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Celebratory The Purple Tour by Whitesnake To Be Released

Before David Coverdale achieved world wide fame as a major component of Whitesnake, he was a wunderkind in Deep Purple. Asked to join the band in 1973 at the age of 22, Coverdale made a great argument for replacing departed Ian Gillan. Sadly, after just three albums (Burn – 1974, Stormbringer – 1974, Come Taste The Band – 1975), Coverdale reluctantly left the band. Afterwards, he formed Whitesnake, and the rest is simple history.

On December 15, Rhino Records will revisit what is known as The Purple Tour with Whitesnake as the band. In 2015, Whitesnake released The Purple Album with selected Coverdale-era Deep Purple re-recorded tracks (six from Burn, five from Stormbringer, and two from Come Taste The Band). After the album was issued, the band went on their The Purple Tour to celebrate the Deep Purple years with Coverdale at the mic!

The Purple Tour will be released on CD, 2LP, and video combo packs, CD/DVD, and CD/BD sets. With the DVD and Blu-ray sets, there will be the concert video (in 5.1 Surround as well as Stereo), a promo video of “Burn”, an interview: On The Hot Seat with Michel Devin, and four hi-resolution tracks presented in 5.1 Surround audio.


[UPDATE] 3CD Deep Purple Compilation Set, A Fire In The Sky

As far as Deep Purple is concerned, one can point o several iterations of the band as heir favorite. Certainly, several MARK lineups have been well-received. The first round of the Ian Gillan years were certainly their most defining. The David Coverdale period had its share of fans as did the Tommy Bolin era. Nevertheless, Deep Purple still remains as one of the great Rock bands of the ’70s.

On September 9, Rhino Records will release a compilation of career-spanning songs called A Fire In The Sky. The planned album is to be released as a selected songs single CD, as well as a more complete collection of all-encompassing Deep Purple tracks for the 3CD Edition.

A Fire In The Sky will release on September 8.

A Fire In The Sky  – Deep Purple (3CD)

01 Hell to Pay
02 Vincent Price
03 Wrong man
04 Rapture of the Deep
05 Sun Goes Down
06 Any Fule Kno That
07 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
08 Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic
09 The Battle Rages On
10 King of Dreams
11 Call of the Wild
12 Bad Attitude
13 Knocking At Your Back Door
14 Perfect Strangers

01 You Keep On Moving (2010 Remastered Version)
02 Dealer (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix)
03 Stormbringer (2009 Remastered Version)
04 Soldier Of Fortune (2009 Remastered Version)
05 Mistreated (2004 Remastered Version)
06 Might Just Take Your Life (2004 Remastered Version)
07 Burn (2004 Remastered Version)
08 Rat Bat Blue (Remastered)
09 Woman From Tokyo (Remastered)
10 Space Truckin’ (Remastered)
11 Smoke On the Water (Remastered)
12 When a Blind Man Cries (Non Album B-Side) [2012 Remastered Version]

01 Highway Star (Remastered)
02 Demon’s Eye (Remastered)
03 Fireball (Remastered)
04 Strange Kind Of Woman (Remastered)
05 Child In Time (Remastered)
06 Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) [Remastered]
07 Black Night (Remastered)
08 Hallelujah (Remastered)
09 Emmaretta (2012 Stereo Mix)
10 Bird Has Flown (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version]
11 Wring That Neck (aka Hard Road) [Remastered]
12 Kentucky Woman (Remastered)
13 Mandrake Root
14 Hush (Remastered)

A Fire In The Sky – Deep Purple (1CD):

01 Hell to Pay (Radio Edit)
02 Rapture of the Deep
03 Sun Goes Down
04 Any Fule Kno That
05 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Edit)
06 Bad Attitude (Radio Edit)
07 Knocking At Your Back Door (Single Edit)
08 Perfect Strangers (Single Version)
09 You Keep On Moving (2010 Remastered Version)
10 Soldier Of Fortune (2009 Remastered Version)
11 Burn (US Single Edit) [2016 Remastered]
12 Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit) [2002 Remastered]
13 Highway Star (US Single Edit) [2016 Remastered]
14 Smoke On the Water (Studio – US A-Side Edit) [2010 Remastered]
15 Fireball (Remastered)
16 Strange Kind Of Woman (Remastered)
17 Child in Time (Part 1) [2016 Remastered]
18 Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) [Remastered]
19 Black Night (Remastered)
20 Hush (Remastered)


3CD Deep Purple Compilation Set, A Fire In The Sky

As far as Deep Purple is concerned, one can point o several iterations of the band as heir favorite. Certainly, several MARK lineups have been well-received. The first round of the Ian Gillan years were certainly their most defining. The David Coverdale period had its share of fans as did the Tommy Bolin era. Nevertheless, Deep Purple still remains as one of the great Rock bands of the ’70s.

