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Deep Purple – California Jam 1974

DEEP PURPLEs „California Jam“ appearance, filmed on April 06, 1974 has been available on DVD since 2005. ear music now offers a new cut of the video as 2016 DVD and Blu-ray release. While the DVD, issued in a standard DVD case, features the new version and a digitized Super 8 crew recording, the Blu-ray also offers […]

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From matings of giant pandas to mafia funeral

British paper The Guardian has published a retrospective of their coverage of heavy metal “from its inception almost 50 years ago”. The interesting part are the reproductions of two contemporary reviews of seminal Purple performances: the premiere of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra and the California Jam. Attempts to unite European “classical” music with […]

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Cal Jam book now comes with 4 autographs

Rufus Stone has announced that the signature edition of the California Jam photo book will now come with four autographs: by Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and Ian Paice. The signature edition is limited to 350 copies and costs £300 + shipping. Preorders are being accepted at the publisher’s site. The book will ship […]

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California Jam book preorders

Rufus Stone is now taking preorders for the California Jam book. There will be three editions: Standard, Signature and Vinyl. Between the three of them only total of 1000 copies of the book will be available. The book content remains consistent throughout, but the extras and production techniques change according to the package. Use coupon […]

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California Jam book announced

British publisher Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced an upcoming Deep Purple at the California Jam book being prepared for publication some time autumn this year. The book will include hundreds of black and white and colour images, many of them previously unpublished, and a lengthy essay on the show, it’s build up and aftermath. […]

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Caveat emptor: Live 1974 DVD

There is a new live Deep Purple DVD scheduled for release on February 10. It’s called “Live 1974 (TV Recordings)” and the label press release claims that […] the 55-minute disc features footage of “DEEP PURPLE performing for the TV cameras in 1974 in Germany, originally broadcast in Argentina. […] Track listing: Burn Might Just […]

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“Just another day at the office…”

In his recent interview to Vintage Rock, Glenn Hughes commented on the California Jam (among many other curious things past and present): I know the California Jam was one of your first gigs with Purple in the States. What else do you remember about that day? Just another day at the office to me, I […]

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California Jam special on WPMD.org

Don Branker, the co-producer and stage announcer for 1974 California Jam and 1978 California Jam II, was a guest on the March 15, 2008 edition of WPMD.org’s “Rock 50” radio show with Mike Stark. According to Mike, Don told “some great stories about both events including Deep Purple’s trashing of a television camera and a […]

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