The Machine Head 5CD set has been shipping this week, with the vinyl following on – both formats having been delayed by EMI. Available at the DTB online store and more details on the site here if you missed it. I’ve lost my bet on the In Concert 72 vinyl, that was the actual front cover design and it just makes me want to weep it’s so bad…
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A quick catch up of new releases which are coming thick and fast at the moment! Jon Lord‘s long lost solo album Before I Forget has miraculously resurfaced. It’s out via EMI later this month. Track listing is a bit shorter than the original debut CD edition on RPM way back in the early nineties. The album has been fetching high prices on the second-hand market for some time, and was even pirated in Australia a couple of years ago. Read more on the site here.
The EMI Machine Head release has been put back a while following ‘production’ issues. They will announce a new date soon.
The V/A Remachined tribute album is due out as a regular CD release in early October. It’s in a regular CD case (the magazine version has gone from most newsagents), but there is a limited vinyl edition which was a surprise.
Also out in October is a limited edition 2 pack Bluray set featuring Deep Purple’s Montreux sets from 2006 and 2011. It’s designed to tempt new converts to the format, after which it’s back to the separate discs. Not sure if my Betamax player will handle this new technology though, but good value for money in the run up to, no, I will not mention the C word (our nearest RSPB site had bloody cards on sale in August!). ….
All the above at the DTBOnline store now needless to say.
Do try and make your mind up about the California Jam Book asap, the limited edition is selling out fast. And as if having Jon sign the book wasn’t enough, there are more surprises to come on this, which we hope to be able to announce at the end of next week.
Lastly we are having real problems with the effing Tommy Bolin 3CD set. Apparently it is only being brought in on import, and the UK distributors decided not to bother with the 3CD edition at all, and only stock copies of the 5CD set. Ann is contacting customers who pre-ordered while we try and persuade the importers to change their minds!
EMI have announced their take on the Machine Head Anniversary, with a five disc box set. As well as the studio album in various formats, the BBC In Concert 1972 has been remixed and repackaged to match. This and Machine Head also get special vinyl editions with bonus 7″ singles. You can get the full details on our Machine Head review page, but get yourself a cuppa set up as there is a lot to get your head round. The various editions can be pre-ordered at DTBOnline store.
Full details of the Machine Head tribute album are now out and can be found here on the site. It’s out as a Classic Rock fan-pack release then in stores later.
Where’s ex-Deputy Chief Constable John Stalker with his sun-blinds when you need him? And if it’s this hot here, what’s it going to be like Stateside when the Purple’s get stuck into recording next month?!
NEW ALBUM – Ian Gillan has also confirmed Bob Ezrin as the producer of the next DP studio album in an upbeat interview with Geoff Barton for Classic Rock magazine (who ran the story about Ezrin from this site and credited us). He explains their thinking thus: “We’re looking for one of those old-pro type approaches where you have guidance and a great sound. He came up to see us and talk it through and everyone fell in love with him.” Start date for the recording which will take place in Nashville (Dolly Parton on backing vox?) is June 23. with a six week studio booking.
Steve Morse was talking to Record Collector recently and said while IG may have spent the entire Spanish writing session week talking about football, the rest of the band actually got an album’s worth of music demos laid down. These will form the basis of the recording sessions, with Gillan having had the time in between to get vocal and lyric ideas together. So writing on the plane over then!
MACHINE HEAD TRIBUTE – Some details of the upcoming Machine Head tribute are slipping out. Metallica have mentioned it while talking about the Dio tribute project (which they also hope to help with). “We were asked if we’d contribute to the anniversary of ‘Machine Head’ – we can’t turn that down. We’re circling the Dio and Purple catalogues and hopefully we’ll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men.”
Joe Bonamassa has confirmed that he’s laid down a version of Lazy for the album, with Jimmy Barnes on vocals.
Meanwhile Polish band Panteon will be playing the whole of Made In Japan live at a special tribute show for the 40th anniversary of that album on Aug 17. in Warsaw; thanks to Adam Panasiuk for the heads up.
