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Deep Purple Plan 21st Album, ‘Whoosh!’

Band’s motto for the LP was “Deep Purple is putting the ‘Deep’ back in Purple”

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Deep Purple will put out their 21st album, 'Whoosh!', in the spring.

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Update: Deep Purple are moving Whoosh!’s release date to August 7th. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former,” frontman Ian Gillan said in a statement. “Distribution lines (the physical sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes (?) etc) and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy gets indigestion. Therefore, as there are still so many of us who love to hold a new record in our hands, and following advice from our magnificent label, we have decided to delay the release of Whoosh! until August.”

He also offered an update on his time in self-isolation. “During my quarantine I’m listening to a lot of music and guessing that it’s the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives,” he said. “We know, don’t we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light. But, health comes first, so I must stuff my excitement about sharing Whoosh! with you back into a box for a little while. Stay well and follow the light.”

Original story: Four years after Deep Purple’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and three since their last album, the group will release its 21st LP, Whoosh!, later this spring.

Once again, the band collaborated with producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) for the record, which will come out digitally, on CD and deluxe CD, or double-vinyl editions on June 12th. The deluxe editions will come with a one-hour film of bassist Roger Glover in conversation with Ezrin, who produced the group’s last two albums, as well as video of the band’s full performance at 2017’s Hellfest.

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“We’ve included everything that made the whole band smile, including Bob Ezrin,” guitarist Steve Morse said in a statement. “We’ve always enjoyed making music and having the incredible luxury of a loyal audience.”

Frontman Ian Gillan made a couple of unusual statements to complement the news of the album’s release. “Another album?! Whoosh?!! Gordon Bennett!!!” reads one. The other is fashioned like a poem, or perhaps lyrics: “When the Deep Purple falls/Over sleepy garden walls/And the stars begin to twinkle/In the night. …”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducted Deep Purple into the Hall of Fame in 2016 with a passionate speech about their impact. “There’s a picture on the nightstand next to my bed … of Deep Purple with my face Photoshopped on top of [drummer] Ian Paice,” he said. “Sorry, Ian, it was a present. That’s how much Deep Purple still means to me, to the fans here tonight, and to the millions of followers.”

Whoosh! Track List

1. “Throw My Bones”
2. “Drop the Weapon”
3. “We’re All the Same in the Dark”
4. “Nothing at All”
5. “No Need to Shout”
6. “Step by Step”
7. “What the What”
8. “The Long Way Around”
9. “The Power of the Moon”
10. “Remission Possible”
11. “Man Alive”
12. “And the Address”
13. “Dancing in My Sleep”

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