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Purpendicular on vinyl

Purpendicular will be released on vinyl by a boutique Dutch label Music on Vinyl at the end of August. This release will include bonus track Don’t Hold Your Breath originally available on the Japanese edition of the album.

Amazon UK says that the title will be available on August 29th.

Thanks to Peter Nikolakakos for the info.

51 Comments to “Purpendicular on vinyl”:

  1. 1
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    Oh shit! A Deep Purple song I haven’t heard or even heard of yet! I gotta’ have this!

  2. 2
    The Holy Chair says:

    I do own the Japanese edition.

    Was able to buy it 2nd hand. : )
    It originated from a guy that appearantly had a very large DP collection and now emigrated and chose the right priority.

    I m a vinylbuff and now I find myself asking : Is this a priority?

  3. 3
    @xel says:

    “Don’t hold your Breath” is also included on the U.S. version of the CD. Strangely as title 14, as there is no title 13……
    It did also appear as a CD single.
    Anyways, the song itself is not too thrilling and it can be seen why it didn’t make it on the album, but the fact of a release of Purpendicular on vinyl is very thrilling indeed.
    Thanks for the info Petey. CU in November.

  4. 4
    dpmuc72 says:

    Hi there! “Don’t Hold Your Breath” is a really nice song! If you want to hear it, without waiting for the august 29, visit grooveshark.com (music streaming service).

  5. 5
    RickF says:

    Great song. Never understood why they left it off. You may be able to hear it on YouTube.

  6. 6
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    This track was included on the US release also. They stated it to be a hidden track. They claimed there to be 14 tracks, but there were only 13. It skipped from track 12 to 14 which was ‘Don’t hold your breath’. Track 13 didn’t exist. I remember being pissed because I spent hours trying to figure out how to get to the hidden track, #13. Turns out, the word was 13 was an unlucky number and they skipped that number, just as is done on many high-rise buildings. They actually skip the 13th floor. Either way the track was an obvious left over from that session. Good, but isn’t like the rest of the LP. If you haven’t heard it, then by all means look into it. Again, good tune and different from the base sound of that album. Also, if you haven’t heard that then you may also have missed out on ‘Dick Pimple’, the Turtle Island sessions, where they did a 12 minute blues tune live in the studio. Cool track and off the cuff, which was during the preliminary stage of MK7.


  7. 7
    fdr says:

    The track was also on the canadian version of the cd.

  8. 8
    HardRockPete says:


    Now you CAN hear it:-)

  9. 9
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    ‘DHYB’ Continuation….

    Actually, ‘Don’t Hold your Breath’ sounds more like it could be on The Battle Rages On or Abandon. Kind of a plodding tune, where Purpendicular was a more upbeat album, which is a perfect example of song selection for album use. Had it placed on the album as a regular track, it would have been out of place, but as a ‘Bonus’ track it fits and therefor makes more sense. Had it been included on TBRO or Abandon, it would have flowed as a normal track for either of those albums.


  10. 10
    Larry R. Toering says:

    I already have it on vinyl, probably pretty rare I suppose. A couple of them actually, one is in fact from Holland, and the other Japan.

  11. 11
    StratKat (a.k.a. 'T') says:

    I picked up Purpendicular in an American record shop and “Don’t Hold Your Breath” was included on the BMG release. I couldn’t imagine the album ending without it. I still have the sticker “Includes ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath'”.

    Purpendicular was a milestone in the history of Deep Purple,an album that makes a compelling argument in the Morse vs. Blackmore debate.

    Apparently, a session is scheduled in September for the next album. With in-fighting as to even make one, I fully expect this to be the final statement of studio Deep Purple.

    May I suggest In Purpetuity?

  12. 12
    Made in England says:

    These sessions were analogue recorded, digitally mixed and mastered for CD. Can anyone tell us whether the original analogue recordings have been analogue mixed and analogue mastered for vinyl or is it just another exercise in getting completists to cough up for something they already have?

  13. 13
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 12

    Good point.
    I ll be going on my bike to my local store and ask them for PURPENDICULAR.

    But wonder why they did not include The Pimple Session this time?
    I mean, like they did with Son Of Alerik on the Remastered Perfect Strangers. : )

    Maybe its better to wait for the 25th Anniversary then?
    We only have to wait another 9 years or so. : )

  14. 14
    Larry R. Toering says:


    You can’t be serious? This is just a vinyl ‘format’ label releasing it, for the love of god these things have nothing to do with Deep Purple beyond the fact it’s them on the recording. I don’t see how on earth that is so hard to understand. You don’t even make a good attempt at sarcasm.

  15. 15
    Larry R. Toering says:

    This almost coincides nicely with my latest look back the great album that it remains to this day in my opinion.(but the idea is to describe the music)

  16. 16
    The Holy Chair says:

    This morning I thought I dreamed something stupid again.
    But according to this site DHYB is put on disc AND 2 !!!