On September 9, Rhino Records will release a compilation of career-spanning songs called A Fire In The Sky. The planned album is to be released as a selected songs single CD, as well as a more complete collection of all-encompassing Deep Purple tracks for the 3CD Edition. Currently, I don’t have the track-list but I’ll post when I do.




New Deep Purple Album, InFinite, On Calendar For April

Deep Purple has been a resilient band. With several successful Mark lineups including the high point lineup that delivered Machine Head, Deep Purple has accrued an impressive catalog that stands the test of time. Even the lineups that included Tommy Bolin, Glen Hughes, and David Coverdale delivered easy to listen to albums (at least for me). The current lineup, missing only Ritchie Blackmore, and Jon Lord (because of death), is still as much the Mark II lineup as this generation will allow it to be.

On April 7, Deep Purple will release their next new album, InFinite. It’s being preceded by a single, “Time For Bedlam” (hear below), and the expectation of a small EP scheduled for February 3.

The new single is a Pink Floyd-like state of the union song that bemoans our political structures. And it’s a good song.

InFinite follows the band’s last album, Now What?!, released back in 2013.


Machine Head (Deep Purple) Gets 2CD Package Break Out From Massive 2012 Box

Deep Purple Machine Head 40thDeep Purple is easily one of the big Rock bands that has fixed references in one’s mind (if you lived in the ’70s). Their “Smoke On The Water” song is a chord set that many newcomers to the guitar attempt to play. With several big Mark lineups, including the unforgettable Mark II that generated their best sellers, Deep Purple has quite a legacy attached to them. At one time, they were listed in the Book of World Records as being the world’s loudest band in concert.

Machine Head, the band’s sixth studio effort featured the classic line-up of Paice, Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, and Lord. That lineup produced two albums prior to Machine Head (which was released in 1972). Those albums were In Rock (1970), and Fireball (1971). Machine Head was followed up with the last of the peak Mark II lineup album, Who Do We Think We Are? (1973).

On May 20, Rhino Records will pare the 2012 Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition Box of Machine Head down to 2CD as opposed to the 5Disc set. For those that balked at the hefty edition, or refused to pay that much money to acquire it, or for whatever reasons you had to ignore the massive reissue that was that Box, there is this chance to acquire the core of the box. After all, unless you’re a die-hard fan, there’s not an actual need to pay huge sums for a set you won’t listen to much of outside the actual album.

I’m sure the booklet will be truncated from its original 64-page size, and the second disc may contain the album remix. But I’m not completely sure.

For your information.


Standalone 180g Vinyl For Six Classic Bowie Albums In February

With the passing of David Bowie, several classic albums are now on the calendar as new high upgrade vinyl offerings. If you’re interested, here’s the info:

All six titles are on the calendar for February 26 via Rhino Records and Parlophone.

These LPs are remastered from the last remastering process noted after title.

  • Hunky Dory (1971) – 2015 remaster
  • Aladdin Sane (1973) – 2013 remaster
  • Space Oddity (1969) – 2015 remaster
  • Pin Ups (1973) – 2015 remaster
  • The Man Who Sold The World (1970) – 2015 remaster
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) – 2012 remaster

These albums are standalone breakouts from the recently released Five Years – 1969-1973 box.

Bowie Hunky Dory

(Bonus 180g vinyl coverage! Rhino also plans two 180g-weight vinyl LP sets for Deep Purple that include Fireball, and Deep Purple In Rock. Both LPs are slated for March 1.)

The 3CD The Ultimate:Redux Tommy Bolin Box Comes Back In January

Tommy Bolin The Ultimate ReduxTommy Bolin was a guitarist of great skill that was gone far too soon. In his course, he left behind a few recorded legacies like his time with Deep Purple, James Gang, and his own solo releases. Of course, we’re more than happy to have his Teaser (1975) album, and its followup, Private Eyes (1976). But like all fans of every band and artists, we always wish for more.

