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Legend that grew bigger than the band

In The Studio with Redbeard celebrated the 35th anniversary of Deep Purple reunion and release of Perfect Strangers by repackaging some contemporary interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

Thanks to BraveWords for the heads up.

30 Comments to “Legend that grew bigger than the band”:

  1. 1
    mike whiteley says:

    The surprise is that there was no remixed,remastered,repackaged and revised 35th Anniversary Edition.

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Every DP album has a life of its own that keep growing beyond limitations. Their catalogue is so rich and diverse that’s makes you musically satisfied eternally. I love how Ian Gillan mentioned every single member of the band during his R&R Hall of fame speach. But for me IG voice and insane lyrics is from another planet even his voice and lyrics on BS Born Again is from another level.
    Peace and Love to you all

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    nupsi59 says:

    I was 25 when I bought the Vinyl “Perfect Strangers” back in 1984.
    I’m getting old and our band is still there…

    Have a nice Day!

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    Hollywood Joe says:

    I fell in love with Deep Purple (Mach II) while on vacation in Italy in August 1973 when I was 17. My Italian cousin had Deep Purple “In Rock” & “Made In Japan”. I was mesmerized listening to those two albums in this little town in southern Italy, the music was so potent it seemed like it was echoing off the mountains. I was blown away by Ian Gillan’s powerful vocals & Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar virtuosity. I went back home to the States & bought every Deep Purple album. Fast forward 46 years & many Deep Purple concerts later and this band is still a big part of my life, I have attended Purple concerts with my kids & grandkids ! talk about the circle of life ! Long live Deep Purple !

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    Noe Nunez says:

    I was 13 years old in 1985 ,when in middle school a guy was carrying a boom box on his shoulder and playing this powerful music , I ran to were he was and asked him : hey! Who are you listening to ?(and playing for the rest of the school) and he showed me the cassette case , it was Deep Purple’s Perfect strangers. Not all of us Deep Purple fans were teenagers when the band recorded In Rock or Machine Head, some of us are 2nd. generation Deep Purple fans, thanks to Perfect strangers I discovered the “classic albums “ and I’m always excited to listen to what the band is going to do next ( new music)

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    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Deep Purple became my favorite band in the summer of 1973. I heard SOTW on the radio numerous times, while I didn’t know the title of the song, I knew the group was Deep Purple. I went out and bought the first DP album I saw, which happened to be “Purple Passages”. I listened to it over and over and loved it! It was the sound of Jon’s Hammond that really got me hooked. The next album I bought, “Made In Japan” blew me away!! To this day, I still look forward to the releases.

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    mike whiteley says:

    @ nupsi59- Anniversary Editions always make me think ” Wow,has it been that long since I first got that album ?? ” Time rolls on,but our favorite music keeps us young ( in spirit,if not in body )
    Merry Christmas & Happy 2020 to all who gather at The Highway Star !

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    stoffer says:

    Saw DP in St.Louis for the Perfect Strangers tour in ’85….FANTASTIC!!!! I remember walking to the car with my friends after & we couldn’t hear each other talk LOL..This was the Setlist (still have it written in the tour program) Highway Star..Nobody’s Home..SKOW..Gypsy’s Kiss..Lazy..Perfect Strangers..KAYBD..Child In Time..Space Truckin’..Encore #1 Woman From Tokyo – w/medley of Burn (riff only)/Jesus Christ Superstar/Maybe Next Time..Encore#2..Speed King..#3 SOTW!! whew!!!… also an impressive laser show! Feb 12, 1985 Keil Auditorium St Louis MO

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    Josh says:

    @#2 : the whole truth….

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    nupsi59 says:

    @mike whiteley – Thanks for the true words. I hope for a re-release of that Album incl. the fantastic “Son of Alerik” with Ritchie & Jon at one of their heigts.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!

    Have a nice Day!

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    Al says:

    I was hoping for a re-mix or remastered from Roger,but Alas I guess it won’t happened
    The and is busy touring and making new albums

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    Buttockss says:

    Two songs that got me started down the road to heavy music was, Rainbow’s ( Gates of Babylon ) and of course ( Child in Time ) by Deep Purple. Both played by the master on guitar Blackmore. That solo from Child in Time blew my fragule 18 yr old brain to pieces, and Gillans sorring vocals hasen’t been heard since Bruce Dickinson.