  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Hey Chair,

    Can’t read it. Why are there repeats of the same songs on the 2nd disk? Are they different versions or mixes? Have you not heard DHYB before? If so, does it come across to you as I stated @9?


  18. 18
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    I actually have it on it’s original Vinyl release stashed somewhere in a box. Don’t remember if DHYB was included on that or not. I’d have to dig through tons of storage to get to it……maybe some day I will look.


  19. 19
    The Holy Chair says:

    Maybe you can read my post at 2 : )

    Maybe the info is wrong about doubling DHYB.
    I dont know.

  20. 20
    The Holy Chair says:

    Just write in English and Angelo will email you in a heartbeat :


  21. 21
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Interesting and expensive, of course. But I don’t know what disc two consists of there, beats the hell out of me, as it’s apparently the same tracks on both discs. Who’s going to either fork over the coin for it or get a better description somehow? It’s set up to look as if they’re demos or alternate versions or something. I have to say I’m pretty interested in just knowing WTF? And I have to give a thanks for sharing that link, much appreciated!

  22. 22
    The Holy Chair says:

    Btw, The Japanese CD had the same thing concerning track 13 and all that.

    Maybe they could have called it Smooth Dancer Part II and just leave it empty to piss off people : )

  23. 23
    Larry R. Toering says:

    You asked up thread if vinyl should be a priority, and it should if you collect it, yes. Japan and Holland I believe are the only territories. This thing is a money grab, but concerning what album it is, it’s worthy I suppose, so the option is always there anyway. But your Japanese CD contains the best sound you will find otherwise, it’s loud and clear, I’m sure you would agree if you listened to other versions.

    @Tracy – I agree about DHYB, the second I heard it I was thinking TBRO vibes. The whole tempo doesn’t work for the album.

  24. 24
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 8

    I found this on the page of your link :

    Interesting stuff.


  25. 25
    Victor says:

    #2 asks, “Is this a priority?” Well, sir, let me answer that for you – Hell Yes!!! Can’t wait – long overdue! Fantastic album!

  26. 26
    The Holy Chair says:

    I have loads ods of priorities but……
    I said : Hell, I m gonna order it anyway!

    At best it ll be here in my local shop on the 23rd ” De Plaatboef” for around 24 Euro’s.

    So, I bought it twice now. At the same place.

  27. 27
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Like I stated earlier, I already own the Original Vinyl version which was released in 1996, along with the CD formats. Don’t need the vinyl reproduction without SOMETHING NEW on it. This falls under the same category as the other subject regarding regurgitated re-offerings.


    A lot of nothing that has already been around….

    As for the site ‘Chair’ posted, if it pans out to be something NEW, then it’s worthy of further posting. Please somebody clarify as to this point. I would venture to say here that it’s either some previously issued live stuff or just a BS or misprint…


  28. 28
    paul says:

    just read this…an interesting concept, which got my twisted mind thinking.

    boutique record label [eh], what next boutique toilet?, boutique bus service?

    or is this another licencing deal job to make the record label a few quid. oh cynical me…I think i’ll pass

  29. 29
    The Holy Chair says:

    I just got emailed by Angelo that bol.com copied and pasted DHYB twice.
    So it s a mistake, fella’s!!!

  30. 30
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Thanks for clearing it up ‘Chair’. Now I won’t make the ‘mistake’ of buying it AGAIN.


  31. 31
    The Holy Chair says:

    Dont remember vinylversions of S & M, TBRO and Purpendicular way back.

    Maybe my perception due to being totally focussed on CD ‘s : (

    I also recall later ventures to fill in the gaps but it seemed copies were scarce.

    So, this is going to be MY first vinyl of Purpendicular.
    I ll probably regret it as soon a more interesting edition will be released, but…..sighhhhhhhhhhh.

    So, about 8 shows seen with Morse, having almost very(Not that hard knowing there are only 4 albums)album on vinyl and cd……
    I d say I ve been very mellow regarding my endorsements. : )

  32. 32
    The Holy Chair says:

    Btw, Boutique reminds me of Boudisque, once a well known import musicshop.
    And also in Amsterdam.

    Maybe it has something to do with that.

  33. 33
    The Holy Chair says:

    Yep, a Japanese pressing would have been something to prefer.

    So, I m gonna buy myself a poorman’s copy on vinyl then, hahaha

  34. 34
    Yuri says:

    FANTASTIC NEWS! I have been waiting to get this one on vinyl for years! Very happy about this.

  35. 35
    Larry R. Toering says:

    I looked to good to be true, therefor it was.

  36. 36
    TruthHurts says:

    Great news!

    Long live analogue!!

    Long live vinyl!!

  37. 37
    toni says:

    great news! now “abandon” is the only album never released on vinyl!!
    maybe a day?

  38. 38
    TruthHurts says:


    I have a mint condition German vinyl of S&M.

    One thing about the LP and tape versions of this album that I prefer over the CD is the running order. I never understood the wonky order of the CD, which completes ruins the flow of album for me.

