from Uli Kniep for edel records
"Rapture Of The Deep" is a pure
Roger: "We are a rock band and
we started the album after having been two years on the road with
"Bananas". So we are road-fit. Having played that much
around the world, there was a certain eagerness to go back into
the studio and write some new music. But it´s an unconscious
thing. We don´t decide what direction the album is going to
be. We just go in with a blank book and start writing in it. The
state of the band comes through. It´s not something we design
so much. And if you say it sounds more hard, like a hard rock album
Ian about the meaning of "Rapture Of
"It´s a phrase coined by Jacques Cousteau to define the
confused state you get into as a diver when you get down to three
atmospheres which is 30 meters or a hundred feet. And you go through
a feeling of euphoria; it has a strange physiological effect on
your mind and your machine function. It´s a bit like being
drunk and stoned - not that I would know, of course (laughs).- A
fan sent in a small picture: In a small village in England there
was a pond and there was a sign in the water saying "Danger
- deep water" and somebody had crossed out "water"
and put in "purple" instead. And so it was in the back
of our minds and "Rapture of the deep" described very
well the way I was thinking at the time: If you are in a condition
like that, you start thinking about things in a different way. And
there is quite a lot of spiritual content in the underlying theme
of the lyrics of four or five songs certainly. It´s not to
be taken literally - it´s a word picture."
Ian Gillan about "Junkyard Blues"
"It´s one of my favourites tracks on the album and it
reminds me of being a kid: We used to play in junkyards and I used
to sleep in old cars, the dogs barking...The little things all sorted
out didn´t belong to someone until somebody finds it useful
- little parts of electrical things, old carpets and fridges and
bones! Where did they come from? It was fascinating, fascinating.
We grew up with the blues and it was something in Europe specifically
in England. We were hearing those records, they came in through
minority record labels- Jazz and Blues and it was of course in postwar
England, where we didn´t have very much, but we heard this
music: three chords, simple rhythm telling a story. And of course
it was so easy when you get a guitar and so it became a very fashionable
thing: Blues bands replaced the traditional jazz bands and it was
a fundamental stepping stone in the story of rock´n´roll.-
And I was talking to a friend of mine who said: white guys can´t
play the blues, or they shouldn´t play the blues - what right
do they have to play the blues? And I said: listen - I have heard
a lot of blues records and they´re not all about slavery and
this sort of things! There´s an awful lot of blues songs about
drinking and women and I told my black friend: there´s a lot
of simple things in the blues... It´s a wonderful thing and
you can feel the blues in "Black Night", "Strange
Kind Of Woman", you can feel it in shuffles, moanful songs
like "When a blind man cries". For me it´s a beautiful
picture: What are we complaining about? When a blind man cries -
than you got something to worry about!"
Roger about his favourites
"Oooh - that´s a difficult question - it changes every
day. I haven´t actually listened to the album for a few weeks
now. I like "Junkyard Blues" a lot, I find myself sing
the strangest things: "MTV", "Clearly Quite Absurd"
- I wake up with that melody in my head. I think the one that gives
me the energy is "Wrong Man" - it´s such a driving
riff and it is great to play live."
Ian about the bonus track "MTV"
"It´s really about classic rock radio. I come to the
conclusion that more traffic accidents are caused by classic rock
radio than by drink driving - because people are falling asleep
at the wheel through total boredom because they play the same old
songs over and over again! - And so there´s another little
story behind it: Roger was doing an interview in an upstate New
York radio station for half an hour and he was talking about the
album "Bananas" but the girls kept going back to old historical
classic rock things and at the end of the interview she said: Good
luck with the new album - and thanks for coming in - and here is
some Deep Purple, yeah: "Smoke On The Water"! - And they
didn´t play the new record. I think it´s a very healthy
attitude to be disrespectful at these things and poke a little fun
Roger about format radio and the new product
"Traditionally we are not very good at picking singles anyway.
We always make the wrong choises. I think on "Bananas"
Michael Bradford (the producer) probably had more an ear towards
what would probably be successful on the radio and maybe this time
around he pretty much left us to our own devices and we obviously
don´t get played on the radio except on classic rock stations
in America where they only play "Smoke On The Water" anyway.
So getting radio play is not priority for us - getting songs that
mean something to us is a priority and getting songs that are going
to be good live."
