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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:44 am

British rockers approaching their half-century, they've had several line-up changes, and given great glories for the likes of Ian Gillan, Richie Blackmore, Jon Lord, and many others. Here are a few of their triumphs:

Black Night (live)

Highway Star

Smoke on the Water (live)

Burn (live)

Perfect Strangers

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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:04 am

Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers Live
Over 2 hours from reunion concert in Melbourne in 1984, with the classic Mark II line-up blasting through recent numbers amidst a frenzy of classics, including an extended jammed version of Space Truckin', and a prolonged and crowd-enjoyed encore of Smoke On The Water. Richie Blackmore even smiled at one point. Must have been a good night. Looked & sounded like it.

Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II
How they made the Machine Head album, including the Montreux fire which Claude Nobs never heard the end of, and the subsequent live album that really sold the MH album to the USA (as Lars Ulrich, Bruce Dickinson and Matt Sorum attested). Also how Richie Blackmore intrigued to get poor Roger Glover kicked out, and Glenn Hughes came in to replace Ian Gillan. Later they reformed the other line-up. But that's a story for another day.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:07 am

Rock Milestones: Deep Purple In Rock
Familiar faces like Malcolm Dome and Chris Charlesworth help relate the story of how the Mk II came together to make this musical mission statement. Typically well put-together.

Deep Purple - Rises Over Japan
A short, perfunctory set from the Budokan, at Tokyo in December 1975. This line-up featured Coverdale, Hughes, Bolin and Paice, so lacked some of the honest spirit, despite competent renditions of tracks like Smoke On The Water and Highway Star.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:10 am

Deep Purple: In Their Own Words
Steven Rosen's audio interviews came into their own again here, though Nick Simper and Glenn Hughes were at least present to add in their own parts of the story (chiefly the many line-up changes, whose fault it was, and why). If it wasn't for the line-up changes, they might have been that much better.

Deep Purple: In Performance
Mostly culled from 2 shows, one of which was Ian Gillan without the proper band. But the songs were still worth it, from Speed King through to the inevitable closer of Smoke On The Water.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:13 am

Stormbringers: Deep Purple's Made in Japan
Graham McTavish presented as many familiar faces discussed this turning point in the classic rock band's story, and archive comment from Blackmore and Paice, the two chief trouble makers, told its own story.

Deep Purple: The Halcyon Years Part 1 1968-1972
Effectively, the story of Mks I & II. A few folk have done biographies of the band over the years, so there's much scope for chit-chat, plus audios of Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore. The ill-fated Nick Simper's exit from Mk I perhaps set a standard that other band members should have been warned by. The saga of Machine Head and Made In Japan at least meant Gillan & Glover left on a high.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:12 am

The Ritchie Blackmore Story
A lengthy effort enlivened by an all-new in-depth chat with the man himself. Described as "the Caucasian Hendrix", and with fans like Steve Vai and Gene Simmons, it's notable how few of his actual band-mates contributed with new comment (admittedly Jon Lord is dead). He seems happiest now working with Candice Night, and it's perhaps understandable if he'd rather spend time with her than recreating Deep Purple (especially as he clearly loathes Ian Gillan). A worthwhile effort, though.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:01 am

Stormbringers - Deep Purple - Burn
Happily, the early part of this recounted the Mk 1 and Mk 2 line-ups, since this was the first effort for the Mk 3 version. Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale were the incomers this time, with Hughes present to give his side. Archive of Lord, Paice, Coverdale and Blackmore helped somewhat too. But since there was little of note about the album besides the title track, the whole hour seemed a bit of a stretch.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:33 am

The Friday Night Rock Show - 8/7/16
David Coverdale gave Nicky Horne an exclusive chat from his Lake Tahoe base, got a new project on the way, got a new DVD coming of his 2015 gig which was in tribute to his time in Deep Purple. Though describing himself as not nostalgic, he was already being badgered about next year seeing the 30th anniversary of his landmark Whitesnake album. He had known David Bowie since 1974, and was a great supporter of spirituality.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:52 am

Here I Go Again: David Coverdale
A follow-on from the above, a whole hour with Nicky interviewing David Coverdale. The opening section was on some mountain top near his Lake Tahoe home, then a long section as DC drove NH down to the studio, chatting all the while, then finally stuff already seen in the above show. They reiterated stuff about his career, in Deep Purple and beyond. Long lost footage of him jamming with Ritchie Blackmore around the time of Stormbringer seemed to have turned up recently. It was Ian Paice who picked his audition out of the pile, based on a naff old photo of David dressed as a Boy Scout. He soon found he blended well with the other new boy Glenn Hughes. He considered MTV to be a necessary evil, but clearly his videos with Tawny Kitaen had positive consequences for his life. Still sees himself as a proud Yorkshireman, though he loves his adopted country.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:37 am