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    LEONID says:


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    uwe hornung says:

    Speaking of remasters/remixes not just of the Polydor years, does anybody agree with me that – compared to the work of other, lesser bands – Purple’s back catalogue has been largely ill-served and needs a fresh revamping? Especially In Rock’s mid-90ies remaster/remix needs someone to take a fresh look, I found that already at the time way too harsh (I know that In Rock is sonically not the greatest Purple album, but still) and pretty much unbearable by today’s standards.

    And that the extended versions of HOBL are still not available in a remastered fashion today, is a crime. It’s a very underrated album in their canon.

    I thought Kevin Shirley’s remix of Come Taste The Band (a well-sounding album even in its day) pretty spectacular, but I know that he got a lot of stick for allegedly too much brickwalling – horses for courses! We could all do with fresh remasters of the original stereo mixes plus fresh 2020 (?) new stereo mixes, dontcha agree?

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Uwe @14, yes I agree.

    Purple has not been well served by various record companies, nor its management for that matter. Going way back to the early 70’s, Zeppelin and Sabbath have always had the optimum marketing formula down pat, and the hype machine turned up to maximum. They still do, just check out any random issue of Classic Rock Magazine or RollingStone mag.

    Purple simply has not been accorded the same profile in the music industry / media as those other two bands have. As a result they have not received appropriate record company attention in terms of re-releases of their material. Nor adequate media coverage.

    Such neglect continues to perpetuate the band’s criminally under-rated status. The perfect example of same – Purple’s extremely belated induction into the RRHOF, albeit 20 plus years later than their contemporaries, despite superior musicianship. technical virtuosity, a huge back catalogue, and ongoing high standard musical output to this day.

    They simply are not the darlings of the industry as many lesser players clearly are, never have been, nor it seems, ever will be.

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    AndreA says:

    In Rock needs a remastering.
    It deserves because it is the real 1st heavy metal long plain of the world and of all the time.

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @14 uwe hornung, yes uwe, you are correct… however, who’s going to pay for them to be remastered, considering diminishing album sales?.
    Here’s something to ponder: Pink Floyd has a huge fan base & those fans go to extremes to improve their hero’s sounds.
    I’ve listened to a lot of bootlegs of old PF live concerts on youtube & I’ve heard versions of those same concerts that have been remastered in various ways by fans, that have improved these bootleg’s sound by leaps & bounds.
    We need some of those sort of people to do these specialised things to DP material & pop it up onto youtube for everyone to enjoy.
    So what do you think of that idea?. It’s only a suggestion.

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @15 DeeperPurps,
    I once read in an article that Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones had described Deep Purple as being “Terminally unfashionable”.
    I’ve always thought that was a compliment!. 😊

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    MacGregor says:

    Seasons’ s greetings one & all. In regards to the Purple history being ‘neglected’ in terms of remastering, remixing & including all the bells & whistles, here’s my two cents worth! First of all in regards to DeeperPurps comments about lesser bands or musicians, virtuosity etc, I don’t agree with that. Purple were not around long enough in the day, where as the other 2 were! A full decade is much more marketable than a couple of years, one would think. From my memory back in the early to mid 70’s Purple were in the media just as much. That faded quickly though as the decade wore on. It could probably be the same for the progressive bands, Yes, Tull, ELP, Genesis & Floyd were around much longer than Crimson during the 70s. Crimson were the ‘left out’ band also in a way & not the ‘darlings’ of the progressive flavour, in regards to media spin. Maybe Blackmore & Fripp were not liked by the media also? Just another theory I suppose.
    With respect to the musical virtuosity, I don’t look at it from that angle at all. If I did, only Jon Lord & Ian Paice would cut it in a classic 70’s progressive band from what I have heard over the decades. I am talking ‘classic’ Purple. With Zeppelin though, I am sure they would have most members in that progressive rock circle. Sabbath less so. Iommi was certainly heading towards that in musical theory at least. Any of my selections here are not in any way a put down or should be judged as being disrespectful to band members & their wonderful musical ability. It is what I hear from a technical & songwriting point of view!
    In Rock will never sound any different to me, it just has that sort of sound to it that dates it. It is what it is & I cannot see how it can be improved upon. Who has the master tapes for Purple’s albums? Who has the time & passion to undertake it all? Jimmy Page has tons of time & passion to play with Zeppelin’s past & good on him for doing so. The Floyd guys also get into it with a passion etc! Steve Wilson & Jakko (Crimson’s current vocalist & guitarist) have both remixed classic Yes, Crimson ELP & Tull albums.
    Roger Glover said years ago he would like to remix THOBL if he had the time! That is the Purple album I crave for a good old touch up. All good. Take care one & all! Cheers.

