Mk 1, 8a and 8b…

Just how do we refer to all the various line-ups, and when did the Mk 1, 2 etc. system first appear?  Read our article on the site.

There is also a great story by Kurt Piepenburg looking back at his days hearing Deep Purple Mk 1 on American radio, and why he thinks they made such an impact back in the Autumn of 1968.

These features (and more) can also be found by scrolling down and checking the menu heading ARTICLES on the Darker Than Blue site.

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8 Responses to “Mk 1, 8a and 8b…”

  1. Mike Finch Says:

    I think you just have to get past the fact there’s a different singer on Deep Purple, I ignored the album for a long time and [ashamed to say] only properly listened to it a few years ago, Chasing Shadows, Blind stand out particularly, the drum solo is just fantastic, shame we’re unlikely to hear the songs live. Can I also ask a question to all those numpties who ruined my night out at the O2 in 2018, how much more of the band did you think you’d see by standing up? You might ask why put that seating in anyway, I seem to remember Gillan mentioning it, but that seating wasn’t there when I saw Muse. Anyway, for what it’s worth, when I heard the opening riff to Flight Of The Rat, that was it, I was hooked.

  2. Leslie S Hedger Says:

    MKI is my second favorite line up, only beaten by the mighty Mk 2. In my opinion, the Third Album, Deep Purple, is right up there with In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Burn.

  3. Trace Keane Says:

    Today The National Music Museum announced the acceptance and inclusion of two Tommy Bolin Tribute Guitars by Dean Guitars.(located on the campus of The University Of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota http://nmmusd.org/ ). Johnnie Bolin was part of the ceremony donating the Dean Tomakazi. The Dean Teaser (prototype) was donated by Scott Wilson. T. Wilson King spearheaded the drive which began years ago.

  4. jsspiers Says:

    Applying a similar naming convention to Yes would be even more of a challenge.

    • simon robinson Says:

      You’re not wrong there! At least we haven’t got around to rival versions of Purple’s touring yet.

  5. Jim Dandy Says:

    When I got this album in 1974, it was the first time I’ve ever heard of the use of Mark I and II. Mark 9 will be making it’s fifth appearance in Seattle, WA this September 11, 2019.

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