Now What?!

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Now What?!
Deep Purple Now What.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 April 2013
Recorded2012
StudioThe Tracking Room, Anarchy Studios and Rainbow Recorders, Nashville, Tennessee, US
GenreHard rock
Length57:06 (standard edition)
LabelearMUSIC (Europe)
Eagle (US)
Victor (Japan)
ProducerBob Ezrin
Deep Purple chronology
Rapture of the Deep
(2005)
Now What?!
(2013)
Infinite
(2017)
Singles from Now What?!
  1. "All the Time in the World"
    Released: 29 March 2013
  2. "Vincent Price"
    Released: 7 June 2013
  3. "Above and Beyond"
    Released: 24 October 2013
  4. "Out of Hand"
    Released: 18 April 2015

Now What?! is the 19th studio album by English rock band Deep Purple. It was released on 26 April 2013[1] and produced by Bob Ezrin. A dedicated official web site was also created by the band to post updates about the album. It was the band's first studio album in over seven years, as Deep Purple's previous studio album, Rapture of the Deep, was released in late 2005.

On 26 February 2013, the album's title was announced.[2] Additionally, a new single featuring "Hell to Pay" and "All the Time in the World" was released in both CD and vinyl formats on 29 March 2013.[3] On May 6, 2013, the band confirmed that a new single "Vincent Price" would be released on 7 June as download, CD single and 7" transparent vinyl. The single would also include the previously unreleased song "First Sign of Madness", two tracks from the now unavailable Rapture of the Deep limited edition and the track's video-clip.[4]

The songs "Uncommon Man" and "Above and Beyond", which includes the lyrics "Souls having touched are forever entwined", are dedicated to founding member Jon Lord, who died in July 2012. "Uncommon Man" is partly inspired by the classical composition "Fanfare for the Common Man", and features a synthesizer-generated fanfare theme composed by Don Airey.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
BW&BK8/10[6]
Daily Express4/5[7]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7[8]
Record Collector4/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[10]
The Quietus(favourable)[11]
Ultimate Guitar Archive8.3/10[12]

Following its release, Now What?! has been met with mostly positive reception from critics. AllMusic's Steve Leggett commented that the album sounds like a product of progressive metal's golden age, saying "Some things really shouldn't change, and Deep Purple recognize that. They haven't changed a bit, and the group's many fans are going to find this release comforting in that regard".[5] Sputnikmusic reviewer wrote that "fans of Purpendicular and the group’s last two albums will find several pleasing moments and the band should feel proud of the outcome too."[10]

The album appeared at No. 104 on Sputnikmusic's list of the "Best Progressive Rock Albums of 2013."[13]

Now What?! sold 4,000 copies in its first week in the US.[14]

Six months after its release Now What?! was certified gold in Germany (100 000 copies sold).[15]

It was the first Deep Purple studio album to enter the UK top 40 albums charts since The Battle Rages On... in 1993.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

All tracks written by Don Airey, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice and Bob Ezrin, except "It'll Be Me" by Jack Clement.

No.TitleLength
1."A Simple Song"4:39
2."Weirdistan"4:14
3."Out of Hand"6:09
4."Hell to Pay"5:10
5."Body Line"4:26
6."Above and Beyond"5:30
7."Blood from a Stone"5:18
8."Uncommon Man"7:02
9."Après Vous"5:24
10."All the Time in the World"4:21
11."Vincent Price"4:46

The Now What?! Live Tapes bonus CD[edit]

This is Disc 2 of the November 2013 "Gold Edition Deluxe" double CD.

No.TitleRecorded atLength
1."Strange Kind of Woman"Rock in Roma, Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy, 22 July 20136:06
2."Hard Lovin' Man"Skovdalen, Aalborg, Denmark, 8 August 20136:24
3."Vincent Price"Skovdalen, Aalborg, Denmark, 8 August 20134:29
4."Contact Lost"Skovdalen, Aalborg, Denmark, 8 August 20133:38
5."All the Time in the World"Dieci Giorni Suonati, Ippodromo del Galoppo, Milan, Italy, 21 July 20134:56
6."No One Came"Getaway Rock Festival, Gasklockorna, Gaevle, Sweden, 10 August 20135:21
7."Bodyline"Rock in Roma, Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy, 22 July 20134:22
8."Perfect Strangers"Getaway Rock Festival, Gasklockorna, Gaevle, Sweden, 10 August 20136:53
9."Above and Beyond"Dieci Giorni Suonati, Ippodromo del Galoppo, Milan, Italy, 21 July 20135:29
10."Lazy"Getaway Rock Festival, Gasklockorna, Gaevle, Sweden, 10 August 20138:22
11."Black Night"Rock in Roma, Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy, 22 July 20139:03
12."Smoke on the Water"Rock in Roma, Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy, 22 July 20137:18

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional musicians
  • Jason Roller – acoustic guitar ("All the Time in the World")
  • Eric Darken – percussion ("Bodyline", "All The Time in the World")
  • Mike Johnson – steel guitar ("All The Time in the World", "Vincent Price")
  • David Hamilton – additional keyboards ("Uncommon Man", "Weirdistan", "Above And Beyond")
  • Students of Nimbus School of Recording Arts – gang vocals ("Hell to Pay")
  • Bob Ezrin – additional backing vocals & percussion
Production
  • Bob Ezrin - producer, mixing
  • Justin Cortelyou - engineer, mixing
  • Li Xiao Le - assistant engineer
  • Zach Allan, Jarad Clement - additional engineers (The Tracking Room),
  • Rob Harris, Mike Airey & Nathan Sage - additional engineers (Rainbow Recorders)
  • Greg Calbi - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York City

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[16] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 1
Czech Albums Chart[citation needed] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[18] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 1
Russian Albums Chart[20] 3
Polish Albums Chart[21] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 7
Hungarian Albums Charts[23] 7
Finnish Albums Chart[24] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 12
Italian Albums Chart[26] 12
Greek Album Charts[citation needed] 13
Scottish Albums Chart[27] 13
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[28] 14
Danish Albums Chart[29] 18
UK Albums Chart[30] 19
Spanish Album Charts[31] 19
French Albums Chart[32] 23
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[33] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[34] 50
Irish Albums Chart[35] 87
US Billboard 200[36] 110

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Germany BVMI 2013 Gold (+ 100,000)[15]
Russia NFPF 2013 Gold (+ 25,000)[37]
Poland ZPAV 2013 Gold (+ 10,000)[38]
Czech Republic ČNS IFPI 2013 Gold (+ 2,500)[39]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock United Kingdom "Classic Rock Albums of the Year 2013" 2014 13[citation needed]
Teraz Rock Poland "10 Best Albums of 2013" 2014 5[citation needed]
Revolver United States "Golden Gods Awards 2014" 2014 Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple[40]

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