The Friday Night Rock Show - 14/10/16
Ian Gillan spoke at some length to Nicky Horne, from his superstar home in Lyme Regis. He spoke of being a boy soprano in church choirs, but heard Elvis when aged 12. He started as a drummer briefly, before moving on to Episode Six, with Roger Glover, where they learnt much craft from touring with Dusty Springfield. He and Roger were poached into Deep Purple, but Roger expressed worries about their old band - Ian kindly dubs Roger "too nice a guy for his own good". They had success in Purple, but that brought problems with hangers-on, and money shortages, which highlighted their ropey relationship with management. He went his own way for a while under the Gillan name, and a new boxset of their vinyl albums was finally pointed up as the reason for the interview. He spent a chaotic but entertaining year with Black Sabbath too, then rejoined Deep Purple, who still tour and might have a new LP in 2017. No question, Gillan is one of the good guys in the Purple story.


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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:16 am

Ian Gillan: Shades of Deep Purple
As with the Coverdale special, this was an extended version of Nicky Horne's chat, covering much of the same ground about Deep Purple. Though he pointedly doesn't name names (apart from praising his long-term mate Roger Glover), he does suggest that rejoining Deep Purple later on only became worthwhile personally once some other people had left.
He talks about what he likes about living in Lyme Regis, and deeper discussions on God and Infinity, something that he's been concerned with since childhood. He knows that Deep Purple will probably end someday, but he's happy to keep going as long as it is. Doesn't see the value in a kind of Retrospective Exhibition, as many artefacts have been lost. He name-drops meeting former Russian President Medvedev, and how travelling the world with the band has been a two-way exchange.
One of the good guys.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:17 am

Deep Purple: From Here to Infinity
A lengthy look at the making of their new, 20th & possibly final, LP, InFinite. Rick Wakeman provided a suitable voiceover, as the surviving members of the band, and producer Bob Ezrin, went to Nashville to rehearse and record the tracks, before Roger Glover and Ian Gillan repaired to Toronto with Ezrin to write the words and add vocals. They do look a bit weather-beaten by the years, Steve Morse is suffering early stages of osteo-arthritis, but the spirit burns on. Sounded like a good album too.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:55 am

InFinite was finally released yesterday, and the single Johnny's Band has been getting some airplay, although the self-referential lyrics are the sort of thing that radio airplay is all about.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:09 am

The InFinite LP entered at #6, their highest charting new LP since Perfect Strangers in 1984!
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:17 am

The Friday Night Rock Show - 14/4/17
This time Glenn Hughes was interviewed by Nicky Horne at Café de Paris, London at a fan event, in front of a packed room.
He learned the piano and the bass before he was asked if he could sing. He was scouted for Purple by Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. Was planned to join the band along with Paul Rodgers, but he preferred to do Bad Company instead. Hughes knew he had "huge boots to fill". He took to the drinking lifestyle. Spent 72 hours in Hamburg socialising with Blackmore. He says "everyone has their own footprint". He has no friendship now with anyone from the band except David Coverdale. They were inducted into the R&R HoF, but not invited to perform, and felt that the band were an embarrassment. He has his own new album, Black Country Communion, due in September.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:40 am

Needle Time: Glenn Hughes
I was wrong above, the imminent Black Country Communion album will be called IV. He works with Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa among others, and is really delighted with the chance to work with them (and no doubt, they with him). He learnt his craft as a player in the 1960s, and only switched to bass because someone else wanted to play guitar. He views payments as being for travelling between gigs, as he only plays for the fun of it. He went to the USA in 1970 and got into funk in San Francisco and LA. He befriended Stevie Wonder. He didn't plan on being a vocalist, but got promoted in Trapeze, and then head-hunted for Deep Purple, though not as a singer. He helped David Coverdale grow into his role when he joined the band. David Bowie moved into his house for 6 months during the making of Station To Station, but both were in druggy states. The 1980s were a "lost decade", and he had a heart attack on Christmas Day 1991, at a time when he was desperate for guidance. He still feels in recovery from alcoholism, and lives in Hollywood. He's worked with many great guitarists, and gave a special mention to the fearlessness of Gary Moore. He reckons his song-writing will be his legacy. Well, I suspect there'll be more than that. A good guy, certainly.
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