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Long Beach 1971 artwork

Long Beach 1971 artwork; image courtesy of Hewlett PR

Cover artwork for the upcoming Long Beach 1971 has been released to the media, together with the accompanying press release:

Welcome to Long Beach 1971, the latest album in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple reissue series that, over the last two years, has seen the release of rare live material from the band, including “Paris 1975”, “Copenhagen 1972”, “Stockholm 1970” and “Graz 1975”. Spanning over 70 minutes of music, “Long Beach 1971” has been remastered in 2014 and is going to be eleased on 2 March 2015 on earMUSIC.

Recorded at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, on July 30, 1971, it was broadcast on radio (KUSC 91.5 FM), a showcase for a support performance to Rod Stewart and The Faces. An official release for a concert that has long been considered a landmark for the band, the set featured tracks (“Speed King” and “Child In Time”) from their fourth studio album, June 1970’s “In Rock”. This was a transitional release for the Mk II version of the band – guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, organ/keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice –, being their first hard rock affair as well as their commercial breakthrough as the third leading über-rock band of the day along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Completing the set that day were a considerably extended version of “Mandrake Root” from their July 1968 debut album “Shades Of Deep Purple”, and “Strange Kind Of Woman”.

Opening with an 11-minute long “Speed King”, the show actually starts off like a climax, with a frenzy of organ and batter of guitar and drums, before segueing into a fast and furious riff and some classic caterwauls from Ian Gillan. Next up is “Strange Kind Of Woman”. The piledriving central motif is a classic combination of rhythm and riff, the band hitting a bluesy, even funky, groove. Following is an impressive version of the Deep Purple classic “Child in Time”: it is 20 minutes of heavy action from Blackmore. If you’re not too exhausted by that, there is time for one more, and it’s a good – not to mention long – one: “Mandrake Root”, a 27-minute extrapolation of the debut album track and concert standby.

Tracklist: 1. Speed King / 2. Strange Kind Of Woman / 3. Child In Time / 4. Mandrake Root

All in all, the frenzy, powerful show is leaving the audience staggered, and not a little dazed, as they head towards the exit, into the warm California night, wondering what the hell just happened. Deep Purple live just happened.

Thanks to Chris Hewlett for the info.

16 Comments to “Long Beach 1971 artwork”:

  1. 1
    Tiago Marion says:

    That’s a cool artwork ! It even looks like a bootleg ! We don’t get to see Paicey on album covers very often !

  2. 2
    Scott W. says:

    I think that shot of Paice is from the ‘Burn’ tour prog (or is it ‘Made In Europe”) ..? As this show has been bootlegged a few times already, I hope any sound restoration makes some difference as the boot sound is pretty good as is.

  3. 3
    byron says:

    Great artwork!Paicey with long dak hair!

  4. 4
    irishpurpsfan says:

    Ian Paice is one of the greatest drummers in rock/metal along with Clive Burr who played drums on the first three Iron Maiden albums.

  5. 5
    Hadely says:

    I have been listening to the boot for some years now.

    I REALLY REALLY hope the quality of this one will be not a dissappointment.

    Otherwise, way to go!

  6. 6
    Hadely says:

    Will there be a vinyl edition?

  7. 7
    Scott W. says:

    I listened to some of the boots of this show. I take back my comment @post #2. The boot sound has that slightly ‘underwater’ sound like the source tape has wrinkles. There is the original tape that was found and featured/commented on at the DPAS here:


    So quality of this release is bound to be an improvement!

  8. 8
    Scott says:

    Who is doing the mixing???

    It’s not going to sound like a bootleg is it.

  9. 9
    metaljim says:

    Who designs this stuff? The cover graphics are awful, with the massively oversized Deep Purple dwarfing everything else. They look like the work of a first year art student who’s trying to impress his teacher. I know they’re meant to be part of a long series, but for God’s sake reduce the band name and title!!!

  10. 10
    Hadely says:

    I googled and appearantly there IS a vinyl edition as well 🙂

  11. 11
    purpledaniel says:

    There are already comments of bad mastering and brickwalling for this release as well in the Steve HOffman Forum. Apparently there is no way the people involved in this new series do the mastering job properly. After 5 releases, I doubt they will rethink the mixing of future issues.

  12. 12
    mike whiteley says:

    As this will be the first of these archival shows that wasn’t previously available on another label,and since the bootleg is full of tape hiss,I am looking forward to it’s release.
    ( Yes,I know only half of the Graz 1975 show was on Mk3-The Final Concerts )

  13. 13
    HardRockPete says:

    Damn if you do, damn if you don’t!! People, it’s a NEW Purplerecord from a very interesting period, so please……….,.STFU!!!!!

  14. 14
    Paulo Glover says:

    Great cover and artwork. That’ s the guy who always been in the band.

  15. 15
    diana says:

    we want LIVERPOOL 1976 show

  16. 16
    purpledaniel says:

    to 15,

    My guess is we will see it released in the second semester, or march 2016.

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