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24 February 2008
Deep Purple convention

Wymer UK is pleased to announce a Deep Purple convention celebrating the momentous occasion of forty years since the inception of this classic hard rock band with a 12-hour marathon of all things Purple.

The event will be held on Saturday 3rd May at Esquires Club in Bedford, just 40 minutes from London St Pancras railway station.

Unlike most conventions we are also pleased to announce that there will be appearances from two former band members:

- Glenn Hughes will be making a personal appearance with a Q and A session as well as doing a unique acoustic performance of classic MKIII and IV songs.

- Original Purple bassist Nick Simper will be performing with his band the Good Old Boys.

- Rounding off the live music will be a set of Purple classics performed by Burn, with Nick Simper joining them for some MKI numbers!

In addition to this there will be guest speakers including Ian Hansford (Purple roadie from 1968-73) and Ritchie Blackmore’s former personal assistant, Rob Fodder.

During the day there will be video screenings of rare material, plus competitions, trade stalls and of course topping it all off the live music (as listed above) in the evening, finishing around midnight.

A splendid day is guaranteed for all Purple fans so come along, meet other like-minded fans and join in the fun. The Esquires club is an intimate venue and tickets are limited so order now to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the event and to order tickets visit MBTP.

More details will also be published in the forthcoming issue of More Black than Purple, which has been slightly delayed so all the latest on the convention can be included.

19 December 2005
Deep Purple Live In Europe 1993 (4-CD Box Set)

Fans of the last tour that Ritchie did with Deep Purple will be pleased to hear that BMG will be releasing the full shows from Stuttgart and Birmingham as a 4-CD box set. Both shows will be completely unedited and will make up for any disappointment that fans might felt when the original Come Hell Or High Water CD was released eleven years ago. The preliminary release date is 16 January 2006. See cover here.

19 December 2005
California Jam DVD out now

The California Jam DVD is out now. As with the first of the Deep Purple archive releases, it will appear on EMI worldwide, except for America (Spitfire/Eagle) and Japan (VAP). The DVD has a bonus track, Lay Down Stay Down, plus alternate versions of two tracks with different camera angles, as well as a historical commentary, a picture and image gallery, a number of audio options, unseen 8mm clips from back-stage and the control tower, on screen histories, footage of the band's arrival on Starship 1 etc. The DVD is scheduled for a January 24 2006 release in America on Eagle. See artwork here.

23 July 2005
Deep Purple Live In Concert 72/73 DVD

Deep Purple Live In Concert 72/73 is released on Monday 25 July. It includes the complete Denmark 1972 show, remastered from the original video master, together with the legendary New York Hofstra University 1973 footage. The latter is in colour, and lasts around 25 minutes. Some clips from this appeared on the Eagle DVD "Machine Head", but the new DVD will contain all that survives, and this is the first time it has appeared anywhere. DPAS has a first impression review here. See cover here.

23 July 2005
The Complete Deep Purple Story

There's yet another new Deep Purple book out now titled The Complete Deep Purple Story by writer Mike Heatley. Although 250 pages long, the band's original story is covered in just 95 pages (of large print), with small sections on the split bands, then the reunion. See cover here.

23 July 2005
Burn candles

As reported before the DPAS has been in contact with the UK company which produced the original candles for the BURN sleeve. For the first time ever they are looking at producing a limited number of candle sets (from the original moulds) for collectors. Current estimates are suggesting a final UK price of around £90 per set of five.

There has been much progress on the Burn candles set. The final mould testing has been done. The last piece of the jigsaw has been the costing and production of special strong cardboard boxes to mail them out in, along with the folded card backdrop which people will be able to display the candles against. DPAS have previews of this and the candles here. Please note that these are digitally generated images and the design may change before production.