As for the anniversary edition of Machine Head itself, this has now gone back to September release and we still don’t know what will be on it. However some filming for a documentary has been going on, with Claude Nobs going on camera recently.
VINTAGE PHOTO SETS – plans for two posh sets of real vintage Deep Purple photos are being finalised, from 1976 and 1970. We’ll send details out to DTB people soon but I’ve seen test versions and they look amazing.
S&M and VINYL – no, not a new Fetish corner, but a vinyl reissue of the Slaves & Masters album is upcoming (though the album did come out on vinyl originally). Let’s hope the label has improved their packaging, their work on Purpendicular was a bit skimpy. It’s on the DTBOnline store.
DEMON GIVER – Just hammering a live version of Demon’s Eye the other day and realised how similar the start of the track Ballad Of Mr. Giver by Ashton / Lord is to it.
FAULTY MONTREUX – That Live In Montreux triple album limited edition on purple glitter vinyl from Italy we flagged up some time ago? People tell me that it has a pressing fault, and repeats Maybe I’m A Leo twice at the expense of Rapture Of The Deep. Ouch. Someone didn’t check the test pressing properly, which with something as expensive and limited as this seems a bit much.
GLENN HUGHES – Black Country are planning to cut their third album we think in June, with a view to a November release. One of those rock and roll Allstars shows with Glenn Hughes guesting has gone out on FM, and finds Glenn doing a Cult track and Highway Star. A number of the proposed dates were pulled. Glenn himself had three UK show in May supported by Fish of all people. Andy Hardman says most of the Fish fans upped sticks and left at the London date once their hero had been on.
WHO CARES – Details are emerging of a compilation album (including some rarities) as a follow-up to Gillan and Tony Iommi’s charity single release of last year under the Who Cares banner. We’ve added the early track listing to the site here.
IAN PAICE – Will guest on a new CD by Jettblack out in June, titled Raining Rock. There is also promo footage about of him thrashing one of those limited edition signature kits on the web, as well as a lot of techie stuff about the specs. We’ve just been in touch with a guy who went to school with our Ian, and says he got a rollicking off his Aunt after IP practised his paradiddles on a brass vase she owned!
LORD SUTCH – There’s a new Lord Sutch & The Savages CD collection out; the usual early material with Blackmore’s contributions, and some later bits and bobs. Actually it looks like a re-release of the old EMI 18 track job to me but if you’ve not got anything from this era it’s worth a listen. It’s on the store.
GRAHAM BONNET – There is a proper authorised Graham Bonnet biography on the cards, which will cover his early career in detail, time with Rainbow and an even rockier spell with Schenker. It’s being assembled by Steve Wright who used to publish the fanzine Under The Bonnet. You can see a list of who has been interviewed on Graham’s website – www.bonnetrocks.com. The interviews cover most of his ex-band members from the local bands in Skegness, right up to Andy DeGilsomina from Lyraka and from every part of his career in-between just about, as well as a few producers too (producers eh? Martin Birch has refused point blank to talk about Machine Head for the Smoke book). Steve is trying to find anyone who went to see MSG on ‘that’ night at Sheffield Polytechnic (a warm up show to Reading) when things got out of control on stage (well got out anyway). If you were there and recall the events, or took photographs drop me a line and I’ll pass it on.
WHITESNAKE – Someone has got around to dissing the Whitesnake LE Bio at last, albeit a journalist who got his copy for free. Still, we look forward to being able to add said journalist’s description of Coverdale in the review as “Pigheaded” should we ever do an update. And hopefully the new book will be as useful as the old edition was when he needs to update the next set of Whitesnake reissue sleeve notes…
There are some more vinyl reissues scheduled for later this year and we’ll have details soon.
GILLAN – That reissue of Future Shock is being pressed at 45 rpm as a 2LP set. This is a recent development (well it’s been seen before but appears to be gaining ground again) to improve audio quality, though a bit of a blow to people like us whose deck is set at one speed. I have to take off the turntable and mess with the pulley to switch speed! There will be two editions, one is a regular gatefold, the other is done as a hardback book, which is quite pricey but limited to 1,000 copies. As I’ve done the sleeve notes for them, we’re getting a good price for the DTBOnline store where you can pre-order. Expected to ship in June.