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    DeeperPurps says:

    MacGregor @ 19. Happy Holidays! Great to dialogue again with you after a long time away from this site. I hear what you are saying and I need to emphasize for clarity that I do not consider Zeppelin or Sabbath as falling into the category of lesser bands….there are plenty of those which fit into that particular category and of which I will speak in later paragraphs.

    Agreed that Zeppelin and Sabbath are in a class of their own, along with Purple – essentially “The Unholy Trinity”. What sets Zeppelin and Sabbath apart however is not necessarily musical talent nor back catalogues. There has always been an element of mysticism, or mystery or mythology generated around those bands which has never been the case for the Purps. Add to that the strong arm tactics and protectionism / promotional advocacy of Zeppelin’s manager Peter Grant, or of Sabbath’s manager Don Arden and later Sharon Arden-Osbourne, versus the laissez-faire approach taken by Colletta & Edwards / later managers and you can see that Purple has simply not been the beneficiary of optimum marketing. That extends from tour promotion to record company attention, to rock media (radio and magazines especially).

    Sorry but I can’t agree with the assertion that Purple in its Mark II and III prime was not around long enough to garner appropriate attention. Gillan/Glover joined the band in 1969 and had a full 4 year stellar run before the band imploded and morphed into the Coverdale/Hughes version. The Burn years of 1973/74 along with Cal Jam represented an additional period of high quality musical output. That represents a five full years of a band firing on all cylinders and providing remarkable riffage and virtuosity on record and on tour.

    In my view, the trouble is with the American music industry media who for whatever reason has placed Zeppelin on a pinnacle, accorded additional attention to “Ozzy years” of Sabbath, but in general has chosen to downplay Deep Purple. In the 1970’s I can recall being very frustrated with Cream magazine’s almost total neglect of any coverage of Purple, and Circus magazine’s relatively cursory treatment of the band. And forget RollingStone magazine completely – it was totally hopeless and still is as far as Deep Purple is concerned.

    Contrast that to coverage in the UK magazines of the day (Melody Maker, NME, and later Kerrang) or various Japanese magazines (Burn, Young Guitar, etc) and an alien visiting those hemispheres of our planet might have at least gained some exposure to the name Deep Purple.

    So understandably, given the paucity of attention accorded to Deep Purple, is it any wonder that there may not be a market for remasters of their records?

    When we speak of longevity, how is it that musically inferior players such as Nirvana who had a 3 year run at best, be inducted immediately into the RRHOF upon satisfying the 25 year criteria?

    Or when we speak of virtuosity, or even middling musical talent, how is it the likes of the Sex Pistols, the Stooges, the Ramones. et al ad nauseum can achieve induction into the RRHOF with minimal wait times, while Deep Purple languished for another 20 years?

    A read RRHOF’s list of inductees over the years clearly reveals that it is all about who are and are not the darlings of the rock music media / industry. RRHOF, certainly from an American music media standpoint ( classic rock format radio stations, magazines, book publishing, awards shows, etc) is the embodiment of the state of rock music as marketeers / promoters / revisionist historians wish us to view it. As Deep Purple kisses no one’s ring, they were not accorded a place in this artificial pantheon of rock gods, except very grudgingly, and insultingly, 20 years too late.

    I could go on and on about this very topic as it has been a source of frustration since I first started following Purple back in 1973. Deep Purple have simply been given short shrift when compared to many, many other bands of lesser talent. As such, there is not the market out there for a remastering of their back catalogue.

