Researching for the upcoming Machine Head book (more details…), the subject of that box of tricks gaffer-taped to the top of Jon’s Hammond organ for a number of years cropped up again. So for anyone not familiar with the Maestro (rather than the maestro’s!) Ring Modulator, first heard by most fans on the Made In Japan (and ringed on this great photo, taken at the Rainbow Theatre at the end of June 1972), here’s a special DTB featurette.
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If you resisted the temptation of MIJ earlier this year, then BBC4 TV has the documentary part of the box set available on BBC iPlayer, having screened it last Friday – which must mark a record of shop to screen. Ann made me watch the last bit of it (it still hurts to see these jobs being done poorly – photocopied record sleeves badly lit, where’s Ken Morse when you need him?) then we stuck with the repeat of the first part of the Metal Britannia which has a good chunk of Deep Purple history in as well, and a typically great Jon Lord interview. Gave up when the spandex started appearing!
We have a small stock of the two UK 2014 Deep Purple Record Store day vinyl releases mentioned on an earlier posting for anyone who wasn’t able to queue. This is the Mono colour vinyl Shades LP and the monstrously table-mat thick pressing of the Made In Japan single. As there are only a few, we’ve put them up on our new Deep Purple Collectors Store.
There are now over thirty reviews of the new box sets on the site, and Tonny Steenhagen has done a really great in depth analysis of the pros and cons of the big CD box for us. While we’re all Japan 72 fixated, we have a special DTB article devoted to Marshall engineer Ken Flegg, who actually built the desk they were using for the first time on those Japanese shows. He was flown out to look after the gear in case of any teething troubles, and has put together his recollections about the visit.
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.
The 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 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.
Big thanks to James for this great photograph of his first day Made In Japan, with the original price sticker on (and the poster he got from the shop display!). I don’t remember the sticker at all, so nice to have it confirmed. The arguments rumble on about the 2014 reissues, lots of grumbles but most people going to go for one format or another. I think what it does highlight is the total lack of clarity on what is actually appearing. Even Universal’s own site contradicts other press releases and it does seem silly to have not worked out a full detailed package of sales information before letting it loose on the web. Anyhow, we’re trying to update the formats etc. as we get more details on the MIJ page. I heard this week that the big CD box set will also entitle the buyer to download the audio as both MP3 format and the new high definition audio too. This is a format agreed on by the big labels to exploit the back-catalogue again by admitting that CD audio is NOT the holy grail of audio after all. The problem with the HD audio is the files are massive, so can only be handled on a Blu Ray disc. Still if they’re giving this format away gratis on downloads, that’s something. Provided your hi-fi and broadband can handle it! Anyhow, editions are on the DTB online store and we should have shipping prices sorted before long (post goes up again in a couple of weeks by the way, as a privatised Royal Mail seeks to pay off their new owners).
Details are a bit patchy on all the Record Store Day releases this year, but it now looks as if the other repro Japanese 7″ Deep Purple singles originally mooted as part of the Made In Japan box set (one remains in the 5 disc box) will instead appear on Record Store Day. The Shades Of Deep Purple vinyl is also now slated for the day as well. I’m told there will be something from Rainbow’s Black Masquerade on offer too.
As we’ve said in past years, DTB are not able to stock these releases up front but may be able to get stock afterwards, so do drop us an email if interested and we will contact you. We normally sell anything at RRP rather than try and hype it up as some on ebay do!
Funnily enough we just found a couple of copies of the 2012 Record Store Day Smoke On The Water unique sleeve still sealed if anyone is still after that. Drop Ann an email.
Deep Purple have announced three shows in Japan in April, including one at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, scene of their most famous recording Made In Japan. Details are on the 2014 Tour Date page.
Another quick round up of odds and ends…
Following the NME pitch, more people are after your vote! Deep Purple have been nominated for Album of the Year in this year’s Classic Rock Awards for NOW What?! The link to vote.
Tickets and aftershow passes for one of the upcoming Deep Purple UK shows are up for grabs for charity. In a nice touch, if you win, you can pick the venue which suits you most (albeit it must be one they’re playing!). You can find full details of the auction on ebay here. We don’t normally push this sort of thing but as we know the people handling this auction, we can vouch for the authenticity! Auction finishes on Friday I think.
Talking of tickets, the Jon Lord Tribute ones have been delayed by about a week, see our previous news item, but should still go on sale in October.
We are also hearing again about Didi Zill‘s Deep Purple book being republished later this year, but think we’ll wait until it’s actually out before believing it!
Info on the MIJ reissue is being dribbled out, but the news of the remix being handled by the guy who ruined Come Taste The Band is depressing the hell out of many. Anyhow, it’s due around February 2014.
There is a little ‘glitch’ on the new Rainbow Black Masquerade CD / DVD but don’t fret, it’s part of the event. During Spotlight Kid, the backing singers are Candice Night and Judy Garland, the latter making an unscheduled appearance due to some berk on the mixer desk running the Over the Rainbow intro tape again by mistake (or attempting an early mash-up). So this happened at the gig and is not a mastering cock-up.
A few nice early Episode Six pictures new on the site recently, for no other reason than we were doing some cloud backing up of archive material and pulled a few pictures out at the same time. More will be added soon. Also a few more new entries on the growing Deep Purple concert list.
“Went to see The Black Crowes at the Paradiso in Hamsterjam in June (just remembered!) and they played Purple’s version of Hush in the set…” Says Mike Galway, which by my reckoning means it’s taken him three months to recover!
Lastly if anyone wants to see what Simon’s been up to design wise (and why his email replies have been tardy of late), there is a video of the forthcoming Yes Interviews book in all it’s magnificence on the web at this link. “I now know more about the history of Yes than is healthy, and they make Deep Purple look like masters of diplomacy!” was all we could get out of him as he disappeared to Norfolk to let his eyes recover for a few days before wading into the next one…
Thanks also to Lee Worrall, Tim Summers, Matt Wyatt.
The NME is running a poll on their website to determine the best live album of all time; with Made In Japan currently at number one slot. Not sure when the poll ends (maybe it’ll roll on for ever, they update it every half hour), but it’s easy to enter and you do not need to register on the site to vote.
Thanks to Stephen Clare for spotting this. A ticket for the original show has been added to our growing Concert List section as well.