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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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2016 and all that

January 6, 2016

Always a good start-back office chore is a careful sweep through the in-tray, which had crept up to 450+ emails over the winter break.  And it does help bring things into focus.
Of course the music scene has rightly been mourning the death of Lemmy, one of rock’s great characters apparently according to the TV.  I suppose that’s because most of the mainstream press didn’t really understand his music or playing ability.  I still get shivers down my spine recalling that first eponymous Motorhead 12″ single on Chiswick Records which I bought close to release date back in 1977.

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Lemmy auditioning on nose jug for the Gillan band.

Somehow I never did get the see them live in those early days (and they did tour with Purple as recently as 2007), but had been a big Hawkwind fan and met Lemmy at one of those weird all night rock events at the Queens Hall in Leeds.  I’ve no idea how but we ended up being allowed into the hospitality room for the concert performers and Lemmy conned a nice button badge off my brother’s jacket. All he can recall was being sat by the side of the stage watching the show when a naked American woman came over and sat beside him. “Oh well, I’d best get on and wobble these around a little,” she explained after a while before we realised it was Stacia.
Funnily enough I was doing some vinyl sorting last week and checked my mint copy of their second album, signed by all the band… except Lemmy himself.  Mind you he was busy telling us how much grass he’d smoked during the day so perhaps it didn’t seem quite the moment to get all fanboyish!
Lemmy was always respectful of what he called Deep Purple’s place as the originators of hard rock (and one of the first to use pyrotechnics, at the California Jam).
Closer to home, we also lost our mate Martin Lilleker who has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.  Martin was one of those irreplacable and unique cogs in the local community music scene; he wrote music columns for the local press for decades, ran a label for a time, helped manage and played live a bit too.  In recent years he also documented the scene magnificently across two thick paperbacks on the history of Sheffield bands going back to the early 60s.  I helped him with a few bits for these and when I bemoaned the poor design of the first book’s cover he let me have a free hand on book two and was brave enough to go ahead with an admittedly quite eye popping montage!  It’s guys like Martin which make living in Sheffield just that little bit more enjoyable and we’ll miss him.
Looking forward it’s amazing how much enjoyment people get looking back, if the flurry of excitement about a new audience tape of Deep Purple from back in Feb 1972 at the Dagenham Roundhouse is to go by. The owner had got in touch with us in the lead-up to Christmas but seemed unable to wait to see if this could be done officially and pushed it out into the pirate networks instead. Amazing that new recordings can still emerge after forty plus years. It seems churlish to point out (as one expert did) that the cover photo is from the night before…!

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Deep Purple, Spontaneous Combustion, Licensed Bar AND A CAR-PARK! We used to know how to have fun in the Seventies.

Talking of history, a few people have pointed me to a copy of Wait For The Ricochet currently selling on ebay. Or rather not selling, as the owner wants £1,001.86 for it.  Since I went to have a peep (just to see if it was for real) ebay now keep asking me if I’d like “to take another look?”!  I wouldn’t mind but the cheeky sod wants £2.75 postage as well…  I added it as a watched item just to get his hopes up.
Hopefully this year we’ll get it back into print, but the priority right now is in finishing the follow-up, Fire In The Sky. And tracking down the current owner of the E-Type Jag Jon drove down to Montreux in. It’s all in the detail!
With the fun and games over the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame still ongoing, it’s good to see friends and fans of the late Cozy Powell have been able to organise things with far less aggro, and are putting up a blue plaque in the town of his birth, Cirencester. It’s very short notice, but if you’re free on January 7th then there is a public unveiling at the Corn Hall at 2.30pm with Brian May doing the honours. People like Bernie Marsden, Don Airey and Neil Murray will be there. It looks as if the long-mooted documentary on Cozy is also now in the works. The man himself would have been 70 next year.

Cozy Powell

As for ‘works’ we’re fairly confident the major labels are now about sorted when it comes to the Deep Purple classic era catalogue. The bizarre Universal LP box set (below) looks a real dog’s dinner, but I’m told better things are on the way with the return to catalogue of most of the regular albums (incredibly many have been off the shelves for some years now).  There are also plans afoot with regards to other areas of the catalogue about which more as the year unfolds.  I have had meetings with some of the people involved and it looks quite promising.

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Switch off your G5, reissue of the year award 2016 is surely a given!

Some of you have also got the Rainbow gigs to look forward to.  I guess we can’t really call it a reunion when only one member is coming back, but for everyone who missed out it looks as if more shows will follow in 2017. A souped up version of the first album is also due, though as the mutli-tracks are still lost there isn’t too much scope for content.
The first pics of the new Rainbow came through recently, reminding me of that excitement back in 75 when shots of the first group emerged and were being posted about by people to reproduce in fanzines etc. I shall not be hurrying to repeat the experience this time round!

