Newsletter July 2012

It’s July. And I’m soaked to the skin balanced on top of a ladder trying to unblock the down spout rather than finishing the newsletter off. Still mustn’t grumble eh? DTB man Rob Miller in Australia told us his neighbours had just lost their roofs in gale force winds… we’ve sent his dog a Deep Purple t-shirt to keep it warm, so long as he promises to send us a photo back!
Can we link the recent footie tournament to DP? You bet we can: Neil Cutler has been telling us that Euro 2012 tournament was covered by Tele 5 in Spain (where he lives and works, and has just had a book of his packaging work published to prove it). Given that Spain won (and deservedly so), Tele 5 put together a special sequence showing all the 80 or so TV staff who had been working behind the scenes during the tournament, and set it all to Rainbow’s I Surrender. The whole track, even with the great outro solo. “A nice way to finish off,” as Neil says.

Footie aside, what’s been happening in the world of the Purps then?

DEEP PURPLE • On the new album it’s early days yet but recording has been taking place. Steve Morse has broken ranks and posted an update. He says the band are working through until the third week of July when Steve departs for the G3 tour in Germany (with Satriani and Vai). According to Steve the others will carry on, and he will then zip back to oversee any last bits and overdubs which are needed. He says they have more than enough material for the CD already, and good to hear him so upbeat about the project.
On then to the retro scene…

deep purple machine head live japan dvd

MACHINE HEAD LIVE – it looks like the vintage Denmark 1972 Deep Purple set is about to resurface. This video / dvd has been out of print for a good few years now, but is being primed for a new stereo dvd edition and has been cleaned up for Blu Ray as well. It will be repackaged and retitled and will feature extensive packaging. The image above shows the original packaging for this title over in Japan.
EMI are also promising some firm details of their Machine Head 40th Anniversary Edition soon too. Classic Rock are working on a one-off Fan Pack magazine special to mark the album as well.
THE STORY OF SMOKE ON THE WATER – Our text heavy book on the story of Smoke On The Water (which I’ve got down to 170,000 words now) is close to being finished at last. When I began writing, Colonel Gadaffi was a pariah. A year or so later he was every Western government’s best mate, then more recently they hunted him down to a sewer pipe and shot him. That’s how long it’s taken. And yes, the Colonel does get a mention in the book. Why? You’ll have to wait and see! Publishing details will be announced shortly.
1968 AND ALL THAT – Talk of MH40 reminds us that 2013 will be the 45th Anniversary of Deep Purple’s formation. 1968 was a big year for new bands, Deep Purple, Yes, Free, Nazareth, Led Zeppelin and many more. Must have been something in the water.
Talking of Free, this week’s rumour comes from Brazil and has Blackmore invited to join a reformed Free with Paul Rodgers. Seems a bit far-fetched; although it would be great to hear the pair working together, I can’t envisage Ritchie fitting into the Free back-catalogue too easily.
We’ve also got some news on Long Beach 1971 posted on the site and since then a couple of short MP3 samples have reached me. What a treat to hear this stuff in such high quality and stereo.
GOTHENBURG 1970 – I was corresponding with DTB man Lars Olsson recently about some old film of the band and he was telling me about his first experience of seeing Deep Purple live.
“My favourite live concert with them is Stockholm November 1970 (Live In Stockholm CD). I saw them myself, 3 days later, the 15th Of November 1970 at Gothenburg Concerthouse. A fantastic concert! I remember them doing the same 7 tracks as at Stockholm. The only two differences were that Jon Lord didn’t take an organ solo in “Child In Time”, and during Ian Paice’s drum solo in “Paint It Black”, Pete York (Hardin & York was the support act) came on to the stage equipped with only an snare drum, and started jamming with Paicey! Ian Paice remembered it, when I talked to him about it in 2009 in Jönköping.

