The latest Sonic Zoom transfer is an interesting collection of various one-off live tracks, none of which had been issued officially before until this title (although some have surfaced on bootlegs) - which has been out of print since 2004 (PUR 209) and is at last repackaged to match other titles in the collection. These CDs, which have been fully authorised by the original management company form an ongoing series of official archive releases (praised in Clinton Heylin's definitive guide to the world of live recordings as an "example of how things should be done") designed for collectors and, while the audio quality is not always of the highest, it has been carefully sourced from the best surviving tapes. The usual detailed audio restoration work has been done and the tracks feature the group in extraordinarily fine form throughout.
All the material on this release comes from the classic second Deep Purple line up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice, who recorded the band's most famous trio of albums; Deep Purple In Rock, Fireball and Machine Head. Despite their success on stage little material from the band's live shows was ever released at the time, despite this being the area where the group made their name. The tracks span the years 1969 to 1971 and include several unique performances..
That Neck was recorded for the band's second album in 1968,
which had only just had its UK release at the time of this performance
from Amsterdam in August 1969. It's from the second earliest live
recording of mk2 line-up known to exist.
Child In Time. With the success of 'In Rock' the group
were in demand for radio and TV across Europe. Some TV appearances
were mimed but on occasions, as here in July 1970, the band were
able to cut loose and perform live.
Night. This alternate version of their top five UK hit single
was specially recorded for them to mime to on TV in September
Strange Kind Of Woman. A gig at Long Beach Arena at the
end of July 1971 was bootlegged - a sign of the band's growing
status in the USA.
Into the Fire
These two numbers were done for an appearance in Germany
in 1971, before the UK Fireball tour kicked off. It's a rare instance
of the album track 'Demon's Eye' being done live.
Wring That Neck
Deep Purple appeared at an open air festival in Belgium in
August 1969, some of which was recorded, the earliest known recording
of the mk2 line-up. Although the opening few minutes of the two
tracks are sadly lost, what remains features some astonishingly
intense playing from the band.
As always the CD includes a booklet with notes and information.
• Also available as Deluxe double vinyl gatefold limited edition colour vinyl..
title is available to pre-order from the dpas
records / sonic zoom catalogue