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Put a spring reverb on it

Stereophile has a review of the Machine Head 50-ish anniversary reissue with comments from remix producer Dweezil Zappa: Zappa’s changes to “Lazy” are more subtle. He discovered a noise issue that had to be dealt with. “If you really listen to what’s happening with the rhythm track, it’s a blues progression very much in the […]

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The loudest and longest encore

Bristol 24/7 has a review of a new book The West’s Greatest Rock Shows 1963-1978, complete with the cover photo of Deep Purple Mark 3 on stage in all their bell-bottomed and platform-shoed glory, and excerpts covering reviews of several local gigs, including said Mark 3 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, on May 20, […]

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Controlling the elephant

Guitar Player reprints online an excerpt from a vintage interview with Ritchie Blackmore that was first published in the July/August 1973 issue of the magazine. Did you ever have lessons? I had classical lessons for a year. That helped, because I learned how to use my little finger. A lot of blues guitarists play with […]

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Tickets from 75p to £2

Scottish newspaper The Courier has a historic account of a Deep Purple concert at the Caird Hall in Dundee on April 18, 1974. It is accompanied by some never before published pictures from the gig. These rare colour photographs document the night Deep Purple kicked off their UK tour in Dundee 50 years ago. They […]

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Grateful for the blind faith

An interview with Roger Glover, originally published in the issue of New Musical Express dated June 19, 1971. Roger very prophetically talks about retiring from the incessant touring in a couple of years to focus on the production work. As we all know, this is pretty much what actually happened, albeit for all the wrong […]

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Not like lumpy elephants in the sky

Back in 2008, Ultimate Guitar has published a 1975 vintage interview with Ian Gillan, conducted just before the release of Ian Gillan Band first album Child in Time. It is preceded by a long-winded explanation from the interviewer on how stupid he was in his younger years. On with the main course: Could someone find […]

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Every night should be a last hurrah

Publicity blitz on the occasion of Machine Head remix continues with Roger Glover’s interview to Rolling Stone India. What’s coming up for Deep Purple in 2024? Well, a lot of people want to know, ‘When are you going to end? When are you going to finish?’ I know some bands do this, they say, ‘Right, […]

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Triumph snatched from the flames of disaster

Well, the 2024 remix of Machine Head is upon us, and Louder Sound has a brief overview. The print edition of the Classic Rock magazine has announced issue 326, out on March 28, 2024, with the very Purple cover story. In issue 326’s cover feature, band members and other stars talk about their favourite Deep […]

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Nine hectic days

Louder Sound has republished a contemporary feature on the first Flying Colors album, released in 2012. It originally appeared in the Prog magazine from the Classic Rock stable, and was based on the input from all five members of the band. What’s gone almost unknown until now is that Kerry Livgren almost became a member […]

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Arigato means thank you

Here’s Pete Makowski’s feature on Rainbow December’76 tour of Japan, originally published on January 29, 1977, in the Sounds. It is a rather long read, but well worth it. “RADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLESENTING: TONEE CALEE, DIMMY BAIN, COSEE POW, LONNIE DAMES DIO, LITCHIE BRACKMORE… LAINBOW!!!!!” (me first Nippon gig). The audience looked pretty ordinary until […]

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