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'Slaves And Masters'
(Hear No Evil Recordings)


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The most controversial and hot debated album in all of Deep Purple's long illustrious career, and one that still divides opinion to this day.

When Deep Purple reformed in 1984 with the classic Mk II line up, the world waited with baited breath to see if the band could return to their dynamic form that rightly saw them as one of the greatest heavy rock bands ever along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as the pioneers of heavy rock and metal.

Although 85s 'Perfect Strangers' and 'House Of The Blue Light' a couple of years later didn't set the world alight as planned, both albums still had a depth of quality that kept the Purple dream alive for most rock fans the world over. However, old annoyances within the band reared their ugly head once again with Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Gillan having continuous public spats ended with the shock announcement that Purple had fired Ian Gillan.

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The search was on for a new singer and names thrown into the hat included Tony Brock of Strangeways, Survivor's Jimi Jamieson, Kal Swan from Tytan and Lion and even Aussie's Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham's names were mentioned.

However it was reported in the pages of Kerrang! magazine that their office was full of grown men crying when they announced that former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner was re-uniting with Blackmore to be the new singer of Deep Purple.

Originally released by Sony music in 1990, the album was met by disdain by most fans labelling the band as Deep Rainbow and they weren't far off the mark. Anyone looking for all out rockers such as the ball busting 'Highway Star' or 'Burn' were going to be left deflated by what was on offer here.

Deep Purple have never been a band afraid to take risks but no one was quite prepared for Purple to go down a slick polished commercial route as they did with 'Slaves And Masters'.

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Time is a great healer and now is the perfect time to re-investigate this album of hidden treasure. Once you accept that it really is a Deep Rainbow album, a successor to Rainbow's 'Bent Out Of Shape' you could say, which like that album was produced by Roger Glover and followed in the footsteps of adult rock material of the smooth 'Street Of Dreams' single, only 'Slaves And Masters' had the added bonus of having the finest musicians of offer with the organic Hammond work of Jon Lord and Ian Paice added to the refined sound that was lacking somewhat in latter day Rainbow.

Six songs from this album made the live set including album opener and first single 'King Of Dreams' built from a neat laid back jam with a commercial clarity. 'The Cut Runs Deep' has a heavy chug whilst 'Fire In The Basement' is a heavy blues scorcher.

The morose 'Truth Hurts' is a deep meaningful number that tears at the heart as does the ballad and second single 'Love Conquers All' which features a signature deep solo from Blackmore. The dreamy haze of 'Fortuneteller' is sublime and is the style that suits Turner's voice the best.

There is only one song on here that is a bit of a throw away in the shape of the poppy 'Too Much Is Not Enough', a track written by Turner and a couple of outside writers which was brought to the table when the band were recording in New York.

This release sees a few bonus tracks with the single edits plus the B-Side track 'Slow Down Sister' which is worthy of inclusion.

This Mk V line up were to only record this album. With diminishing album and ticket sales it wasn't long before Ian Gillan was re-instated back to the fold to work on the 'Battle Rages On' album, an album that Turner had started to work on but as with 'Slaves And Masters' is an album that can proudly sit with the rest of Deep Purple's varied and influential catalogue.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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