    The only glimmer of hope is the likes of YouTube and the reaction videos I have seen lately by reviewers who have been exposed for the very first time to songs such as Child in Time, or Rainbow’s Stargazer. These young people are completely blown away by the majesty and power of that music and are incredulous that they have never heard of either of those bands before! Now that is proof positive that Deep Purple are a hidden gem which has been locked away for years in the attic like the poor red-headed step child.

    Looking forward to more chats with you MacGregor. Happy 2020!

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Blackwood Richmore @18, yes in a way I guess we can see it as a “badge of honour” for the Purps – they never got all stylish and contrived, never danced to the music industry / media’s tune. Did it their own way.

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    MacGregor says:

    DeeperPurps @ 21- greetings to you & all the best for another year. I was thinking about Peter Grant & Don Arden when typing my comments, just didn’t think to put it in before hitting the submit or post button. Yes, marketing spin is often what helps in promotion, that & a few other things also. Some artists as history has shown, do not get along with the ‘press’, or to put it bluntly, the press or certain members of it do not take kindly to certain artists. Uriah Heep had plenty of that, one famous critics quote we often see in the press from that era, ‘if this band makes it, I will commit suicide”!
    Or the King Crimson critic from back then, ‘a poor mans Black Sabbath”. We have to laugh. Ian Anderson also had issues with the Press back in 1973/74 with Jethro Tull.
    I think as others do, that the R&RHOF has this sort of mentality in many ways. For whatever reason, certain artists are overlooked. There definitely appears to be a bias towards certain artists. The exclusion of Nick Simper says it all for me, that it appears that no one went in to bat for him. Another few induction nominees were added recently to next years ceremony, after they were excluded initially from the bands listing. Why didn’t this happen with Simper?
    Yes’ were inducted late also as you would know & Rick Wakeman’s speech, at the start of his rave he alluded to his thoughts on the hall. All be it in a humorous way, pun intended, he he! What about Alex Lifeson’s blah, blah speech a few years ago. Classic! I am proud for artists that I follow to get recognition anywhere, but the ‘American’ Hollywood drama celebrity thing is not my cup of tea. Many artist do not turn up for the ‘charade’, no doubt about as to why for some of them. Some of the progressive bands also get ‘snobbed’ as do the metal bands except their ‘darlings Metallica. I do also wonder as to many other inclusions, but that’s showbiz, so to speak. There are elements of hipocrisy attached to The Hall’s induction process, as you have rightly stated. In regards to the virtuosity & technique of a musicians ability, I didn’t think that you specifically meant the Zeps & Sabs etc. I just stayed along those lines as that is what we were talking about. The (un)holy trinity indeed. Those magazines Cream & Circus we used to buy & read back then also. My memory may be a bit hazy these daze (he he), but I seem to recall a decent amount of publicity for Purple & Rainbow in the mid 70’s. I may be wrong there though, it is along time ago & even good ole Uriah Heep used to be present a times with Purple etc. In regards to the remastering, remixing of albums, I own the re release, remastered & extra tracks editions of In Rock, Fireball, WDWTWA, Burn & Stormbringer (5:1 mix included). Will whoever has the original master tapes allow for further work on those albums, who has the rights to them, who would undertake that work, is it necessary? Many would wonder if it is, we aficionados do, but do others? Good to talk again. I think I have covered most things, excuse me if i missed something. Cheers.

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Hi MacGregor @22. I think we are exactly on the same wave-length on most of this topic. And yes, I do like it when some of those artists get up and tell it like it really should be said at the RRHOF ceremonies. Steve Miller really went off the same night as Purple got inducted – good for him – he called it as it truly is. Have you seen those clips?

    Agreed Circus magazine, as well as Hit Parader back in the mid-70’s gave some coverage to Purple (I recall a bit about Mark III and IV) as well as early Rainbow), however the amount of coverage about those bands paled in comparison to writings about Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith and many others. I remember writing Circus in 1977 asking that they please try to include more about Rainbow but never got a response. It was kind of the same situation as we see still see now with Classic Rock Magazine – total Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns & Roses fixation with negligible coverage of Purple. The same thing happens with Dio-version Black Sabbath (in media, RRHOF, etc)….almost written off of the history books, its back now to “all Ozzy all the time”….I suspect Sharon has a hand in that.

    Speaking of Prog type music, MacGregor what are your thoughts on Tool’s latest “Fear Inoculum”? I would love to see Purple approach a couple of new tunes in that sort of vein in their next album.

