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Purpendicular
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released February, 1996 (UK)
April, 1996 (US)
Recorded 1995 to 1996
Genre Heavy metal, Hard rock
Length 62:16
Label BMG (UK)
CMC International / Prominent Records (US)
Producer Deep Purple
Professional reviews
Deep Purple chronology
The Battle Rages On
(1993)
Purpendicular
(1996)
Abandon
(1998)

Purpendicular is the fifteenth studio album by English rock band, Deep Purple. Recorded at Greg Rike Productions, Orlando, Florida, February to October 1995, engineered by Darren Schneider and Keith Andrews. Like the band's following album, Abandon, the album's title was a pun based around the band's name and the word "Perpendicular".

It was released in 1996 and it's their first album with Steve Morse, guitarist of Dixie Dregs. It has a more experimental feel than previous albums, and displays the difference between Blackmore-era Deep Purple and Morse-era Deep Purple. "The Aviator" has an arrangement unlike anything else the band has previously attempted. Several of the songs, such as Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic feature smaller keyboard parts, and mainly centre around the guitar parts. Another new addition to the guitar playing was the use of pinch harmonics, very notably used on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar".

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" and "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" remained regular features in Deep Purple's live setlist in recent tours.

Track listing

All songs written by Ian Gillan, Steve Morse, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice.

  1. "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" – 4:16
  2. "Loosen My Strings" – 5:57
  3. "Soon Forgotten" – 4:47
  4. "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" – 7:29
  5. "Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover" – 4:43
  6. "The Aviator" – 5:20
  7. "Rosa's Cantina" – 5:10
  8. "A Castle Full of Rascals" – 5:11
  9. "A Touch Away" – 4:36
  10. "Hey Cisco" – 5:53
  11. "Somebody Stole My Guitar" – 4:09
  12. "The Purpendicular Waltz" – 4:45

Bonus track (Japanese and US editions)

  1. "Don't Hold Your Breath" - 4:39

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