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Purpendicular and Concerto to be reissued

Purpendicular cover art

The seminal Purple album of the past 20 years — Purpendicular — will be reissued on CD on June 16th in the UK on an independent label Cherry Red Records. We have not been able to obtain from the label any clarification regarding whether it will be remastered or not, but my money is on the latter. This reissue will include two bonus tracks: Don’t Hold Your Breath and a single edit of Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming.

Cherry Red Records seem to have secured licenses to the rest of the band’s BMG back catalogue (now owned by Sony) as well.

Concerto for Group and Otchestra (2002 remix) cover art
The expanded edition (2002 remix) of the original 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra recording will be issued on 3LP vinyl on June 27 in Germany and June 30 in the UK. Was this remix ever released on vinyl? — feedback appreciated.

Track list:

  1. Malcolm Arnold’s 6th Symphony Op.95 First Movement: Energico
  2. Malcolm Arnold’s 6th Symphony Op.95 Second Movement: Lento
  3. Malcolm Arnold’s 6th Symphony Op.95 Third Movement: Con Fuoco
  4. Hush
  5. Wring That Neck
  6. Child in Time
  7. Concerto for Group and Orchestra – First Movement: Moderato – Allegro
  8. Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Second Movement: Andante
  9. Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Third Movement: Vivace – Presto
  10. Encore – Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Third Movement: Vivace – Presto

The label, rather surprisingly, is Parlophone. Both the original album and 2002 expanded edition were on another EMI label Harvest. Only the first two Mark 1 albums originally appeared on Parlophone. When EMI was put on the chopping block in 2012, Parlophone was acquired by Warner, while most of the rest — by Universal. So even after 40 years of corporate dog eat dog, it appears that the band’s back catalogue is still split between 3 major labels. This time it’s Universal, Sony and Warner.

Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the info.



29 Comments to “Purpendicular and Concerto to be reissued”:

  1. 1
    Massimiliano Distaso says:

    One of the best Purple albums ever.

  2. 2
    Tim Winter says:

    Awesome disc

  3. 3
    Michele Mick Ritchie Teso says:

    super

  4. 4
    Jason Hillenburg says:

    Bonus tracks please.

  5. 5
    Greg Petteys says:

    One of my top 5 favorite album’s of All Time!!!

  6. 6
    Corey Burton says:

    Why would it need remastering?

  7. 7
    Joko Kobar says:

    Do unto me. As your heart would have you do.

  8. 8
    Larry Toering says:

    How is this news?

  9. 9
    Larry Toering says:

    Cherry Red isn’t reinventing, just re-issuing.

  10. 10
    Anthony Oussin says:

    We need a remastered version of The Battle…

  11. 11
    Konstantin Wiethaus says:

    So Why?!

  12. 12
    Marcelo Soares says:

    Damn. I need the Malcolm Arnold Symphony, but I don’t have how to play vinyl. Will there be a CD of that version of the Concerto also?

  13. 13
    Cameron Hons says:

    i hope the japanese bonus track ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ will be included. I love reissues!

  14. 14
    Cameron Hons says:

    ok i just read your article and I am VERY satisfied 🙂

  15. 15
    Francisco Francisco Maciel says:

    Great One!

  16. 16
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Perpendicular was the re emergence of the band . After many attempts to get them back into the swing .

  17. 17
    Eric Anderson says:

    Great Album !

  18. 18
    Ray Barclay says:

    Awesome! Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming has become one of my favorite Purple songs!

  19. 19
    François Lefevre says:

    And what about the Perfect Strangers reissued edition ???…..

  20. 20
    Koichilo Watanabe says:

    I love this! I need this! I bleed this!

  21. 21
    Alessio Porpora says:

    Purpendicular is a masterpiece.

  22. 22
    Speed King says:

    So this reissue of Purpendicular will not see the release of the omitted song “The Stallion”. What are they waiting for? Will it ever be released?

    I cross my fingers that Parlaphone will restore the missig bits of the Concerto that was omitted from the re-release at the time (2002). For some reason they had the film soundtrack, which was edited in lengt, on that remastered CD. By mistake I guess.
    It would be great if they could also finally remaster the film. Back in 2002 they did not get back to the original footage as that was on a format too expensive to remaster from (That’s why, it was explained at the time). Instead they went with the edit of the original TV broadcast, which was compressed for TV screening and edited in length to fit in some broadcast schedule.
    It’s been 45 years since the event took place, and it would be great to finally have it complete in length and updated in qualtiy. But as there is a 50- year anniversary coming up, I doubt it will happen this time…

  23. 23
    Karen Hughes-Rupping says:

    loved Perpendicular and I also loved Perplexed ………hell I love anything Deep Purple <3

  24. 24
    Lutz says:

    Reading the following post on “Darker Than Blue”:

    http://darkerthanblue.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/spoiler-alert/

    the complete concert evening never made to vinyl unto now. The DP 3-song set however can be found on the “Powerhouse” LP.

    Greetings, Lutz

  25. 25
    Rune Busk says:

    Purpendicular is as good as In rock, Fireball and Machine head.

  26. 26
    Drdp says:

    Purpendicular was one of the greatest albums of the 90’s along with UFO’s :Walk On Water.

  27. 27
    Fireball says:

    The complete concerto (incl. Mr. Arnold’s symphony) has been released on SACD and Audio-DVD in 2002 in Europe. But both formats are long out of print.

  28. 28
    john says:

    we want LIVERPOOL 1076 the last show ……….as official live album,……that would be something

  29. 29
    Boppr says:

    Drdp @26, You are so Right.
    My 4 favorite albums of the 90’s are :
    Deep Purple – Purpendicular
    UFO – Walk On Water
    Dan Baird – Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired
    The Cruel Sea – The Honeymoon is Over

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