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    MacGregor says:

    DeeperPurps @ 23 – yes i read about Steve Miller at that time, kudos to him indeed!
    In regards to Circus Magazine & Hit Parader back in the mid to late 70’s, that is when I was reading those issues. I wasn’t into the rock scene in the early 70’s, not in that media way at least. It was music only to my rather young & innocent ears then. The only way I knew what band members looked like was because of the albums covers. However, I still think by the later 70’s as Purple had well & truly ceased to exist, that may have had an influence on why they were not featured at all. Those other bands you mention excepting Zeppelin, were all kicking off at that time hence the coverage for them. The US scene changed big time, remember Van Halen blowing Sabbath away on that support tour in 1978! In regards to Ultimate Classic Rock magazine & website, Classic Rock Louder as well, enough said there. Let’s read about a ‘rock star’ selling his mansion for millions, or a repeated rave about how wasted they were back in the day etc etc! Tabloid hype & celebrity trype! Says a lot about the state of affairs with rock music these days in many ways. Twitter rubbish about someone slagging someone else off! Mind blowing news indeed! NOT
    So they continue to talk about how rich & famous people are or were, or how they fought & had sex with each other & lived a hedonistic lifestyle etc! Fascinating Classic Rock dribble. Oh how things have fallen.
    I have listened to Tool’s latest online, it is interesting & it takes time as does a lot of music, especially the progressive & fusion style. Not a fan of the band in general but I have had a lot of respect for them over the years & have listened online at times, very good musicians & always trying different things, looking outside the box so to speak. Didn’t Tool open for Crimson about 20 years ago? Primus are another example, great musicians exploring on the edge, so to speak. That live dvd from about 10 years ago of Primus is superb!
    I was into Porcupine Tree a while ago, have 5 of their albums from 1999 to 20o9, went to 2 gigs, impressive indeed! I was also into Dream Theater back in the 90’s, I own 3 early discs, they started sounding the same too much after the turn of the century for me. I still listen to newer material online out of curiosity & still respect them.
    I couldn’t ever see any of the Purple guys getting into progressive epics, other than Don Airey. No way Gillan would do that, not his style. This new Tool album is sounding even better as I type away here! Another year older & another year gone for all of us, all the best for another year & beyond, to everyone. Cheers.

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @23 DeeperPurps, oh man!, that ‘Fear Inoculum’ sure is some paranoid shit… but the fans seem to love it.
    Instrumentally, it’s pretty good & I love the inflections of Celtic folk within the mix. I kept thinking of Loreena McKennitt’s music throughout. No worries!.

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Hi MacGregor @ 24 – yes the limited coverage of Purple in the later 1970’s was in part due to their inactive status. From about 1976 onward, there would be an occasional article from time to time in Circus, Hit Parader, etc about Rainbow, IGB and Whitesnake; but nowhere near the coverage that more outlandish bands garnered due to their various antics.

    That brings me back to an earlier point made by Blackwood Richmore@18 about the Stones Keith Richards accusing the Purps of being terminally unfashionable. That would seem to be an apt description in the drug-addled world of Rock and Roll as it was perceived to be / promoted to be back in the late 60’s to early 80’s. There was a certain cachet, a certain chic, a certain coolness to Rock heroes being stoned out of their gourds. That aspect was apparently part of certain bands’ appeal (ie): Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Aerosmith and many others. Therein lies the rub – as the late great Jon Lord stated, Deep Purple was not a “Drug Band”, they indulged perhaps in Scotch & Coke, a Pint of Bitter, etc; but did not smoke up, snort up, shoot up as many other “great” bands did at the time (exception the Bolin / Hughes year). The Purps were not cool, fashionable, or whatever it might be that the rock industry media deemed to be requisite standard for according coverage.

    And that same approach still applies to this day as you have rightly pointed out above….rather than focusing directly on the music, the mechanics and qualities of it, rock journos in Classic Rock Magazine, Louder and others seem rather to dumb it all down to the lowest common denominator: the inane antics, the lifestyles, the outrageous statements, the lunacy. Apparently that gossip-style approach sells magazines better than writing about music in a knowledgeable, cogent fashion. So what we get from those mags is for the most part, meaningless drivel, hype, and reheated leftovers. I used to be an avid consumer of CRM, however I grew so tired of its approach that I am now down to purchasing maybe one issue a year, if that; all depending on if there might be a substantial article on Deep Purple or related…..rarely is there one.