Ian about "Money Talks"
"This is based on the principle, I think, that money as a currency
is an essential tool in civilization. However, when money becomes
a commodity it takes on a very nasty complexion. If people are just
interested in trading money to make money someone else has to pay
for it! So it´s talking about that, it´s talking about
the corruption. I mean, there is nothing wrong with earning money,
there is nothing wrong with enjoying life but it´s against
the greed and corruption that takes place just to accumulate wealth
on other people´s expense and so there are references in that
about having more food on your plate than you need and not to worry,
cause there are guards at the gate. Money always comes back to money,
money makes money and it whispers in my ear, it laughs at me - it´s
Roger about the producer
"Michael Bradford is an engineer, a songwriter, a bass player,
he´s a guitarist, he´s good at a lot of things - he´s
a good talker, too and he´s a pretty good chef!"
Ian and Roger talk about the recording studio
"The album was recorded at Michael Bradford´s studio
in Los Angeles: He´s moved into a new house with a very nice
environment. It´s a small room with a kitchen where we used
to stand and write the lyrics and a little yard outside where we
could relax and sit in the sunshine, have a beer. We worked there
from noon to 6 o´clock - 6 days a week, we didn´t work
on sundays, Michael wants a day off, but it´s good to clear
head. And it took five weeks. Yes, it was very interesting, very
Sometimes you have a writing sessions, where you write the songs,
then you have a recording session, when you record them. This album
was done pretty much at the same time: we´d go in, write what
was going to be the idea for the song and immediately go into record
mode and captured it. Michael is very good at stopping us from overdoing
it. Usually it´s two takes and that´s it! We all played
together and the whole album has a spontanous feel to it we would
have lost if had gone over and over. That´s why it´s
Ian and Roger about the cover and title of
"The man is standing with two trees on every side and he´s
like a reflection, but if you look into the water, the trees are
wobbling and he´s straight. It´s thought-provoking,
that´s the idea of it.- Rapture is a happy state, it´s
a state you´d like to be in, but the more happier you get,
the more dangerous it is!"
Ian compares the new and to last album (Bananas)
"I love "Bananas", it got played more than any other
Deep Purple record in the history of in my home and with my friends!
But it was another transition, because it was the first record made
with Don Airey and I think at that time he was considered probably
more just moving in to replace on Lord. And I think on this record
he is a lot bolder. He made a big contribution to "Bananas",
but I think his personality has emerged over the last couple of
years on the road and consequently that has a knock on effect with
the other guys in he band. And it´s created taht wonderful
balance between Don Airie´s organ and Steve Morse´s
guitar. Perhaps the last album was mor in favour of the guitar -
this one is more balanced, I think."
Roger about the exceptional rhythm section
"Thats a nice compliment, thank you. Paice is an exceptional
drummer. With drums, an instrument which you hit, it´s very
difficult for your personality to come out. Most drummers sound
more or less the same. They play the same patterns, they all worship
the same original drummers. The licks tend to be the same. Paice
comes from a whole different perspective. I realized this when I
was re-mixing "Highway Star": If you isolate the drums,
he´s swinging! I´t not an exaggerated swing, but there´s
a swing there and if he´s slightly swinging and the instrument
are straight ahead - that´s to me is
the essence or R´n´R as it came out of New Orleans.
Some people are swinging, some people are straight and you get that
strange kind of tension. That gives you that unconscious movement."
Roger Glover (and Ian) about solo-albums
Roger: "Steve came into the band bringing with him his side
project, the Steve Morse Band and the Dixie Dregs and he still does
those. Deep Purple has always had a history of everyone from time
to time doing a side project. And I think it´s a healthy thing:
You come back into the band refreshed and excited to be playing
with your mates again. "Living Loud" is Don Airey´s
part as well. That´s fine - everyone is doing his own thing:
Paice worked with Paul McCartney I did "Snapshot", I´ve
got another album I´m working on - it´s all expression!"
Ian: "You don´t go home and stop writing. I mean, I don´t
stop writing. Roger does something creative every day whether it´s
designing this album cover or writing poetry or painting pictures
or taking photographs or writing songs, recording something - whatever.
That´s what we do: I go home and I write, it´s a joy!"