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CD of fame

February 14, 2019

We covered the shemozzle surrounding Deep Purple’s elevation to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 (“I’m not going if he’s going” etc.), but missed this nice little collectable, a compilation CD featuring the five nominated artists.  The cover is great, would have made a nice LP. I don’t know what the tracks were apart from I assume Smoke On The Water. My thanks to Pericle for the scan. Can’t he tell me the tracks? No, he’s kept it mint ‘n sealed!  Does it not list them on the back? No!

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On the drums

February 8, 2019

Exciting news that IAN PAICE is heading up this year’s Buddy Rich Memorial Concerts. The shows take place at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London from May 20th to 25th 2019. There are two shows each evening. The details on their site are a bit confusing, but Ian Paice will be part of the actual band alongside Gregg Potter, so play all the shows. There will be a string of guests but these have not yet been confirmed. Tickets are from £35 – £55.
Ian has always cited Buddy as a big inspiration in taking up the drums, so it should be a good evening. Bookings are already being taken at

https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/5180-buddy-rich-big-band-ft-ian-paice-cathy-rich-gregg-potter

Many of us will have fond memories of Ian’s solo spot at the Concerto concerts in 1999 and would like to see him do more in this area. In the meantime here’s an interesting short chat from Ian about Buddy Rich recorded in 2012 for an earlier memorial event by Rhythm Magazine.

Thanks to Mark Maddock for the heads up, I don’t do much Facebook! Mind you if Zuckerberg would take $8 off me a year and in return agree not to spy on my computer then I’d pay up…

Sharp suit

February 7, 2019

Who is the dude in the sharp suit? It’s Otis Redding. What’s he doing? Trying to get tickets for an Episode Six concert by the look of it!  We were looking for the release date of (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay recently, and hadn’t realised it was only issued after his early death in 1967.  But there were some promo photos and one of them showed him looking at a this great poster showing upcoming concerts.

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I like an archive hunt so went looking about. The poster suggested it was The Upper Cut Club, and sure enough there was such a place on Woodgrange Road in London. The name? It was opened in December 1966 by boxer Billy Walker, who with others ploughed money into converting this former East End skating rink into a music night club.  The opening week was to die for, with The Who, The Animals, Jimmy Hendrix (sic) (Boxing Day afternoon, 5/-!), Pretty Things, Spencer Davis Group and more.  Otis himself played there on March 18th the following year when this snap was taken for the NME, and Episode Six were there the night before.

The club itself apparently suffered by being in an out of the way spot, and didn’t get the crowds needed. It turned into a bingo venue after twelve months. The building has survived and is now marked out by one of those blue plaques. Thanks also to Tonny Steenhagen.

On display

February 4, 2019

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Have we shown this on the site before?  A couple of people were discussing it recently as one turned up for sale, so I though it was worth a look. Basically it’s a large in-store display item for the Made In Europe album release. It’s printed on corrugated card and cut out around the logo. Main record shops were sent one of these each to staple to the wall along with a few sleeves. It’s quite large too, and I remember trying to get it on the bus after I managed to get the local Virgin Records shop to part with it before anyone else got their hands on it!  Because they were printing it onto quite a crude surface, the dot resolution was quite high but it does make a stand out piece of memorabilia (the image here is off the web so a bit low fi).  I don’t remember cut out card pieces like this for many Deep Purple albums, except for Come Taste The Band. EMI did a large thick card version of the glass from the cover for that. We don’t have one in the archive (though I do know a shop owner who has one, and said I can have it once he empties his store room. I’m still waiting Barry!).  Thanks to Tonny and Pericle.

