Somebody was asking about that Fireball “whoosh” recently so I dug out the feature from the Darker Than Blue archives and tweaked it for the site. It did not come from the BBC Sound Effects album after all. So if you really didn’t know about the West Uzbekistan Percussion Ensemble now is your chance! You can even buy the t-shirt and support this pioneering drum outfit…
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Could we stand to think that the Fireball sleeve might not have been the storming 100% original concept we always thought it to be? Should the design award it received be returned? All these thoughts and more flashed through my head (along with a chorus of I Don’t Believe In If Anymore) as I spotted this album by well known South African warbler and whistler Roger Whittaker. 40p changed hands at the Help The Aged shop counter (given my advancing years maybe I now quality for a 50% money back on purchases there), and I studied the sleeve details back at home. Thankfully, the release is from 1974. So EMI designer Feref is the guilty party. The sleeve has been nominated for some sort of award in a worst cover poll too on the tinternet. And some joker is trying to get £12.75 for it on a well known website…
More holiday fun and merriment at our theme park Grollywood Paris
America seems to be getting a bit box set crazy these days, all part of trying to squeeze a few more sales out of back-catalogue, and often these can represent good value for money but only if you don’t have the titles already.
Rhino are jumping in with The Complete Albums 1970 – 1976 (cover shown above), 10 CDs, which runs from Concerto through to Come Taste, with MIJ and MIE as extras.
Meanwhile Audio Fidelity are planning their first box set with Gold CDs of In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are in a metal box. These have all been out separately, and got good reviews from audiophiles for the remastering.
Thanks to http://www.musictap.net/ (which is a useful American site for upcoming archive rock and pop titles and plans) and Leslie Hanagan.
Classic Rock magazine are preparing a Deep Purple Buyers Guide to be published around the time of the new Deep Purple album, probably a cover mounted book (there was talk of the new studio album going this way but thankfully not). The author of the guide reckons he had “forgotten what a fabulous record Fireball is…” Maybe EMI (or whoever owns the rights by the summer) should make that a sticker for a reissue edition? ! (See how any attempt to use ?! automatically becomes a free plug for the new album? Clever!).
VH1 have scheduled the ‘new’ Deep Purple documentary (which we’ve mentioned a few times) for end of April in America at least (expect UK airing as well). I say ‘new’ as some people think it’s a previously screened programme with added material to give it extra relevance to the anniversary. It’s all immaterial here as we don’t have the channel anyway!
Bits and bobs new to the site; a look at the new Double Trouble vinyl hardback reissue, a really high-quality release; a Greek 6CD on-pack set in replica covers (see the press advert above); and a setlist for the recent rockin’ Xmas concert in Berne.
There’s something about old tape reels boxes which sparks the archivist in me (it’s in the blood – my great Grandfather’s collections became the first Hull Museum). The batch on this shelf have been looked after for forty years by a former DJ and engineer who worked for a college radio station out in California. Long John Baldry… Chuck Berry… and Deep Purple?
As well as doing a radio show he also worked with one of the big local area sound companies Tychobrae (one of whose engineers later opened a studio where Mk 4 auditioned and rehearsed) and together with them recorded a few shows for airing locally, with the permission of the bands.
At the end of July 1971 a three band tour arrived in town and the DJ, Eliot, recorded them. His deal was that if the band’s cleared it, he could then air the tape on his show. The Faces wouldn’t play ball and asked for the tapes back (leaving Eliot $20 out of pocket for the cost!). Matthew’s Southern Comfort gave permission and so did Deep Purple.
The reels are of course the long lost Long Beach July 30. 1971 performance. Southern Comfort opened the show, with Deep Purple on second. Legend has it that they worked their socks off and gave The Faces something to think about. Even though the tour was in support of the newly issued Fireball album, the band only did one new track, the single Strange Kind Of Woman (just out on Warners and included on the new album). Speed King and Child In Time came either side and they ended with a lengthy Mandrake Root.
After some of the show was aired American bootleggers produced the Hard Road bootleg, and other titles since have used tracks (one even appeared officially albeit cleaned up off vinyl on the CD New Live & Rare) but we always wondered how the show came to be taped and hoped that someone might have kept the broadcast reels. And what’s more, there is also a stereo mix.
Eliot has dug back through his written archive. “My last radio show at KPPC FM was a 1-hr. show at midnight in early 1973. I’ve been going through my garage and found and old calendar book. This is what the show consisted of: It opened with Dr. John; Deep Purple live; Sunny Terry and Brownie McGee; Jimmy Hendrix doing Dolly Dagger. ..”
Sounds worth staying in for to me! Negotiations are going on to place the various bands he has (we wish him luck with Randles Island!) but we’re hoping a deal can be done to secure the Deep Purple reels for release (and for this reason we have not given out Eliot’s full name as we don’t want to pre-empt this).
While we’re looking at archives, there has been some progress on soundboard tapes of Mk 4 captured by an engineer including US and UK gigs. And that Mk 1 show from 1969 has also fickered into life again as well. We will try and bring you updates on those. Needless to say whether any of these will appear on CD soon is another matter, but we live in hope.