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Another archival release is being prepared by Edel, and this one looks quite interesting. Titled simply Long Beach 1971 it contains a widely bootlegged show from July 30, 1971, recorded for University of Southern California’s radio station KUSC, to be aired on their Monday Night Airbag Live show hosted by Elliot Mass. Darker Than Blue posted some of the backstory almost 3 years ago. (Yes, that’s how long the pipeline is.)

The set list was rather short: Speed King / Strange Kind Of Woman / Child In Time / Mandrake Root, as the band was sandwiched between the openers Southern Comfort, and The Faces, who headlined the gig.

Release date is tentatively set for March 2, 2015.

Thanks to Daniel Falaschi and Lutz Reinert for the info.

22 Comments to “Long Beach 1971”:

  1. 1
    Patrick Michels says:

    I need this – to be released March 10 2015

  2. 2
    Duncan Leask says:

    About time. Hope it’s treated with the respect it deserves (I miss Sonic Zoom)..

  3. 3
    Scoot says:

    A four song set? Holy cow…well, perhaps that’s all that was recorded, or the only part of the recording that survives. I’ll test it out, then decide on the purchase.

  4. 4
    purpledaniel says:

    I`ve seen recently a new bootleg from this show which includes Wring That Neck. It is not the Turn Around boot.
    We will have to wait and see to confirm the set list.

  5. 5
    metaljim says:

    Wring That Neck is from another show. It was simply grafted onto the existing boot of the Long Beach show. Purple was sandwiched between Matthew’s Southern Comfort and The Faces, so their hour long four song set is probably complete.

  6. 6
    Nigel Young says:

    That Wring That Neck, purpledaniel, is from August 1970 in America (I wouldn’t be surprised it being from the Hollywood Bowl), not Long Beach 1971 – compare it to versions directly before and after that, with RB playing what would later become The Mule. The track was dropped early in 1971 when the sets were cut back from two hours. WTN on the boot’ LP, Hard Road, has a totally different sound to the other two tracks from Long Beach (and on the CD, Long Beach Arena 1971 Complete). The Faces’ set in Long Beach was bootlegged and is around 75-80 minutes long. If you add WTN to Purple’s 4-song set, DP would have played for longer than that which doesn’t make sense. This was confirmed when Elliot Matz later put the tapes up for sale on eBay (also listing the Southern Comfort tape). No Wring That Neck on his tapes. The bootleggers have created an illusion that some fans fell for… Aarhus was one of the last shows to include Wring That Neck. The contemporary press reviews from Long Beach don’t mention WTN either, just the four songs.

  7. 7
    purplix says:

    I have this boot too, but I think wring that neck is from another show.The sound is different and there are some cuts at the beginning and the end.

  8. 8
    Nigel Young says:

    Sorry, sloppy typing on my part, that should be Elliot Mintz.

  9. 9
    Nigel Young says:

    Getting my Elliots mixed up. Mass it is.

  10. 10
    purpledaniel says:

    Thanks all for the clarification.

  11. 11
    purpledaniel says:

    In any case, let`s hope this is properly mixed. It should be my first Edel archive purchase.

  12. 12
    Lemmy says:

    It may be a short set but maybe Child in Time and Mandrake Root are lengthy with long solos?

  13. 13
    ltia says:

    Oh man, I hope they’ve got a way of improving the sound on this. Killer performance as they blew The Faces off the stage. I’ve always preferred 69/70/71 than 72/73, peaking around this time. Controversial!

    The bootleg is pretty rough – very FM sounding and the vocals are too high in the mix in places. Just imagine if they can fix it!

  14. 14
    Les Hedger says:

    Another version of Mandrake Root!! Never boring! Only Purple could pull it off with long instrumental tracks.

  15. 15
    Moreblack says:

    Ohhh a new Deep Purple album at last!!!!!!Can’t wait to hear Ritchie’s atacks yessss

  16. 16
    Hadely says:

    Fun from Rotterdam.

    DUTCH band HELLOISE with use of Deep Purple track Smoke On The Water.
    Missed this unfortunately.


  17. 17
    Jerry says:

    This one is a goody. Well worth getting.

  18. 18
    john says:

    where is LIVERPOOL 1976 ?? We Need it !!

  19. 19
    Lutz says:

    The Cover Artwork is here:



  20. 20
    Joshua Collins says:

    I was hoping that someone might know or remember what venue Deep Purple played here in Houston, Texas in August 1970. I found a micro-film listing for Jerry Lee Lewis doing a concert here in Houston at the BEL AIR BALLROOM on August 14,1970. I also found a listing for Grand Funk Railroad at the Coliseum and listings for the Flying Burrito Brothers and Eric Burden and War at a venue called “Of Our Own’ ; in the Village. The Jones Music Hall and the Sam Houston Coliseum were the two most prominent concert venues in Houston, Texas in 1970.
    I sure would like to confirm the 1970 Deep Purple concert in Houston, Texas.


    Joshua Collins

  21. 21
    marc from belgium says:

    and “Fireball” ????

  22. 22
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