Purpendicular is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1996. It is their first album with guitarist Steve Morse from Dixie Dregs, who replaced Ritchie Blackmore.

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Studio album by
Released17 February 1996
RecordedFebruary - October 1995
StudioGreg Rike Productions, Altamonte Springs, Florida
GenreHard rock
ProducerDeep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
The Battle Rages On...
Singles from Purpendicular
  1. "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"
    Released: 1996 (Europe)
  2. "The Aviator"
    Released: 1996 (Germany)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]


The album was recorded at Greg Rike Productions, Orlando, Florida from February to October 1995 and engineered by Darren Schneider and Keith Andrews. It had a more experimental approach than previous albums. The arrangement to "The Aviator", employed an acoustic folk/country arrangement that had not been heard on the band's previous work since "Anyone's Daughter" from Fireball. Several of the songs such as "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" featured less keyboard, focusing on guitar. Morse introduced pinch harmonics to the band's sound, such as on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar".[4] "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" and "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" remained regular features in Deep Purple's live setlist in recent tours.

Like the title of the band's following album, Abandon, Purpendicular is a pun; in this case, based on the band's name and the word "Perpendicular".

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse, Ian Paice.

1."Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic"4:16
2."Loosen My Strings"5:57
3."Soon Forgotten"4:47
4."Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"7:29
5."Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover"4:43
6."The Aviator"5:20
7."Rosa's Cantina"5:10
8."A Castle Full of Rascals"5:11
9."A Touch Away"4:36
10."Hey Cisco"5:53
11."Somebody Stole My Guitar"4:09
12."The Purpendicular Waltz"4:45
Japanese and US edition bonus tracks
13."(empty track)" 
14."Don't Hold Your Breath"4:39
Expanded edition bonus tracks
13."Don't Hold Your Breath" 
14."Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (single edit) 


Deep Purple
  • Darren Schneider, Keith Andrews – engineers, mixing at Parc Studios, Orlando, Florida
  • Adam Barber – assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering at Masterdisk, New York


Chart (1996) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[7] 9
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 16
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 17
German Albums Chart[10] 20
Hungarian Albums Chart[11] 17
Japanese Albums Chart[12] 28
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 30
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[14] 47
UK Albums Chart[15] 58
Dutch Albums Chart[16] 87


  1. ^ Miller, Glen. Purpendicular at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bowling, David (14 February 2017). "Music Review: Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Blogcritics. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  4. ^ Ladano, Mike (14 January 2015). "Review: Deep Purple - Purpendicular (1996 US bonus track)". Mike Ladano.com. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Steve Morse". Deep Purple. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Deep Purple - Purpendicular (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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  11. ^ "1996/14 heti Album Top 40 slágerlista" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  12. ^ ディープ・パープルのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Deep Purple - Purpendicular". Ultratop.be (Wallonia) (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Deep Purple Official Charts". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Deep Purple – Purpendicular". Dutch Charts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.