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Abandon artwork limited edition prints

Abandon artwork prints; © 1998 Ioannis, used with permission.In the spring of 1997 Ioannis was introduced to Roger Glover and Bruce Payne and began working on Abandon. Ioannis recalls:

There was a huge rush to get the art finished approved and off to the printers, It is one of my favorite images, however I regretted the fact that I did not have the time to work on it, as I would have liked. I revisited the image these twelve years later and using the original sources, painstakingly recreated the artwork with more depth, detail and final finish, which is very striking once you view it. I then had a hand in reproducing each print individually of an edition of only 75. Numbering them and hand signing them.

The prints can be purchased through Dangerous Age.

16 Comments to “Abandon artwork limited edition prints”:

  1. 1
    alexjes says:

    Is it signed by the band, too ?
    This significant thing is not mentioned.

  2. 2
    dale says:

    why miss with the original after all once a baby is born can you change the facial features. Music is diffrent because it evolves so you can revist its production.

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Alexis at #1…

    Roger clarified that in the last sentence. It’s His work. He numbered and signed it. No other member of the band took part.

    I think this is pretty cool. I always liked the artwork to this underrated album. Enjoy the music from it also. This would be a great collectors piece. I’m still waiting for the “Burn” candles to be finally produced and shipped. I am on the waiting list on the “Darker than Blue” site which stated they would be available years ago.


  4. 4
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Anyone possesing a casette copy of Abandon can open it up and easly see that the photo shoot was a major undertaking itself. One of the best Purple record layouts ever, bar none. For those who appreciate such a thing this is right up OUR alley.

    “new album, new album” yada yada yada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks THS for something rather interesting.

  5. 5
    fra says:

    i love this artwork, and i absolutely love the album too. first album i bought with my own pocket money! sweet memories

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 4

    All that effort for a lousy album including an insulting remake of BLOODSUCKER.
    The irony of reading manager Bruce liking the rendition.
    It used to be about Ians agony about a former management.

    New album?

    Me not waiting.

  7. 7
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @3 The quote above comes from Ioannis who made the cover. The article wasn’t clear about that as first but I have corrected that now. The prints are only signed by Ioannis, there are no signatures from any member of Deep Purple.

  8. 8
    AndreA says:

    The covers art of Ds album are bad…the last I like and they made is PERFECT STRANGERS,after 1984 no good design…

  9. 9
    Sami says:

    I don’t give a f**k about coverart, as long as the music’s good/to my liking. Abandon had more interesting artwork than Purpendicular though, musically it was vice versa of course!

    Cheers, take care everyone

  10. 10
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Too bad you haven’t seen the cassette, obviously. It shows more of the photo shoot, look before you talk. It’s spectacualar.

  11. 11
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Thanks Svante for the clarification. You are correct and I read too much into the article. When it started with Roger and as we all know, he is an Artiest and has had a hand in the artwork for previous albums, I automatically assumed He was the person whom presented the signature. That being said, I won’t be bidding on this. Yes, Ioannis is a great artist, but I am not an Ioannis fan. I’m a Purple fan. Had Roger put his name to the work He did, it would mean Much more.

    Oh well. You saved me some BUCKs….Thanks!!!


  12. 12
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Hey Priest at #6….

    I presume you believe that the insulting remake of “Hush” issued as a Bonus on the “Nobody’s Perfect” album was better??????

    Personally I totally understood the point behind “Bludsucker”. It fit well into the Abandon sound and meshed the old with the new. “Hush”? Pointless.

    I would LOVE to see a present day rendition of “Hey Joe” though. What an epic tune that could be really brought current again with this band.


  13. 13
    Sami says:

    No need to be impolite, Ghost…We’ll take a look at the cassette as soon as possible. Yep.

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I did not mention HUSH 1988 as a good remake.

    I dont like that version at all.

    My favourite rendition is the one they did in The Royal Albert Hall as an inclusion of the Concerto for group and orchestra in 1969.
    It has always been one my favourite MK 2 live outings since it appeared on POWERHOUSE in 1977.

    As a whole I still prefer the Concert recording from 69, so in a way I might dare to say the 1999 version was useless as well….

    I attended the 2 evenings in 99 because I wanted to be there for the location alone and incase I d miss something.

    It had its positive sides but on the whole it was a saddening experience because I missed Ritchie.

    ABANDON has a few ok songs and moments but its not brilliant like IN ROCK was.
    After PURPENDICULAR, which I always enjoyed apart from 2 horrible Morse thingies, ABANDON was a big dissappointment.

    But if you enjoy it, thats ok, isnt it?

    Cheers, Mark

  15. 15
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    Cover similar to Pink Floyds wish you were here. least favorite Morse era recording with D.P. Gotta keep a rockin.

  16. 16
    Perfectstringdangler says:

    A strange topic. The album art was the second worst in the band’s history. (Two guys sitting on a truck full of bananas was even more baffling). Abandon had 4-5 good songs then ran out of steam. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.

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