Deep Purple Reissues / Japan
Deep Purple Reissues / Japan December 2011
Another batch of paper sleeve reissues from Japan emerged just before Christmas. The main selling point is the K2HD HQCD mastering (which as we’ve mentioned before is largely a matter of taste / how good your ears still are), but they’ve also tried quite hard on the sleeves. In brief these are:
SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE VICP-75020
This includes reproduction of both the original British cover and the American one. The CD is slipped inside one cover, the other is empty, and you can swop around. A small booklet of Japanese text and a separate lyric sheet are also included. The UK cover is glossy card, the US one is semi-matt.
THE BOOK OF TALIESYN VICP-75021
Again, UK and US covers.
DEEP PURPLE Third VICP-75022
LIVE IN LONDON 1974 VICP-75027～8
Issued in the original UK EMI vinyl cover design.
SCANDINAVIAN NIGHTS STOCKHOLM 1970 VICP-75025～6
Issued in the original Connoisseur vinyl sleeve design.
David Coverdale/NORTHWINDS VICP-75030
David Coverdale/WHITESNAKE VICP-75029
They have also issued these two solo albums at the same time and used a textured card finish to replicate the original vinyl editions.
It’s a strange world. They’re nice and cute obviously but you can hardly read the text on some, while others have had the text on the back reset so they are very crisp and clean but don’t look particularly like the originals.
I’ve kind of lost track of just how many times some of these have now been reissued in Japan but if you’re searching for them the catalogue numbers are given above. My thanks to Masa for letting me have the details.
If you have the set and want to comment on the audio quality please do.