COLIN TOWNS – has been touring the UK with an outfit called Blue Touch Paper during May. “…occasional suggestions of latter-day Weather Report and Frank Zappa in the more complex items. Overall, an expertly conceived and articulated series of compositions that hung together superbly as an evening of music full of engagement and appealing sonic surprises.” according to the Herald in Scotland.
ROGER GLOVER – A lot of the Tolo Martin / Roger Glover show in April in Italy is on the web. As for Deep Purple content, there was a sort of Mk 2 medley with Lazy, Mary Long and Highway Star, then Smoke for the encore.
RITCHIE BLACKMORE – The DVD of the bard in black’s most recent UK tour is ready for release at the end of June. It was filmed at the Blackmore’s Night show in York (Opera House 30 Sep. 2011), titled A Knight In York, and issued in multiple formats; DVD, Blueray, CD and triple vinyl limited editions. You can pre-order at the DTBOnline store. Blackmore’s Night have said they will not be touring for the rest of this year. There is a reason for this, but we’d better wait for an official announcement!
ROD EVANS – There is a documentary on the 1972 Bickershaw festival out on DVD. It was shot by Granada TV. Captain Beyond played the gig but sadly only a short clip of them appears in the film and it seems unlikely Granada saved the rest. But if you want to see what 70s festivals were like (and why I did my best to avoid them – though I do recall an all-nighter in Leeds at the Queen’s Hall if that counts! And recall it despite Lemmy offering us access to his stash) it’s said to be a good place to start. Roll on a DVD of the Buxton festival around the same time, with weather and conditions so bad Chuck Berry took one look out of the window of his limo as it climbed up into the mist via a the rutted hillside cattle track, and told his driver to turn round and drive him back home!
TOMMY BOLIN – Some confusion over the upcoming Bolin & Friends CD set Gypsy Soul, with the compilers telling people the 2CD edition was exclusive to Amazon. We checked with the label who say this may be true for America, but they’ll be issuing it properly in Europe, and with revamped and upgraded packaging as well. Again you can pre-order at the DTBOnline store. We’ll have a review of the music on the blog very soon.
RADIO 4 – Comedian / musician / etc. Tim Minchin picked a DP song as one of his Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 the other week, the first time a castaway has ever done so we think. “Well, there are so many great Deep Purple songs but this song is just ridiculously cool. It’s from the era where Richie Blackmore was playing guitar and Ian Gillan was singing and I, .. er, .. I just love it. It just rocks. It’s ridiculous. It’s called I’m Alone.” Mr. Minchin was also on The One Show recently where he said that the Gillan/Head JC Superstar was a major influence. He is touring a production of this in the UK at present. The day before, the same programme had a snippet of Black Night too… we’ll let James Bateman off for watching such quality TV as he knew someone on the show! It was almost me last year James, doing a piece on pre-war seaside photographers, but then some deprived inner-city folk rioted and all the regular strands (and myself) were dropped as too lightweight.
Radio 4 had two learned gents comparing Smoke On The Water to Mozart’s music on the show Key Matters recently. As you do.
CALIFORNIA JAM – the special photo biography book on perhaps Deep Purple’s most famous show is edging closer. We’ve opened a page on the blog here to keep people updated and there is also a special California Jam page on the publisher’s site. There you can register your interest, and will be kept up to date with progress, special offer information etc. One or two people have emailed to ask if we’re involved, and the answer is you bet. We’ve helped co-ordinate the project and done the text. I’m hoping we’ll be able to show some page layouts soon, they’re looking good. And we’re so excited about one very special person being involved – but have to keep quiet for the moment!
DTB COLLECTORS LIST – the new list is ready now. Ann has sent this out to our regulars but if you haven’t seen it then it can be downloaded as a PDF file from the DTB blog. Over 340 mostly one-off rarities from Deep Purple and family; CD, vinyl, printed material and more.
Thanks to everyone who has helped this newsletter, with special house points to Michalis Salahoris, Nigel Young, Tom Dixon, Matthew Kean and Stuart Hamilton.
