Deep Purple Returns With Covers Album: Listen

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Deep Purple has released their new album, Turning To Crime, an all-covers collection, a surprise follow-up to last year’s Whoosh!. The title, which arrived on November 26, 2021, via earMUSIC, was again produced by Bob Ezrin. Listen to many of the songs including an early Fleetwood Mac favorite, “Oh Well,” below.

The band’s lineup remains Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Don Airey, and Steve Morse. The original Oct. 6 announcement notes that the new release, Deep Purple’s 22nd studio album, marks the first time in their career that the band has recorded while not being in the same room.

Turning To Crime consists solely of songs written and previously recorded by other artists: a criminal offense commonly described by the rock police and purists Grand Jury as “doing covers.” The album features studio recordings of songs previously released by Fleetwood Mac, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, the Yardbirds, Bob Seger System, and Cream, among others, plus a medley of songs by Freddie King, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin and the Spencer Davis Group.

Listen to “Caught in the Act,” a (mostly instrumental) medley of several classics

Watch the video for the first single, “7 And 7 Is”

Related: Our Album Rewind of Deep Purple’s 2-LP Made in Japan

Watch the band discuss the making-of the new album

Turning To Crime Track Listing (and Original Artist)

1) 7 And 7 Is (Love)
2) Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (Huey “Piano” Smith)
3) Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac)
4) Jenny Take A Ride! (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels)
5) Watching The River Flow (Bob Dylan)
6) Let The Good Times Roll  (Ray Charles & Quincy Jones)
7) Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
8) Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds)
9) The Battle Of New Orleans (Lonnie Donegan/Johnny Horton)
10) Lucifer (Bob Seger System)
11) White Room (Cream)
12) Caught In The Act [Medley: Going Down / Green Onions / Hot ‘Lanta /Dazed and Confused / Gimme Some Lovin’ ]

Watch the animated video for “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu”

“Oh Well” was written by Peter Green, and first recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969.

Watch the video for “Oh Well,” released on Nov. 5

Related: Our Album Rewind of 1972’s classic Machine Head

Listen to a cover of a Dylan classic

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