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Bombay is calling again

Edel/earMUSIC will be re-releasing several titles from the band’s back catalogue later this year.

A new edition of Bombay Calling — an early Mk.Morse live recording from 1995 — is due on August 26, 2022. It will be released as 2CD+DVD digipack and 3LP+DVD. Caveat: according to the tracklists posted by an online retailer, for the reasons unknown both CD and vinyl are missing the opening track Fireball, and the CD version is also missing Maybe I’m a Leo. DVD tracklist contains complete show in both cases.

bombay calling 2022 package

Two recordings previously available through The Soundboard Series box will be released on October 10, 2022. The first one is the Hong Kong show from March 20, 2001. It will be available on 2CD and 3LP on marble vinyl.

hong kong 2001 vinyl

The second release appears to be a compilation of the two Tokyo shows from March 24 and 25, 2001. Both were released on the Soundboard Series in their entirety. It will be available as 2CD and “Flag of Japan” coloured vinyl 3LP package. Both of the Tokyo shows featured performances of Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Paul Mann conducting a local orchestra, and Ronnie James Dio as a guest vocalist.

tokyo 2001 vinyl

26 Comments to “Bombay is calling again”:

  1. 1
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    I’m still waiting for the 1975 Saarbrucken show in full and the early MKI Canadian Show that was broadcast on radio and recorded.

  2. 2
    George Martin says:

    Why do they release something with missing tracks? Either put out the whole show or don’t do it at all. It makes no sense to me. I can’t be the only one that cares about this.

  3. 3
    Thorsun says:

    @1 – Leslie – nail to the head! This is the current Purple Holy Grail nowdays. Intro of “You Fool No One” from this gig is on the “Made In Europe” mix (as well as some portions of the track, I guess), also based on difference in improvisation – “Burn” maybe from it – making me think that the entire gig can be no less spiky than Paris was. Plus RELEASE THE WHOLE thing with no edits whatsoever. The Edel re-edition of Paris had announcements of the songs cut (David’s “my baby she don’t love me no more” ad-lib prior to “Gypsy” anyone?). Leave the thing as it is, just mix the sound and let the people enjoy the epic slice of Purple history!

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    @ 3- it is as you say, the old scenario that no musician should make a mistake etc while playing live music. So many live recordings (probably around 90% I would imagine) messed with because of that fear. Leave it as it is. But then it will not sound ‘perfect’ will it. They may as well run all the vocals through auto tune while they are at it & be done with it. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Ivica says:

    Of all these concert releases (Steve Morse era)for me is “Live at the Olympia ’96” best live album .Band in full force new material (album Purpendicular, special songs”Rosa’s Cantina”(much better live ,than studio),Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming ” and “Cascades I’m not Your Lover “WOW Steve Morse play !!!! “pulled old favorites. great songs that not setlist in Rithie era ((Fireball,Maybe I’m a Leo,Pictures of Home,No One Came,When a Blind Man Cries ) great LIVE album
    I would like one live double album (When Steve comes back )composed only of today’s line-up only songs era Morse-Gillan-Glover-Airey-Paice . Play
    “Silver Tongue”,”Walk On” “Clearly Quite Absurd”,”A Simple Song”, “Out Of Hand”,”Hip Boots”,”Birds Of Prey”, “No Need to Shout”,”The Long Way Round,”The Power of the Moon,Nothing at All,’Time For Bedlam’,Throw My Bones ….

  6. 6
    David Black says:

    It’s only when I saw the post that I realised it’s 20 years since the soundboard series was first released. I got it then so Hong Kong & Japan are of no interest.

    Bombay was a DVD only release and I’ve always wanted the set as a CD. Happy to see this getting an official release. Can’t imagine they need to drop tracks to get the whole set on 2 CDs. I’ll wait and see as sometimes these track lists are not 100% accurate.

    As to the MK1 Canadian set I think you’ll find the tapes were lost when the company who owned them went bust. So don’t hold your breath.

  7. 7
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Last I read, the Canadian tapes were lost, then found again. Did they lose them a 2nd time?

  8. 8
    sidroman says:

    I wish the band always retained The Aviator since Morse joined. Unfortunately they only played it live on the Purpendicular tour.

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    The Purpendicular Tour was one of the best DP tours ever, period. I never ever before or after experienced them as happy, eager and on fire.

    And I agree, Live at the Olympia was the best Mk VII live album.

    The Bombay gig (shouldn’t that be Mumbai now for pc’s sake?) is historically valuable. Steve was still finding his feet, but he already shone. I heard a bootleg at the time (prior to the release of Purpendicular) and I thought: “man, the new Yank is playing interesting and tasteful stuff, this could really work once they get to writing, I hope he sticks around for a while”.

    Next time I looked, that Dixie Dregster with the wispy hair has stuck around for 28 years and still counting!

    Morse is more than the “other guitarist of DP who is not the Strat-smashing one”, he stands for an era. No matter what all you “DP Dynasty Alexis (you know who I mean!)”-devotees who populate this site say, I like my Krystle!


