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Abandon Promotion Interviews

Whatsername promo single.

When Abandon was released, the American record company at the time, CMC International, had some idea of radio promotion for the disc. A couple of singles were released and they also produced a bunch of interview clips. The interviews were made like short sound bites you could edit together with appropriate questions from your own DJ, making it sound like your little station got an exclusive interview with the band. Also, allowing the band to spend time on more relevant things than answering the same questions a million times. They are clever, those PR people!

I forgot I had this interview on disc but the other day I found it sitting next to my Abandon CD on the Purple shelf in the basement. As we are getting closer to the release of another Deep Purple CD, I thought it would be interesting to hear how a DP album was promoted 15 years ago. I added some photos from the US tour 1998 and uploaded the thing to YouTube. Enjoy!

PS. As I was looking for photos to use, I found a report we did as some of us behind THS followed the band on that US tour in ’98. It might be because I was involved, but I very much enjoyed being taken back to that great tour. Have a look yourself. You might at least enjoy the pictures!

13 Comments to “Abandon Promotion Interviews”:

  1. 1
    fozzie says:

    Unfortunately I get this in Germany (the usual YouTube-GEMA problem):
    Leider ist dieses Video, das Musik von EMI beinhaltet, in Deutschland nicht verfügbar, da die GEMA die Verlagsrechte hieran nicht eingeräumt hat.
    Das tut uns leid.
    (This video which includes music from EMI is in Germany not available, because GEMA didn’t admit the rights.

  2. 2
    Michiel says:

    Hm…. Do we recognise this typography?!

  3. 3
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @1: I know you have such problems in Germany. Have you tried this? http://www.proxfree.com/

  4. 4
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @2: Well spotted! 🙂

  5. 5
    LRT says:

    Good one, from the earlly sound samples thru the concert reviews, Abandon well covered by THS!

  6. 6
    stoffer says:

    Nice read…………..felt like I was there, and sorry but we are the junk food capital…ha ha

  7. 7
    fozzie says:

    @3 Thanks, it works

  8. 8
    Eddie6string says:

    If Re-Issued/Subsequent Versions of this or any Purple CD contained extra material – I would favour this sort of content over Re-mixes of the songs or studio ‘Out takes’!

    Let’s hope for a DVD of the making of the making of the Tea & Crumpets for the crew watching the editing of the making of any future DP CD/DVD – seriously though, If any of us had a time machine, wouldn’t we be among the audiences that saw MiJ performed?? Watching things unfold is part of the joy of experiencing such Creativity! – personally, I would have watched from Off stage handing Ritchie the odd beer. I guess I’m saying, any insight as to how/why things were written performed the way they are/were just enhances the overall enjoyment of this band’s music. Who knows, we might be able to tell ig what his lyrics actually mean – I’m sure he’d be grateful!

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I just heard David Bowie’s new album.

    Inbetween song 2 and 3 one can hear deep Purple like Hammond ecstasy but it fades…………….

    Btw. May I recommend Justin Hayward’s new album? It is a DREAM!!!

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, that is emberassing almost :

    I found out a youtube called Deep Purple REFLECTIONS had started again in the background.
    The bell rang when HUSH was being recognised by me at last : )

    He should use Hammond, thats for sure.

  11. 11
    HardRockPete says:

    ABandOn is, at least in my world, a truly great album!!! A lot of great songs, a couple of not so great ones….maybe, but all in all- GREAT ALBUM! Seventh Heaven is one of the best Purple songs ever….in my not so humble opinion of course 🙂

  12. 12
    al says:

    @11 funny,but you are right,some great tunes and some really boring ones,but a re-recorded kick ass great version of Bludsucker !

  13. 13
    Syed Shahroll Jamalulail says:

    Abandon Album, didn’t they have it on Vinyl? I would like to suggest that all DEEP PURPLE albums to be produce in vinyl, just like the CDs. LONG LIVE DEEP PURPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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