Rapture of the Deep

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This article is about the album. For the medical condition, see Nitrogen narcosis.
Rapture of the Deep
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 1 November 2005
Recorded March–June 2005
Genre Hard rock
Length 55:48
Label Edel (UK)
Eagle Records (US)
Producer Michael Bradford
Deep Purple chronology
Bananas
(2003)
Rapture of the Deep
(2005)
Now What?!
(2013)

Rapture of the Deep is the 18th studio album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in November 2005.

It is the fourth studio album from Deep Purple since Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It is also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey. The album was produced by Mike Bradford, who also produced the band's previous release, Bananas.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 7/10[3]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[4]
Terrorizer 4/10[5]

Like Bananas, the album generally received positive reviews from critics.[6][7] Rapture of the Deep is Deep Purple's first release in Europe on the minor label Edel Records, while in the US the record was released by Edel's sub-label Eagle Records. However, Damien was critical of the album in Terrorizer, lambasting it as "dad-rock autopilot" and lacking fire.[5]

The album peaked on Billboard's USA "Top Independent Albums" Chart at position No. 43.[8] In the USA, the album sold 2500 copies during the first week. In the UK, the album sold 3500 copies during the first week and 1200 copies during the week after.[9] It also made the top 20 in several European charts. The title track "Rapture of the Deep" was released as a single in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Money Talks"   5:31
2. "Girls Like That"   4:02
3. "Wrong Man"   4:53
4. "Rapture of the Deep"   5:58
5. "Clearly Quite Absurd"   5:25
6. "Don't Let Go"   4:32
7. "Back to Back"   4:03
8. "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"   4:18
9. "Junkyard Blues"   5:32
10. "Before Time Began"   6:30

Singles[edit]

  • 2005 – "Rapture of the Deep"

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Production notes
  • Produced and engineered by Michael Bradford
  • Recorded at Chunky Style Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2005
  • Mastered by Andy Van Dette at Masterdisk Studios

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
German Albums Chart 10
Finnish Albums Chart 11
Swiss Albums Chart 16
Italian Albums Chart 19
Austrian Albums Chart 20
Swedish Albums Chart 22
Czech Republic Albums Chart 32
Brazilian Albums Chart 39
Polish Albums Chart 40
US Albums Chart 43 (Top Independent Albums)
UK Albums Chart 81
French Albums Chart 85
Japanese Albums Chart 240

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock United Kingdom "Classic Rock Album of the Year 2005"[10] 2006 24

(*) designates unordered lists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ About.com review
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ a b Damien (December 2005). "Deep Purple: Rapture of the Deep". Terrorizer (138): 70. 
  6. ^ The Highway Star
  7. ^ Allmusic review
  8. ^ "chart history for Deep Purple". Billboard Magazine. 
  9. ^ "ROTD sales in the USA and UK". thehighwaystar.com. 10 November 2005. 
  10. ^ "Classic Rock Album of the Year 2005 – April 2006". Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 February 2009.