    It should always be:
    1. King Of Dreams
    2. The Cut Runs Deep
    3. Fire In The Basement
    4. Fortuneteller
    5. Truth Hurts
    6. Love Conquers All
    7. Breakfast In Bed
    8. Too Much Is Not Enough
    9. Wicked Ways

    You can get TBRO on vinyl from ebay but at a price…….

  39. 39
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    I also have S&M on vinyl. True about the running order, but instead of wasting the doe on the vinyl, all you have to do is rip and burn a CD, rearanging the order to suit….Now, if I could just figure out a way to replace the JLT vocals with Gillan’s…..That would be a bad ass record.


  40. 40
    The Holy Chair says:

    I ll probably buy ABANDON on vinyl one day, I m a sucker who wants to have it complete.

    Although, whenever is complete?!

    I just got back from my local store to pick up ” Purpendicular”.
    23,50 E is not overpriced nowadays isn’t it?

    Even more emberassing : I ll wait to open it tomorrow.
    Carefully taking away the plastic.
    We’re going to take a look and then…..
    It gets shelved.
    That’s all.(…)

  41. 41
    TruthHurts says:

    @ 39

    The vinyl as always does sound nicer to this vinyl buff.

    The original CD is a bit harsh and dry : the Japanese BluSpec CD is better, but it’s more ‘loud’ than ‘sweet’. Personally I think the album (along with HOBL) would benefit from a remix.

    As I’m sure you can recall, one of the reasons that IG was ejected from Purple in ’89 is that he could not come up with anything substantial to fit this material.
    In all probability it really was ‘drivel’, that had to be erased to make way for ” a singer who can really sing and write” i.e. Turner………

  42. 42
    The Holy Chair says:

    Well, nice but……

    I wish it would have been a fold out.

    I think any album deserves that, espescially a double album.

    Looking at the grooves I wonder : Why they did not use the space to improve quality?

  43. 43
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    And then Turner was sacked because the AOR Rainbow/Foreigner direction he brought in, along with his Poofy Stage antics was an absolute joke and did NOT fit Purple. Thus… Exit Poofboy and the inevitable return of the Real Purple frontman, then exit again TMIB, and we have Deep Purple, happily ever after.

    Yeah, JLT can sing. So can Tom Jones. Just not in Deep Purple, thank God.


  44. 44
    The Holy Chair says:

    Many years ago I read a rumor that Tom Jones was going to be the next BS singer.
    I always thought that would have worked wonders : )

  45. 45
    TruthHurts says:

    @ 43

    Tom Jones not in Purple? That was Rod Evans wasn’t it?

    ……….About the Purpendicular vinyl release.

    It is pressed on 180g vinyl which means it is a premium quality pressing.

    It is an analogue recording, but was most likely to have been mixed to a 16-bit DAT, which is technically inferior by today’s standards (as are 16-bit CDs……)

    A new remix from the multi-track on to a better format such as 1/2″ analogue or hi-res digital (DSD,24-96 or 24-192) would be a financial and logistal impossibilty as far as I can tell for a ’boutique’ label with a limited budget, so I am 99% certain they cut the records from the existing 2-track mixes from 1995.

    When you try to make 16-bit digital ‘louder’ it often distorts horribly, which probably explains the restricted use of groove width.
    Apparently 12″ vinyl at 45rpm does not suffer from this problem in the same way that 33rpm vinyl and CDs do, but that would have meant a QUADRUPLE vinyl LP………..

  46. 46
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Hey Chair,

    Funny you should mention that. I actually was going to reference that but figured nobody would remember or know of it. Actually there was a big article in ‘Kurang’ Magazine regarding that “Rumor”, back in the 80’s. It turned out to be a big hoax. Funny though, as with you, I was kind of hoping it would come about. “It’s not unusual, to be loved by anyone…..” in the encore. Can you imagine?


  47. 47
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Yes, good point. And Rod also was sacked for Gillan. That’s 2 good decissions TMIB made.

    Regarding the 45 rpm issue. Two 24″ records would do the trick.


  48. 48
    TruthHurts says:

    @ 47

    You’d need one hell of a turntable for that.
    And the artwork would be pretty substantial too, not to mention the storage space!

    It’s fairly common knowledge that Blackmore did not sack Turner, it was Lord/Paice/Glover’s decision to let him go.

    In fact, TMIB was so disgusted by Turner’s sacking that he only returned to the band after he was given a large advance (in other words, bribed) by BMG to participate in a MkII reunion, and we all know how that went.

    There is, of course, one singer we definitely know has been sacked twice by Blackmore…………

  49. 49
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 48

    And that’s NOT Gillan : )

  50. 50
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    OK, You got me there TRUTH. But BlacknoMore has not got that power anymore. Hell, since he loves JLT so much, maybe he could sack his present singer and replace her with him……oh I forgot, she wears the pants and he wears the tights, never mind.


  51. 51
    Mark Campbell says:

    The bonus track ” Don’t hold your breath” is one of their best . I could never understand why it was only available in Japan originally , but a good call to include now .

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