- Released: July 2, 1993
- Label: RCA Victor Europe
Q - 9/93, p.813 Stars
- Good - "...THE BATTLE RAGES ON is the most persuasive bid yet to recover the colonies....No MACHINE HEAD, but at least a partial return to form..."
- 1.The Battle Rages On
- 2.Lick It Up
- 4.Talk About Love
- 5.Time To Kill
- 6.Ramshackle Man
- 7.A Twist In The Tale
- 8.Nasty Piece Of Work
- 10.One Man's Meat
Deep Purple: Ian Gillan (vocals); Richie Blackmore (guitar); Jon Lord (keyboards); Roger Glover (bass); Ian Paice (drums).
Personnel: Ian Gillian (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Jon Lord (organ, keyboards); Ian Paice (drums).
Audio Mixers: Pat Regan; Roger Glover.
Recording information: Bearsville Studios, NY; Greg Rike Studios, Orlando, FL; Red Rooster Studios, Tutzing, Germany.
Personality clashes are as much a part of Deep Purple as Ritchie Blackmore's penchant for black clothing. A revolving door of members has resulted in different lineups being given their own labels. The most popular version of Purple has always been the Mark II model: Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. This particular quintet has gotten together and had members leave in each of the past three decades. THE BATTLE RAGES ON is that lineup's contribution to the '90s. Following a brief stint where former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner sang lead for Purple on the prior MASTERS AND SLAVES, Gillan returned for another go round in 1993.
Personal differences aside, BATTLE picks up on the kind of chemistry that made albums like MACHINE HEAD and PERFECT STRANGERS classics. Three decades on, Blackmore's range on guitar is still impressive as he goes from playing with an arrogant swagger on "One Man's Meat" to a fleet-fingered flamenco intro that kicks off the epic "Anya." Elsewhere, "A Twist in the Tale" plays out with the same kind of intensity as "Highway Star" while the hard-driving title track proved to be prophetic as Gillan again departed over differences with Blackmore.