Big thanks to James for this great photograph of his first day Made In Japan, with the original price sticker on (and the poster he got from the shop display!). I don’t remember the sticker at all, so nice to have it confirmed. The arguments rumble on about the 2014 reissues, lots of grumbles but most people going to go for one format or another. I think what it does highlight is the total lack of clarity on what is actually appearing. Even Universal’s own site contradicts other press releases and it does seem silly to have not worked out a full detailed package of sales information before letting it loose on the web. Anyhow, we’re trying to update the formats etc. as we get more details on the MIJ page. I heard this week that the big CD box set will also entitle the buyer to download the audio as both MP3 format and the new high definition audio too. This is a format agreed on by the big labels to exploit the back-catalogue again by admitting that CD audio is NOT the holy grail of audio after all. The problem with the HD audio is the files are massive, so can only be handled on a Blu Ray disc. Still if they’re giving this format away gratis on downloads, that’s something. Provided your hi-fi and broadband can handle it! Anyhow, editions are on the DTB online store and we should have shipping prices sorted before long (post goes up again in a couple of weeks by the way, as a privatised Royal Mail seeks to pay off their new owners).
Details are a bit patchy on all the Record Store Day releases this year, but it now looks as if the other repro Japanese 7″ Deep Purple singles originally mooted as part of the Made In Japan box set (one remains in the 5 disc box) will instead appear on Record Store Day. The Shades Of Deep Purple vinyl is also now slated for the day as well. I’m told there will be something from Rainbow’s Black Masquerade on offer too.
As we’ve said in past years, DTB are not able to stock these releases up front but may be able to get stock afterwards, so do drop us an email if interested and we will contact you. We normally sell anything at RRP rather than try and hype it up as some on ebay do!
Funnily enough we just found a couple of copies of the 2012 Record Store Day Smoke On The Water unique sleeve still sealed if anyone is still after that. Drop Ann an email.
Like everyone else I get drawn into some strange websites. One last week offered the chance to hear the correct pronunciation of the word Lego (claiming the Danes say i very differently). The site allows people in different countries to offer their take on words via an MP3 file, so builds up into a useful guide for learning languages. Naturally I keyed in Deep Purple, but was disappointed to hear only English and American spoken. So, here is the link, let’s hear the name spoken by as many different people / accents round the world as we can! I was going to do Yorkshire (T’Deep Purple) but chickened out.
Yep, that’s inflation for you. The final plans for the Made In Japan reissue have been released and add up to twenty discs spread across five different editions, the star of which is the nine vinyl disc box set. Actually the prices haven’t been announced yet (which will give us time to get used to the idea I guess) but based on the label’s recent very high dealer prices it ain’t going to be cheap. In essence it’s three shows remixed, but if you were hoping to have all the shows in sequence on CD then forget it, it’s vinyl only for that option. Anyway, we’ve done our best to make sense of all the formats and you can see more pictures and read the details on the site here. How did we know it was £3.25 back in 1972? Here’s the in-store poster… I can’t even get the bus into town for that now.
Your watched item ends in 3 hours… but what exactly are you watching, and is it real? A slew of ersatz Deep Purple posters are out there at the moment, some quite clever. It’s one thing if the dealers are being open about what they’re offering (and if you just fancy something cheap to hide that tattered Farah Fawcett poster) but less scrupulous or aware sellers might catch you out. So here is a page of these fakes and what to look out for.
Three new versions of the Mk 1 album are released in Japan this week. I’ve kind of lost count of the number of times they have done the albums in reproduction sleeves there (and they were done in the UK by EMI in a box set way back), but this new trio promise to be the best yet, thanks to the involvement of fans to ensure the faithful reproduction of the original Japanese cover art. Best of the lot is perhaps The Book Of Taliesyn which has an authentic slightly off white tone to the card, but if you don’t have any earlier versions then these are well worth checking out. Released by Victor in Japan, all come with K2HD mastering and the bonus tracks which adorned the original UK EMI reissues back in 2000. DTBOnline shop have long since given up trying to import these sort of titles, but we recommend a firm like CDJapan. The photo below shows the three covers, thanks to Masaki Tanaka.
