Just a warning about ‘clever’ spam emails hitting intrays this week from “Royal Mail”. These claim to be trying to sort out an issue with customs and are very clever, all the links on the email go through to the official Royal Mail website, but the email itself is a fake. Most such scams scream out but this one could easily suck people in, especially at a time when everyone is busy ordering online. We got in touch with RM who said the scam began on Monday this week and also warned of a similar one featuring fake DHL paperwork.
The special editions of Now What are shipping; DTB Online store have all three versions at present but the vinyl and the box are already low at the warehouse apparently. The packaging of the gold edition is particularly flash, though reaction to the live set is mixed (short review on the site). You can read the initial news item about this below.
Joe Lynn Turner has tied up (or down) with Come Taste the Band, to lay down a one-off single called Tied Down, written by Joe and two of the band. It is currently available on iTunes and a physical CD single is planned for January in Norway. And hey, it’s pretty good (if the pre-mix they kindly sent me is anything to go by); Joe is singing in a lower register and growls along nicely over a retro Purple beat, all howling Hammond and even a slightly funky feel to the backings. You can get more info from the band’s site at www.cttb.no
Thanks to Jo Henning Kaasin
If you’re an interior designer DO NOT follow this link, otherwise if you’ve always wanted to paint the inside of your house Purple this picture will give you an idea of what it would end up looking like!
Seems to be a good eight page feature on The Artwoods in the current issue (Nov 2013) of Shindig magazine. If you don’t know the title, it’s a nicely produced (mostly) retro music monthly but run by enthusiasts! It’s not easy to find in newsagents but some of the bigger branches of Smiths carry it (or try their website). Lots of pictures and an interview with one of the band. It’s inspired by the upcoming release of that RPM CD we mentioned earlier. Thanks to Stephen Clare.
You know how it is, book all proofed, checked and off to the printers, and then you take a second look at one of the last photographs which went in and… gulp; is Blackmore really using non-Marshall amps and speakers at an early show? Is the chapter covering his gear already needing a rewrite?
We had a low res scan of a great photo of Deep Purple at Blizen jazz festival in 1969, a very early Mk 2 shot which was quite important to the book. The photographer was asking a lot of money for us to use the image and wasn’t even sure if he wanted it in the book at all (as he was working on a book of his rock material from the sixties), so sorting it out took months. We got there in the end, the high resolution version came winging through and was swopped over, but not before several hours spent cleaning up 40 year old dust specks (as you do). Generally this sort of work is done at some stupid size enlargement on screen to make sure nobody sees the restoration when it appears at normal size in the book. It’s fiddly work but I quite enjoy it. That was until I realised the name on the amps clearly was NOT that of Marshall. I could just make out the letters Dav… This prompted a hasty round-robin to a few fans to see if anyone else could work out what was going on.
My brother came back fairly quickly to say these were actually Italian speakers and amps made by Davoli, quite popular in Europe in the late sixties (as well as being collectable today; the amp has a really nice red fascia design). Others suggestions were that maybe Ritchie just had to borrow stuff as it was a multi-artist two day festival, which seemed reasonable. It was left to Tonny Steenhagen to restore sanity, by suggesting I check the old Bilzen video (which makes a change from him wearily having to point out I’ve spelt the festival name wrongly! And I must admit I’d not watched it for some years). The Davoli amps and speakers were indeed there, but as part of the back-line for another band (see snap below). The photographer had snapped Deep Purple with Blackmore near the front of the stage, so the foreshortening had made it look like they were his amps. The trusty Marshalls were there as always. Phew.
Hopefully we’ll get an actual delivery date for the book in the next few days, and can also point out that it’s been expanded in page count to incorporate extra material and photos. The publishers also have several more page previews on their site at easy on the eye books.
Hopefully people will have noticed that Darker Than Blue is now ADVERT FREE. I must confess the adverts crept up on me and are seemingly a result of the growing traffic on the site (even Classic Rock Magazine are now stealing our stories!). I didn’t see the adverts myself as they do not appear to users of the software for some reason. Anyhow, the software providers offer an advert free environment for a small premium so we have finally sorted that out. And now back to the World’s Whackiest Police Animal Chases 8, and the hunt for a Marmot is on…
More on the Coronation Street story from the scriptwriter on the site, and for people asking the Rainbow Box Set track listing is on the site. Apologies from DTB Mail order for delays over the Perfect Strangers vinyl edition. Ann explains: “our first order was fine and sold out. There was then a delay in stock at the distributors. After which we had THREE orders all arrive damaged, and had to reject. Each time this involves a returns authority and more delay. The damage was minor enough in the eyes of the label perhaps but unacceptable to collectors who expect and pay for pristine copies! Happily our fourth order arrived this week properly packaged, and will be going out to customers over the next couple of days.”
We’ve reported the upcoming special tour editions of Now What before on the site (you can still read the original article), but they have decided to revamp the release. The 2CD set with live tracks is still there (Gold Edition), the vinyl will be a double but just of the live tracks (titled Now What Live Tapes) and for everyone looking for that last minute Xmas gift, there is a NOW WHAT BOX SET 6 DISC SET. This pulls together the 2CD set above, plus the singles, t-shirt and other goodies. Because it’s all getting a bit complicated, we’ve jotted down all the details on a special Now What page.
The idea of putting together all the live shows to make the box set really special seems to have not occured to anyone. All the formats can be pre-ordered via DTB Online store but please keep in mind the limited nature of two of these formats (we have been warned that the vinyl and box set may sell out BEFORE release date).
UPDATE – 8.65 million people saw this episode! There is now more detail on how this storyline came about from the script writer on the site.
This still (© ITV) comes from a recent episode of Britain’s longest running (TV) soap, Coronation Street. People tell me this episode saw two of the characters – Roy Cropper and his wife Hayley – having a discussion about music. He’s into classical, she isn’t. Roy then tries a sideways conversion by playing her the UK vinyl of Deep Purple’s original Concerto! After some discussion and with Ian Paice’s solo in the background Haley wonders aloud how long it goes on for…
Next week, Stan Ogden and Annie Walker go head to head about Morse replacing Blackmore and the Police are called.
You can watch the full edition to get the context on ITV catch up.
More ‘Corrie’ Deep Purple pub quiz facts facts 1) Jon Lord once suggested his great ambition was to appear in Coronation Street! He did start out wanting to be an actor. 2) There used to be a copy of Deep Purple In Concert 70-72 stored under the counter in The Rover’s Return pub in the series*.
* I originally wrote MIJ in haste. I ought to recall the correct fact as it’s my one claim to fame as I designed the In Concert sleeve!
Thanks to : Stephen ‘My wife was watching it honest’ Clare, Michael ‘so was my wife’ Richards, Tim Summers, and Jon Kirkman.