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Claude Nobs

January 8, 2013

Claude Nobs died on January 10th 2013. He had been in a coma in hospital following a fall during a skiing holiday on Christmas Eve.

While the media are rightly concentrating on his amazing work for the town of Montreux over the last fifty years, not least the founding and running of the town’s famous Jazz Festival, within the world of Deep Purple, he will forever be ‘Funky Claude’, immortalised by Ian Gillan in the lyrics of their best known recording Smoke On The Water. Without Claude’s expertise and local knowledge, Deep Purple would probably have had to abandon their December 1971 recording session, which produced the Machine Head album. Having organised time in the Montreux Casino, following the fire which destroyed the building, Claude (snapped helping man the fire hoses during the inferno) put aside his own immediate worries to help them make alternative arrangements within the Grand Hotel. Smoke On The Water was penned by Gillan to document the whole experience. In recent years Deep Purple have been regular performers at the festival, which grew to encompass all genre’s of popular music. Claude reminisced about his experiences during the Machine Head period in the Classic Rock Machine Head special recently.

February 4, 1936 – January 10, 2013

SR. Thanks also to Tim Summers and Martin Ashberry. Photo courtesy of the official history of the Jazz festival.

claude nobs during montreux casino fire


Mumbling Thing Blues

November 8, 2012

All good things must come to an end, and the archive series of Deep Purple titles released in the past through Purple Records and the Sonic Zoom collection will disappear over the next few months. As a recent announcement from DPO has explained, they will resurface in new editions on a German label, starting with Paris 1975. I’ll not be involved in that work. As you know I spent many years building this small but core catalogue up (starting back in RPM days) with the help of many fans, dedicated studio folk and of course the original manager and it was mostly a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who had kind words to say about the releases over the years, and helped in any way on them.

Last Shop Standing

October 5, 2012

Can’t remember if we mentioned this project here before or not, but either way the documentary film Last Shop Standing is now out (I reviewed on on my album sleeve art blog). It charts the rise, fall (and rebirth) of the indie record shop by talking to the people who run them, and some of the famous musicians who have spent their days in them. If you’ve ever enjoyed shopping for vinyl old or new, then I would recommend you checking their website to see if there is a screening near you (it’s also out on DVD). Sadly they changed their minds about using my record bag collection for the end credits so my name doesn’t go up in lights, but if you don’t shed a tear as the sight of Keith Hudson closing up his shop after 105 years in the family, then you’re made of sterner stuff than me. Think of him next time you’re passing the CDs in Asda and go and kick the manager.

Your editor looking pleased after scoring an original Andy Warhol cover for a tenner in the famous Kingbee annual sale

EMI’s Machine Head Box Set

August 14, 2012

Deep Purple Machine Head 40th Anniversary five CD box set announced

EMI have announced their take on the Machine Head Anniversary, with a five disc box set. As well as the studio album in various formats, the BBC In Concert 1972 has been remixed and repackaged to match. This and Machine Head also get special vinyl editions with bonus 7″ singles. You can get the full details on our Machine Head review page, but get yourself a cuppa set up as there is a lot to get your head round. The various editions can be pre-ordered at DTBOnline store.

Latest vinyl editions

August 14, 2012

The vinyl renaissance shows few signs of slowing down to the pleasure of many (and the bewilderment of others!). Four more to bring to your attention:

Deep-Purple-Total-Abandon-2012DEEP PURPLE / TOTAL ABANDON Vinyl limited edition

The first ever vinyl pressing of the Total Abandon live album is due at the end of August, a two album set, pressed on blue 180 gsm vinyl. It is limited to just 1,000 copies. We do not yet have full track list or side split. The sleeve has the new cover art as seen on the recent single CD edition.

DEEP PURPLE American Vinyl limited editions
There is a new batch of 2012 American only vinyl reissues of several Deep Purple titles (issued under license from Warner Bros). These are all 180 gsm reissues in facsimile sleeves. Titles available are : Fireball, Who Do We Think We Are, Made In Japan, Last Concert in Japan. Please note these are imports only and EMI are not planning to follow suit.

GILLAN / FUTURE SHOCK Ltd Ed vinyl release

Very impressive, you can read a short review on the site here and see a pack shot.

