A Fire In The Sky

No, not a story about the upcoming Machine Head book of that name, but the title of a new Deep Purple US compilation (though we do wonder where they got the idea!) due in September, most likely to tie in with the band’s tour there.  It’s the first extensive collection for America in a good few years (the Rhino box set being the last biggie I remember), but from the looks of it they’re a bit short on ideas and there isn’t one rare or unissued track across 3CDs (though this does of course mean we can gaze on from afar and leave wallets untroubled.) Two of the discs take the story from 1968 to 1976, but backwards (so track one is off Come Taste, track twenty six is Hush!), the third covers the reunion in 16 tracks. Also backwards.
On top if this there is a stand alone CD set covering the hit singles, half of which are the often weird US radio edits. Plus the immortal Child In Time Part 1. These have just about (it would take me hours to check!) all been curio bonus tracks on reissues and compilations in Europe before. Again, also programmed backwards!
For vinyl lovers they are also putting it out as a SIX album set, which will test the resolve of many collectors; imagine the shipping alone! Not sure about the sleeve, it does kind of remind me of those neat off the wall Warner Brothers mail order compilations they used to offer in the 1970s; I’d probably like it more if they’d used a proper logo. They probably had their orders…  Thanks to Mark Maddock for the info.

Deep Purple Smoke On The Water

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9 Responses to “A Fire In The Sky”

  1. Joe Embleton Says:

    I pre-ordered from here
    https://www.merchbar.com/rock-alternative/deep-purple
    £46 including shipping to UK (limited offer apparently)
    I am actually looking forward to this odd track listing. Something different from the usual regurgitated format.

  2. Steve Allum Says:

    Simon,
    From what I’ve read about the vinyl version, it will be a 3LP set.

  3. Mike Whiteley Says:

    Ah,yes…..Back before a mortgage ate all my “fun money”,I dropped about 100 CAD on the Rhino 4 disc box….because I didn’t have Slow Down Sister. 18 years later,I would never do that.
    The repackaging of Purple continues.There is also a limited edition- combo pack of the From The Setting Sun….To The Rising Sun Blu-Rays coming down the pipe.The Infinite Tour Edition can’t be far off,either.I won’t be re-buying. My wallet is closed.

  4. Leftin Says:

    Like the cover too. Shame it’s not in colour (or is it?). With compilations, though, When We Rock We Rock and When We Roll We Roll (no commas) is unbeatable. It was done by the same Japanese artist who designed the ELO covers of the era (’78). It also featured Mks. 1, 2 and 3 – a first. The “live” Woman from Tokyo was a bit of a red herring, with even Roger Glover perplexed at its inclusion!

  5. Tom Says:

    Hi Simon,
    Deep purple at Hellfest will air on Saturday 22:55 cet on arte TV
    Cheers

  6. Joe Embleton Says:

    It’s a three LP edition I think.
    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/deep-purple-to-release-comprehensive-new-anthology-a-fire-in-the-sky-in-september/

  7. IAN DOUGLAS Says:

    well listening today to a favourite old cassette I’d made of Tributes to Jimi Hendrix (interesting avenues and deviations) one fave was Deep Purple Mk 1 and Hey Joe. I hope that’s on there. To me Mk 1 established The Sound. And I don’t mind “the order” being reversed for a change – I hope and trust all line-ups are represented. It might be an interesting compilation.

  8. Leslie Hedger Says:

    This release sounds like it might be of “Heavy Metal Pioneers” proportion!! I wonder if it will include the all time DP favorite “Razzle Dazzle” er, I mean, Smoke on the Water!!

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