April newsletter – just! Put it down to general low-spirits brought on by the non-stop rain this month plus a mad burst of skirting board fitting. The broadband also goes really flakey in weather like this and that hasn’t helped. Anyhow, others have been busy:
DEEP PURPLE NOW – Steve Morse confirmed Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper, etc.) as the likely producer for the band’s next studio album during a French interview. It shows a certain raising of the bar in this department (I wonder if they dare play him Rapture given the awful sound?). Read more on the blog here and see what others think of the idea.
DEEP PURPLE THEN – EMI released Smoke On The Water on a 7″ 45 as one of their contributions to Record Day in the UK, with a pressing limited to just 1,000 copies. It’s on purple wax too and issued in a “retro picture sleeve”. If anyone is after it drop Ann an email as we have been able to pick up a few copies from our local indie store this week. Read more about Record Store Day 2012 on the site here.
That Deep Purple Lyon 1973 recording we mentioned last newsletter? Collectors say it’s very poor and not even complete, so probably the same cassette that’s been doing the rounds for years.
Here’s a question for you; I was doing some photo research the other day when a strange reference to Machine Head turned up, claiming that Bernie Taupin worked on the record in some capacity. The photo library had no more information. I assume it’s tosh but…
New to look at on the blog if you missed it is a short article on the discovery of the Who Do We Think We Are studio location in Frankfurt at last with photos.
MACHINE HEAD – Metallica have been talking about contributing to a Machine Head tribute album this year. I’m not supposed to talk about the project – so I won’t, except to say my suggestions for bands and musicians to contribute appears to have been too esoteric by far! I just fancied seeing something beyond the usual suspects really. A US radio station has aired a Machine Head radio special recently, but it turned out to be a rejigging of one from an earlier show.
MORSE – Steve Morse has managed to organise some gigs during Deep Purple’s summer holidays, with shows during July 2012 in Germany, Russia and elsewhere. More details on his website. Meanwhile the Flying Colors debut release is finally shipping, and anyone who ordered from DTB Online Store will get the Ltd. Ed. version. They have also added a late vinyl edition to the formats which we have in stock too; nice to see that cover art proper size.
PAICE – Ian Paice was confirmed late on for a slot at the first UK Buddy Rich memorial show on April 2. 2012 (it is normally staged in America) and was presented with a lifetime achievement award too. Paice has also authorised a signature drum kit, the first we’ve ever heard of. You can read the press release here and start saving up now! It comes with a Machine Head drum head too, even though at that time he used a rival’s equipment. The most bizarre aspect of the whole offer is that the buyers of the kits (only 12 to be made) will be offered lunch with Ian Paice at his favourite restaurant, “cost not to exceed £50″…
Ian Paice has also signed on to be a member of jury in a High School Music Competition in Istanbul.
GILLAN – the first of those deluxe vinyl reissues is going to be Future Shock, remastered off the original quarter inch production tapes (I know this is true for once as we’ve loaned them a missing reel). The plan is to package it in hard-back book form, with all the artwork and booklet, plus detailed sleeve notes (by yours truly). It will be limited to 500 copies. No price information yet, but we will take pre-orders at DTB Online store and let people know as soon as we have details. Due early summer.
IG is also working on a charity album release at present, more details anon.
WHITESNAKER Bernie Marsden has lined up some shows to celebrate his forty year career this summer. They all take place in June. Check the tour poster here for the dates. He’ll be playing his own tracks and some favourites from Peter Green, Rory Gallagher etc.
LORD – Bruce Dickinson, Ian Paice and Jon Lord have been confirmed to appear at the sixth annual Sunflower Jam Rock & Roll Music Event in London. This will be at the Royal Albert Hall on September 16. The Sunflower charity raises money and awareness for different ways of treating cancer. You can check last year’s event here.
The 2012 Concerto is almost finished, and it looks like the release will come in a special hardback book edition with lots of photos, notes etc. We’ll add this to the DTB Online store for pre-ordering.
GLOVER – becomes guitarist Tolo Martin’s latest Deep Purple guest musician, at a one-off show in Italy at the end of April. Check the flyer here.