DTB Online store has copies of these (or can take pre-orders) though we are not sure how long they will be available for.


A vinyl edition has been added to the forthcoming format schedule for later in the year. More anon.

plus Special Guests

February 1, 2012

deep purple special guestsA few people have been batting about the subject of best and worst support acts for Deep Purple, after we’d all been puzzling over the latest announcements for tours this year (and I hadn’t heard of any of them – German melodic metallers EDGUY?). Some were saying they couldn’t manage two songs from Cheap trick, and I remember watching The Planets through those round port-hole type glass inserts in the entrance doors from the upstairs foyer and wondering what on earth it was all about.

Some support for Lynyrd Skynyrd from Mike Richards (and others) and Tim Summers suggesting they’d be hard pushed to beat the supports for the 1999 Royal Albert Hall shows! On this logic I suppose the best ever support would be DP at the 69 Concerto.
I wish I could say more about the supports in the 70s but we were usually too busy skulking around by the stage door trying to get Ritchie’s autograph when he sneaked out to watch (and succeeded). My old ticket stub suggests Bullet (aka Hard Stuff) did the honours back in 1971 but if so I cannot recall watching them; I expect we were all far to keyed up seeing Purple for the very first time.

1972 – Glencoe? Nope, nothing (though I do still have the stickers they gave out!). See above. I may have heard Nazareth in 1973 but we were buzzing around backstage most of the time (oh to have had a camera!) they were on, watching Jon Lord doing his keyboard warm-up.

Elf of course in 1974, I did see a bit of their sets. I do recall being unimpressed by Strapps on the 1976 tour though, very arrogant and expecting us all to be bowled over.

It would taken an age to even list all the reunion supports and increasingly it became more fun to stand around in the foyer chatting with other fans than braving whatever act the promoters had been paid to put on. At least first time around the group had some input and connection at times – Hard Stuff being on their label, Nazareth with the Glover production, Elf even more so and Strapps being Blackmore’s old sparring partner Mick Underwood on drums.

Anyhow, let us know of any highs or lows in this area. And by the way if you keep tickets, do keep an eye on them, I notice looking at some of mine the inkjet print is fading. I don’t know if it is possible to stop this or not.

A Kodak Moment

February 1, 2012

Certainly a moment of reflection as I take in the news of their precarious business position and think back to the days of Kodak Tri-X black and white 35mm film, my negative of choice for almost all my photography over twenty five years, and 100% of concert work in particular. I’ve still got all my darkroom kit in the hopes that one day pressures of work will ease up and allow me the luxury of getting back into hand-printing. Yet I moved over the digital a good while ago. It’s not instant availability of the picture files which swung it, but the ability to check images right away to make sure the exposure and focus was OK. It’s a shame Kodak never really played to their strengths and worked on something which offered photographers the best of both worlds. And I don’t mean those cute but flawed digital Kodak Brownies which are/were to be sold during the Olympics either.

kodak paper wrapperAs a designer I also admired the graphics on the Kodak packaging across the years, the yellow, red and black colourway endlessly reinvented on film packets, photo wallets and camera boxes. So when bits and pieces have come my way I tended to save them. And this Kodak paper carton is one. I found it at the bottom of an old filing cabinet years ago gathering dust. The biro scribbled along the edge mentioned Deep Purple so I was curious. Opening the packet I was amazed to discover the five original photographs taken for the Book Of Taliesyn inner sleeve. Wish I could track down the photographer…


New book tells all….?

January 26, 2012

Deep Purple FallsI’m a sucker for pre-Raphaelite art and the Lady Of Shalott in particular! Were DP touring back in 1888 or does it just seem like it? Jeff Breis, who spotted the book, reckons it tells the story of the 1990 tour, which coincidentally is the same year Ritchie met up with Candice.

Darker Than Blue News Update • May 27. 2011

May 27, 2011

Jon Lord has been quoted about the new Concerto recording: “Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto Tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvellous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score. I’m thrilled to have the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on board. I have immensely enjoyed working with them on several occasions since recording Durham Concerto with them in 2007. They are a wonderful group of players,  and with Paul Mann conducting, a dear friend and a man who knows the score inside out, there couldn’t be a better conductor and orchestra for this studio recording of the Concerto.
Jon has also scotched “ill-informed rumours on other websites” (that’s us told off then!) of any other members of Deep Purple past or present playing on the piece.
The musicians who are involved will be announced in due course. As I may have mentioned before, the recording sessions will be filmed with an audio release and special DVD release likely later in 2011.
Concerto For Group & Orchestra was first performed in 1969 and repeated in 1970, and was then heard again in 1999 and 2000 with band participation. There have also been performances by other musicians and orchestras. However the work has never been captured for posterity in a studio environment. The live editions are available from DTBonline store.

