Archive for the ‘Purple Records Musicians’ Category

And so Deep Purple begins

May 15, 2018

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What did you do at the weekend just gone? Me I walked round to the shops for some bread rolls and a Saturday paper, did a bit of weeding in the garden and gave a talk on pre-War commercial street photography.

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What did Derek Lawrence do with his weekend just gone fifty years ago? Only produced (with the help of a BBC Sound Effects LP!) the first Deep Purple album Shades Of Deep Purple. Happy 50th Deep Purple!

Yes we know they did some shows before, and a few demos, but to me that trip to the Pye basement studios (at ATV house) near Marble Arch meant it all suddenly got real. How could they cut an album so quickly? Well they’d rehearsed and done most of the material either live or in previous groups, so it was all fairly well bedded in. Plus they were damn good musicians. And they had no more budget!

Derek did a bit more work on the Monday, cut and mastered the first (proposed) single later in the week, EMI got on board, and the rest is, well history. History which continues to prove fascinating for many, and music which has given millions pleasure over those fifty years.

The studio? Pye were there until 1989 in one guise or another, but the Sixties building where so many other great recordings were also made was demolished in 2003.

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Fifty once

May 1, 2018

Classic Rock have pushed the boat out with a Deep Purple cover issue on sale now. Some of us have been admiring the cover art too, would look great as a poster. It’s actually quite a strange image, familiar but not quite right. The answer turns out that it really is a montage – Ritchie’s head is from a 1969 pic, the rest of him from Mk3 days! Frankenpurple.

Not been into town to buy a copy yet but several people have. Tom Dixon reckons “the angle this time is the justifiable, inarguable fact that shows “how the Deep Purple Family tree ruled rock” Inevitably for most of us there is nothing new but they do interview all the members (bar Morse, and Blackmore of course) and even do a ‘special’ on the Butterfly Ball. Airey gets a couple of pages too to expand on Moore in particular with a sidebar on Simon McBride as he has featured with Don a few times and is on his forthcoming album. Warhorse, and Captain Beyond get a brief appearance. Some nice period pics too. Nicely put together piece on the huge influence the band and its’ many members have had on rock.” There is a sample CD with the magazine featuring a few old Purple label tracks.

Funnily enough we were watching the lengthy Jeff Beck special on BBC4 TV the other day and were quite touched by the way Cozy Powell was bigged up when they came to talking about The Jeff Beck Group (and nice to see a bit of rare footage too). Jeff says he got his label to organise the auditions, and when he turned up they pointed Cozy out and said “forget the rest”, some of whom were already packing their drum sticks away! The show is on iPlayer.

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Johnny Gus

September 15, 2014

John Gustafson bassistBassist and singer John Gustafson died last Friday.  John was one of those musicians whose ability was widely respected by many, and this shows in the astonishing list of 150 or more albums he appeared on.  As far as Darker Than Blue goes he was an integral member of the Ian Gillan Band across three studio albums, and his connections with the Deep Purple family tree were wide ranging, from Episode Six, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, The Butterfly Ball  and on to Naked Thunder.  You can read more on the site.

The Open Ear

May 12, 2014

Child In Time 12"Award yourself a house star if you know where that motto comes from….  Purple Records kicked off back in 1971 and like a lot of other slightly esoteric seventies labels has gained quite a following amongst collectors in recent years.  Purple never quite managed to focus itself as much as labels like Vertigo, Charisma or Threshold, and lacked the determined resources of labels like Harvest, mostly because the people involved were always being kept busy looking after Deep Purple themselves. Nevertheless as well as being home to many Deep Purple albums and singles over the years (and the label design continues to appear on various reissues to this day, including this years record Day single), the label did handle a lot of interesting solo projects as well as offerings from musicians outside the immediate ‘family’. Buddy Bohn, Silverhead and Bullet rubbed shoulders with The Colditz Story, Yvonne Elliman and Curtiss Maldoon.Bullet German 45 Purple Records
Rare record collector Neil Priddey has been working on a book detailing the story of the label and this is now nearing completion. He has spoken to a number of people behind the scenes as well as musicians on the label. The book will be illustrated with the covers of all the albums and a discography as well as the singles and rarities, press material and other memorabilia.
Label designs, inner sleeves and more are a feature of Neil’s work. His recent book on the Charisma ‘pink label’ albums has been nicely received (not least on Simon’s album sleeve blog) so we’re expecting good things from this follow up.  More details will follow as and when along with publishing information and ordering details. Meanwhile if anyone out there has any rare items from the label’s history do please get in touch and I’ll pass your email along.
Purple Records label Rainbow first albumHere are a few rarities from the label’s history to be going on with: a German art sleeve for Bullet; a very strange 12″ featuring “long” disco versions of two tracks (both normal album cuts in fact); and an obscure edition of Rainbow’s first album on the Purple label.

Bob, Martin.

August 18, 2013

Deep Purple have whacked another new song into the current tour, the list is on DTB on the news page.
Meanwhile, Martin Popoff has been chatting to Bob Ezrin for the Bravewords website and, as you might imagine from the compiler of several Deep Purple books, come up with some really interesting insights into the album now that the initial flurry of excitement has died back a little.
“I think the mission was clearly to put the deep back in Deep Purple. I didn’t come into this thinking that I had a mission. I came into this a little bit reluctantly, thinking that they were looking to me to make a contemporary rock album with Deep Purple, which I didn’t feel was appropriate, or could be done in an honest way. But when I met with the guys, after seeing their live show, and seeing especially the big jam that they do in the middle of the show, which was just masterful, virtuosic… after seeing that, and meeting with the guys, I realized that there was that original essence of Deep Purple that people hadn’t heard on record in a long time, and that if they wanted to do that sort of thing, I was really into doing it with them. And I think it was Roger who actually used the phrase ‘put the deep back in Deep Purple,’ which was music to my ears, if you’ll forgive the pun. So once we figured that that would be the mission, then I was interested.”
Read the rest of the interview at:
http://www.bravewords.com/news/208742
Martin’s book on Deep Purple Gettin Tighter is available on import at DTB Online.

Rainbow Rockpalast due

July 12, 2013

Rainbow Black MasqueradeRainbow’s 1995 show from Rockpalast is finally accorded an official release after years of bootlegging. Full details and track list on our Blackmore page. Titled Black Masquerade, it’s due on CD and DVD.

degrees of separation

March 13, 2013

The deaths of Alvin Lee, guitarist with Ten Years After, and Peter Banks, founder member of Yes, have been announced. I remember enjoying TYA live in the early seventies not long after their big 1970 hit Love Like A Man, with the amazing extended live version on the flip. Alvin’s connection to the DP Family comes through a 1987 solo album Detroit Diesel, on which Jon Lord played Hammond (on two tracks – alongside other familiar names like Vicky Brown, Boz Burrell and George Harrison – it was even produced by Lou Austin).
By the time I got to see Yes they were into their ‘classic’ line-up era, but like many kids at school I recall the risqué sleeve to the first Flash album (1972), a band which Peter Banks formed after leaving Yes. It was only much later that I learned their albums were produced by Derek Lawrence and engineered by Martin Birch (just a few weeks before he zoomed off to do Machine Head).

Hard Stuff CDs issued

October 17, 2011

Hard-Stuff-BulletproofThe two Hard Stuff albums first issued on Purple Records are due soon. Details on our review page.

John du Cann

September 27, 2011

John du Cann, a former member of Purple Record’s band Hard Stuff, has died. We have a short obituary on the site.