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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remastered album:  Burn,  Might Just Take Your
Life,  Lay Down, Stay Down,  Sail Away,  You Fool No One, 
What's Going On Here,  Mistreated,  A 200. Bonus tracks (remix):
 Coronarias Redig  Burn,  Mistreated,  You Fool No One,
 Sail Away.
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
The Music", which will be released on 19 July.
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.
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.
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
A review is also available at DPAS.
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