ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 3, 1991
By Steve Newton
So Ian Gillan has left Deep Purple again, this time to be replaced by Joe Lynn Turner instead of David Coverdale. Well, that idea has its possibilities: Turner and Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore made some fine rock ’n’ roll together in the early-’80s, with Rainbow albums like Straight Between the Eyes and, especially, Difficult to Cure.
Would it be possible they might rekindle that magic once again?
’Fraid not. Slaves and Masters is quite possibly the lamest Deep Purple album ever. The band sounds like a tired Foreigner on a bad night, and all the flashy licks up Blackmore’s sleeve can’t save this collection of uninspired arrangements.
Pass me that worn-out copy of Who Do We Think We Are?