Mike Galway was glued to BBC4’s Punk Britannia series the other week. One scene showed people working in EMI’s production factory packaging albums, and he spotted they were working on Fireball! He didn’t say whether they were lovingly stroking each sleeve before sticking it in the boxes though…
HAMBURG 1970 – DTB has just rescued a great set of vintage Deep Purple negatives. Reader Tonny Steenhagen spotted a print on the web and managed to track the owner down. The shots were taken backstage in Germany in December 1970 and are great, with both group and individual shots of all the band members. We’re planning to make prints available very soon. In the meanwhile David has put a few on the home page at
MIJ – If you want to learn all about the lettering on the cover of Made In Japan, and who wouldn’t, check it out on our DTB features pages here. And ignore the cheeky comments from Roy!
CALIFORNIA JAM – hopefully you’re all signed up to get the updates on this direct from the publisher, because we’re going to be able to reveal details of a special autographed edition, signed by one of the band. If you haven’t signed up yet, read this page for more details.

WHITESNAKE • EMI called to say they’ve had some of the Whitesnake box sets turn up; although officially deleted if anyone missed out drop Ann a line and she’ll get you a price.
Three more vinyl reissues of Whitesnake albums are on the way too; 1987, Slip Of The Tongue and Slide It In. They’re all in gatefolds and use the remastered audio which has never been issued on vinyl before. There are a few extras; Slide has the non album b-side; and 1987 has a couple of non album alternate versions. Each one is presented in coloured vinyl – white, marble and red respectively.
Still some very nice comments coming back from people who have bought the Whitesnake book: “Just a quick thank you. The wait was well and truly worth it.”; “the whole team has done a fantastic job and the wait – while lengthy – has been well worth it. In a word, it is stunning. Many congratulations to all concerned.” ; “I’ve just received my book. All I can say is WOW. The best book I have ever purchased. I am stunned by how good it is.” You can see what the fuss is about here.

Jon Lord Concerto For Group and Orchestra 2012JON LORD’S CONCERTO 2012 • Work on the new studio recording of The Concerto is just about complete. Collectors will enjoy the 70+ page hardback book edition which is crammed with unpublished photographs from the recording sessions last year and beyond. Paul Mann has done a long written piece looking back at his involvement with the Concerto over the years and detailing the recent album sessions. A ‘making of’ DVD is also being included and Marco de Goeij has done a piece about his work on the project. You can read more and see some new photographs from the Liverpool session on the blog, and pre-order the CD at DTB Online Store. We’ve heard some advance snippets and it is quite strange to hear the orchestral parts played so well after all this time.
Jon Lord had to pull out of the new performance of The Durham Concerto in Germany on July 6 but they hope to reschedule for later in the year.

A Knight In York Blackmore's NightBLACKMORE • The Blackmore’s Night In York release has been confusing shops and distributors alike. By our reckoning there are now SIX different formats available. Somebody should tell them that this ain’t the 80s when we were all buying multiple vinyl pressings like there was no tomorrow! Anyhow, DTB Online Store are stocking the main retail editions and the title is available now. One fan who was at the gig has emailed asking why six tracks from the show have been left off the release. We’ve no answer. Nor have we any answer to why the vinyl was advertised as a triple set, but was only a double when it appeared. All the tracks are there, we checked.
Meanwhile Blackmore’s Night’s decision not to tour this year set the rumour mill going, with everything from a Rainbow reunion (the Turner years) to a Mk 3 get together as the cause. In fact the Blackmore’s have announced the latest addition to the family, Rory Dartanyan (that’s Hollywood for D’artagnan we presume). Since then they have announced a month of shows starting early July, mostly in Germany, though they do say these are the only European shows this year and do not include the UK.
The funniest story I heard recently was while chatting with Derek Lawrence. We were discussing the failings in that Joe Meek documentary which was reshown recently by BBC4 and got around to The Outlaws. Derek was around when the band, Ritchie and others, got nabbed for lobbing bags of flour at people from their van and were up before the beak somewhere like Worcester. The local rag went with the headline “The Outlaws Say It With Flour!”. Love to find that (for youngsters, there was a long running advertising campaign in the UK to encourage people to use a florist and “Say It With Flowers”). I’m still working with Derek on plans for his autobiography but he is insistent on a crime novel out of his system first.
I was also sorry to hear that guitarist Big Jim Sullivan is not well. Big Jim was one of the most influential players in the UK in the early sixties and passed tips on to players like Blackmore, who Jim was always a huge admirer of. Me and my brother used to play Jim’s early instrumental 45s over and over, and he also did hundreds of sessions, many uncredited. Check his stunning solo on The Crying Game by Dave Berry.

