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Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 17 February 1996 (UK)
April 1996 (US)
Recorded 1995–96
Genre Hard rock
Length 62:16
Label BMG (UK)
CMC International/Prominent Records (US)
Music On Vinyl (vinyl reissue)[1]
Producer Deep Purple
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Purpendicular is the fifteenth studio album by English rock band, Deep Purple. Released in 1996, it is their first album with Steve Morse, guitarist from Dixie Dregs.

It was recorded at Greg Rike Productions, Orlando, Florida, February to October 1995 and engineered by Darren Schneider and Keith Andrews. It has a more experimental feel than previous albums. "The Aviator" has an arrangement unlike anything else the band has previously attempted. Several of the songs, such as Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic feature smaller keyboard parts, and mainly centre on the guitar parts. Another new addition to the guitar playing was the use of pinch harmonics,[2] very notably used on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar". "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" and "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" remained regular features in Deep Purple's live setlist in recent tours.

Like the title of the band's following album, Abandon, Purpendicular is a pun; in this case, based on the band's name and the word "Perpendicular".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse, Ian Paice

No. Title Length
1. "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic"   4:16
2. "Loosen My Strings"   5:57
3. "Soon Forgotten"   4:47
4. "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"   7:29
5. "Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover"   4:43
6. "The Aviator"   5:20
7. "Rosa's Cantina"   5:10
8. "A Castle Full of Rascals"   5:11
9. "A Touch Away"   4:36
10. "Hey Cisco"   5:53
11. "Somebody Stole My Guitar"   4:09
12. "The Purpendicular Waltz"   4:45


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Chart (1996) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart 3
Finnish Albums Chart 9
Austrian Albums Chart 16
Swiss Albums Chart 17
Hungarian Albums Chart 17
German Albums Chart 20
Japanese Albums Chart 28
Norwegian Albums Chart 30
Belgian Albums Chart 47
UK Albums Chart 58
Dutch Albums Chart 87