Bananas (album)

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Bananas
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 9 September 2003
Recorded January–February 2003
Los Angeles
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 51:25
Label EMI (UK)
Sanctuary Records (US)
Producer Michael Bradford
Deep Purple chronology
Abandon
(1998)
Bananas
(2003)
Rapture of the Deep
(2005)

Bananas is the 17th studio album by English rock band Deep Purple,[1] released on 7 October 2003 via EMI and Sanctuary Records labels.[2]

Overview[edit]

This is the first Deep Purple album to feature Don Airey on the keyboards, replacing founder member Jon Lord.[3] The album was recorded in Los Angeles during January and February 2003.[1]

It charted well, despite lack of media exposure, especially in Europe and South America[4] (notably at Germany and Argentina, where it peaked in the top 10).[5]

It is also notable as being the only Deep Purple album featuring Ian Gillan which makes use of backing vocals other than his own, with the song "Haunted" featuring a female backing singer, Beth Hart.

It includes "Contact Lost", a short, slow instrumental about the Columbia astronauts, written by guitarist Steve Morse when he heard the sad news of the crash.[6]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Don Airey, and Ian Paice except where noted.

  1. "House of Pain" (Gillan, Michael Bradford) – 3:34
  2. "Sun Goes Down" – 4:10
  3. "Haunted" – 4:22
  4. "Razzle Dazzle" – 3:28
  5. "Silver Tongue" – 4:03
  6. "Walk On" (Gillan, Bradford) – 7:04
  7. "Picture of Innocence" (Gillan, Glover, Morse, Jon Lord, Paice) – 5:11
  8. "I Got Your Number" (Gillan, Glover, Morse, Lord, Paice, Bradford) – 6:01
  9. "Never a Word" – 3:46
  10. "Bananas" – 4:51
  11. "Doing It Tonight" – 3:28
  12. "Contact Lost" (Morse) – 1:27

Unreleased tracks[edit]

Since the Abandon album, Deep Purple performed three new songs onstage. "Long Time Gone" was debuted in the summer of 2000 but not included on Bananas. Another new song, "Up The Wall" was played on the 2002 UK tour, and reworked into "I've Got Your Number". The instrumental "Well Dressed Guitar" was unreleased until the next album, 2005's Rapture of the Deep.[8]

Singles[edit]

  • 2003 – "Haunted" (Mellow Mix) / "Haunted" (Album version)
  • 2003 – "Haunted" – 4:22
  • 2003 – "House of Pain" – 3:33 / "Contact Lost" (1:27)
  • 2003 – "House of Pain" – 3:33

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bananas". thehighwaystar.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "At a Glance: Deep Purple". amazon.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  3. ^ Miers, Jeff. "Purple prose". Archived from the original on 15 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  4. ^ Deep Purple – Bananas – Acharts US: http://acharts.us/album/17691
  5. ^ Blabbermouth: DEEP PURPLE: 'Bananas' In The Charts – 6 September 2003 – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=15045
  6. ^ "Deep Purple's Shuttle Connection". guitarsite.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Allmusic review
  8. ^ The Highway Star – Bananas