Archive for the ‘Discussion’ Category

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.

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Liverpool Stadium

April 30, 2019

I do like it when people take the time to write with their recollections of seeing Deep Purple in the olden days (if anything it doesn’t make me feel so old!); recently I was exchanging emails with a woman who saw them at Walthamstow Tech in 1970 who told me of fans being passed back over the crowd after fainting, while a lad who spotted Jon Lord sneaking through the foyer at The Rainbow and coming back with a crate of beer for the dressing room had been adding his thoughts to help bring some nice detail to another show.  A few people have recently been recalling what turned out to be Mk 2’s last ever UK show at Liverpool Stadium in 1973, a poorly documented event (so far no photos or tickets from it have surfaced, and a guitar which went into pieces that night is still missing!).  As a result of their contributions we’ve put together a small feature on this on the concert diary pages.  Liverpool would prove to be the band’s last show of all three years later. And if you have tickets or memories of any of the shows back then do get in touch, and add to our archive.

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Machine Head Covered

September 8, 2011

Ann was having another blast through the latest stripped back Tom Jones album the other day (it’s one of her most played discs of late). We had some friends round from a small music group which meets once a month, when we all have to bring tracks on a theme to play and discuss. Some of us got arguing about how come a few of the tracks are credited to Tom when they are in fact original vintage blues numbers.
deep purple machine head sleeve backFrom there we speculated about Tom covering Lazy off Machine Head for some reason, and reckoned it would be well worth hearing, albeit in some re-interpreted way rather than a slavish copy.
It wasn’t a massive leap from there to us talking about what other bands might be able to do interesting versions of Machine Head tracks. I still harbour a wish to have Cyndi Lauper take one of the tracks apart (she once did an amazing Led Zepp cover on UK TV, but I bet she’d sound great on When A Blind Man Cries), but has anyone out there any other suggestions?
The band / artist must be current, so no hypothetical super-groups. And no Joe Lynn Turner.