Abandon (album)

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Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 2 June 1998
Recorded 1997 to 1998
Genre Hard rock
Length 56:18
Label EMI (UK)
CMC International (US)
Producer Deep Purple/Roger Glover
Deep Purple chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Abandon is the sixteenth studio album by Deep Purple released in the Spring of 1998. It was Deep Purple's second album with Steve Morse on guitar and the last album to feature founding member Jon Lord prior to his departure in 2002.

The album was followed by a successful 1998/1999 world tour which brought Deep Purple to Australia for the first time in 15 years. In 1999 a live album and DVD Total Abandon: Australia '99 recorded in Melbourne on 20 April 1999 was released.

The album title is actually a pun from Ian Gillan – "A Band On" – and the album was followed by the "A Band on Tour". Uniquely for a Deep Purple studio album, it features a reworking of a previously recorded song -"Bloodsucker" from Deep Purple in Rock (here re-titled "Bludsucker"). "Don't Make Me Happy" was mistakenly mastered in mono, and not amended on the final release. One of the two versions of the song released on single was, however, mastered in stereo.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse, Ian Paice, except where noted.

  1. "Any Fule Kno That" – 4:29
  2. "Almost Human" – 4:26
  3. "Don't Make Me Happy" – 4:56
  4. "Seventh Heaven" – 5:25
  5. "Watching the Sky" – 5:26
  6. "Fingers to the Bone" – 4:47
  7. "Jack Ruby" – 3:48
  8. "She Was" – 4:19
  9. "Whatsername" – 4:26
  10. "'69" – 4:59
  11. "Evil Louie" – 4:56
  12. "Bludsucker" (Ritchie Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) – 4:27


Deep Purple
Production notes
  • Recorded at Greg Rike Studios, Altamonte Springs, Florida, 1997/1998
  • Produced by Deep Purple/Roger Glover
  • Engineered by Darren Schneider
  • Additional engineering by Keith Andrews
  • Mixed at Platinum Post Studios, Orlando by Darren Schneider
  • Assistant engineer – Kent Huffnagle with Shannon Brady
  • Mastered at Masterdisk, New York by Greg Calbi


Chart (1998) Peak
Norwegian Albums Chart 6
Finnish Albums Chart 14
German Albums Chart 16
Hungarian Albums Chart 22
Austrian Albums Chart 25
Swedish Albums Chart 32
Swiss Albums Chart 46
Japanese Albums Chart 58
French Albums Chart 65
UK Albums Chart 76


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Abandon (album) at AllMusic