Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

In Town Tonight • Roundhouse

October 16, 2019

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Another poster sent in by Gary Poronovich for us to check out, from Deep Purple’s two nights at The Roundhouse October 16th and 17th 2013. It’s a real shame they haven’t got a good logo as it kind of spoils what could have been a smart design.  The Roundhouse logo by comparison is excellent. I wonder if these will be as collectable in the future as 1970s posters are today? One things for sure I won’t be around to see!

Jon Lord-tastic

September 13, 2019

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It’s something of a bumper month for Jon Lord fans with four recent or forthcoming vinyl reissues hitting the shops (well if you can find one – as I write HMV are playing tag with their landlords over rent at some of their stores, and threatening to close some).

First up there’s a Concerto vinyl box. Matthew Kean, who says going to his local indie store now feels like more like a record buying trip in the 80s there is so much vinyl in there, spotted this. It packages up the 2010 special edition audio as a triple LP set.  The split is Arnold’s opening piece on side 1, Deep Purple’s set on two sides, then the Concerto itself over remaining three sides. Which as Matt points out is shorter running times than the Rainbow On Stage set we all moaned about at the time. Well those of us old enough to remember those heady days. Still, it ought to mean good audio quality. The cover seems to be as the original EMI sleeve, but many sellers are getting it muddled up and showing the more recent sleeve art. It’s on Parlophone.

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Meanwhile Ear Music are promoting their reissues of the three Jon Lord “solo” albums Gemini Suite, Continuo and Sarabande by commissioning new (or in millenial speak, ‘reimagined’) versions of the sleeve art. Windows is tweaked so you can see Jon’s eyes behind the shades, Sarabande gets a strange new drawing which sort of copies the old one but is more 3D looking (and ends up looking like a Whitesnake cover), while for Gemini they’ve gone all out with a brand new illustration which is very well executed but seems a strange thing to do fifty years after the original. Still it now becomes a great pub quiz question, which Jon Lord solo album has had the most cover revamps? By my reckoning it’s the fifth vinyl edition with a different sleeve (new and old show above).

There is no new music, but they have gone back to the quarter inch vinyl master tapes for two of them. Although so did the CD editions from Purple Records way back, so it’s a case of how they mastered them I guess as to whether we will spot much change.  The packaging is revamped too, and Simon has revisited his sleeve notes for two of them, but I’m not sure how many people will feel the need unless they lack earlier reissues.  Still nice to see Jon’s catalogue being treated with some respect and care again as we reach the fiftieth anniversary of his original Concerto this month.  My thanks to Ear Music, Matthew Kean and Tom Dixon for his help.

You can check out our archived Concerto original discography at the old website:

http://www.deep-purple.net/discography/concerto/disconcerto.htm

Contracturally Obliged

September 4, 2019

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You need a spreadsheet to keep up with some new releases these days and Ian Gillan’s Contractual Obligation album/s which came out at the end of July is another example, with a Blu Ray, triple vinyl and double CD being on offer.  Even the label, Ear, got confused. Because each of the three formats is from a different show on the tour, you would need all three if you’re a completist!  Whether the title is a nod to Monty Python’s final studio recording or not I don’t know; I assume IG signed a contract for the tour and knew this was part of it?!  It is quite easy to get a bit cynical over something like this, and the performances are of necessity a little ‘rehearsed’ to keep on track with the backings, but it’s quite impressive to see the full orchestra kicking off, realising how big a deal it is for the crowd, and also how we have come to accept scenes like this compared to (gulp) fifty years ago.  Hang Me Out To Dry even reminded me a bit of PAL chugging along with all the brass.  As Tim points out in his comments below the guitar player has been rumoured as a possible deputy should Steve Morse need to rest up, so it’s interesting to take a listen on those grounds as well, and IG does pretty well on what I’ve listened to for my money.

