Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Just Might nick your poster

March 30, 2020

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Always enjoy anything sleeve art related so appreciate Tonny Steenhagen’s eagle eyes spotting this vintage Fillmore poster recently.  Which was borrowed a few years later (circa 1977) for an early Deep Purple bootleg, Just Might Take Your Life, shown below.  Not really a surprise that a bootleg label would also steal the cover art, and a very strange image at that!  Still they did fork out for some Letraset for the title…

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Throw My Bones

March 20, 2020

Edel are apparently priapic with pride to reveal yet another special exclusive limited edition of Whoosh, which seems to round up all the other editions (see posts below – 2LP vinyl, CD, mediabook), plus three 10″ vinyl records called “The Infinite Live Recordings Vol 2”, art prints and a t-shirt.  Ten items in all (pack shot below), eight of which have the same cover art (and the other two are prints).  We would expect whatever the live content is (they don’t specify) will soon be recycled as Edel have 100% form in that department! UPDATE : the live material is from Deep Purple’s performance in Rio 2017 “The inFinite Live Recordings, Vol. 2”. And for the DVD, it features the full Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in conversation (clips on the web) and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017. Thanks to Lutz Reinert.

“Whoosh!” will be available as Limited CD+DVD Mediabook (incl. the 1 as video)

Never mind all that though, they have also just posted (well it went up at midnight, but DTB likes a lie in these days) a teaser track online at last, so we can get our first real flavour of the recordings. And Throw My Bones is a clear follow on from InFinite which is hardly surprising (or a bad thing).  A decent enough if short offering, plus great production, but those lyrics sound very very personal…  and given the current pandemic, quite prescient.  Thanks to everyone for the updates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUW7PvvbbO4

 

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Santa back in lapland

March 19, 2020

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It seems Simon forgot to post the answer to the Santa Quiz, and some people are getting restless!  So now Santa is back home we can put everyone out of suspense; the hotel is question is where most of Deep Purple stayed while they rehearsed for their late 1972 British Tour nearby, where rehearsals for Machine Head also began.  We have asked if they have any booking diaries (before souvenir hunters descend) but the current owners say sadly not.  Still if that isn’t worth a blue plaque, we don’t know what is!  Mind you Simon was talking to Hanwell last year about doing the same for their building, so watch these spaces. And feel free to prompt.

Original post.  The Machine Head book publisher’s site.

 

 

 

Whoosh!

March 9, 2020

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UPDATE – Record Store Day has been put back to late June due to current health crisis. Original story below.

Record Day is fast approaching (April 18th) and fans in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will have the chance to grab an exclusive ten inch vinyl special from the new Deep Purple album at participating shops. As of now we do not know which tracks will be featured, nor their exclusivity or otherwise, but Lutz Reinert has sent us the sleeve (above). More as and when.

Mean time we were out shopping the other day (we’re very old school at DTB) for some computer screen cleaner and ended up with this…  and judging by the price Edel would be advised to ditch issuing records and go into making cleansers.

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Kapow!

March 4, 2020

Well, we were going to post an official link to Google Play who were trailing 30 second audio clips of all the tracks on the new Deep Purple album a couple of days ago. Some people were very much in two minds whether to listen to just clips, but as folk dithered they all suddenly disappeared as quickly as they came (“Whoosh” indeed)!  Needless to say not before a lot of people probably ripped them…  anyway here’s a tiny written spoiler from someone who was quicker off the mark than me (we’ll just call him “Dave”): “There was no chance of me lasting three and a half months, so I gave in immediately. As it’s entirely subjective I’d hope to not be giving anything away.  I’m OK with 3 of the first 5 tracks (the two exceptions may be the only ones on the album that I can’t get along with).  Tracks 6-13 sound promising, and five potential killers to round it off!”

Track titles see posts below.

 

 

Kapow!

February 28, 2020

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As we’ve reported on the Facebook page, but forgot to add here, the new Deep Purple album is simply called ‘Whoosh!’.  This was hinted at in a Christmas message sent out by Edel (below), and has been confirmed in the German magazine Rocks.  There is also a teaser trailer on the web where you can hear them repeating the word in a spoken passage from one of the tracks.

Sadly they’ve not used the great Norman Saunders to do the cover illustration (see the 1966 gum card above, he collects this sort of stuff!) but instead gone for a sort of Never Say Die (Black Sabbath) meet Avengers Age Of Ultron image (spoiler – in which half the population drift away as dust), plus a logo which vaguely updates the 1968 original.