    Now back to Tool – MacGregor, I really think Purple does have it in them to attempt something of that style. They have the chops, Gillan has already sung in the Middle-Eastern style (One Eye to Morocco, and others), Paice is an amazing polyrhythmic drummer, Airey has Prog composing skills, Morse has Prog playing skills.

    And listen to a tune such as 7empest on Tool’s latest album, listen to that extended guitar solo and tell me if you hear a Stargazeresque vibe to it. Two other incredibly strong tracks on that album are Pneuma & Invincible. Try sit down with no other distractions and just let this music wash over you, it is absolutely epic.

    At this point, I would go so far to say that Tool’s Fear Inoculum album is their best, and is now one of my overall favourite albums of all time. I own about 2000 CDs of all styles of music. If I had to evacuate quickly to some desert island and could only carry 2 CDs with me….those 2 would be Tool’s Fear Inoculum and Deep Purple’s Made in Japan.

    Enjoy the music!

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    DeeperPurps says:

    Hi Blackwood Richmore @25. Yes I agree, there is definitely edge to Tool’s music but in a good way. And it incorporates lots of diverse sounds and influences, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Tribal, etc all anchored by a Hard Rock/Metal/ Progressive approach. A veritable cornucopia of delights! In a certain way, they are similar to Deep Purple – servers of high quality, well-played music.

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    RB says:

    Some interesting comments. I’ve always thought of Purple as being as mighty as Zeppelin. Sabbath’s profile (at least the Ozzy years) was raised during the grunge years and Page has always managed to maintain the interest Zeppelin. Many forget that Purple have sold more albums than Sabbath. The trouble with a lower profile is the fault of Purple’s managers (didn’t help that they had no background in music business), if they had Peter Grant behind them they could have Troubled the legend that is Led Zeppelin. As to only Jon and Paicey having the ability to be part of a prog’ band, we’ll, Ritchie had technical ability, and was superior to Page in that sense. Ritchie had soaked up both classical and jazz genres, so if he’d wanted to be in a progressive band he’d certainly be able to if he’d fancied it. I’d love to see Purple’s 90’s catalogue remastered, but I’m sure Roger Glover said that nobody has been able to find the masters to Perfect Strangers. The HOBL certainly needs it, as does Slaves & Masters (if anyone really cares about that dire album). I’ve always liked the production on The Battle Rages On, it has a clarity that hasn’t particularly dated. I still think there is a demand for more remasters, just as there were for the 60’s and 70’s albums. I have also enjoyed seeing people on YouTube discovering Purple for the first time, it gives me hope that not everyone will be taken on by the blandness of much chart music. Finally, I am overjoyed that the band are releasing another album, especially with Bob Ezrin at the helm.

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    MacGregor says:

    RB @ 28 – I don’t have any doubt as to Blackmore’s ability with his playing, it is his mental approach that would bury him with a progressive band. He has often said over past decades that he doesn’t have the discipline & patience to stick to it for too long. He was in awe of Jethro Tull & that would be for many reasons no doubt.
    I could never see Blackmore putting up with the length of time & the correct attitude for playing larger concept pieces of music. He is too volatile etc.
    In regards to Jimmy Page, yes Blackmore is a prolific player in his way, more technical in some ways, yes indeed. However Page has that larger thinking outside the box concept. Different instruments & alternate tunings etc! A much grander vision, although having said that, Blackmore with the Dio era of Rainbow, certainly nailed a few great lengthy songs & their arrangements. Cheers.

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    Manos says:

    Nobody ever mentioned that the reunion of Mark II happened mainly because of the “Deepest of Deep Purple” album released in 1980. It became platinum and the record company offered members a lot of money to reunite. It happened a few years later because of an incident: Blackmore went along with Roger Glover in a concert of the “Ian Gillan Band” in 1982 so as to discuss for a reunion. Ian Gillan got so drunk and acted so foolishly that Blackmore said he will never do it. But as he stated money convinced him.

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