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The tracks are all from the live shows IG did in Europe and cover Warsaw, Moscow and St. Petersburg in late 2016 (Ear calls this ‘recent’ and does not bother to give the recording dates on their site).  Set wise, and backed by Don Airey’s group and a local orchestra each night, IG romps through cover versions from solo albums, a few Purple cuts, and etc.  So decent marks for not churning out the same old same old, though most of the Deep Purple songs are fairly familiar from recent tours. You might have thought with three different release they could have used a different photo on the front of each one but that must have sounded like too much hard work.  The set-list seems to stay the same for each show which is understandable, as follows:

1. Hang Me Out To Dry 2. Pictures Of Home 3. No Lotion For That 4. Strange Kind Of Woman 5. Razzle Dazzle 6. A Day Late ‘N’ A Dollar Short 7. Lazy 8. Rapture Of The Deep 9. When A Blind Man Cries 10. You’re Gonna Ruin Me Baby (z Grace Gillan) 11. Ain’t No More Cane On The Brazos 12. Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) 13. Anya 14. Perfect Strangers 15. Hell To Pay 16. Demon’s Eye 17. Smoke On The Water 18. Hush 19. Black Night

Tim Summers went the full monty and gives us a few thoughts:

I’m enjoying the ‘Contractual Obligation’ releases by Ian Gillan – three different gigs on three different formats is a gimmick which seems to have even confused its instigators (earMUSIC), as they put up a live video for one track on YouTube, labelling it as ‘Live in Warsaw’, when it’s actually from Moscow (like the rest of the Blu-ray release). Nice to hear/see ‘Brazos’ in particular again – Ian seems better suited to singing it these days, not straining so much to get the ultra-low notes in the middle (“There’s some in the graveyard…”etc).  Weird to hear IG introducing ‘Difficult to Cure’ by name (“A song by Airey, Beethoven and Blackmore”…).  Some tracks (SKOW/Lazy/SOTW), I’d rather had been substituted for something a little more obscure but the pro-active orchestra (and conductor) lend them a different slant. My one criticism of the Blu-ray is that they seem to have felt that because it was filmed with 28 cameras (or whatever), they had to use all the angles as often as possible – the average length of each shot is less than 4 seconds, which, whilst it holds your attention, can be a bit wearing after a while.  They do calm down a bit for the slower tracks (maybe the editing machine was somehow linked to beats-per-minute…).  Possible-rumoured-Steve-Morse-live-understudy- (if needed) guitarist Simon McBride sounds good anyway – and actually reminds me of Steve (and his take on ‘Lazy’) a bit, the way his guitar cuts across the orchestra at the start of ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’. In keeping with a bit of a history of sleeve cock-ups, the CD says ‘LIVE IN IN WARSAW’ on the front… Oh and the best song Ian Gillan ever wrote* is included of course – ‘Razzle Dazzle’.

* Tim is I trust being sarcastic at this point. Ed!

Fakes and forgeries for Friday

August 30, 2019

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Having been busy with those fake picture sleeve singles for a few years, the pirate brigade have now turned their attention to a series of fake Deep Purple picture discs. Indeed a trickle has turned into a flood, as people are coughing up $200 and upwards for them.  I’m not sure who falls for these scams, as any official release would be backed up with press sheets and similar evidence.  The frustrating thing is that some are quite decent looking products too!  I’ll show a selection here; that’s Help above (based on the fab French single sleeve), Hey Joe at the bottom of the page (nice to see my artwork still in demand in some circles) and Love Help Me below (their knowledge of chronology is clearly not sparkling!).

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As well as the discs with suitable graphics on, the same crew have also put out a slew of pornographic picture discs featuring tracks from the reunion era.  To save anyone’s blushes in case you’re reading this at work I’ll link to one of the milder ones on a separate page.  All the examples I’ve seen are being sold out of Israel.  Thanks to Vince Chong who has been tracking these for me.  We all need a hobby!

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Forgery (I had to check) is the act of forging metal into shape while fakery is a fraud or forgery; an act of doctoring, or the product of one. Don’t say we never learn you nothing.

And while I’m at it here’s another of the fake pic sleeve single which appeared recently, wrapped around a genuine German pressed single.

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Six-pack Whitesnake

August 27, 2019

The previous immersive Whitesnake sets must have worked out as DC has authorised another six pack special, this time for 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue album.  I must confess it’s not an album I remember playing much, it didn’t really live up to the 1987 one in terms of sheer wallop for me, but the singles mostly went US top thirty and it reached number ten in the US album charts, no mean feat at the time (it went platinum the following year).

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Anyway as before, the album is remastered again, plus extras which include demos, monitor mixes, a Phil Easton promo interview disc, extended 12″ versions, b-sides, a whole CD of bits and bobs taken off the multi-tracks, a live set from Castle Donington 1990 (that’s the touring line-up below) and a DVD round up of the promo videos. So if this is your cup of tea then full marks indeed.  The Americans are even offering a special version with a signed lithograph.

