April 8, 2015
As it’s Easter week and every other bugger seems to be on holiday, for those who aren’t, it’s competition time: It gets harder and harder to devise competitions as 99 times out of 100 you can Bing the answer (yes, I’ve switched) within moments, but couldn’t resist trying people out on this, a very strange (but far from unaccomplished) cover version of Deep Purple’s Mistreated. I mean who would have thought he could star in one of our all time favourite sitcoms AND manage this? The question: can you tell us who is singing? Click on the link below leads you to a one off page where you can listen or download the MP3. Answer next week, and the prize – a mint copy of the EMI remaster of Burn on vinyl – awarded to the first person out of the eHat who gets it right. If nobody manages it, we’ll devise a clue. Put your answers in the comments section, and I will keep them hidden.
Mistreated cover version
Many thanks to Norman Barrel and Nick Robinson.
April 3, 2015
After all the news lately about tribute bands and cover versions, some actual new Deep Purple shows to report. The band have a short set of shows in America during July and August, plus a one off in Canada and another down Mexico way (and in case Vladimir strops and decides to reannex Alaska, one in Russia too.) Tickets are on sale now for most of these shows and you can read the full list on our 2015 gig page. Thanks to Vince Chong in Canada for the info, with his local ticket seller proudly displaying a photo of Mk 2 at De Lane Lea to their online viewers!
March 31, 2015
Tracy Chaplain-Payne wonders if we get Simple Crochet magazine on a regular basis, to which I shame-facedly have to answer “no”. Viz, Private Eye and Country Life is about as far as it goes. So we missed this nice upcycling of a vintage Deep Purple shirt which turned up on the cover of the magazine issue 29 to offset the crochet scarf. It’s the House Of Blue Light tour, and has been given a new v-neck (losing two of the band in the process!) with a leather string to gather the shoulders. Or you could hang on to yours in the hopes that it becomes a collector’s item (though after 30 years you’d think it might have done so by now…).
March 25, 2015
Always a bit of a maverick, Bernie Tormé has embraced the DIY ethos made possible by the web, and is working on a second album to be funded through his fan base. It’s a great way to get things done, especially in this day and age of disappearing record shops, disinterested labels and monolithic web retailers. You can read all about the new project on his pledgepage (plus be able to listen to some cuts from the last album – the guitar / harmonica duetting sounds great) and people who join up get all sorts of extras, bonus bits and pieces, right up to the chance to actually get involved in doing the backing vox! On top of all that 10% of funds raised after the goal is reached go a teenage cancer charity.
To be fair, Bernie probably doesn’t need us to plug him – his last CD was funded four time over – but he is one of the good guys.
Thanks to Lee Worrall.
March 19, 2015
At the risk of turning into the Whitesnake fanclub…(though the covers album is one of the most talked about in ages): Eddie Trunk’s VH1 ‘That Metal Show’ interviewed DC via a video link about ‘The Purple Album’. David talked about Jon wanting a “Purple reunion (of sorts)” in his last few years, and also said he discussed covering Rainbow songs (as well as DP and WS ones) with Ritchie during their reunion chats.
In the meantime Whitesnake have posted an EPK online covering the upcoming release, with more snippets from said album.
March 17, 2015
That audience shot we posted a few days back? We wondered if anyone knew where it was from. Paul Orchard got the venue right, Donington, but it was taken in 1981, the year Whitesnake supported AC/DC. Here’s how it looks as the frontispiece to Barry Plummer’s new book of Deep Purple photos (chosen as the publisher wanted a sweaty audience pic apparently!). Here is the original posting.
More news and the first visuals from the book due any day, and very impressive they look too.
March 13, 2015
Record Store Day UK is but a few weeks away, and sleeping bags will soon start to appear outside Barry’s Record Collector shop in Sheffield as per every year. There is a quartet of Deep Purple items on offer this year in the UK (other territories often do their own thing). Thanks also to Tim Summers.
Deep Purple – Out Of Hand – This is a 10″ vinyl release off the current album, with the album track backed up by Après Vous (Instrumental), and on the b-side Lazy (Live At Wacken Open Air 2013) and Hell To Pay (Instrumental).
Also from recent times is a vinyl edition of Live With Orchestra: Montreux 2011 (3LP), which has been out on DVD and CD already.
From olden times comes Black Night / Speed King 7″ on blue opaque vinyl and The Book of Taliesyn in glorious mono, on white vinyl. This follows up last year’s Record Day issue of Shades.
