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Fakes and forgeries for Friday

August 30, 2019

Deep Purple Help pic disc.jpg

Having been busy with those fake picture sleeve singles for a few years, the pirate brigade have now turned their attention to a series of fake Deep Purple picture discs. Indeed a trickle has turned into a flood, as people are coughing up $200 and upwards for them.  I’m not sure who falls for these scams, as any official release would be backed up with press sheets and similar evidence.  The frustrating thing is that some are quite decent looking products too!  I’ll show a selection here; that’s Help above (based on the fab French single sleeve), Hey Joe at the bottom of the page (nice to see my artwork still in demand in some circles) and Love Help Me below (their knowledge of chronology is clearly not sparkling!).

Love Help Me pic disc.jpg

As well as the discs with suitable graphics on, the same crew have also put out a slew of pornographic picture discs featuring tracks from the reunion era.  To save anyone’s blushes in case you’re reading this at work I’ll link to one of the milder ones on a separate page.  All the examples I’ve seen are being sold out of Israel.  Thanks to Vince Chong who has been tracking these for me.  We all need a hobby!

Deep Purple Hey Joe pic disc.jpg

Forgery (I had to check) is the act of forging metal into shape while fakery is a fraud or forgery; an act of doctoring, or the product of one. Don’t say we never learn you nothing.

And while I’m at it here’s another of the fake pic sleeve single which appeared recently, wrapped around a genuine German pressed single.

German Fireball fake sleeve.jpg

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Sleeve scam

June 3, 2016

It’s weird, I was only discussing some rare sleeves with another fan last week. He had turned up a rare Colombian pressed single and was wondering if it was real. “Who on earth would want to pirate old Deep Purple records?” I replied confidently.
Well Mark Maddock just emailed me examples of someone doing a very similar trick, so be very careful if you’re a keen sleeve collector. These four examples, all up for sale right now on the web, are fake. They purport to be radio station album promos, in unique covers. If they were then they would indeed be  remarkable; mint sleeves over 40 years old, never documented before. In fact the covers are complete fakes, and they are just sticking regular  Mexican pressings of the albums inside!

Fake Mexican Deep Puple sleeves

I checked up and the radio station named on the cover actually exists, but is so tiny they would never have done such promos, and don’t seem even to have existed then. Plus the typography employs digital tricks which were simply not possible back in the Seventies.
Further digging showed the people responsible are cranking these out for lots of groups beside Deep Purple.  So, worth a few bucks if you collect pirate pressings, but at this price hopefully people can get the word out before too many fans get scammed. And as always, well done ebay for allowing this sort of thing to flourish.
Mind you, it might just be some crafty Mexicans trying to destabilise the American economy in revenge for Trump!

Memorex

February 28, 2014

a fake vintage deep purple posterYour watched item ends in 3 hours… but what exactly are you watching, and is it real?  A slew of ersatz Deep Purple posters are out there at the moment, some quite clever.  It’s one thing if the dealers are being open about what they’re offering (and if you just fancy something cheap to hide that tattered Farah Fawcett poster) but less scrupulous or aware sellers might catch you out. So here is a page of these fakes and what to look out for.

Provenance…

January 25, 2013

Fake Deep Purple autographsWere secretaries really faking Deep Purple’s signatures back in 1971? It certainly looks that way! Check this article out on the site before parting with your money…