  10. 10
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    George Martin @2

    You are not the only one, believe me. I have Bombay Calling n DVD going back a ways. Full set list. No reason to pour precious cash for this new release.

    I have a Japanese CD recording from a few months into Steve’s joining the band. It came in a tin casing/box and opener is listed as “Ken The Mechanic”. Not my brother mind you, a veritable imposter, he typed wittily. :>

    Does any one else have this in his or her collection pray tell?



  11. 11
    George Martin says:

    Ted The Mechanic @10

    I also bought the Bombay Calling DVD when it came out and I have seen the Ken The Mechanic tin case. I don’t have it but I have seen it. I just don’t understand why tracks are left off the cd’s. I will still probably but it because I buy everything but I won’t be happy about it.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “because I buy everything”

    Completism is a cruel affliction, welcome to the club.

  13. 13
    Wormdp says:

    I would agree with a total live LP with only 95 to present songs. Just one release without the “oldies” PLEASE!

  14. 14
    Uwe Hornung says:

    My dream gig would be a set in a club/small hall with just Mk VII and VIII songs. With Beth Hart guesting on Haunted (they used to play that live, remember? I was there!).

    After 50 years or so of unaldulterated fandom I pretty much can whistle all Machine Head songs by heart by now, you know, even the drum parts.

    But the most praiseworthy & honorable Worm(dp) (from planet Arrakis I dare ask?) is right, by now DP should have amassed a wealth of recordings of just Mk VII/VIII live material spanning the last three decades. It could be a 4 CD boxed set, darn! I’ll write the liner notes for free and promise not to mention He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. There would also be a fold-out poster of Steve wearing one of his many – tasteful & timelessly chic – airbrush fantasy art T-shirts. For the de(ep)voted among us.

    Speaking of Steve, I hope the treatment is moving along fine.

    PS: Flash thought, yes, Ritchie did have the better dress sense (before he became an extra for knights in shining armor movies).

  15. 15
    Linz says:

    I see DP & Dead Daisies are playing Grass Metal Pop on the same day . Although on different Stages as such . Would have been interesting if they could have caught up ! Might have been good for all concerned . Whitesnake playing a couple of days before . Always in the timing hey ???

  16. 16
    Doug says:

    I was fortunate to be at the gig in Bombay – absolutely fabulous evening. The band were firing on all cylinders. The looked like they were having a lot of fun- the ‘new boy’ had brought that to the band. I remember it like yesterday. I bought the video when it came out – now I don’t have a machine to play it on! Suppose I’ll need to buy the dvd now. Happy days.

  17. 17
    Steve Nixon says:

    Re the missing track(S) on the CD. I used to have the Bombay show on DVD.
    From memory the opener fireball was overlaid with the tag end of a band interview, so there was talking over the top of the track.
    I think there was a disclaimer on the DVD to that effect.
    If they couldn’t seperate the the two sound sources that probably explains the lack of fireball.
    Maybe someone who has the DVD could check if that’s the case? Not sure why anything else would be missing though.

  18. 18
    Gary Carr says:

    A complete version of Bombay Calling was released to buy on iTunes in uk in November 2003

  19. 19
    Stefan says:

    @ Steve Nixon:

    You are absolutely right about the interview overlapping the start of the show on DVD.

    There’s Steve talking for the first 50sec while the picture changes to fireball.

  20. 20
    Blue Boy says:

    I’m happy with this live albums are being released, but I would be happier if ABANDON and BANANAS are being released on vinyl also.

  21. 21
    max says:

    @ 1
    @ 3
    @ 5

    I could not agree more! 🙂

  22. 22
    Rock Voorne says:

    @ 3

    As a Dutchie I m afraid I ll not see the day VPRO radio will sell/turn over the tapes of the 1969 Paradisoshow.

    Maybe they dont want to admit that they re used the tapes for something else.
    Which is of course a reference to the erased TV footage. 🙁

  23. 23
    Blue Boy says:

    Is the “Live in Tokyo” a 3LP set or a 4LP set?

  24. 24
    eiricd says:

    My retailer says Tokyo is 4 lp.
    Both gigs?

  25. 25
    Nutking says:

    @22 about Paradiso ’69: Recently two sets of CD’s surfaced with the recordings of the gig among others. These are ‘transmission impossible and the broadcast collection ’68-’91. It appears Wring that neck is the only track missing and ‘Ritchie’s Blues’ is nothing else than the ending of ‘wring that neck’ the Paradiso Wring That Neck is on ‘New Live and Rare’ the 2004 CD. The setlist can be reconstructed as quite common:

    1. Kneel and Pray
    2. Child in Time
    3. Wring That Neck
    4. Paint it Black
    5. Mandrake Root (truncated-no complete source available)

    august 1969 makes it the first almost complet MKII live recording.
    The Belgian Bilzen recordings (incomplete Wring That Neck and Mandrake Root, predates it by some days. Luckily this recording of Mandrake Root has the ending!

  26. 26
    Rock Voorne says:

    @ 25 Thanx. Missed this replay way back.

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