3 May 2005
Inside The Music Series - BURN The Ultimate Critical Review DVD

Burn was the album which unveiled the new look of Deep Purple Mark III featuring David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. It was to prove a new and exciting era in the history of the band. Thirty years on from the release of the album, Glenn Hughes joins a distinguished panel of music critics and working musicians for an in depth look at the album which has gone down in history as one of the landmark achievements by a rock legend. This independent critical review features rare footage and live radio broadcasts of Deep Purple on tour in the UK and USA during 1974 promoting the album as well as rare archive interviews with Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and David Coverdale.

Tracklist includes: Burn, Mistreated, Lay Down Stay Down, Might Just Take Your Life, Sail Away, What's Goin' On Here, "A" 200. Preliminary release date is 16 May 2005. See cover here.

27 April 2005
Double CD "Live In Stockholm" out now

This superb live recording was made at the Stockholm Konserthus on 12 November 1970 and first released by Connoisseur Records in 1990 as "Scandinavian Nights", sourced from a Swedish radio broadcast tape. Recently however the original four track masters were rediscovered and the sound was so good that it was decided to reissue the entire show in a fully remixed version on Purple Records, taking advantage of the latest digital equipment to bring out the best from this archive recording, and also putting the tracks back into their correct running order.

The 2-Disc set comes with the usual high quality packaging and an extensive booklet and can be ordered at DPAS online store. See cover here.

13 October 2004
California Jam & Live In Denmark DVDs

“California Jam” - this title will have the bonus track ‘Lay Down, Stay Down’, which was omitted on the initial video release (God knows why), spoken commentary, picture gallery, plus alternate camera angles on some tracks. In addition a deluxe edition will only be available to people purchasing via the DPAS Mail Order Catalogue; this will include special packaging, reproduction ticket, a poster and other material. Preliminary cover.

“Live In Denmark” - this title is now being expanded and will become the first in a projected series of Deep Purple archive releases. Live In Denmark will include the complete Denmark 1972 show, together with the legendary New York Hofstra University 1973 footage. The latter is in colour, and lasts around 25 minutes. Some clips from this appeared on the Eagle DVD "Machine Head", but the new DVD will contain all that survives. Again a special edition will be available to people pre-ordering via the DPAS Mail Order Catalogue. Preliminary cover.

Both titles are expected in February 2005. Further volumes will be announced in due course.

9 October 2004
Burn remastered out now

The astonishing 30th Anniversary Edition CD of Deep Purple’s Burn was released earlier this week. The remixes were done at Metropolis studios in London late last year. Cassettes of some of the Burn rehearsals were located, but sadly the sound quality is not felt to be good enough for them to be featured. There will also be a double vinyl edition of the album available later in the year.

Remastered album: [1] Burn, [2] Might Just Take Your Life, [3] Lay Down, Stay Down, [4] Sail Away, [5] You Fool No One, [6] What's Going On Here, [7] Mistreated, [8] A 200. Bonus tracks (remix): [9] Coronarias Redig [10] Burn, [11] Mistreated, [12] You Fool No One, [13] Sail Away.

10 July 2004
RITCHIE BLACKMORE ON SWEDISH TV

SVT1 are broadcasting a hard rock marathon on Friday 16 July. The 12 hour marathon starts with the Deep Purple documentary “Machine Head”.

A new Deep Purple DVD titled “The Ultimate Anthology” will be released on 30 August. This is Deep Purple putting new material through its paces that would alternatively surface on the legendary album, In Rock. Also featuring are the earliest known recordings of the classic Mark II line up of Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan and Glover. There is also a second Deep Purple DVD on its way called "Inside The Music", which will be released on 19 July.

19 June 2004
The DPAS has been in contact with the UK company which produced the original candles for the BURN sleeve. For the first time ever they are looking at producing a limited number of candle sets from the original moulds (which they still have) for collectors. They will only do so if there is enough demand, so if you are at all interested, please send the DPAS an email (with the subject "candles"). DPAS will notify you if the project goes ahead and the likely cost. The candles will only be available as a set of five.