On January 8, Friday Music will be re-releasing a newly remastered 3CD Box of collected demos, and selected live tracks, all from the Tommy Bolin Archives. The Box, The Ultimate: Redux was originally released in 2008. Currently, 2008 released copies are sold out, commanding a nice chunk of change from third party sellers.

The Ultimate: Redux contains thirty-one tracks (see track-list below) that cover a lot of musical ground. With everything included, it is a grand slot into the library of any Tommy Bolin albums you may have. There may be other pieces of Bolin goodness out there, but with this Box, we get a nice complement of the creative process that Tommy Bolin used.

The included booklet contains the 2007 essay by Steve Vai, and has plenty of great photos of the late guitarist. If you don;t have this set, and wanted it, nows your chance to pick it up at a good price, bypassing the current exorbitant rates being charged for the 2008 issued box.

01 Teaser (Acoustic Demo 1973)
02 Sister Andrea (Demo 1971)
03 Cross The River (Zephyr Live/Boulder, CO 1973)
04 Hard Chargin’ Woman (Zephyr Live/Boulder, CO 1973)
05 Red Skies (Energy 1972)
06 Heartlight (Energy 1972)
07 Hok-O-Hey (Energy 1972)
08 Got No Time For Trouble (Energy 1972)
09 Miss Christmas (Energy 1972)
10 Journey (Demo 1973)
11 Alexis (Acoustic Demo 1973)

01 Standing In The Rain (Acoustic Demo circa Bang)
02 Cucumber Jam (Early version of “Cucumber Slumber”)
03 Spanish Lover (Acoustic Demo circa Miami)
04 Stratus (Ebbets Field 1974)
05 Getting Tighter (Tommy Bolin Tribute/Denver, CO 1997)
06 Homeward Strut (Ebbets Field 1974)
07 Teaser (Tommy Bolin Band/First Time Live-Disc 2 version)
08 Wild Dogs (Early L.A. Demo 1974)
09 Dreamer (Early L.A. Demo 1974)

01 People, People (Tommy Bolin Band/Ebbets Field 1976)
02 Lotus (Tommy Bolin Band/Ebbets Field 1976)
03 Savannah Woman (Demo)
04 Crazed Fandango (Teaser Outtake 1975)
05 Sweet Burgundy (Acoustic Demo/Naked II)
06 Shake The Devil (Albany, NY 1976)
07 Someday Will Bring Our Love Home (Acoustic Demo/Naked I)
08 You Told Me That You Loved Me (Albany, NY 1976)
09 Post Toastee (Electric Guitar Demo/Naked I)
10 Post Toastee (Albany, NY 1976)
11 Slow Driver (Acoustic Version/Naked I)



TAPSheet: Release Notes – November 20, 2014 (US Report)

We are apparently in our annual industry slowdown, where the labels hang their hats on the albums already announced, and sit in boardrooms to discuss the potential upcoming year’s packages. News comes trickling down. Not a pretty sight. But we’re used to it. So, while we may be a bit truncated in available news, we do try to make up the difference in other things. Long time readers already know what I’m talking about. And so it goes…

Capitol Records will release the next The Decemberists album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, on January 20 of 2015. The title will be issued in CD, LP, and DD formats.

The Decemberists What A Terrible World

Verve Music will release the new Diana Krall album, Wallflower, on CD, LP, and DD, with a 16-track Deluxe Edition planned as well. All are scheduled for February 3.

Audio Fidelity will reissue a Guess Who ‘best of’ title, The Best Of The Guess Who (1971), in SACD featuring a remix of the Quadrophonic 4-channel. The set is Hybrid and will offer 2-channel stereo as well. It is scheduled for December 30.

Sleater-Kinney will release new music with their upcoming title, No Cities To Love. The new album, which will feature Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss, will be released in several formats that include CD, LP, a limited edition white vinyl 2LP set, and DD. The vinyl sets will include download cards for the DD versions of the songs. No Cities To Love is expected on January 20 via Sub-Pop Records. The label will release the new album internationally on January 19.

