“Well I think it’s now confirmed, it’s Bob Ezrin who will produce the new Deep Purple album”... According to Steve Morse, they have asked Bob Ezrin to produce the new studio album. This as you might imagine is Quite A Big Deal and indicates the level of seriousness with which they seem to be approaching the project. (Morse was giving the news to French magazine Rock Hard. Thanks to Mathieu Pinard for the story).
Rapture… was produced by the relatively low-profile Michael Bradford, as was Bananas(2003). Abandon (1998) was produced by Deep Purple/Roger Glover and Purpendicular(1996) was credited to Deep Purple.
The Purps have worked with Martin Birch in the distant past (although he was mostly credited as the engineer on their albums, only getting co-production credits with the band onStormbringer and Come Taste The Band) and Derek Lawrence even further back in time (he produced the first three albums). But in general have been happy to self-produce throughout their long career.
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