Archive for the ‘Deep Purple Family’ Category

Took a day off from work and I have spent 10 hours doing stuff outside and inside. I decided to move the TV room upstairs a few days ago and it took me two days in total to make it happen (moving books, furniture, DVDs, and loads of stuff to where it should be). So glad to be done with it, save for a few details. October has arrived and that means loads of work on the property before the snow is here (and there is no telling when that will happen in these parts). The leaves are falling and that creates work, but I am not complaining. I would rather spend 30 minutes here and there over time than do it all in a panic when the trees are bare. Nothing wrong with a bit of yardwork, fresh air and all that. Having said that, enjoying the peace in these parts is a wonderful thing. 2020 has been a crazy year but I am still hanging in there.

(My shot upstairs, watching the Bob Ezrin/Roger Glover chat on the “Whoosh!” CD/DVD from Deep Purple)

Very happy to finally have Rainbow “Live In Munich 1977” on Vinyl (Triple no less). It was the final era of the Ronnie James Dio fronted years and they were incredibly good. Nice packaging and good writing about what went down back in the day from Simon Robinson (Deep Purple Appreciation Society). This is how you release classic stuff.

(My shot of said release)

As yet another Deep Purple concert from 1985 (Paris) is about to be released (October 23) on CD, again with a terrible cover, the collector in me is just about to give up. I remember the reunion era when the bootlegs started to pop up (some with really nice covers), at least you felt that it mattered as a collector even if you were ripped off in one way or another. People like me are the target audience for the rare stuff, and it has been like that for decades (ever since the early 1970s). I have a healthy collection but I stopped buying everything in the 1990s, simply because there was too much. The Purple Family has always been heavily bootlegged. Enter the 2020s and a flood of radio and television broadcasts are licensed on small labels (not just Purple Family stuff, but Classic Rock acts in general), only this time around you get shitty covers. For some reason, the fan made products from way back looked (and still do) way better. When I saw the cover of “Live In Paris 1985” I decided that enough is enough. If you are going to spend three minutes on the cover then I am not going to buy it. Not unless the gig in itself is from a period that can not be refused. But the reunion era Purple of say 1984-1987 produced some fairly mundane shows. The source of the Paris show is (likely) the well known television broadcast from France, but it never sounded great and Ian Gillan had a bad day. If you want me to buy that for the collection you better have a pretty great cover. The quality of the old bootlegs were on such a level that some of it was copied and released officially in the “Collectors Edition – The Bootleg Series 1984-2000” some years ago. I would rather see classic stuff in boxes like that and have the money going to the right people than seeing all these dubious releases now. Even if some money is going to the guys for something like “Live In Paris 1985” I doubt that the players enjoy seeing it the way it is presented. I guess maybe they never did enjoy this side of the business, or perhaps on rare occasions only, but at least some of the old inofficial stuff looked great and captured some excitement. In this day and age, when money can be spent on fantastic boxes and reissues that actually looks better than ever in some cases, the second rate stuff is something that I will have to let go. On top of this, there are great bands around now that I would rather support as well (old and new). And that would include what these guys are doing today. But any bootlegs or anything like that (official soundboard stuff included) better look darned good or I will not care. Those days are officially over.

Seen here is the following Purple bootlegs from the reunion period: “Nobody´s Home” (Detroit 1985), “Call Of The Wild” (Stockholm 1987), “Hungary Days” (Budapest 1987), “Third Night” (Stockholm 1985), “The Return Of The Knebworth Fayre” (Knebworth Festival 1985), “Highway Stars” (Adelaide 1984), “Back In Action” (Melbourne 1984). Three of these has been copied and released officially: “Hungary Days”, “Third Night” and “Highway Stars” (three of the six they put out in the box I mentioned above).

(My shot of some of the classic reunion era bootlegs from back in the day)

WHITESNAKE

The second of the trilogy of the currently planned Whitesnake Compilations will be released on November 6. Titled “Love Songs” it features 15 tracks and it will be out on CD & Vinyl.

COVERDALE PAGE

Fans of the short lived Coverdale Page project will have a Double CD titled “The Studio Broadcast” to pick up any day now. Released under the name David Coverdale & Jimmy Page on a small label, there is no way in hell that David and Jimmy has been involved in this. There are a lot of radio shows being released by acts like Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC etc etc. You have to wonder what the artists think about it all. I have not seen a story about this in the rock press, but it is a mystery that needs to be explained.

RAINBOW

The classic Rainbow release “Live In Munich 1977” is out on Vinyl (Triple). Looking good too.

LORDS OF BLACK

Singer Ronnie Romero (of latter day Rainbow fame) has a new album out with his band Lords Of Black in early November called “Alchemy Of Souls, Part 1”. There is a video on YouTube for the song “Dying To Live Again”.

