inFinite Gold Edition
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Deluxe two CD Gold Edition of the British hard rock band's 2017 album. This set features all of the great masterpieces from inFinite, while also including a live recording from Hellfest 2017, the biggest metal festival in France. Thousands of fans assembled to witness this very special performance. Deep Purple are one of the most influential British rock bands of all time. As a natural follow up to the worldwide success of NOW What?!, inFinite has once again been produced by Bob Ezrin who has formed with the five members of Deep Purple, an explosive songwriting team. InFinite is possibly the most "seventies" of all Deep Purple albums released since the 1984 reunion with Perfect Strangers. Ezrin and Deep Purple have managed to capture the purest Purple classic sound while staying well away from the temptation to be nostalgic or to "play themselves".
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Everybody is so locked in on this album; Gillan is having fun, Morse is killing it, Glover is pounding away, Paice is mixing it up, and Airey….oh my God, Airey! This is his album to shine, and does he ever! He seriously evokes the spirit of Jon Lord while putting his own flair and flourish on the songs. Several stand out, and in a big way. I’m loving Bedlam, Hip Boots, All I Got Is You (favorite track!), The Surprising, On Top of the World, and the sweet cover of Roadhouse Blues by the Doors. And the others get honorable mention, because they’re just barely a step behind these. I need a little more time to let the whole thing sink in, but my early impression is that this is easily one of my favorites of the Morse era, might end up being my favorite over Purpendicular, and it just might go down as a classic for today’s Deep Purple.
For those who might want to complain, “How can you can give this five stars, this is not as good as Machine Head!” don’t even bother. This is not 1974 Deep Purple, and I’m not going to judge them by 1974 standards. For the 2017 version of Deep Purple, comprised of senior citizens at this point, this is a hard rocking, butt-kicking middle finger of an album that I am going to enjoy listening to for years to come. Thank you, Deep Purple!
Ian Gillan is in fine voice here.
Some of the highlights.
Time For Bedlam: A driving rocker with great topical lyrical content.
All I Got Is You: Sounds like it might be a ballad. Oh no. It builds and builds as Ian Gillan details a break up in increasingly angry terms. Tremendous track
Hip Boots: A swaggering rocker. If Deep Purple and Zeppelin had a baby...this is what it would sound like...
The Surprising: This is just an amazing track that defies easy description. Swirling keyboards and mellow guitar highlight some lovely lyrical content sung beautifully by Ian Gillan. The song veers into a strangely wonderful instrumental section, punctuated by Metallica like guitar thrashing interspersed with almost symphonic keyboard work. It sounds weird, but it works beautifully and just begs to be played live. The song then veers back into more lovely lyrics and a very rousing finish. This is the most original rock song I have heard in ages and it just begs to be played repeatedly.
Birds of Prey: Another song that is hard to quantify. Slower in pace, but increasingly heavy, this song has a tremendous build up and if the boys were going for epic, they succeeded mightily here.
The rest of the CD is really good. If properly promoted, Johnny's Band, a rollicking riffy little rock number about the rise and fall of a rock band could get some airplay on rock radio stations. While the rest of the CD doesn't quite rise to the level of the songs I highlighted, there really isn't a weak track on the CD.
If you like classic rock....this is a must buy in 2017.
What's not to like? For me, it's that it's too bad they didn't come across Bob Ezrin sometime after 2005. Who knows what they'd have done up to this point.
As for reviews by those who say this album stinks...what was that line from All I Got Is You...