Infinite isn’t even out yet and we already have two CD singles in our hands! Deep Purple are wasting no time in getting the new music out there. The last single, “Time for Bedlam” had four tracks, including three brand new pieces of music. “All I Got is You” has five tracks, two of which are brand new. These singles are well worth buying, and won’t be obsolete when the album is released.
Age has done little to blunt the cutting edge. “All I Got is You” has old and new elements. It sounds like Deep Purple, but not like prior Deep Purple. Its jazzy intro misleads, for this is a pissed off song. It is difficult to describe except to say it’s busy, but still barely commercial enough for a single. As usual, Steve Morse and Don Airey’s instrumental work stuns the senses. If these new singles are what we have to judge by, the new album will be typical Morse-era Deep Purple: still them, still restless.
The bonus material is varied. “Simple Folk” is a lovely little guitar instrumental, reminiscent of the ballad “Never A Word” from Bananas (2003). Don’t be surprised if the melody shows up elsewhere in the future. It’s too good to relegate to a CD single, and it is exclusive too. Also exclusive: an instrumental mix of “Above and Beyond” from the last album Now What?!. Instrumentals of songs you know well are always an interesting ride. It is fun to listen to the music you couldn’t hear before, under the lead vocals. “Above and Beyond” was of course a single in its own right in 2013. Then, even better, we have the first take of the first single “Time for Bedlam”, complete with Bob Ezrin’s talking (and praise). This too is an instrumental version, but if you ever wanted to hear what Deep Purple sound like completely unleashed in the studio, give it a spin. I think I like it better than the actual single.
The only bonus track that will be re-released later on is the live version of “Highway Star” (yes, another one) that will be included on in the Infinite box set version. That set will contain lots of vinyl including three 10″ records that together will comprise The Now What?! Live Tapes Vol. 2. Sharp readers will recall that Vol. 1 came out with the deluxe “gold” edition of the Now What?! CD. As for “Highway Star”? Well, this one is 6:09 long and was recorded August 8 2013 in Denmark. I don’t know how else you can differentiate versions. My Deep Purple folder has 58 listings for “Highway Star” (albeit some of those would be the studio version on compilations).
As fans gear up for the Infinite album (and box set), they would be advised to get these singles too. There is enough extra material on them to complement the album nicely when it’s finally out on April 7.