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nowwhatcoverNow What (Gold Edition)
Deep Purple
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release: January 21, 2014
Reviewed: February 09. 2014

Boomerocity readers may remember my review of the NOW What?!, the 19th studio album from Deep Purple that posted here last April. Since that time, the album has reached Gold Status in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Poland, not to mention the fact the band has made a very much deserved return to the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years.

To celebrate the success of the album and the support of one of the greatest fan bases known in rock history, NOW What?! has been released as a Golden Deluxe Edition and the boxed set will be available exclusively via Amazon.

NOW What?! Gold Edition 2CD, packaged in a luxurious gold cover, also includes two bonus songs on disc 1 (a stunning cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ It’ll Be Me, and the rare B-side First Sign Of Madness, previously only available digitally and on the CD single Vincent Price), and an extra live disc. The bonus disc consists of over 70 minutes of unreleased live music recorded during the summer shows (The NOW What?! Live Tapes).

The live recordings show a band that still love to improvise like only few others can, changing the classic songs all the time and challenging themselves to make them sound new and fresh. Still, that magic sound is there, as if time could do nothing against it. In an era when live albums are too often not much more than a studio exercise, one cannot help admiring the musicianship and the groove coming out of the speakers, especially considering that the record shows exactly what came out of the amplifiers on those nights. Great care has been paid to present this extra disc in a stunning hi-fi quality, still preserving its authenticity.

The studio album and this exceptional live album are sold together with the inclusion of a brand new booklet to support the second disc, with notes by Ian Gillan.

Even if you bought the original release of this CD, the NOW What ?! boxed set is worth purchasing.


‘Cause it includes The NOW What?! Live Tapes, a DVD with a 20-minute interview, NOW What?! The Singles (All The Time In The World, Vincent Price, Above And Beyond,), exclusive t-shirt (large), exclusive poster, and collectible sticker, that’s why!

I’m making it easy for you to order it by putting a widget thingy on this page. All you have to do is click on it and order. It’s that simple!