If you resisted the temptation of MIJ earlier this year, then BBC4 TV has the documentary part of the box set available on BBC iPlayer, having screened it last Friday – which must mark a record of shop to screen. Ann made me watch the last bit of it (it still hurts to see these jobs being done poorly – photocopied record sleeves badly lit, where’s Ken Morse when you need him?) then we stuck with the repeat of the first part of the Metal Britannia which has a good chunk of Deep Purple history in as well, and a typically great Jon Lord interview. Gave up when the spandex started appearing!
Archive for the ‘Made In Japan’ Category
There are now over thirty reviews of the new box sets on the site, and Tonny Steenhagen has done a really great in depth analysis of the pros and cons of the big CD box for us. While we’re all Japan 72 fixated, we have a special DTB article devoted to Marshall engineer Ken Flegg, who actually built the desk they were using for the first time on those Japanese shows. He was flown out to look after the gear in case of any teething troubles, and has put together his recollections about the visit.
Strange how everything goes quiet for a time then suddenly we’re swamped with new (and old) releases and forthcoming projects. Here’s a quick catch up with what’s happening:
Made In Japan is now shipping in all the various editions. We have already gone on about this on the site so will be interested to hear what people say once they actually get to study the content in detail. I’ve opened a reviews page. DTB online stock is going out but taking ages to pack; as seems the norm these days we were left til last for stock orders. However we will hold the advertised prices on the big editions for the next couple of weeks.
The Artwoods collection has been revamped since we last posted about it. The set has been given a new title, Steady Gettin’ It, a new sleeve with a great colour photo, and an extra disc! So it has morphed into a triple album. The main reason for this is the inclusion of no fewer than FIVE BBC sessions by the band, some sixteen tracks in total from 1965, 1966 and 1967. The booklet has also been expanded to 38 pages. It’s due in at the very end of July now, so will probably ship early August. Full track list is on our online store.
Also from the sixties is a nice looking reissue of the original Zephyr debut album, Tommy Bolin‘s first major studio output. Out of print here for years (BGO first issued it in the UK on CD), this has been overseen and annotated by band member David Givens and includes a remaster of the original 1969 album, a CD of miscellaneous live tracks and a third disc which is a one-off full reunion show from 1973 in Boulder (Tommy had moved on the year before). It’s a US import due at the end of this month but DTB Online will be stocking it. All the CDs are in separate mini-gatefold covers packaged in a nice slipcase with a detailed booklet. Just think, MIJ could have looked like this!
Bernie Marsden has also finally set a date for his much trailed new solo album Shine, which is now due in August. As we’ve mentioned before, this features David Coverdale, Ian Paice and Don Airey in guest roles. The previews we’ve heard sound great, a really gusty blues production. There will be a limited double vinyl run as well.
Glenn Hughes‘s new outfit California Breed is also due in a few days. They have added a limited edition which includes a DVD of the promo videos and other goodies.
Still no sign of the triple vinyl for Black Masquerade by Rainbow, we’ll keep hammering away at the label reps for a date.
The triple vinyl of Deep Purple’s 1969 Concerto has also gone back and is now promised for late June. The Mk 1 box set is still in the pipeline but getting nearer. I’m hoping there will be some exciting news concerning this, but have to keep quiet for now.
All the above are on the DTB Online store and can be ordered – or pre-ordered.
Lastly we do have some stock of the limited edition Record Store Day Deep Purple releases here but will only put these on the store once we have fulfilled the pre-orders.
And talking of online stores, we are in the final testing stages of a NEW DTB COLLECTABLES online shop. Response to our earlier lists of collectors items, rarities, second hand vinyl, etc. was so good we have decided to open a new online shop for this sort of material. More details will follow very shortly. We are also going to open a new email news and new release news service. Lots of you already get emails from Ann but her software is now starting to creak at the sheer number of addresses. So we’ve invested in a special software to organise this better and again details will be posted here soonest.
Deep Purple’s recent show at the Budokan was filmed and recorded officially for what we assume is an upcoming release. Full set list (which still includes the five new songs as well as most of the original MIJ) is on the tour date page. Shall we start a Yougov petition to get Steve to change his solo track? X number of signees and they have to debate it in Parliament!
Big thanks to James for this great photograph of his first day Made In Japan, with the original price sticker on (and the poster he got from the shop display!). I don’t remember the sticker at all, so nice to have it confirmed. The arguments rumble on about the 2014 reissues, lots of grumbles but most people going to go for one format or another. I think what it does highlight is the total lack of clarity on what is actually appearing. Even Universal’s own site contradicts other press releases and it does seem silly to have not worked out a full detailed package of sales information before letting it loose on the web. Anyhow, we’re trying to update the formats etc. as we get more details on the MIJ page. I heard this week that the big CD box set will also entitle the buyer to download the audio as both MP3 format and the new high definition audio too. This is a format agreed on by the big labels to exploit the back-catalogue again by admitting that CD audio is NOT the holy grail of audio after all. The problem with the HD audio is the files are massive, so can only be handled on a Blu Ray disc. Still if they’re giving this format away gratis on downloads, that’s something. Provided your hi-fi and broadband can handle it! Anyhow, editions are on the DTB online store and we should have shipping prices sorted before long (post goes up again in a couple of weeks by the way, as a privatised Royal Mail seeks to pay off their new owners).
Yep, that’s inflation for you. The final plans for the Made In Japan reissue have been released and add up to twenty discs spread across five different editions, the star of which is the nine vinyl disc box set. Actually the prices haven’t been announced yet (which will give us time to get used to the idea I guess) but based on the label’s recent very high dealer prices it ain’t going to be cheap. In essence it’s three shows remixed, but if you were hoping to have all the shows in sequence on CD then forget it, it’s vinyl only for that option. Anyway, we’ve done our best to make sense of all the formats and you can see more pictures and read the details on the site here. How did we know it was £3.25 back in 1972? Here’s the in-store poster… I can’t even get the bus into town for that now.
The NME is running a poll on their website to determine the best live album of all time; with Made In Japan currently at number one slot. Not sure when the poll ends (maybe it’ll roll on for ever, they update it every half hour), but it’s easy to enter and you do not need to register on the site to vote.
Thanks to Stephen Clare for spotting this. A ticket for the original show has been added to our growing Concert List section as well.
Bits and bobs new to the site; a look at the new Double Trouble vinyl hardback reissue, a really high-quality release; a Greek 6CD on-pack set in replica covers (see the press advert above); and a setlist for the recent rockin’ Xmas concert in Berne.
Here’s a great sleeve misprint which Tonny Steenhagen spotted up for grabs recently. Made In Japan but without the photos front and back! It does look very weird but confirms that the gold was a special ink run done before the sleeve went through the normal four colour printing process. Unusual for something like this to get through the quality control process during packing at EMI but not sure it’s worth the £90+ the seller was looking for it.
Nice piece in the new Classic Rock Magazine on Made In Japan. It’s got quite a lot of pictures, recollections from one of Def Leppard who reckons he’s on the back cover in the crowd, and some comments from a couple of the band. It’s the issue with Iron Maiden on the front cover, in UK newsagents now. Thanks to Tim Summers.