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Deep Purple announce new covers album, Turning To Crime, premiere hard-rocking version of Love's 7 and 7 Is

(from left) Ian Gillan, Don Airey and Steve Morse of Deep Purple perform on stage at Pechanga Casino on September 06, 2019 in Temecula, California
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Last September, Deep Purple bass guitar legend Roger Glover told us that the band's 2020 offering, Whoosh!, "may be our last album.”

“Every album we do could be our last album, at this stage," he elaborated, "but there was a feeling about this one..."

Well, not all predictions end up coming true. Deep Purple, in fact, have today announced a new album called Turning To Crime. A covers album featuring the band's interpretations of tunes by a wide variety of artists – among them Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Ray Charles, the Yardbirds, and Little Feat – the LP is set for a November 26 release via earMUSIC.

You can check out the album's first single, a rollicking rendition of Love's 7 and 7 Is, below.

The band's first-ever covers album, Turning To Crime was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also manned the boards for the hard rock giants' previous three studio efforts.

In an interview with Guitar World earlier this year, the band's resident electric guitar wizard, Steve Morse, highlighted Ezrin's importance in the band's creative process, likening him to a judge of sorts.

“We’re a good group of different personalities, and everybody knows their strengths,” Morse said. “Something we have that I think is important is how somebody usually notices what nobody else does. In the songwriting process that can be very helpful, but it can also create friction. So we kind of use Bob Ezrin to be the police or judge. He comes in and acts as the final vote. At the end of the day, it works.”

You can examine the cover art and tracklist of Turning To Crime below.

The cover of Deep Purple's new album, Turning to Crime

(Image credit: earMUSIC)

Deep Purple – Turning To Crime:

1. 7 And 7 Is
2. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
3. Oh Well
4. Jenny Take A Ride!
5. Watching The River Flow
6. Let The Good Times Roll
7. Dixie Chicken
8. Shapes Of Things
9. The Battle Of New Orleans
10. Lucifer
11. White Room
12. Caught In The Act [Medley: Going Down/Green Onions/Hot ‘Lanta/Dazed and Confused/Gimme Some Lovin’]

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.