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The track titles are listed below and Rocks have heard some playbacks, which they suggest follow on fairly naturally from ‘Infinite’, which is promising (Simon reckons it was his most played album by the band last year via his favourites).

Throw My Bones
Drop The Weapon
We’re All The Same In The Dark
Nothing At All
No Need To Shout
Step By Step
What the What
The Long Way Round
The Power of the Moon
Remission Possible
Man Alive
And the Address (!)
Dancing In My Sleep

IG – “In a nutshell: Everything that is happening at the moment (today’s music. Deep Purple, you, me, humanity …) in our solar system is like a crumb that you wipe away – ‘Whoosh!'”

He is of course dead right. It’s out on June 12th 2020 in the usual array of formats:

White vinyl / glow in the dark vinyl (why?!) / black vinyl / CD / CD/DVD and vinyl box set.

There may be yet more colours. Thanks to Tim Summers, Martin Ashberry, Mark Maddock, Stephen Clare for bringing me up to speed.  We’ll add that strange Xmas card here out of season for people who like to collect these bits of ephemera.

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‘Ere Ear

January 20, 2020

The earMusic publicity machine seems to be grinding into action and speculation is that a May release for the new Deep Purple studio album (will they be calling it “Y And Beyond”? I dare them) seems to be on the cards. Ear have apparently (well Tim Summers told me, I haven’t got the patience!) been pushing out annoyingly short clips of Roger talking to producer Bob (and revealing very little in the process), but the feeling is that some actual audio snippets will not be long in appearing.  Some who have been privy to listening in claim it’s the best Morse-era material yet.  I know we shouldn’t get too excited at our age but I’ll get our laptop speakers dusted down in case …!

Meanwhile while we’re waiting, if you have half an hour free, see if you can spot parts of the Smoke On The Water riff in Jon Holmes amazing new BBC Radio 4 dark ‘comedy’ The Twister.

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“Keep that lid closed guys, Carlos Ghosn slipped me a pony to put it on the next flight to Cuba…”

Santa’s Quiz

December 20, 2019

Here’s a little puzzle for the Deep Purple historians out there.  This building, which is in Salisbury, played a role in the development of their Machine Head album in 1971.  It might actually be the longest running purpose built hotel in the country and parts dates back to the C13, although that’s not a clue. See if you can guess! We will post the answer shortly.  In the meantime the best wishes to everyone for a decent break over the holiday season, and Simon just wants to say thanks to everyone who has helped and contributed to the site (and our Facebook page) this past year and for people’s support and patience as well.

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Limited edition of 20,000…

December 3, 2019

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Deep Purple started their official live archive series from the Steve Morse reunion era earlier this year. These will be sold as limited numbered CDs, coloured vinyl and digital downloads. The second release is a show from Rome (that’s in Italy, the press info helpfully points out) July 22 2013.
The first, “an explosive show from Australia”, was so explosive we missed it altogether (Simon was “otherwise engaged” at the time). Tim Summers tells us it was from Newcastle, Australia, March 14 2001, copied from the soundboard series box set (remastered, it doesn’t say how), so most collectors will already have this.
Anyway track listing for the Rome 2CD set is:

CD1 Intro / Fireball / Into The Fire / Hard Lovin’ Man / Vincent Price / Strange Kind Of Woman / Contact Lost / Guitar Solo / All The Time In The World / The Well-Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Bodyline / Lazy
CD 2 Above And Beyond / No One Came / Key Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke On The Water / Hush / Bass Solo / Black Night

A chance to check out live versions of three not often heard songs and get in on the ground floor of this series. It’s out at the end of the week via earMusic. Some of the cuts have already been out on the Now What live tapes edition, but this is the full set.
They’re pressing 20,000 on CD so no need to panic buy. Indeed it’s hard to see what is limited about such a long run. The label have borrowed (closely, but without any sense of adventure) packaging ideas from Pearl Jam who have been doing this sort of limited release since 2000 (much to Steve Grover’s delight! An example is below). Basic cover info and tatty bootleg style graphics (FYI edel design dept: NEVER EVER compress the typewriter font, it always looks awful).
It’s hard to know the rationale behind the series, i.e. what dictates a set will end up in this collection, or will ALL live shows from now on get this treatment? Will they go for rarer graded shows which might not be soundboard quality but would interest fans?
Still at least they’ve half tried, even if it has taken them 30 years or so! Thanks to Stuart Hamilton for the news; Edel’s people couldn’t be bothered to even email over the press release.

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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!