Right To The Top

February 1, 2019

David Coverdale is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Slide It In with a slew of editions to suit everyone. Rhino are issuing a 6CD version which bulks out the original 1984 UK and US mixes with “unreleased live and studio recordings, music videos, concert footage, and a new interview with founder and lead singer, David Coverdale…” and a book. So you get remixes and alternate versions of every track.
This is entitled The Ultimate Special Edition. If that’s a stretch, then Rhino will also put out a 2LP / 2CD with both mixes, and a single CD of the US mix.
I’ve already bought the record about eight times (including that lovely original Japanese vinyl edition – see below) so might hang fire as the last CD edition from 2009 was more than enough for these ears. I generally only bother with the U.S. mixes anyway. But the hard core can start saving as it comes

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And it pips anything Deep Purple did to mark their 50th!
Thanks to John Tucker for the heads up.

Wake up call

January 30, 2019

Timothy Campbell has his radio alarm set to Radio 3 of an early morning, and tells me he was woken by the second movement of Jon Lord’s Durham Concerto on Tuesday. Nice to hear it’s still being played and remembered by their programmer.

Ted and Ian and co.

January 23, 2019

I came across this video of the Gillan number Puget Sound yesterday while I was looking for the studio version to check something (I can’t say what yet!), and it shows Ian Gillan with Ted McKenna (going all sports casual), Chris Glen, Steve Morris and co. grinding through the track live like they mean it.

YouTube have finally done a deal to pay labels and artists for their material. It’s not massive but it is a start. 

Phenomena trilogy

January 17, 2019

UPDATE : John Tucker tells me the new CDs slack all the bonus tracks which turned up on previous editions, not sure why! UPDATE 2 : apparently there is a dispute over ownership.

The first three Phenomena albums, the brainchild of Tom Galley, have been reissued, I think this is the third time they’ve been re-released. But if you haven’t picked them up before, then now’s your chance. The first one features Glenn Hughes of course, alongside Cozy Powell, Mel Galley, Neil Murray, Don Airey and Ted McKenna, who all have mostly lengthy connections to the Purple family tree (Ted worked with Ian Gillan on his solo project). Glenn also turns up on Phenomena 2 but had jumped ship for the third disc. There are new sleeve notes and a remaster for all three discs. The press release does not give a label, but the music is now on iTunes.
CD suppliers? We tend to recommend https://www.keymailrecords.com these days, as they play fair with suppliers and everyone and can order most titles.

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Date updates

November 29, 2018

More concerts shaping up for 2019; one or two we have touched on before but this brings us up to date! All these are logged on our 2019 tour date page on the site.

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The concerts include a lengthy tour by tribute outfit Purpendicular with Ian Paice manning the drum kit, lasting through much of February and March in Europe. Still nothing for the UK! Deep Purple by the way found a number of dates on their Mexican tour previously announced cancelled at the last minute. Donald Trump probably expected them to move up and invade America by the back door…
Ian Gillan is also filling in the break in Deep Purple touring (which as we noted before seems to have been scaled back this last couple of years) with a dozen or more shows under the Rock Meets Classic Tour heading (now in the tenth year), again all in Europe. Well all in Germany except one!
The continuation of the Glenn Hughes Does DP tour (inspired by Debbie Does Dallas?) is also booking up with the second leg of the UK during May, but also a couple of showcase gigs in New York in April and then in Germany in September. It has been suggested that Glenn tried to use the current Deep Purple typeface logo on his publicity but was told to stop, so his name is in this style instead!
Meanwhile David Coverdale gets the chance to road test his all-new titanium knee joints (we’re all getting to that age it seems) across America in April / May 2019 with whoever is in Whitesnake this week, before eight shows in Europe, of which the only one in the UK is the Download Donington festival in June.
Then last up is another batch of shows from Don Airey and Friends through March.  I had heard that Roger Glover might be planning some shows as well but no news on that just yet.
A huge thank you to our special tour manager Lutz Reinart for bringing us up to speed as usual! Lutz was also a big help on the German edition of the Deep Purple In Rock history which is finally out.

Dates

November 9, 2018

We mentioned Rainbow’s tour dates a few weeks ago; these have now been confirmed with just four shows in Europe for 2019. I guess this does mean there might be more in Russia or the Far East. Anyhow, the dates are on our 2019 diary page now.  The flyer for the Finland gig is shown below.

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