I bought a few Deep Purple remasters over the last couple of weeks.
Been listening to all of them over and over---Machine Head, Burn, Who Do We Think We Are?, et al. I'd forgotten how many deep cuts were always among my faves. Never cared if it was Gillan or Coverdale. Like Gillan better, but I'm cool with Dave. They were one of the early bands to kick ass consistently. Ballads written for Top 40 chick hits??--don't think so.
Re: Everyone's VH disappointment
And speaking of making 80's chick hits...
The reason why the new VH isn't that great is because the next great VH album was made in 2008 by Extreme. Stumbled across it and bought it with trepidation. Didn't know it even existed. 4th and "final" in the mid-90's was forced by contractual agreements and it sucked. Nuno's solo efforts after that were kinda feeble. This record has 13 tracks; only 2 are ballads. It has tons of surprises and it is BTTW all the way. How it got by me, I'm not sure. It was $3.99 at the record store. I like Nuno better than Eddie, then and now. He's a cleaner player and more versatile. This album brought me the smiles I had hoped I'd get from Dave and Eddie, though they did provide a couple. Still love Dave's lyrical take on the world.
New 'Shins' was worth the 4-year wait! Was not thrilled by James Mercer's collab with Danger Mouse (Broken Bells) from 2010. Was worried they'd be carried over. They weren't. For 2 listens, it's almost as good as "Wincing the Night Away."
If it doesn't kill me, it only makes me bitterer.