Right that’s the news in brief, here’s the full monty American press details from Rhino, courtesy Tom Dixon, who is buying it he says!  I won’t insult anyone by showing their press pack photo as it’s so obviously faked up the North Koreans will be offering them a job.  Deep breath…..

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SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on October 4 for $74.98. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band’s performance at the 1990 Monsters of Rock festival, and a new interview with Whitesnake founder and lead singer, David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.  For a limited time Rhino will offer the Super Deluxe edition paired with a lithograph signed by David Coverdale for $84.98.

Other versions of Slip of the Tongue will also be available the same day, including double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks ($24.98) and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks ($31.98).  A single-disc version ($9.98) includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. The music will be available digitally as well.

Following the 8x platinum success of their eponymous album in 1987, Whitesnake returned two years later with Slip of the Tongue. At the time, the band included Coverdale, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Steve Vai. Vandenberg and Coverdale co-wrote all but one song on the album, but Vandenberg couldn’t record them in the studio at the time due to a hand injury. To fill the void, Vai joined the band for the album and tour.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION features unreleased versions of every album track, as well as monitor mixes for the album recorded in 1989. In addition, the collection includes nearly two dozen previously unreleased tracks taken from the session tapes that highlight working versions of album tracks and more. The set also includes the CD debut of Slip of the Tongue: The Wagging Tongue Edition. Released exclusively on vinyl in 1989, it features Coverdale being interviewed about each track followed by the song.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION finishes big with Whitesnake’s 1990 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington on CD and DVD. The DVD also includes three music videos, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. A new promo video for the track “Sweet Lady Luck”, made exclusively for this set, a behind the scenes look at the making of the album, plus a newly recorded interview with Coverdale and Vandenberg rounds out the DVD.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Track Listing:

Disc One: Original 1989 Album (2019 Remaster)

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Now You’re Gone”

“The Deeper The Love”

“Judgment Day”

“Sailing Ships”

“Wings Of The Storm”

“Slow Poke Music”

“Fool For Your Loving”

Bonus Tracks: B-Sides and Alternate Mixes

“Sweet Lady Luck” (Single B-Side)

“Now You’re Gone” (Chris Lord-Alge Single Remix)

“Fool For Your Loving” (Vai Voltage Mix)

“Slip Of The Tongue” (Alternate Intro & Breakdown)

“Cheap An’ Nasty” (Alternate Solo & End)

“Judgment Day” (Alternate & Extended Solos)

“Fool For Your Loving” (Alternate AOR mix with CHR intro)

Disc Two: The Wagging Tongue Edition (CD Debut)

Interviewer: Phil Eastman

Spoken Word: “Slip Of The Tongue” Interview

“Slip Of The Tongue”

Spoken Word: “Cheap An’ Nasty” Interview

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

Spoken Word: “Fool For Your Loving” Interview

“Fool For Your Loving”

Spoken Word: “Now You’re Gone” Interview

“Now You’re Gone”

Spoken Word: “Kittens Got Claws” Interview

“Kittens Got Claws”

Spoken Word: “Wings Of The Storm” Interview

“Wings Of The Storm”

Spoken Word: The Deeper The Love Interview

“The Deeper The Love”

Spoken Word: “Judgment Day” Interview

“Judgment Day”

Spoken Word: “Slow Poke Music” Interview

“Slow Poke Music”

Spoken Word: “Sailing Ships” Interview

“Sailing Ships”

Spoken Word: Closing Interview

Disc Three: Evolutions: Demos/Remixes/Re-records

“Slip Of The Tongue” *

“Cheap An’ Nasty” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Kittens Got Claws” *

“The Deeper The Love” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Fool For Your Loving” *

“Kill For The Cut” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Sweet Lady Luck” (Instrumental) *

Disc Four: Monitor Mixes, April 1989

“Kittens Got Claws” *

“Cheap An’ Nasty” *

“The Deeper The Love” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Slip Of The Tongue” *

“Fool For Your Loving” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Sweet Lady Luck” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Kill For The Cut (In Desperate Search Of A Melody)” *

“Burning Heart” *

“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” (Instrumental) *

“We Wish You Well” *

Disc Five: A Trip To Granny’s House:

Session Tapes, Wheezy Interludes & Jams

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Slip of The Tongue” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Liquor And Poker” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Kill For The Cut” *

