New album scheduled?

It looks like the new Deep Purple studio album has been scheduled for February 2017 according to Ian Gillan, and he expects them to be touring to support it from then onwards “for two years”.  I assume they have sensibly decided to hold it back into the new year in order to let Ian Paice have a damn good break; he has been relaxing down at his villa, so hopefully will be fit and well.  At least this gives us something to look forward to after some of the less than crucial releases this year.
Talking of which, Ian has actually been doing a number of phone chats supporting the new Gillan vinyl box set, one of these heavyweight hard-cased affairs which are currently all the rage (I was trying to lift the Rammstein boxed LP set up only a couple of weeks ago and decided I need to break the vinyl reissue habit, and started right there!)

Gillan vinyl box set 2016
This is the fourth or fifth UK vinyl edition for many of these albums; Demon themselves did them as picture discs not many months ago.
IGB are not included, one assumes they’re preparing another set for them, and most of us who still hang on to their collection will have at least one vinyl copy and quite likely the original first pressings as well, so I’m not sure who they expect will want this. At least those nice vinyl hardback editions from a year or so back tried something new and put a bit of effort into the pressing, packaging and presentation.
The set consists of LP1: Mr Universe, LP2: Glory Road, LP3: For Gillan Fans Only, LP4: Future Shock, LP5: Double Trouble., LP6: Double Trouble, LP7: Magic) and is out early October, coming in at around £80 – £90.  Needless to say the artful dodgers Amazon have got the world by the throat (or somewhere) and if you go to them you get a hard vinyl pressed 7″ version of the old flexi disc Spanish Guitar (which they couldn’t even be bothered to do a picture sleeve for) not available to anyone else. Nice one Demon, why not personally go round and shut every remaining indie record shop in person while you’re at it? Talk about turkeys wishing for Christmas.

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17 Responses to “New album scheduled?”

  1. Victor Luchits Says:

    On a somewhat related subject, Simon could you please elaborate on the state of the original multi-tracks for Gillan albums? The inlay of RPM re-issue of the Japanese album mentions the original 24-tracks, so those ought to exist still but what about the rest of the catalogue?

    I vaguely remember you also posted at some point that you had the original vinyl masters for Double Trouble and Future Shock too..

    • simon robinson Says:

      I own all the multi-tracks for all the albums Victor but when it kicked off with the band I never really wanted to get into the mire of legal issues. So I may just put the lot up for sale, time marches on!

      • Victor Luchits Says:

        It’s good to know the tapes are in safe hands none the less!

        Since you’re obviously the most knowledgeable person on the matter, may I ask you a question: do you have any information on the origins of a Gillan track called “Parliament Square”? It can only be found on youtube and it’s an incomplete version stitched together from two studio recordings of radically different sound quality..

      • simon robinson Says:

        I have not heard the version you mention, but I do have the masters for this and some other titles I do not recognise.

      • Victor Luchits Says:

        Being a Gillan freak I’d love to hear those, as well as the complete version of the aforementioned tack in proper sound quality + learn a bit more about the lineups and principal writers behind those songs. Let’s hope they’ll eventually see the light of the day!

  2. Victor Luchits Says:

    Just got my copy of this boxset as a birthday present. What can I say…

    They didn’t even bother to reproduce the album colors faithfully. For instance, Mr. Universe cover features our poor Ian standing in front of a gloomy grey sky..

    The lack of the loop groove on Nervous is the second gripe I have towards the boxset.

    • simon robinson Says:

      Yep, some of the quality control seems to have gone from these vinyl reissues, the colours are way out on some. I guess they do it all in house now so nobody even notices.

  3. Victor Luchits Says:

    Too bad the so called Japanese album is near damn impossible to get a hold of even on a cd! The DPAS reissue is even more rare these days than the original vinyl pressing…

    • simon robinson Says:

      Wish I’d kept a box hidden away! It was reissued later by Angel Air but that was a poor job and not done with Ian’s input or approval like the RPM and Purple Records editions.

  4. Masse Says:

    Personally I’m holding out for the new thing! Now What!? was just waking the guys up, I think the fine stuff will be on this new record.

  5. Joshua Schwartz Says:

    Believe it or not there are young people that like this kind of music and may not own these albums on vinyl yet. This set looks great to me.

  6. Leftin Says:

    “New album scheduled” and the pictures of the Gillan collection made me think, for around a second, that Gillan, McCoy, Torme, Towns and Underwood had had a few drinks and reformed! Colin Towns doesn’t work in the realm of rock’n’roll now, but it’s a nice idea.

  7. Heavy Metal Overload Says:

    Personally I’m holding out for the Gillan SuperDeluxeCashectomyEdition with replica red trousers and some turf from the Reading Festival.

  8. Mark Maddock Says:

    “Needless to say the artful dodgers Amazon have got the world by the throat (or somewhere) and if you go to them you get a hard vinyl pressed 7″ version of the old flexi disc Spanish Guitar (which they couldn’t even be bothered to do a picture sleeve for) not available to anyone else. Nice one Demon, why not personally go round and shut every remaining indie record shop in person while you’re at it? Talk about turkeys wishing for Christmas.”

    And that is why no money will leave my pockets on this…

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