BLACKMORE – Nigel Young mentions the death on March 31. of Arvid ‘Silas Wegg’ Andersen, who worked with Blackmore and Jim Evans in The Three Musketeers, Neil Christian And The Crusaders, The Trip and others in the years preceding the formation of Deep Purple. Blackmore has noted Arvid’s passing on his site. Also lost to rock this month is Jim Marshall, with whom Blackmore worked closely over the years.
Niji Records issued a picture disc edition of Long Live Rock’n Roll to mark Record Store Day this year, there’s a shot of it on the site here. It seems to have been mostly limited to North America but is available via their US online store.
TRIBUTE BAND CORNER – DP tribute act CTTB who have done gigs with Glenn in the past are playing three shows at the end of April with Joe Lynn Turner, which will give them chance to air some of the S&M era tracks we assume.
I see Yes have just started a tour with a singer from a Yes tribute band replacing a singer from another Yes tribute band, who replaced original singer Jon Anderson four years back. Is this the future for our classic bands?!
As many spotted, Deep Purple, the horse not the band, was running in this year’s Grand National. Over to our man in the deerstalker Keith Livingstone: “Deep Purple still running… Ian is setting the Paice, Roger is (Gl)over Beechers, Gillan looks in Trouble, Steve Morse is trying to avoid a Major Impact and Don looks a bit Airey at the Chairy.” The horse pulled up and refused a fence second time round but lives to race another day, unlike some on the day. Over on ITV Tim McSummers adds “more ‘The Mule’ than ‘Speed King’ then…at least it wasn’t ‘Time to Kill'”
And congrats to DTB man Tim Corbett who wisely avoided the temptation to place a bet on the nag and instead got first and third place winners.
Thanks to Tim Summers, Toby Cruse, Mark Jones, Stuart Hamilton, Danny Fox, David Browne, Tarik Burcoglu, Jo Henning Kåsin
NEW IN THE STORE THIS MONTH – The first reissue of the PAL Live broadcast for years is in stock. Total Abandon live reissue. Flying Colors CD and LP limited editions.
And finally… if you’re staying in the Clarks Shiraz Hotel, Agra (nr. Taj Mahal) in India, check out this purpley named cafe, it would appear that the manager must be a fan. Thanks to David Black for the snap, he went for the “puff + coffee” at 125/-.
Record rack photo copyright fensterbme
We’ve had signature guitars before, but in what seems to be a first Ian Paice has authorised a full signature drum kit. But hurry, there are only twelve available! The kit comes with a signed drum head designed to mark the anniversary of Machine Head. IP has also authorised a range of accessories, including signed cymbals, flight cases, etc. Be prepared to part with around £5K for the basic kit, to just over £8K for the full monty. It’s actually not a bad price compared to a standard kit.
Anyhow, you can check the full press release link at the bottom of this page as a PDF file. This also includes ordering details as well as news of a launch event which takes place at the DrumWright premises on Monday April 23. when he will be demonstrating the potential of the kit. Admission is free but you need to apply by email as places are limited.
Thanks to DrumWright for the details.
It’s sometimes easy to forget America when it comes to Deep Purple facts’n figures, but as a couple of people pointed out last week, Machine Head did sneak out there a few days ahead of Britain. Today of course that would be the cue for hundreds of sad buggers to rip copies and throw them up on the web. Back then we didn’t even know. But it was a big deal for Warner Brothers, though just how big a deal I doubt even they could have guessed.
So Machine Head came out on March 25. 1972 in USA. And it charted, albeit at a rather lowly 166 the first week. And as this other interesting cutting (both sent in by Tonny Steenhagen) shows, the album was subject to a proper promotional shove from Warners, alongside those rock stalwarts Mothers Of Invention, Jethro Tull and er Goldie Hawn (sad sod that I am I actually have all three of those – blame late night UK runs of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In show for the last one!). What will interest people in this cutting are the mentions of ‘dimensional display’ material. Whatever that was. We do have one of the window streamers though.
It really was another world for the record industry back then.