OZZY

The official Ozzy Osbourne YouTube Channel has added the documentary “30 Years After The Blizzard” for free viewing for a week (today being day two). Sadly, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake is not in it. The “Blizzard Of Ozz” album turned 40 today.

(Seen above is DEEP PURPLE FOREVER issue 18 with a cover shot of David Coverdale by photographer Ola Bergman – published in November 1997)

I published Deep Purple Magazine issue 16 in September 1980 so it has been 40 years now. It was a double issue and you can see the covers here. The main cover had a rather nice live shot of David Coverdale and Micky Moody from a show in the UK that year, courtesy of club member Mike Magnér. The second had a MK4 cover with Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin and David Coverdale (borrowed from the UK Deep Purple Apprecation Society club at the time, Fin Costello took the picture). It was true fanzine days and I do not regret it for a second. Changed my life forever.

People tell me all the time that they still have these fanzines tucked away for safe keeping. I really appreciate hearing that.

Earlier today I posted part 37 in the Old School Magazines & Comics series on this blog, and I was highlighting a classic Swedish publication from 1942-1969 called Rekord. It later dawned on me that I published a collage of covers on the back of my PIZZA 2006 publication, 14 years ago. So here is a snapshot that represents what Rekord was all about pretty well. The magazines I did at that time reflects what you see on this blog, I did exactly what I wanted to do and I had a ball doing it. Tarja Turunen from Nightwish had the cover (shot by my friend Michael Johansson back in the day), and inside the magazine there is a story about the last concert in Sweden with her in the band and the painful split. This issue also featured Audrey Hepburn, High Chaparral, Sir Lancelot and Ritchie Blackmore, and other things. Good times.

(My shot of said publication)

Record Store Day 2020 has passed into history and I got myself a couple of Vinyls worthy of the old collection (I will showcase the other tomorrow). “Tommy Bolin Lives” has been printed in a 1,000 copy Limited Edition (Translucent Gold). Nice front cover shot by Bob Ferbrache. I think this may be the third Record Store Day release with Tommy Bolin, which must be unique.

(My shot of said release – Thank you Kalle for securing my copy)

The magazine business is in serious trouble, but so far most of the titles that I usually support are still out there. I am sad to report that UK publication Planet Rock is over after 22 issues though. They bow out with a fine issue that includes, among other things, a great Deep Purple feature and “Whoosh!” review. I have really enjoyed this publication so this is sad to see. Classic Rock soldiers on and issue 279 (Phil Lynott cover by Ross Halfin) is packed with good stuff, not least a good feature on Thin Lizzy and a mega article about the history of the Donington Festival. Pretty spectacular, and with some interesting details that I did not know about. I knew that the original idea came from Rainbow but I did not know that it was Cozy Powell that secured the site (a race track) with one simple phone call (him being into motorcycles and cars, he knew people). Then history was being made and you could say that the Download Festival is the bastard child of Donington. Good Roger Glover interview in UK publication Bass Player (issue 399, cover shot by Getty), so the Purple related covers keep on coming. Metal Hammer is still out there and issue 339 has some good stuff in it (Metallica, Avatar, Lemmy). Good cover art by Michelle Harvey (Wolfskulljackart). Metal Hammer caters to both young and old rockers, which may give them an edge (Kerrang!, that goes almost exclusively for a younger crowd, are obviously in trouble).

Support your culture now – this is not over yet.

(My shot of said titles)

I have to mention this beautiful photo book by renowned photographer Robert Ellis. “The Pictorial Album Of Rock” (Salamander, 1981) was one of the first books of its kind, in which a photographer raided his archives and published some of his best work along with some historic notes. Long out of print, this is a collectors item now and well worth hunting down. Foreword by Phil Collins, 226 pages. Robert is still around and you can buy signed prints of some of his classic shots on his personal homepage.

(My shots of said book)

DEEP PURPLE

And the magazine covers keep on coming. Here is UK publication Power Play issue 232. Third cover in the UK in recent weeks. There is also a decent Ian Gillan chat in MOJO issue 322 (David Bowie cover) with a great shot from the early 1970s in it. Loads of publicity right now, I think the guys are doing way more interviews than ever before. Well, if you can not tour, you can still do press.

DIO

There will be a Dio comic book in June 2021 based on the cover of “Holy Diver”. It comes from Z2 Comics in the States, the same company that published the Babymetal comic book a while back.

URIAH HEEP

A monster box with Uriah Heep stuff is coming up on October 30. Titled “Fifty Years In Rock” it features 23 CDs, “The Magicians Birthday” on Vinyl and a 64 page book. Original members Mix Box, Ken Hensley, Paul Newton and Lee Kerslake have all been involved in the project.

(My shot of the Power Play magazine)