Bananas (album)

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Bananas
Deep Purple Bananas.jpg
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 9 September 2003 (Europe)
7 October 2003 (US)
Recorded January–February 2003
Studio Royaltone Studios, Burbank, California
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:25
Label EMI (Europe & Japan)
Sanctuary (US)
Producer Michael Bradford
Deep Purple chronology
Abandon
(1998)
Bananas
(2003)
Rapture of the Deep
(2005)
Singles from Bananas
  1. "Haunted"
    Released: 2003
  2. "House of Pain" / "Contact Lost"
    Released: 2003 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bananas is the 17th studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released on 9 September 2003 via EMI Records[2] and on 7 October 2003 via Sanctuary Records in the US.[3]

Overview[edit]

This is the first Deep Purple album to feature Don Airey on the keyboards, replacing founding member Jon Lord.[4] The album was recorded in Los Angeles during January and February 2003.[2] It is also notable as being the only Ian Gillan-fronted Deep Purple album which makes use of backing vocals other than Gillan's own, with the song "Haunted" featuring Beth Hart. The album includes "Contact Lost", a short, slow instrumental about the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts, written by guitarist Steve Morse when he heard the news of the crash.[5]

Bananas charted well, despite lack of media exposure, especially in Europe and South America (notably at Germany and Argentina, where it peaked in the top 10).[6]

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" remained unreleased until the next album, 2005's Rapture of the Deep.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional musicians
Production
  • Michael Bradford - producer, engineer
  • Chris Wonzer - assistante engineer
  • Andy Vandette - mastering at Masterdisk, New York

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[8] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 6
Czech Republic Albums Chart[6] 7
Argentinian Albums Chart[6] 10
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 12
Italian Albums Chart[11] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 13
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 18
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 19
Polish Albums Chart[15] 24
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[16] 42
French Albums Chart[17] 50
UK Albums Chart[18] 85
Japanese Albums Chart[19] 212

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Deep Purple - Bananas review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Bananas". thehighwaystar.com. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Deep Purple: 'Bananas' To Receive U.S. Release In October". Blabbermouth.net. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Miers, Jeff. "Purple prose". Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Deep Purple's Shuttle Connection". guitarsite.com. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c "Deep Purple: 'Bananas' In The Charts". Blabbermouth.net. 6 September 2003. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Heide, Rasmus (19 November 2003). "Bananas - Deep Purple's New Album". The Highway Star.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Album – Deep Purple, Bananas". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Deep Purple - Bananas (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Deep Purple – Bananas". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Deep Purple – Bananas (album)". Italiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Deep Purple – Bananas". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Deep Purple – Bananas (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Deep Purple – Bananas (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Deep Purple - Bananas". Acharts.co. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Deep Purple - Bananas". Ultratop.be (Wallonia) (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Deep Purple - Bananas (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Deep Purple Official Charts". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  19. ^ ディープ・パープルのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.