gillan Iommi who cares album sleeveGILLAN • The Who Cares CD album mentioned last newsletter is in stock at DTBOnline. This is a collection of odds and ends from across both Iommi and Gillan’s career, both old and new. Of interest will be the rare (and yes I know it was supposed to be exclusive!) Dick Pimple Convention track which they’ve stuck on. Money from sales will be going to the Rock Aid Armenia project.
The current issue of Mojo (with Brian Jones on the front) has a three page feature on Jesus Christ Superstar, with recollections from Gillan and others involved in the original project. It looks like they’re working on an updated CD edition too.

Also in the media, the Independent newspaper ran a story recently about rock stars talking to business people and how their experiences can inform business manager’s decisions. At an upcoming conference run by a former band manager (and writer of the book Punk Rock People Management, a guide to “hiring, inspiring and firing staff”), he’s brought Bernie Tormé on board from the rock side, who is quoted as saying: “I have worked with a fair mix of Class A rock stars. The music business is a great teacher of life skills such as negotiating, marketing, teamwork, high performance and so on, both how to do them well and occasionally the dark side of the force. Big companies are far more complex, although it’s not as different as you would think.”
I suspect Bernie’s original statement might have read a little differently (“I have worked with a fair mix of Class A – fill in your own expletive here“!). As there will be live music and such it sounds like a business jolly for those able to afford to waste a day dreaming up new ways to sack staff.

NICK SIMPER • Nick Simper and Don Airey double header? Nick with Nasty Habits are doing a show supporting the Don Airey Band on September 21. 2012 at Reigen in Wien. The Nasty Habits DVD is now in stock at last by the way at DTB Online Store.

TOMMY BOLIN • The European edition of the Gypsy Soul CD is also in stock at last, in a special digipak with a different cover and booklet. Meantime if you’re Stateside on holiday this year “Gypsy Soul: Remembering Sioux City’s Tommy Bolin” is now showing at the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 Fourth St. For more information visit

IAN PAICE • The folk doing those limited edition Ian Paice signature kits have announced a price reduction, so if you were dithering, now might be a good time. Two of the four silver glitter kits have gone already.

EX EX • Micheal Des Barres, former lead singer with Purple label act Silverhead, is back with his first solo album in ages, Carnaby Street. Reissues of the Purple label albums are also being sorted at last, more next newsletter.

Finally the world wants to know; where is Richard Head? Will every DTB persons favourite cartoon strip be returning? Watch this space.

DTB Newsletter July 2012 – Thanks to Peter Brkusic, Tom Dixon, Roberto Souza, Damian Phelan, Jon Kirkman.

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7 Responses to “Newsletter July 2012”

  1. Roy Davies Says:

    “Ritchie and others, got nabbed for lobbing bags of flour at people from their van and were up before the beak somewhere like Worcester. ”

    Just looked it up in Jerry’s Blackmore book… was Shrewsbury!

    • simon robinson Says:

      Well, not too far out geographically then! One half timbered town looks much like another to us gritstone folk…

  2. david peel Says:

    Whilst I enjoy reading the blog, it’s no substitute for the mag. Will it ever re-emerge?

    • simon robinson Says:

      DTB is mutating into a series of special edition publications. There are currently four in the pipeline, with US Tour 76 and history of Smoke On The water likely to appear first later this year.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Why are they re-doing Machine Head? The last anniversary issue, especially the re-mix by Glover was good. I wish Glover hadn’t used those alternate Blackmore solos as those were clearly NOT keepers. I can see why Blackmore would be agitated with that.
    I was hoping for Rainbow remaster news or “Made in Japan” news. I soooo wish that Blackmore rumor was true, as I really wish he would do something different! *Re: Big Jim. I have some news obtained in a pretty direct way that Big Jim was actually “ok” but is not able to perform live any more. (This was three months ago anyway)

  4. purpledaniel Says:

    Simon is that actually a still from a vintage Gothenburgh 1970 rare film?

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