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Studio album by
Released17 February 1996 (Europe)
April 1996 (US)
StudioGreg Rike Productions, Altamonte Springs, Florida
GenreHard rock
CMC International (US only)
ProducerDeep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
The Battle Rages On...
Singles from Purpendicular
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]

Purpendicular is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock band, Deep Purple. Released in 1996, it is their first album with guitarist Steve Morse from Dixie Dregs, who replaced Ritchie Blackmore; Blackmore, meanwhile, resurrected Rainbow and released the album Stranger in Us All.

It was recorded at Greg Rike Productions, Orlando, Florida, February to October 1995 and engineered by Darren Schneider and Keith Andrews. It had a more experimental approach than previous albums. The arrangement to "The Aviator", for example, employed an acoustic folk/country arrangement that had not been heard on the band's previous work since "Anyone's Daughter" from Fireball. Several of the songs, such as "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" featured smaller keyboard parts, and mainly center on the guitar parts. Another new addition to the guitar playing was the use of pinch harmonics, very notably used on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar".[4] "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".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse, Ian Paice.

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


Deep Purple
  • Darren Schneider, Keith Andrews - engineers, mixing at Parc Studios, Orlando, Florida
  • Adam Barber - assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi - mastering at Masterdisk, New York


Chart (1996) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[6] 9
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 16
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 17
Hungarian Albums Chart[citation needed] 17
German Albums Chart[9] 20
Japanese Albums Chart[10] 28
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 30
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[12] 47
UK Albums Chart[13] 58
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 87


  1. ^ Miller, Glen. Purpendicular at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bowling, David (14 February 2017). "Music Review: Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Blogcritics. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  4. ^ Ladano, Mike (14 January 2015). "Review: Deep Purple - Purpendicular (1996 US bonus track)". Mike Ladano.com. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Deep Purple - Purpendicular (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Album – Deep Purple, Purpendicular". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Deep Purple - Purpendicular". Ultratop.be (Wallonia) (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Deep Purple Official Charts". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Dutch Charts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.