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Rainbow 2016, I recognise one of them…

As for Purple themselves it’s still good to listen to play bits and pieces off Now What so hopefully the band can again produce something of interest when they start recording in the next few weeks (will the first one into the studio hide Don’s ELP collection?).
I’ve got my plate full with design work to wrap up on three books this month, so I’d best fire up InDesign and get cracking. But before I do, here’s a few anniversaries coming up in 2016 to make everyone feel that little bit older!

10th anniversary of Rapture Of The Deep

20th anniversary of Purpendicular

25th anniversary of the Slaves & Masters world tour

30th anniversary of the Seventh Star album with Glenn Hughes

35th anniversary of Whitesnake’s Don’t Break My Heart Again hit single.

40th anniversary of Deep Purple Mk 4’s final concerts.

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Deep Purple making a racket at Liverpool in 1976 (courtesy Alan Perry)

45th anniversary of Fireball.

50th anniversary of Art Gallery by The Artwoods.

Simon Robinson. My thanks to factoid checkers and news editors Mike Richards, Martin Ashberry, Tim Summers, Vince Chong, Mark Maddock, Matthew Kean and Ian Gillan’s surprise dinner guest – Britney Spears.

Bonus tracks.

April 29, 2013

20130500BreakOutBigIt seems as if there is a bonus track from the album sessions which is only available if you purchase the album from one particular German CD supplier, and then only as a download (by entering a code off the CD). Perhaps appropriately this track is called First Sign Of Madness…!
Some have asked about the Japanese CD bonus tracks, but for once you don’t need to worry. They’ve just added the two live tracks off the CD single (which were on the special edition of the last album anyway) and the radio edit. It doesn’t come out there until May 22. 2013.
Ian Gillan is still insisting they are in London in July for a concert according to the Mark Radcliffe show, still no idea what this is about.

Thanks to Richard Taylor, Martin Ashberry.

More magazine covers now added to the DPAS Cover Gallery

Things Fall Together

April 25, 2013
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Deep Purple Now What album stock arrives…

Well here I go again (as someone once sang). 40 years ago I was sprawled on the carpet in our Victorian ‘best’ room with the gas fire on low, poring over the sleeve to Who Do We Think We Are having been through the new album and wondering if this was the end of the band. 20 years later, The Battle Rages On cut a similar vibe of a band at war with itself and ready to call it a day.
So, another twenty years on, is Now What really a last gasp offering from Deep Purple as so many on the web have speculated? Is it bunnies. And if it was their last album, it certainly gives us enough to feel they went out guns blazing. Let’s deal with that ridiculous marketing tosh on the cover first, ‘Perfect Strangers meets Made In Japan’? Nothing ‘meets’ Made In Japan. It sits there as a statement for all time; the best rock band on the planet.
Instead Now What is more Perfect Strangers meets Purpendicular, via H-Bomb, Tarkus and LA Woman really. I even got Talking Heads and Jethro Tull at a couple of points. And Roxy Music (but that was only because the girls from Country Life fell off the shelf at one point and almost hit me on the head when I pushed the volume up at one spot).
It’s a good strong offering from most angles, and one which I know I’ll want to listen to again. Good grief, even Hell To Pay fits right in to the album once you cop an earful of the Mandrake Root-esque Rondo which spills out between verses. The only cut I really had to skip on was Uncommon Man, where Don’s seeming infatuation with all thing ELP gets a little too uncomfortable, but overall this certainly doesn’t sound like a band about to call it a day. Indeed right now it sounds like the best since Abandon to me (an album I still feel got a raw deal).
Rapture was such a dreadful disappointment I was so nervous putting this on, but I don’t think I’m just on the rebound here in getting so much out of this. The vinyl even has shiny inner bags and everything, just like a real LP. And we’re not even having to mention the mix, because we don’t have to. Bob Ezrin has done what was required by and large, and brought out just about the best in it (give or take one or two places where the solos leap out a little too prominently).
What I suspect are fairly, um, suspect lyrics on Apres Vous (wisely buried in the mix!) even herald a full on guitar keyboard trade off clearly inspired by days of yore. Paicey keeps it all on track (some have bemoaned his lack of flash but to me he drives it well) while Glover really appears to be enjoying it. And Vincent Price certainly brought a smile to my face. What other band would throw this at us to end an album? That’s what still makes Deep Purple special at times, because you really cannot measure them up against any other outfit. They’re out there, they do what they do, and at times like this we love them for trying. Sure a few bridges are a little simplistic, and once again they steam into some stunning little instro passages then refuse to stretch them out, but enough survives to bring a some enjoyment into our triple dip recession ridden times, which is fine by me. If they can be bothered to risk all and build a set around this one then it stands a chance of being as good as the Abandon tour. Here’s hoping. Now Ian, about those “seven screaming virgins on a sacrificial altar”, what exactly is it we have to sign up for to be in with a shot?