[UPDATES] A number of copies will be auctioned during the evening of the memorial show. The Concerto DVD was filmed at Bucharest, November 5th 2009. The second half of the concert was released by mail order through his fan club, and was filmed by local TV.
As more than a few of you know (judging by my in-tray this morning!) the details of the forthcoming Jon Lord Photo Book are out, published by Rufus Stone (who did the well regarded California Jam book last year).
This new book has been produced with the full co-operation of many members of Jon Lord’s family, his brother setting the tone with an article and pictures about Jon’s early pre-Purple career. Many more friends and family have penned pieces, and from Deep Purple themselves there are moving words from Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ritchie Blackmore.
The photographic content is largely unseen material. I was lucky enough to be shown some of the early submissions from his family and frankly you’d have to be a hard hearted person not to be moved by some of the touching family photographs. There are plenty of top live shots, as well as some great semi-professional but perhaps even more fascinating and atmospheric snaps from fellow musicians, crew, etc. taken on the road (the spread in the promo shot shows some of these). It covers Jon’s entire career from The Artwoods on to his later post-Purple projects.
As well as a 220 page large format hand-bound hard-back book, the typically high quality RS package (which is strictly limited to 500 copies) includes unreleased video and audio material, in the form of a DVD of a previously unseen performance The Concerto filmed in 2009, and two unreleased tracks from his personal collection pressed as a very collectable ten inch vinyl disc (and on a memory stick for those people who don’t have a record deck!).
Remembering his old mate, Rick Wakeman has personally signed each copy. Unlike some RS titles, there will apparently be no other printed editions. As with all things this book comes at a price; £275. You can get a discount by ordering ahead of the official release date in April. The book will be launched officially at the memorial concert on April 4th but NOT available to buy there.
As someone put it to me today, the book isn’t cheap, but it’s still less than it’s going to cost to get to the show, and it will last for a lifetime.
The original news about this book on the DTB site is now a bit out of date, but can be read here.
As downloads of music reach a tipping point in the UK (over 50% of all sales now), here are two more free to listen to samples of upcoming material : I know one of the arguments for cassette taping back in the 70s and 80s was that a lot of people who did it would eventually upgrade to vinyl when they had the money, the others would never have bought it in the first place. I wonder if this still holds true in the digital age? Thanks to Lee Worrall and Tim Summers
Ex-Whitesnake axe man Adrian Vendenberg‘s new band Moonkings also have their debut album ready, and they boasts David Coverdale on a cover of Sailing Ships. The whole album is online at the Classic Rock website.
Dean Howard, who worked with Ian Gillan (and supported Purple a few tours back) has a new group and album out (but no DP related guests). You can hear four tracks on Soundcloud and see what you reckon, but for my money Into The Wild is a great track.
Messers Gillan and Glover have been brushing up their acting skills for bit parts in the final episode of a new Israeli TV series, Atlantica, centering on a Jerusalem based band who track the Deep Purple stars down and try to get on the bill as an opening band. The filming took place in between the bands two Tel Aviv concerts and will air locally at the end of the year. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter and Tourism Israel.
Don Airey has followed up his last solo album (is it really three years since All Out?), and his new one Keyed Up is due any day now. The title can be ordered from DTB Online shop, and features one of the last sessions done by Gary Moore which Don has been wanting to use for a while. The current Deep Purple keyboard man is also doing promo, and spent time chatting on Planet Rock over the last weekend. You can catch up with this on their play it again option on the link below. Tim Summers listened in and says there were some interesting stories, while Don played the Mk 2 version of Fireball and a new solo track as well.
DTBOnline still have his previous solo albums available, A Light In The Sky, All Out and K2.