is a continued departure from the glory days with Blackmore back in 1972, but these are different men from the ones who recorded Machine Head and Made in Japan.

Yes, they're gramps with amps. No question about that, but, hey, my knees hurt, too, these days. As one of DP's long-time fans, I'm glad to say I did buy this CD and I have enjoyed it greatly.

If you're a fan of Blackmore and didn't enjoy Bolin or Morse's work with the band, this is not for you. Blackers still isn't in the band and probably won't be returning any time soon. Airey's work on the keyboards is often reminiscent of Lord's, but retains his own voice. Gillan's voice has aged, we all know that, so I'm listening more for the witty and wry lyrics, particularly on "MTV". Overall, I find it better than Bananas, but a cut under Purpendicular. Compared to the Mk2 releases, I find it has a feel closest to Fireball, and enjoy it very much.

Be sure to get this version, not the one-CD pressing. The extra tracks are a decided treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By an amazon customer on August 11, 2007
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By itself, Rapture of the Deep is an excellent album, perhaps the best of the post-Blackmore era. The out of character ballad Clearly Quite Absurd is deeply moving. Of course there are rockers, the blusey Wrong Man and fun Girls like that stand out, as well as the more experimental Junkyard Blues and Before Time Began. By itself I'd give the CD 4 stars.

Then there's the bonus disk which contains Things I Never Said, a song which appeared only on the Japanese release. The track is very reminiscent of the classic lineup (I wonder if Deep Purple didn't intentionally write a Mark II-style song, but left it off the US version for exactly that reason). The live tracks are fun (so what if it's the 8 millionth version of Smoke On The Water they've released? The song still rocks.) The added CD is worth the extra star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Booth on July 1, 2006
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after having listened to the album for at least four times within 24 hours i really really am convinced that this record will be considered one of the crown jewels in dp lore. to qualify where i come from, a little background. been a fan for at least 25 yrs. I was at the irvine meadows ampitheater in the orchestra pit when nobody's perfect was recorded and remember blackers high fiving us all. have been a more black than purple fan since his departure, so getting used to steve morse has been hard for me. that being said, i blocked any preconceived notions about guitar style and focused on the band's music. In a word this is pure purple at its best. as the previous reviewer gave us a play by play on each song, i won't reinvent the wheel. i will say that the album flows great from one track to the next. don airey on the ivories is awesome and i just really love the way that morse and airey dovetail and seemlessly alternate. i like the ever familiar drumming that ian paice puts down; i just know that as the only remaining founding member of purple, its great to hear him so strong on this one. as always, the familiar vocals of gillin are a warm welcome like an old friend. i love cd one from start to finish and disc two is a great cd in its own right. it is so clear with the live performances that these guys really like what they're doing together, a dynamic that was all to rare with ritchie. hope this helps those on the fence about this one. a great addition to my purple collection that numbers just shy of a hundred pieces of mostly inspired brilliace.
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