DTB orders are starting to go out now; if you want to buy from people who care you can do so at the DTB Online Store

Busy bees.

April 22, 2013

Have they really put a sticker on Now What saying “Perfect Strangers meets Made in Japan”? They apparently have! There does seem to be quite a buzz about the new album despite this rather unlikely claim (which seems to have come from inside the organisation anyway). We’ve had our first review in, so opened a new page for people’s thoughts once they’ve heard it: Album Reviews.

The two Ians made it to Radio 4 on the 19th April, the station’s sadly dumbed down arts show Front Row, and surfced again on Simon Mayo‘s BBC show on the 24th. You can catch these on BBC iPlayer (which even works in our neck of the woods now thanks to a nice man from BT Openreach finding us a better phone route down to the exchange).

Deep Purple also appeared on German comedy show TV Total on 24th April  playing  the truncated single cut of “Hell To Pay”.  They played the same show back in 2005 (performing Clearly Quite Absurd). People should be able to use the site’s watch again facilities to see the performance, which was at the end of the show.  Thanks to Milan Fahrnholz.

The new issue of Classic Rock magazine big-ups the new album with a decent feature plus interviews (though uses a vintage 1980 Gillan cover pic for some reason), and a cover-mounted rock compilation with a sleeve ripping off 24 Carat Purple (DP’s contribution is just the new single).

DTB Online are still taking advance orders for the Limited Edition of the album (CD plus exclusive Making Of disc).

Breeze blocks and other news

April 15, 2013

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Updates on the new Deep Purple album, Glover’s comments, and press interviews on the site here.
Deep Purple’s Speed King is being used (in a curiously edited version) as backing music for a new TV commercial in Norway, here’s the link if you want to take a peek. The company is LECA (Leca Lock). I don’t know which is the more bizarre, hearing the track used in such an incongruous way, or seeing an advert for breeze blocks on prime-time TV! Thanks to Bjørn Sund (and others) for the heads up. Meanwhile the DPO official approved series no. 2 reissues Denmark 72 in April.
Lots of people wishing RB happy 68th the other day, in the meantime there is news of a new album from Blackmore’s Night, Dancer And The Moon, including a track dedicated to Jon and a Uriah Heep cover, on the site here.
The two Bernie Marsden 80s solo albums have been reissued for the first time in ages. There are details on the site in the review section listing all the guests. They lack the bonus tracks from the Purple Records releases but as those have been out of print for several years these will fill a gap.
The film Discoverdale has been shown at the  Bootleg Film Festival in Edinburgh last weekend and picked up Best Director and Audience Choice Awards. Really looking forward to seeing this!
Thanks also to Trace Keane for the magazine cover, David Browne, Peter Judd, Tim Summers.

Does that top come off?

April 8, 2013

Several download sites have got clips of songs from the Now What album on, though you need to sign in to some to get a free listen!  I’ve vowed not to listen to any more low-fi previews and try to keep an open mind for the album, but the less-strong willed are reporting a better than expected set overall with only a couple of fillers, and citing Vincent Price as a stand-out track.  Let us know what you think via the New Album page. DTB do apologise over the lamentable situation regards the single. Despite getting in early with a decent order, we were told to get stuffed basically. And even then, of the miserable 25 copies of the CD single we were allocated, only ten arrived. Brilliant planning all round guys.

Glenn Hughes is starting to put things together on a new solo album following the irretrievable breakdown of Black Country Communion, and it will be in a rockier vein.

EMI are cashing in on the Whitesnake tour next month by rejigging the Box Of Snakes set into a Little Box Of Snakes er box. Read the details on the Coverdale page. Finally, we did mention that Coverdale reckoned he still had his California Jam stage t-shirt. He has now posted a photo to prove it! A real collectors piece, and an embroidered top he wore on many of the 1974 dates.

David Coverdale California Jam t-shirt

another album teaser

February 22, 2013

Another short audio teaser has been shipped, this time fronted by Roger Glover (and when we watched it a hoard of Disney characters!). You can check it out on our New Album page, hopefully free of other commercials.