The upcoming Sunflower Jam Deep Purple show at the Albert Hall features Ian Gillian according to the flyers for the show (spotted by David Churchyard). Not Ian Gillan then? Out of curiosity I websearched Ian Gillian and 35,000 hits for the mis-spelling came up! I noticed that as well as getting his name wrong, Twiggy’s website reckoned she played alongside Ian Coverdale at the Butterfly Ball show in 1975.

Doogiue White's new groupIn at DTBOnline store is the former Rainbow singer Doogie White‘s new band CD debut. The group is called Demon’s Eye. The CD has twelve tracks in total, and it’s said to be a disc vintage Rainbow fans will really dig (one nine minute track is actually titled Far Over The Rainbow). The group began life as a Deep Purple tribute act over a decade ago but RG and JL are reported to have told them to go for their own material. “Demon’s Eye haven’t tried to shed the influence that inevitably permeates their style after so long playing Purple covers; instead they have embraced it and have arguably tapped the rich vein of the Purple sound to a more successful extent than Purple themselves have done in recent years. The basic upshot is The Stranger Within sounds like Doogie singing for The Battle Rages On-era Purple,” according to reviewer Andy Lye.

It has been announced that Whitesnake’s Live At Donnington 1990 is now also coming out as a triple vinyl limited edition. I’m not sure why labels leave it to the last moment to spring this sort of thing on fans and collectors (not to mention retailers) but still! We’ve added it to the DTBOnline store as pre-order.

Glenn Hughes is doing an in-store signing session on May 29th at 1pm, at the Birmingham branch of Guitar Guitar (100 Hagley Road, Edgbaston B16 8LA). It’s part of an endorsement deal with Laney Nexus Tube bass amplifiers. “I’ve been looking around for the right bass equipment for ten years and all along, my dear old friends at Laney have been developing the perfect GH sonic amplification experience,” he is quoted in a press release (spotted by Nigel Young).
Dave Stoddard saw GH at the Buxton Opera House the other day and says that though it was far from full, Glenn gave his usual 110% – “what did you say about “Sail Away” worth the price of admission alone?! The memories came flooding back. He had quite a few stories to tell, specially one about the Gary Moore/ Mars bars incident – NOT! Apparently it was Cadbury’s Flakes…“.
Robert Banaszkiewicz saw them at two of the shows. “I’m still reeling from the experience. They came on stage and just smashed you in the face (showing) how it should be done. The voice/bass playing and the band were absolutely faultless. I never imagined I’d be saying this but it put the 15 year DP cabaret act to SHAME“.

Ouch. Lastly for the curious we have a shot of Nick Fyffe on-stage with DP recently which I’ll put on a separate posting. Actually not quite lastly, as apparently a piece I did for Radio 4 on vintage street photography is due to be aired on May 31st at 3.00pm in the afternoon on their Making History show. Try as I might I couldn’t find a way to sneak in a reference to DP during the interview! If you’re remotely interested you can read more at Walking Pictures.


May 12, 2011

As some of you know I’ve been interested in photography for many years, especially the quirky urban stuff (the shot below of a less than appropriately named shop with European migrant workers gathering outside is one. I got such a look off them I quickly moved on!) .

Zen Shop Bridlington

Along with a friend, who is a landscape photographer, we have dipped our toes into the training field, offering opportunities to learn the basics of photo editing software like Photoshop. We both went on courses which were so high speed and techie we got quickly lost and felt we could do something which wouldn’t bewilder people. We are also doing ‘walks with a camera’, where a small group bring their digital cameras along – and we help them get to grips with some of the zillions of features and help people move on from the point and shoot level, out and about in the countryside. These days are run mostly in and around Derbyshire and the Peak National Park, but we have gone further afield where there is a demand. Plug over!

Peak Digital Training