Posts Tagged ‘Artwoods’

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May 20, 2014

Strange how everything goes quiet for a time then suddenly we’re swamped with new (and old) releases and forthcoming projects. Here’s a quick catch up with what’s happening:

Made In Japan is now shipping in all the various editions. We have already gone on about this on the site so will be interested to hear what people say once they actually get to study the content in detail. I’ve opened a reviews page.  DTB online stock is going out but taking ages to pack; as seems the norm these days we were left til last for stock orders.  However we will hold the advertised prices on the big editions for the next couple of weeks.

Jon Lord The Artwoods RPMThe Artwoods collection has been revamped since we last posted about it.  The set has been given a new title, Steady Gettin’ It, a new sleeve with a great colour photo, and an extra disc!  So it has morphed into a triple album.  The main reason for this is the inclusion of no fewer than FIVE BBC sessions by the band, some sixteen tracks in total from 1965, 1966 and 1967.  The booklet has also been expanded to 38 pages. It’s due in at the very end of July now, so will probably ship early August. Full track list is on our online store.

Also from the sixties is a nice looking reissue of the original Zephyr debut album, Tommy Bolin‘s first major studio output. Out of print here for years (BGO first issued it in the UK on CD), this has been overseen and annotated by band member David Givens and includes a remaster of the original 1969 album, a CD of miscellaneous live tracks and a third disc which is a one-off full reunion show from 1973 in Boulder (Tommy had moved on the year before). It’s a US import due at the end of this month but DTB Online will be stocking it. All the CDs are in separate mini-gatefold covers packaged in a nice slipcase with a detailed booklet.  Just think, MIJ could have looked like this!

Bernie Marsden ShineBernie Marsden has also finally set a date for his much trailed new solo album Shine, which is now due in August. As we’ve mentioned before, this features David Coverdale, Ian Paice and Don Airey in guest roles.  The previews we’ve heard sound great, a really gusty blues production. There will be a limited double vinyl run as well.

Glenn Hughes‘s new outfit California Breed is also due in a few days. They have added a limited edition which includes a DVD of the promo videos and other goodies.

Still no sign of the triple vinyl for Black Masquerade by Rainbow, we’ll keep hammering away at the label reps for a date.

The triple vinyl of Deep Purple’s 1969 Concerto has also gone back and is now promised for late June.  The Mk 1 box set is still in the pipeline but getting nearer.  I’m hoping there will be some exciting news concerning this, but have to keep quiet for now.

All the above are on the DTB Online store and can be ordered – or pre-ordered.

Lastly we do have some stock of the limited edition Record Store Day Deep Purple releases here but will only put these on the store once we have fulfilled the pre-orders.
And talking of online stores, we are in the final testing stages of a NEW DTB COLLECTABLES online shop.  Response to our earlier lists of collectors items, rarities, second hand vinyl, etc. was so good we have decided to open a new online shop for this sort of material.  More details will follow very shortly.  We are also going to open a new email news and new release news service.  Lots of you already get emails from Ann but her software is now starting to creak at the sheer number of addresses. So we’ve invested in a special software to organise this better and again details will be posted here soonest.


November 28, 2013

Artwoods Jon Lord shindig magazineSeems to be a good eight page feature on The Artwoods in the current issue (Nov 2013) of Shindig magazine. If you don’t know the title, it’s a nicely produced (mostly) retro music monthly but run by enthusiasts!  It’s not easy to find in newsagents but some of the bigger branches of Smiths carry it (or try their website). Lots of pictures and an interview with one of the band. It’s inspired by the upcoming release of that RPM CD we mentioned earlier. Thanks to Stephen Clare.

1964 and all that

August 5, 2013

The Artwoods have been unavailable on CD for ages but it looks like they are at last working on a full compilation. Previous efforts have been nicely put together but incomplete; as this new one will come out on my old label RPM I’m hopeful this won’t be the case (or there will be words!).  The master situation is still shocking though, as most appear to have been thrown out in the 1980s.  For anyone interested in Jon Lord’s career prior to Deep Purple the material is fascinating, though the feeling has always been that their studio material was underproduced and to date very little live or session material survives of good enough quality to issue.  Anyhow, more news when we get it.
The farmhouse at South Mimms which Deep Purple were holed up for a time in early 1968 is back on the market again after a refurbishment a few years ago.  It’s now up to £2.7 million, and the London Evening Standard reports that this is the “house where Deep Purple wrote their hit Smoke On The Water.”  As far as we know all they wrote was their – and possible band – names on the living room walls (and sadly we suspect that has been done away with in the make-over.)
And I can remember when The Stannit used to be such a good paper.
If you haven’t got that kind of cash then someone has been trying to sell a copy of the original 1982 DPAS Deep Purple Discography online recently with a starting bid: $499.00!  Don’t all rush at once, I’m not sure it sold.

This nice magazine cover is from the Summer issue of the Polish music magazine Lizard (published four times a year), and features a great shot of Jon Lord from the start of the Mk 4 line-up. Thanks to Pavel Ffolkes for sending the scan over.

Lizard no 11 Summer 2013
Hier ist das Video vom Wacken! Lastly and back up to now, then, and a chunk (some nine songs) of one of Deep Purple’s shows on the current tour is around to watch online, shot at the Wacken festival (Aug 3rd I think).  We do not know how long this will be available for (though people suggest it has already been copied to video sharing sites). I’ve not been able to watch (more because I’m running an outdated version of Flash than any intrinsic issue with the website, and as my operating system cannot take the latest version, it’s Catch 22 and lets all crash the browser!) but more up to date people should be able to check it out on the link below.

Thanks also to Tim Summers, Mark Stratford, Jeff Breis, Stephen Clare