Sleater - Kinney No Cities To Love

Rounder Records will release the new Blackberry Smoke album, Holding All The Roses, on February 10 on CD, LP, and DD. This is their latest since 2012’s The Whippoorwill. If you have never heard of Blackberry Smoke, well, shades of the ’70s on ya. They bear an uncanny resemblance to the style produced by ’70s era, California-based Rock and Roll, as well as the classic southern sounds. Think Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and go from there.

Blackberry Smoke Holding All The Roses

Hostess Entertainment will release new Belle And Sebastian music with their upcoming Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance, scheduling the set for January 20. It’s planned for CD, DD, and a Limited Edition vinyl LP set.

If you missed our Deep PurpleMade in Europe post from yesterday, a recap for you: Early in 2015, Universal will release a remixed Box set of Made in Europe (1976) featuring all of the shows, as well as a documentary. We’ll keep you posted with any updates on that set.

Deep Purple Made in Europe

Suzanne Vega will have her Live At The Speakeasy (1985), a radio broadcast show, made available on CD, scheduled for January 13.

While The Waterboys are essentially Mike Scott, and Steve Wickham (mainly Mike Scott), it is still an interesting event to have a new recording by the band whenever they release one. On January 19, The Waterboys will release Modern Blues, scheduled for CD, LP, and DD. Like Simple Minds, what this band produces is usually very listenable and equally enjoyable.

Waterboys Modern Blues

Leftfield Media will release a live KSAN radio broadcast of the October 4, 1970 Jefferson Airplane appearance at Winterland. The set is called Last Stand At Winterland, and will issue on LP (as an import) on December 2, and as a CD on January 13.

Jefferson Airplane Last Stand At Winterland



Made In Europe, The 1976 Deep Purple Live Set, To Be Remixed For Early 2015 Box

Deep Purple Made in EuropeEarlier this year, we got us a remixed Made In Japan, the classic live album from Deep Purple. Depending on the album’s worth to you, it either made it into your collection again, or it didn’t carry enough weight for the costly upgrade. For me, it was a bit of nostalgia as it was an album played constantly in its release as my buddies and I cruised around town.

Deep Purple didn’t stop with Made In Japan. In 1976, they followed it up with the less popular (but still excellent) Made In Europe. That album concentrated more laser-like on a few cuts rather than going on the dual album path as Made In Japan did.  Interestingly, Made in Europe chronicled the final days of Ritchie Blackmore’s tenure with the band. Recorded in April of 1975, Blackmore left the band in October of the same year, thus breaking up the band.

Made In Europe features five tracks from the Burn (1974), and Stormbringer (1974) albums, that introduced new vocalist, David Coverdale. Of course, Coverdale is far more recognizable as the vocalist from Whitesnake to many that are unfamiliar with his short tenure with Deep Purple. Nevertheless, Made In Europe followed up those two albums to provide the live thrill that Mark III lineup generated in concert.

The Deep Purple FB page briefly put up a notification that Made In Europe would be remixed for an (early) 2015 Box set that will include the complete shows, as well as a documentary on the period that the album came from.

The only thing to say now is…wait for further developments.

Rainbow: The Polydor Years To Be Released On LP and CD In December

Rainbow The Polydor YearsAfter the departure of Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple, his formation of Rainbow started a new era in his music.  As always, artists are plagued by the need to do what they feel are forward movements, only to be told by the other band members that such a new direction would be devastating, and NO, you cannot record it. This explains the reason for Rainbow, and the new era, one which achieved its own level of popularity, while the band he vacated, Deep Purple, experienced a decline. So, go figure.

Rainbow started off with a bang, employing the brilliant vocals of Ronnie James Dio. And while Ronnie James Dio did not complete the circle of Rainbow albums (he recorded what are considered the best of Rainbow’s music, their first three albums), the band seemed to intrigue fans with the other sets, which ended with Stranger In Us All (1995). And so, Ritchie Blackmore and Company left us with eight recorded titles to fill their legacy.

On December 9, a week after the reissue Box of Rainbow: The Polydor Years, which contains eight vinyl LPs from Rainbow’s full catalog, Polydor will release a CD boxset of the full eight albums. Many people seem repelled by the reissue of remastered product destined primarily for LP. Many have given up their turntables and are simply unwilling to wade back into the vinyl LP arena. They’re perfectly content with CD. It would appear that this conversion to CD of the 8LP Box is for those fans.