Past and Present

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family


Here is a couple of new releases that is very pleasing to the senses, Deep Purple´s “Paris 1975” (Edel Music) and the first album from British Whitesnake-offshoot act Snakecharmer (Frontiers Records). “Paris 1975” is the first in a series of 10 concerts with Deep Purple from the classic years and it´s certainly a goodie. This was Ritchie Blackmore´s last concert with Deep Purple in the 70´s and he plays his ass off knowing full well that this is it – no more Deep Purple (for now, it would take him nine years to return). Purple performs “Burn”, “Stormbringer”, “The Gypsy”, “Lady Double Dealer”, “Mistreated”, “Smoke On The Water”, “You Fool No One”, “Space Truckin´”, “Going Down” and “Highway Star” and you also get a nice interview bonus (from back in the day) with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and Ian Paice talking about all things Purple. Very nice. I have scanned parts of my magazine collection for Deep Purple Overseas (the team behind this) and I can see that some has been used in the booklet. Good fun.

Snakecharmer is a very cool band with two ex-Whitesnake members fronting, guitarist Micky Moody (the first man to join David Coverdale for his future projects after his split from Purple in 1976) and bass player Neil Murray. Joining them we see guitarist Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), drummer Harry James (Thunder), keyboard player Adam Wakeman and singer Chris Ousey. This is pleasant old school, high class and yet another good band coming out of the ever growing Purple Family (Whitesnake branch). Any fan of early Whitesnake and Classic Rock should love this. 12 songs and only good ones.

This is my kind of music.

(My image of said CDs)

  1. Scott Wood says:

    I have been meaning to ask Simon R. but will ask you. I am no slouch on DP facts and figures myself but I always thought DP MKIII never played ‘Sail Away’ from Burn live. It is probably my fave track on the album . During the Interview bonus on this Paris cd set, live tracks are played with commentary from Paice etc and a live clip of said song is played for a bit. Nobody else has brought this up. Do you know if indeed they played it live or is that a rehearsal tape that the DPAS or DP Overseas has held onto? Thanks.

    • Good question. I never heard about them ever playing it live. These are the kind of questions that people like me have been asking the veterans of Purple for years. This one is quite interesting. If somebody out there knows, please leave a comment. MIKE

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