“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *

“We Wish You Well” *

“We Wish You Well” (Instrumental) *

“Wheezy & Sometimes Very Naughty Interludes (Be Warned!)” *

“Now You’re Gone” (Revisited) *

“Death Disco” *

“Whitesnake Boogie” *

“Mike Clink’s Shoes Blues” *

“Snake Shuffle” (Instrumental) *

“Doodles” *

“Dementia Polka” *

“Kill For The Cut Blues” *

“Cuban Heel Blues” *

“Adje’s Blues” *

Disc Six: Live at Donington 1990

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Slide It In”

“Judgment Day”

“Slow An’ Easy”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Is This Love”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Crying In The Rain”

“Fool For Your Loving”

“Here I Go Again”

“Bad Boys”

“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”

“Still Of The Night”

Disc Seven: DVD-Video

Live at Donington 1990

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Slide It In”

“Judgment Day”

“Slow An’ Easy”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Adagio For Strato”

“Flying Dutchman Boogie”

“Is This Love”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Crying In The Rain” (featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum solo)

“Fool For Your Loving”

“For The Love Of God”

“The Audience Is Listening”

“Here I Go Again”

“Bad Boys”

“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”

“Still Of The Night”

End Credits: “We Wish You Well”

Promo Videos

“Fool For Your Loving” – Music Video

“Now You’re Gone” – Music Video

“The Deeper The Love” – Music Video

Bonus Features

“Sweet Lady Luck” – Purplesnake Video

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Slip Of The Tongue

A Look Back: Whitesnake Chronicles with DC & Adrian Vandenberg

* previously unreleased

Once Upon A Time on vinyl

August 21, 2019

 

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Plenty of hype surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, and this story set in Sixties America features plenty of era defining rock tracks, so it’s nice to see Deep Purple get two cuts on the accompanying soundtrack album, namely Hush and Kentucky Woman. I assume they figure in the film at some point but will have to wait and see (yes I will be going, I have all the original Once Upon A Time movies so be good to see if this matches up, and while his films sometimes fall short for me usually they are very watchable). Stills from the film seem to draw heavily on vintage US TV shows not unlike the one above!  Apparently Tarantino ‘curated’ the choice of the soundtrack music himself too. Hush is easily Purple’s most soundtrack featured song by a long way, kicking off the Children of Men soundtrack album in 2006 to great effect. Even the band’s remake of the track from 1988 made it to It’s A Boy Girl Thing the same year (rubbing shoulders with The Sugababes!). Hush also turned up in the football film The Damned United three years later. There are more which escape me for the moment. It’s just a shame Tarantino didn’t look a bit further for the poster art which misses those great efforts by Tom Chantrell by more than a whisper. Anyway, several colour vinyl limited editions planned if you collect that sort of thing, plus a CD set. Thanks to Mark Jones and many more for the extra info.

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Mk 1, 8a and 8b…

July 19, 2019

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.

Concerto Five O

April 23, 2019

You see, a nice poster design says it all, no need to add anything. Well done whoever designed this and carefully referenced the original typography and colouring.Concerto_50th anniversary.jpgTickets are on sale now, goodness knows what a plane ticket to Quebec costs but it must be tempting. Thanks to Nicholas Houle, programme co-ordinator.

 

Rare breed

April 16, 2019

I’ve no idea what to make of this, but it’s on the iTunes website as a five minute download available from April 26th, so make sure you have 99pence in your Apple account ready! Though I suspect anyone hoping for an awesome remix off the first album is going to be disappointed.  And why had Ritchie gone all Poirot with his name? Thanks to Tim Summers for sending the link. As for the menace who sent me the sleeve with Ritchie’s face substituted which I saw first, detention beckons!

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Hellboy, meet Ritchie Blackmore…

March 6, 2019

A big fan of the first two Hellboy films, once the creative team were dropped for the third film (shot in London and due here in April) and Ron Perlman turned it down, it’s hard to know if it can recapture the spirit. Still, the second trailer rocks with a clever update of Smoke On The Water featured throughout which is pretty nifty!  It’s been a while since Purple got to figure in a soundtrack, Children Of Men was the last I recall seeing (Hush), but whether Smoke is just for the trailer or will feature in the film we don’t know.  As its also starring Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich we’ll probably jog down to see it on a big screen…

Thanks to Kenny Brown for the heads up.