Deep Purple wavered over Now What?!
Deep Purple spent three years wondering whether they should make 19th studio album Now What?! says bassist Roger Glover.
The band struggled over the decision until they spoke to producer Bob Ezrin last year, and he crystallised their thinking.
Glover tells Vintage Rock: “There were different theories in the band about whether we should do a record again, whether we should release an EP, or some singles on the Internet.
“But the bottom line of thinking is: we’re an album band and we always were an album band. We kind of railed against doing singles. That’s kind of strange vanity – but an album, especially with a band like us, is a sort of state of the union address, if you like. It’s the state of the band that we’re in now.
“Every album we make is a kind of a point in time. I thought we needed to do one. Three years ago, we started thinking seriously, ‘Let’s have a writing session.’ We had no idea where or when we were going to record it.
“Then Bob Ezrin came to see us in Toronto just over a year ago, and was really up for doing the album, and we liked him. That was a great impetus – we had a really great writing session. We wrote most of the songs then.”
Glover, who’s produced several Purple albums himself, had no problem handing the role over to Ezrin. “It was nice to be a bass player, rather than someone sitting there with the discs trying to make decisions,” he says. “It’s very difficult to produce the band you’re in. Whatever you say to the band, you’re just one of five opinions, and that’s tough to deal with if you’re a producer sometimes.
“Bob gave me a lot of respect as a fellow producer and deferred to me a lot. We worked together, actually.”
Ezrin previously admitted he had his own doubts over working with Purple. But all that’s in the past, and, like bandmate Ian Gillan, Glover professes himself delighted with Now What?!
“I’ve been playing it myself for pleasure because I love the mix,” he says. “I love what we did. I’m proud of the record. It’s very difficult to come up with something that’s fresh and new, yet still retains the character of who you are and who you have been for the last 40-odd years. I hope we’ve achieved that.”
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