Posts Tagged ‘Mk 1’

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.

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Gitanes

September 8, 2014

The death of drummer Bobby Clarke Woodman has been widely reported in the French media, a country which became his second home professionally. Bobby was not only a part of the comings and going at Deeves Hall during the embryonic days of Deep Purple, but also massively influential on a generation of British rock drummers in the very early sixties.  There are more details on the site. Also worth noting is a more tenuous DP connection, some time Survivor singer Jimi Jamison who has died of a heart attack aged 63.  He was in the frame for joining Deep Purple in the turmoil of the post- Ian Gillan period in 1989.  His manager screwed up any negotiations, so the search moved on to Joe Lynn Turner.

The Mk 1 Box details

June 13, 2014

Deep Purple Hard Road Mk 1 box setFinal details of the upcoming Mk 1 58 track box set (scheduled for the third week of July) are now in. It’s something of a mixed bag as far as most readers of Darker Than Blue are concerned, and much depends on how desperate you are for mono mixes (new to CD). The box does get the stuff back on catalogue but an initial trawl through the content suggests so much more could have been done here. Anyhow, I’ve done a full break-down of the bonus tracks (there do appear to be a handful of new oddds and ends) on the review pages and it can be pre-ordered at the DTB Online shop.

I think I heard you miming my song

October 22, 2013

There’s a mad Mk 1 archive video of Deep Purple just leaked onto YouTube, a previously undocumented version of Hush.  Rather than slavishly try and mime away to the single, the director has decided to give up all semblance of sanity on this one.  So no keyboard for Jon, who sits there thumping a stone table (and going into full Jerry Lee Lewis mode at one point), Paice taps away at a bird bath with two arrows and the others strum previously unseen guitars. But star of the show is Rod, who has done away with his famous gold lamé trousers for… a beach towel. This slips lower as the song progresses, but mercifully he’s kept his trunks on underneath, and dives into the pool while the instrumental solos are on, to be fished out with a beach net.  Luckily there’s a roaring fire in the grate to warm him up. I would guess that it’s filmed in some large (hotel?) garden in California during their promo duties on the first tour; certainly Blackmore and Simper’s gear matches up.  Anyway, one which has to be seen to be believed, though something of a curio.

Deep Purple mime Hush 1968