Archive for the ‘Whoosh’ Category

Trainspotting

September 9, 2020

Mark Besley has joined the DTB trainspotters society with this snap by his wife taken at Trowbridge Station as she whooshed by… (that’s whooshed by as in privatised rail speak for not going very fast!).

Meanwhile John McEvoy was checking out the rivals to Sainsbury’s (see post below) and saw that Tesco are price matching them on Whoosh, but have sat in in amongst a zillion greatest hits collections, clearly not aware that it is in fact new material.

Meanwhile Simon did wonder if Edel had been throwing money at the Tour de France – “I saw a Whoosh logo on some of the shirts the other day, but it turns out to be the name of an electric bike brand in the UK!” Mind you their logo makes DPs cover look positively inspired… Simon’s just had an email subject matter ‘Purple Chopper” too: “I was afraid to look but it turned out to be a fab original purple Chopper bike Steve Clare had seen in his local antique shop and was trying to crowbar into the Machine Head book.”

Topping

August 24, 2020

Simon spotted Deep Purple in his local Sainbury’s chart rack at number 10, bravely doing battle with a cheapo Doris Day Collection at number 9! Meantime, David Browne – who has sort of slipped into the role of charting the rise and rise of Whoosh for us (and future historians!) – says the list of top ten entries has grown over the past week (see below).

#1 Germany

#1 Finland

#1 Belgium (Wallonia)

#1 Scotland

#1 Austria

#1 Switzerland

#2 Poland

#2 Czech Republic

#3 Hungary

#3 Sweden

#3 Norway

#4 UK (highest chart entry in 46 years)

#4 Japan (International)

#6 Italy

#7 Belgium (Flanders)

#7 Netherlands

#8 France

#8 Denmark

#13 Australia

The one which is puzzling him and us is the US Billboard chart. But if you look at what they call their Top Album Sales (which they describe as “a pure album sales chart” and mixes all genres) then Whoosh comes straight in at No. 11 (just below ‘Now 75!’). They will find it tough going as it is one of SIX new entries. As for how it compares with previous reunion albums? Scroll down.

David also thought to look back at reunion album positions in Billboard and this charts a real u-turn now, with positions dropping steadily to Battle, and then creeping back up. He also points out that the last Deep Purple album to get higher than #11 in the US album sales chart was (according to the old DP discography!) : Burn #9, which mimics the position in Britain.

Titles which do not appear didn’t make it into the Top 200 chart at all, so a huge chunk of the catalogue is missing.

Staggers pronounces.

August 19, 2020

“DEEP PURPLE have reached a stage of mastership that is unprecedented in the history of rock music. No doubt, this is a legendary album and will once be counted among the classics of rock music…” KNAC Rock Radio website review. While back in the UK: “How depressing that in their seventies Deep Purple are much, much better at arena rawk than, say, Kasabian…” Yes, even the sad old Spectator Magazine gets all grudging in their praise. So, without wishing to sideline TMS statistician Andy_Zaltzman, here is the current state of play.

Whoosh is now Deep Purple’s highest charting studio album in 46 years… since “Burn” in 1974.

Number 1 Physical Artist Album sales / no: 4 Main Chart
Number 1 Top 100 albums (excepting streaming sales)
Number 1 Independent Album
Number 1 Rock and Metal
Number 1 Scottish Albums (don’t let Nicola know!)

And “Whoosh!” has reached the Top 10 in a 12 countries worldwide – with more apparently to come.

1 Germany
1 Finland
1 Belgium (Wallonia)
1 Scotland

2 Czech Republic

3 Sweden
3 Norway
4 UK (highest chart entry in 46 years)
4 Japan (International)
6 Italy
7 Belgium (Flanders)
7 Netherlands
8 France

Thanks to Adrian Tredinnick their UK publicist for the info, he had this thank-you message off the band:
“Your energy, professionalism and devotion to the cause has been building throughout the ‘Now What’ and ‘Infinite’ campaigns and all that has paid off with this explosion of effort that we have been watching and admiring whilst doing our phoners for the latest album. Who would have thought that – this late in our career – we would have been having such an experience? It is quite incredible.

These large billboards have been turning up on the transit systems across Germany, thanks to Pericle for the snap. Find room in your den for that!

Thanks also to David Browne for his help who tells me the album has just tipped up in the Billboard chart at 161. “Whoosh! is at #20 in the Billboard US Rock charts, behind no less than 13 compilation albums…. The Beatles, Elton John, Queen, The Eagles, Journey etc, and 4 re-releases: including, of course, Rumours.” Reminds me of those far off days when Led Zeppelin were kept off the number one album spot by the Top Of The Pops covers collections!

Factoid time • Amazingly it will be FIFTY YEARS since Deep Purple first got to number one in Germany in October 1970 with you know what. I can’t see sales in this day and age holding out for another eight weeks there but that is still quite a close anniversary.
One album listener has asked “have any other DP devotees experienced an audio ‘glitch’ at 2′ 22″ in ‘Dancing In My Sleep’ on the audiobook version?” I’ve only heard the digital wav files and didn’t notice anything, but do let us know.

Man Alive

May 5, 2020

Deep Purple have posted the second full track off their upcoming album (release date now August 7th), six weeks after the first appeared (where is time going?).  This one is a moody concept track titled Man Alive which sort of defies description (and is nothing to do with the memorable – to some oldies – Tony Hatch TV theme), complete with Richard Burton-esque spoken snippets from IG, and lyrics which you would assume were written after the virus broke not months before: “Don was experimenting with an oboe to do a haunting, repetitive little piece to illustrate the echoes of emptiness. So I just started speaking at the microphone and it fit perfectly. It just had to be something that wasn’t sung – it was almost like a voice bubble attached to the song. It just seemed to be the right thing to do.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this fits in the the album as a whole. And no crude remarks as to the colour of the oboe here you will note. Meanwhile as expected Deep Purple’s tour dates have ALL been put back to 2021, clearly a sensible move in the current uncertain times.

The best version of the video seems to be the one linked direct to YouTube, some others had poor audio. Thanks to Mark Maddock, Tim Summers and many more.

There’s a link to the earlier track Throw My Bones on the site below.

Folded

April 15, 2020

Ian Gillan posted out this rather nice shot taken in the plant where the album sleeves are produced.  It shows a neat stack of sleeves just off the printing press, prior to going onto the folding machine to be scored and made into sleeves.  The sleeves look to have been printed three up and then the sheet has been cut twice to prepare them for the next stage.  Ask Simon nicely one day and he will show you a sheet just like this for the Japanese cover of Live In Japan which he was inordinately pleased to be given on one visit to the Purple offices years ago…

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Countdown

April 7, 2020

Edel have reset their Whoosh counter for the new release date of  August 7th, so clearly anticipate we’ll all be back to normal by then.  Thanks to Stephen Clare for the update.

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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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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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