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Learn more - opens in a new window or tab International postage and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Learn more - opens in a new window or tab Any international postage and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. About the tracks here, we have everything from slow to mid tempo to faster pieces, the progressive elements are none, but doesn't stop to be good album all the way. The Cut Runs Deep and Wicked Ways reminds me of good old Rainbow with Turner at voice , in fact this album is very much alike with Bent out of shape of Rainbow last studio album with Turner from So , finally a good Deep Purple album, nothing really special like early years , but a decent and very well played album in hard rock meets AOR tradition.
Every musician is top notch and delivering strong moments on each instrument. The riffs, the chorus', etc.. However, for Deep Purple standards this is not that of a low-weight, due to previous release, The House of Blue Light, which was simply weak.
To finalise this short review, I'll just mention some highlights which can stand pretty well alongside the best tunes from Perfect Strangers, House of Blue Light, The Battle Rages On and of course alongside the best tunes from Rainbow-Turner era.
These are: the catchy, but with a dark atmosphere ala Perfect Strangers, opener, King of Dreams; then there's the fantastic bluesy-esque Fire in the Basement, with it's killer riff, and it's mind-blowing organ solo; then there's the extremely catchy, and almost sing-along style, semi-hard rock tune, Breakfast in Bed; finally, the closer, Wicked Ways, is something worthy to check if you liked tunes from their 2 previous albums, with a very blurry prog feel, with it's short, simple, but very effective instrumental passage with strings and a guitar solo leading it, it's SO INTENSE!
I find it a good album, there's barely 2 songs I don't enjoy from it, so I have to give it a 3 stars rating, with the definition of a 2 stars. You have to forgive me, oh faithful reader; I just don't know how to adequately review an album like this, mostly because I tend to avoid music like this like the plague.
I know that some people like this sort of music - I've even read somebody's claim that "Love Conquers All," a generic power-ballad that makes me puke up food that doesn't yet exist, is one of the best ballads ever written. I guess the rest of the album isn't as bad as it could be - once I get past the Final Fantasy synths and "evil" ominous vocal sounds that open the album, "King of Dreams" isn't that bad, "The Cut Runs Deep" is ok I kinda like the segue from the generic Renaissance-like opening to the generic metallic riffage , and The album, as a whole, isn't that heavy, it's not that memorable, it's I guess I just can't understand why Ritchie thought the world needed more generic hair metal with stupid "mystical" album covers, or why the rest of the band members decided to shed all bits of individuality they might have had left.
And honestly, I just don't understand how this could have ever been what "cool" people listened to. If ever there was an album that could remind me why Nirvana was a good and necessary thing for the music world, this is it. This isn't the worst music experience of my life, but it's hardly a time I'll look back on and cherish. For 'Slaves and Masters', Turner definitely brought his 'Rainbow' influence with him as many fans think this album sounds more like an album from that band even though the other members, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice were all regular members of DP.
Apparently, the other band members considered hiring Jimi Jamison Survivor to sing on this album, but he, thankfully, was not available. However, even with Turner, the critics panned this album calling it too lightweight and weak, more AOR than anything else released by the band. Turner's vocals definitely don't have the power and emotion that are often present in Ian Gillian's vocals, and in reality, there just isn't any comparison as Turner definitely sounds more radio friendly than DP ever sounded.
His vocals also don't have any distinct sound to them, so with this more accessible sound, the album could have easily been from 'Rainbow', 'Europe', or 'Bon Jovi' as much as it could be from DP. It sounds like pretty much most of the pop-metal that came from the 80 and early 90s.
It's not all a wasteland of middle of the road blandness however as 'King of Dreams', the opening track, proves with a good amount of Lord's organ, and the appearance of some organ solos throughout some of the tracks also help one to hear shades of DP from before, but its never enough to raise it to a higher level.
Blackmore gets in a few good guitar licks and riffs here and there, but again, most of the punch is gone as the songs are filed down to near-pop music levels. The fast boogie does shine through on the instrumental break of 'Fire in the Basement', but the fire from the instrumental breaks gets doused by the vocal melody.
Nothing else much happens on the rest of the album until you get to the last track 'Wicked Ways' which, during the instrumental break, the tempo slows down and you get some nice strings and guitar similar to the work on 'Perfect Stranger', but by now it is too little too late. Turner would remain for the tour for this album, but DP was pressured to bring back Gillian for the Anniversary tour that was coming up, so they nixed Turner and Gillian returned, this time to stay.
Unfortunately, DP was left with this rather deadweight album as a stain on their discography. Yes, they had released some mediocre albums in the past, but this one is just too boring and AOR sounding, an album where DP sounds like they are trying to be inspired by 80s and 90s pop-metal when they should have been showing them how it should be done.
Deep Rainbow or something? Yes, but the chemistry is not there, the inspiration is not there Nothing really IS there. Between this album, Slaves and Masters, and his predecessor, held up three years, where Ian Gillian once again left t First off let me start by saying that I'm a huge Deep Purple fan, and they were my first love in music, and are still very dear to my heart.
That being said, Slaves and Masters is the worst album they have ever made in my opinion. King Of Dreams B,g,t 5 Love Conquers All B,g,t 3 The Cut Runs Deep B,g,t,l,p 5 Truth Hurts B,g,t 5 Wicked Ways B,g,t,l,p 6 Love Conquers All single edit. King of Dreams single edit. Love Conquers All. Wicked Ways. Too Much Is Not Enough. Truth Hurts. King of Dreams. Breakfast in Bed. Breakfast In Bed. Fire In The Basement.
King Of Dreams. The Cut Runs Deep. The Cut Runs Deep. Fire in the Basement. Truth Hurts. Breakfast in Bed. Love Conquers All. Too Much Is Not Enough. Joe Lynn Turner.Slaves and masters is the only cd with the name of Deep Purple and Jo Lynn Turner at vocals and it works out very well. Blackmore is at his usual best and the rest of the band compliment this effort. Every song on this cd is good, not one dud. King of Dreams is a catchy tune that starts this set. The production is good and the instrumentation is clear/5().