9 February 2004
Live In Paris 1975”, Ritchie Blackmore’s final concert with Deep Purple (Mk 3) is released this week. The complete concert is issued on a double CD and was taped on 7 April 1975. The CD set has been digitally remixed from the original multi-tracks. The show features songs from “Burn” and “Stormbringer” and are performed before an enthusiastic audience, the songs heightened by an emotional performance by Blackmore himself, with some remarkable guitar work. The CD set can be ordered from the DPAS shop.

A review of Live In Paris 1975 is available at DPAS.

2 February 2004
A new book “Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story” by Dave Thompson will be released 1 June. The 300 pages book promises, amongst others, candid interviews with band members, friends and fans. Click here for cover art, featuring Ritchie Blackmore of course.

2 October 2003
The new Sonic Zoom title 'Perks & Tit', recorded live at the San Diego Sports Arena, 9 April 1974 (just 3 days after the infamous California Jam gig). Tracks on this single CD are Burn / Might Just Take Your Life / Lay Down, Stay Down / Mistreated / Smoke On The Water / Lord solo. The CD has been restored from original tape sources, fully cleaned up and with the inclusion of the previously missing between song patter, the hard to find "Smoke" and a four minute keyboard solo. According to the label, the rest of the show has sadly been lost. "Mistreated" from this gig appeared on the EMI box set. The CD has been released and has been shipping from the DPAS office this week.
It can be ordered from the DPAS store.

A review is also available at DPAS.

6 September 2003
Several years in the making, volume one of Nigel Young's Deep Purple chronology Day By Night, covering the EMI years 1968 to 1976, is making good progress and is scheduled to be finished towards the end of this year. The book seeks to list every live show along with reviews, tickets, adverts and associated material where available. If you have any gig-related material to contribute, please contact Nigel.

22 July 2003
Ritchie on two new forthcoming DVDs! Deep Purple Mk 3's infamous US festival appearance, filmed at the Ontario Motor Speedway, California, USA, Saturday 6 April 1974. The set climaxed with Blackmore setting fire to the stage and destroying one of the TV cameras. Issued on video over 20 years ago, the DVD edition is again being prepared to a high standard, taken direct from the original 2" videotape masters. An extra track, 'Lay Down Stay Down', not available before, has been restored to the show. In addition eight reels of alternate camera angles have been incorporated into the DVD.

Interviews with band members and road crew are being undertaken, and additional 8mm footage taken from the control tower and at the motel where the band were staying is a further bonus. Picture and memorabilia galleries are to be included, and the package will also be issued as a special edition with a poster and reproduction ticket.

This DVD comes from a show filmed in Denmark's famous KB Hallen, March 1st 1972. As this is the only full surviving show by the line-up, special attention is being given to the audio and to the picture, which is being painstakingly restored to remove occasional sound on vision problems, which were evident on the original video release back in the eighties. Although only a monochrome picture, this is being carefully framed to give a full widescreen image. The DVD is being taken direct from the original 1" videotape masters. For more details click here

29 June 2003
LAST CONCERT WITH RITCHIE

The last Deep Purple Mk III concert in Paris 7 April, 1975 will be released on a double CD later this year. The track list will be: Burn, Stormbringer, The Gypsy, Lady Double Dealer, Mistreated, Smoke On The Water, You Fool No One, Space Truckin', Going Down and Highway Star. The CD will be released in August/September on Purple Records in Europe and VAP/Purple in Japan. A box will also probably be released in the end of the year with the last three Mk III concerts Graz, Saarbrucken and Paris.

7 February 2003
German photographer Didi Zill has published a Deep Purple photo book with many rare and previously unpublished photos. The 400 pages book covers Purple from the yearly 70's to the yearly 90's. "Deep Purple - Fotografien von Didi Zill" offers more than 600 of his best Deep Purple-related photographs, an essential book for all Ritchie Blackmore fans.