We have a small stock of the two UK 2014 Deep Purple Record Store day vinyl releases mentioned on an earlier posting for anyone who wasn’t able to queue. This is the Mono colour vinyl Shades LP and the monstrously table-mat thick pressing of the Made In Japan single. As there are only a few, we’ve put them up on our new Deep Purple Collectors Store.
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Final details of the upcoming Mk 1 58 track box set (scheduled for the third week of July) are now in. It’s something of a mixed bag as far as most readers of Darker Than Blue are concerned, and much depends on how desperate you are for mono mixes (new to CD). The box does get the stuff back on catalogue but an initial trawl through the content suggests so much more could have been done here. Anyhow, I’ve done a full break-down of the bonus tracks (there do appear to be a handful of new oddds and ends) on the review pages and it can be pre-ordered at the DTB Online shop.
Deep Purple are taking a break in the Algarve right now doing some writing to get the follow up to What Now started. Looks like they have decided to strike while the iron is still fairly hot which seems a good move. The album is still getting mentioned; listing their top five albums of 2013 in Good Times magazine, Mick Box put Now What at second, and Andy Scott of The Sweet rated it fourth (thanks to Hubert Leonhard).
Deep Purple went ahead with their concert in Turkish occupied Cyprus on May 24 in front of 20,000 fans. Admission was free. The show made the local press on both sides, “The band landed in Nicosia’s Ercan Airport in a British Airways plane rented for the trip in a rare occasion for the airport, which is closed to international flights apart from those coming from Turkey. The band members were welcomed by the Turkish Cypriot Foreign Ministry officials, as international celebrities make rare visits to the country due to the pressure from Greek Cyprus and the international community.”
Apart from a French festival this month the band are off the road until the middle of July when they play more European shows before their longest batch of North America / Canadian shows in ages.
A phone call, June 5th 1969.
“Rog, it’s Ian. What did you think of it last night?”
“Are you really going to pack it in?”
“Well the band aren’t going anywhere, we’ve nattered about doing something new, this could be a real chance.”
“Yeah, but who ever heard of Deep Purple?”
“No, listen, I just been up to meet them today. I’d no idea they’d had such a success in The States, hit singles, albums the lot, and they want to get into something more rock and roll, you know. Mind you, the hair-dos!”
“Well, I dunno. I popped up to see Glo. She’s pissed off but we’ll probably get Pete in for now.”
“You can all sing, you’ll be fine. I want to try doing more rock and roll stuff , like I used to do.”
“Tony was well fed-up when that guy got up to jam, taking the piss a bit wasn’t it? I thought he was just a mate of Mick’s?”
“Ritchie? Yeah, he was a bit flash, but you know he’s not so bad once you get to know him. And Jon’s great. I met their drummer today too.”
“We weren’t at our best there, that Ivy Club is a real dump, I don’t know why Gloria booked us in.”
“Don’t worry about it, look they need a bass player – I said you’d be up for it.”
“I don’t think so, I mean what would the others think? I can’t leave them in the lurch like that. Sheila will kill me and Gloria, she’ll just flip.”
“She’ll calm down. I’ll do the shows ’til you get sorted. Look, we’re in Derby tomorrow, I’ll have a chat when we’ve got a moment to ourselves. They’ve asked me to do a session with them on Saturday, just see how it goes. I said we could go round to Jon’s place first and play him some of our stuff, see if they want to take any of our songs, might earn you a few bob.”
“I could use it. I’ve just had to flog one of my amps today.”
“Well if you want to, do the session with me on Saturday.”
“I’ll have a think, let’s have a chat tomorrow.”
“OK, Sheila and Mick will come round in the van about three, see you.”
Phone conversation courtesy the NSA, transcribed by Simon Robinson. Images from Wait For The Ricochet. Available at all good bookstores. Except Waterstones who would only take one copy for the whole of the UK as they don’t think anyone’s interested in Deep Purple anymore!
There are now over thirty reviews of the new box sets on the site, and Tonny Steenhagen has done a really great in depth analysis of the pros and cons of the big CD box for us. While we’re all Japan 72 fixated, we have a special DTB article devoted to Marshall engineer Ken Flegg, who actually built the desk they were using for the first time on those Japanese shows. He was flown out to look after the gear in case of any teething troubles, and has put together his recollections about the visit.
Strange how everything goes quiet for a time then suddenly we’re swamped with new (and old) releases and forthcoming projects. Here’s a quick catch up with what’s happening:
Made In Japan is now shipping in all the various editions. We have already gone on about this on the site so will be interested to hear what people say once they actually get to study the content in detail. I’ve opened a reviews page. DTB online stock is going out but taking ages to pack; as seems the norm these days we were left til last for stock orders. However we will hold the advertised prices on the big editions for the next couple of weeks.
The Artwoods collection has been revamped since we last posted about it. The set has been given a new title, Steady Gettin’ It, a new sleeve with a great colour photo, and an extra disc! So it has morphed into a triple album. The main reason for this is the inclusion of no fewer than FIVE BBC sessions by the band, some sixteen tracks in total from 1965, 1966 and 1967. The booklet has also been expanded to 38 pages. It’s due in at the very end of July now, so will probably ship early August. Full track list is on our online store.