Given our hassles getting stock in the past, will not advertise these up front, but WILL try to get unsold copies after the day for the new DTB collectors store. We have managed this in previous years, and always sell at regular retail price.
Soup recipes will follow. Search for previous Record Store Day articles relating to the band on this site using the box on the right. Meanwhile here is an amusing look at the Record Day phenomena from one of the record blogs I follow which some may find all too familiar!
March 6, 2015
Doing promotion for the upcoming Whitesnake Purple album, David has been opening up a little on the recent rapprochement with Ritchie, which throws some more light on the alt Purple reunion.
“After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a Purple reunion or a ‘Blackmore/Coverdale’ project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas and new approaches to suggest rearranging some of our original works. Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch.”
It was Coverdale’s wife Cindy who suggested that he take his ideas and make a new Whitesnake studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with Deep Purple.
“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with Purple over 40 years ago, it has all the classic Whitesnake elements people who support us have come to expect…” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.”
This last sentence has been seen as a possible hint that DC might bow out of live music after the tour. It could certainly be read that way, but equally might just be a slightly ambiguous transcript from a longer interview; “go out” simply meaning to go on the road. I guess we’ll see. [Our post on the Purple Whitesnake album if you need to catch up.]
Anyhow, here’s a bit of a Coverdale related photo courtesy Barry Plummer. See if you know which festival this was taken at, and tell us if you recognise yourself in the front row! Answer will follow.
February 26, 2015
And lo… a Whitesnake 2015 (David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums) romp through 15 golden oldies from Mk 3 and Mk 4, entitled The Purple Album in May.
It’s hard not to imagine this was inspired by his talks with Blackmore last year, and it will certainly keep the internet chatterboards going for some time. And while the reaction in our in-tray today to the teaser video for Stormbringer has been largely negative, perversely I quite liked it. Fairly grungy approach, and I think the vocal register worked in that context. I’d rather this than a half hearted recreation of the original, and it has more life than Gillan’s lacklustre covers album (Gillan’s Inn) of a few years back. For me the last few Whitesnake originals have been largely treading water, and at least here we get some strong material. Mind you, I’d get the guitarist to lay off the beans before they hit the road if the vid is anything to go by!
With it still being strongly rumoured that Ritchie is pursuing what is now a Purple Rainbows approach on stage sometime this summer (in between Blackmore’s Night gigs) it’ll be interesting to see who wins the battle of the monster tributes. The sad thing is that if you’d put Blackmore into this new album, it would have been properly explosive and we’d all be wetting our trousers today.
Pre-order details, track lists and formats to follow.
Thanks to Tom Dixon and Tim Summers.
Our original news story.
February 23, 2015
David Coverdale, rearranging.
What’s David Coverdale up to? Teasing the pants off everyone apparently! We normally avoid the wilder outskirts of the rumour mill here at DTB, but promised news of a new Coverdale project any day has set the purple part of t’interweb abuzz this week. And the word is that his new album is in fact a ten-plus track set of Deep Purple cover versions (from his time with the band… mind you he did used to cover Black Night in his semi-pro days, so you never know). In the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine he talks about getting to the point of re-listening to his Purple work and REARRANGING (our caps. Well Tim’s really) some of it too. A date of Feb 25th is shown on the online teaser trailer (which is more akin to a hollywood movie launch) which the singer has put online, so we expect more news to follow on Wednesday. Someone pointed out that their new guitarist Joel Hoekstra has painted his Gibson metallic purple too… You can watch that short trailer video on Demitry M Epstein’s site (go on, give his server stats a spike!) – http://dmme.net/whitesnake-reveal-a-new-records-date/ Talking of Classic Rock, they’ve gone heavy on Deep Purple in the current edition of the magazine, with a somewhat misleadingly In Rock themed front cover. The excuse (not that they need one) is a survey of bands neglected by the rock’n roll hall of fame, and for Deep Purple they have spoken to many of the group getting them to argue the case. It’s mostly sound-bite stuff (and in Ritchie’s case vintage soundbites) but some interesting snippets in there, and yet another excuse to raid the Getty photo archives. The issue also confirms our story of some months back about the Coverdale / Blackmore purple project, with Coverdale commenting: “After several discussions with Ritchie’s manager I felt that I didn’t share their vision of how they saw the project. I sincerely wished them well and respectfully withdrew.”