Deep Purple Archive Series
Latest release (Oct 2014) is Graz 1975, and this is previewed on the site.
Due in March – well this week in fact – is the reissue of STOCKHOLM 1970. This first came out on Connoisseur as a 2CD set, and was then remastered for the Sonic Zoom series (and also issued in USA and Japan). The latest edition has added some extras to generate interest; including what the label claim is the first ever release on DVD of the Granada TV Doing Their Thing performance (which actually came out as a stand along DVD some years ago), and two audio tracks from Paris 1970, audio source not given.
COPENHAGEN 1972 – is due out in April 2013, the fourth reissue of this title in Europe. To gee it up they’ve added bonus material… three tracks off the 1973 ABC In Concert.
PARIS 1975 – released December 2012. This is a 2CD set as per the original release. They have mastered it from the original CD (or rather “remastered and sonically scrubbed”) and added some later interview clips as bonus material. The cover is a great shot of Ritchie by Fin Costello but clearly chosen for maximum sales impact rather than any historical accuracy, as it’s from the band’s 1974 tour and I’m not sure your average punter in the street will understand the Official DP(O) Series tag line but if you didn’t get the original or want the new edition for completion it’s in stock at DTBOnline store now.
SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT • DPO have announced a repositioning of all the existing archive titles on Purple and Sonic Zoom. These will now reappear on the Edel label in Germany and be much promoted by the looks of things (the original releases were all kept fairly low-key as a condition of the license). The series starts shortly with a reissue of the Paris 1975 2CD set in new packaging, with a bonus interview. Here is their publicity shot for the series which they plan to complete over the next two years. We’ll cover the new editions here as they appear. FAQ answer: Simon is not involved in this project.