This is Deep Purple’s (Mark II) 1984 reunion album, and an album that fans had been waiting for since 1973 (when the famous Mark II line-up broke up because of internal conflicts within the band). As most fans I was a little concerned. Many years had gone bye since their last album together, and music had changed over the years. Gillan had his own band, Ritchie and Roger were doing great with Rainbow and Jon Lord spent his “sparetime” in Whitesnake with David Coverdale.
Well, as this album shows there were no reason to worry about their ability to record a truly great album together. This is one of the few albums that I honestly can say that only contains great songs, and it has a lot of musical energy all the way through. The duelling soloes between Jon and Ritchie is way beyound great, and Roger’s and little Ian’s bass and drums keeps this train on the tracks. Big Ian’s vocals are amazing (even though he can’t scream as high as before- who needs screaming anyway?), and this album proves that he is one of the greatest rocksingers of all time.
Stand-out tracks: Well….in fact- all of them!
If you haven’t got this album yet, it’s your great loss! I suggest that you buy it:-)