Also from the sixties is a nice looking reissue of the original Zephyr debut album, Tommy Bolin‘s first major studio output. Out of print here for years (BGO first issued it in the UK on CD), this has been overseen and annotated by band member David Givens and includes a remaster of the original 1969 album, a CD of miscellaneous live tracks and a third disc which is a one-off full reunion show from 1973 in Boulder (Tommy had moved on the year before). It’s a US import due at the end of this month but DTB Online will be stocking it. All the CDs are in separate mini-gatefold covers packaged in a nice slipcase with a detailed booklet. Just think, MIJ could have looked like this!
Bernie Marsden has also finally set a date for his much trailed new solo album Shine, which is now due in August. As we’ve mentioned before, this features David Coverdale, Ian Paice and Don Airey in guest roles. The previews we’ve heard sound great, a really gusty blues production. There will be a limited double vinyl run as well.
Glenn Hughes‘s new outfit California Breed is also due in a few days. They have added a limited edition which includes a DVD of the promo videos and other goodies.
Still no sign of the triple vinyl for Black Masquerade by Rainbow, we’ll keep hammering away at the label reps for a date.
The triple vinyl of Deep Purple’s 1969 Concerto has also gone back and is now promised for late June. The Mk 1 box set is still in the pipeline but getting nearer. I’m hoping there will be some exciting news concerning this, but have to keep quiet for now.
All the above are on the DTB Online store and can be ordered – or pre-ordered.
Lastly we do have some stock of the limited edition Record Store Day Deep Purple releases here but will only put these on the store once we have fulfilled the pre-orders.
And talking of online stores, we are in the final testing stages of a NEW DTB COLLECTABLES online shop. Response to our earlier lists of collectors items, rarities, second hand vinyl, etc. was so good we have decided to open a new online shop for this sort of material. More details will follow very shortly. We are also going to open a new email news and new release news service. Lots of you already get emails from Ann but her software is now starting to creak at the sheer number of addresses. So we’ve invested in a special software to organise this better and again details will be posted here soonest.
Award yourself a house star if you know where that motto comes from…. Purple Records kicked off back in 1971 and like a lot of other slightly esoteric seventies labels has gained quite a following amongst collectors in recent years. Purple never quite managed to focus itself as much as labels like Vertigo, Charisma or Threshold, and lacked the determined resources of labels like Harvest, mostly because the people involved were always being kept busy looking after Deep Purple themselves. Nevertheless as well as being home to many Deep Purple albums and singles over the years (and the label design continues to appear on various reissues to this day, including this years record Day single), the label did handle a lot of interesting solo projects as well as offerings from musicians outside the immediate ‘family’. Buddy Bohn, Silverhead and Bullet rubbed shoulders with The Colditz Story, Yvonne Elliman and Curtiss Maldoon.
Rare record collector Neil Priddey has been working on a book detailing the story of the label and this is now nearing completion. He has spoken to a number of people behind the scenes as well as musicians on the label. The book will be illustrated with the covers of all the albums and a discography as well as the singles and rarities, press material and other memorabilia.
Label designs, inner sleeves and more are a feature of Neil’s work. His recent book on the Charisma ‘pink label’ albums has been nicely received (not least on Simon’s album sleeve blog) so we’re expecting good things from this follow up. More details will follow as and when along with publishing information and ordering details. Meanwhile if anyone out there has any rare items from the label’s history do please get in touch and I’ll pass your email along.
Here are a few rarities from the label’s history to be going on with: a German art sleeve for Bullet; a very strange 12″ featuring “long” disco versions of two tracks (both normal album cuts in fact); and an obscure edition of Rainbow’s first album on the Purple label.
I’ve seen vinyl melted into ash-trays and bowls, stuck on tubing to make cake stands, bent at 45 degree to form book ends, cut into squares and drilled to make spiral-bound notebooks. But until now I’d never seen a Deep Purple record subject to this sort of treatment. Here’s Smoke On The Water hacked to bits and made into a clock. I blame Kirsty Allsopp.
Sir Peter Blake has just revealed a new Sgt Pepper style montage bringing together many of the artists who have graced the stage of The Royal Albert Hall. Unlike the original, which saw him doing lifesize photo blow-ups made then photographing them all en masse, fifty years or so on he’s done the new work in Photoshop so it lacks some of the atmosphere. But even so seen in total (it’s a triptych) it looks quite impressive. Even more amazingly, one of the bands included are Deep Purple (bottom right). This treat is only slightly marred by the fact that he’s used the wrong line-up for his piece, as Mk 4 (or indeed Mk 3 or Mk 1) never appeared at the RAH. Knowing Blake, copies will be for sale at a hefty price somewhere soon. Thanks to Peter Judd for the heads up.
And seeing as we’re in arty mode, Simon is part of this years annual Open Up Studio weekend in Sheffield, and will be exhibiting recent print work and photographs. Obviously nothing to do with Deep Purple (though one or two sleeve designs might sneak in when nobody is looking) but if you’re at a loose end over the early May bank holiday… details are on Simon’s art site here and some of the prints can also be seen online on the same site. They are considerably cheaper than buying a Peter Blake…
Deep Purple’s first American tour during July 1971 is not very well documented visually, the band being support to The Faces for most of the shows and yet to overcome their days as chart toppers with Hush. On the 28th they played the Sam Houston Coliseum and reportedly went down a storm according to local fans. For some time now a set of low res pictures has been doing the rounds from this show and the originals recently came up for sale in America at a specialist music memorabilia auction. Because photographs from this first US tour are so rare, and these are very good (taken by a local enthusiast) we decided to try and secure them for the DPAS archives and happily have been able to do so.
You can see two individual shots on our concert date list.