Deep Purple, also referred to as Deep Purple III, is the third studio album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in 1969 on Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and on Tetragrammaton in the US. It was to be the last album with the original lineup.
It was released at a time when the band were starting to grow as performers, both live and in the studio, finding their direction musically. There were some conflicts over whether the band should continue on their rawer, heavier direction, which caused turmoil, and two of the members, bassist and vocalist, to be replaced. Commercially, this album was unsuccessful.
Deep Purple had been on tour overseas in late 1968 to promote their second album, The Book of Taliesyn. Their two so-far released singles and albums had yet to make an impact in Britain when they returned there on January 3, 1969. Their English label EMI pressured to band to make a successful single on their home-court, so there was not much time for restitution after coming home. "Kentucky Woman" had, as their previous single "Hush" not fared well there, even if it had been a hit in the States and done even better in Canada. The band themselves had come up with much more solid original material the second time around, wanting to unleash the full potential for each song. Hence, making a song that would easily fit the three-minute range was becoming difficult. However, they could not release a new album without such a single to promote it.
The band had tried to record a new single to fit the smash-criteria in December, while in America, but nothing had come of it, so they eventually gave up. After returning to England, they settled in studio again in early 1969, and the new single contender, "Emmaretta" was completed on January 7, after four takes needed. It was scheduled as a B-side. They needed a new A-side, so after experimenting a bit with different ideas, The Bird Has Flown" was yielded. It was a more progressive and complicated work than "Emmaretta", so the song itself took a bit longer time to finish, which they did later the 7th. Following this short visit in the studio, the band set up for a series of one-nighters across Britain the Following February and March. "Wring That Neck" from their previous album, which had yet to be released in the UK, was issued there as the single B-side to promote the touring band.
During this two-month tour, the band also set up their spare slots for some time to record at the De Lane Lea Studio in London. These songs were new material, but the band opted to re-record "The Bird Has Flown", which had already been released with "Emmaretta" in the US. They also shortened the name of it to "Bird Has Flown". The band chose record it anew, because it was not properly developed for the album; again showing their desire to create solid original material. The new version was completed on March 18. Other songs on the album was recorded in a widespread time period over the course of February and March.
Words of Deep purple's success in America had finally given some influence on their reputation in the UK, as they gradually rose in popularity and request. Music magazines begun printing articles on them, and their whole reputation grew considerably over the course of these two months. Jon Lord elaborated the previous difference in popularity the band had experienced between the US and the UK before, in this manner:
"We must be the only schizophrenic group in existence; if we go out and do a date in England we can earn 150 pounds. In the states, a similar date will earn us about 2500 pounds.
When a reporter asked Lord about why he thought Deep Purple was having such a hard time finding the big audience back home, he answered:
"Because we've had hits I think the British underground devotees tend to look down on us. Americans are so much more broad-minded about this business of having hit singles."
As such, a typical headline in an English music magazine in early 1969 would be something like: "They lose £2350 a night working in Britain".
Promotion in America
"Emmaretta" was a commercial stint for the band, who sounded nothing like the style which was presented on it. This change in style was a stab to try and get a hit. However, yet again their single did not convince the British public. In late March, the band had completed the sessions for their third, as of yet unnamed, album. Early April 1969 found Deep Purple on their way back to America to start off a new tour, which would last for another two months, similar to how they had done it in Britain.
Upon arrival, the band found out that their American label Tetragrammaton ha not yet manufactured their now finished album. Additionally, things were now starting to look grim for the year-old label, and bankruptcy was in the looms. After a heavy foundation and a desire to really back up their artists, money spending had just gotten out of control, and there were scarce possibilities to retain composure for them. Deep Purple had not been able to repeat the success of "Hush", and very few other singles by other artists assigned to the label had sold well enough.
While touring, the band experienced some economical limitations, resulting in them asking their manager John Colleta to fly back home, so the hotel-bills would be reduced. In an attempt to salvage their own situation, the Tetragrammaton Label issued "Emmaretta" as a new single, backed by the early version of "Bird Has Flown" as its contemporary B-side. The single was to much dismay and disappointment, largely unsuccessful, failing to affect the US charts. Thus, people who saw them on the road only had their first two albums and their respective promotional singles to acknowledge them to. Even though the single that was meant to promote them there was doing poorly, the band was getting a reputation as a fine live-act. The band had now really begun to develop their stage presence into something grandeur, going in a more loud an heavy direction, showcasing glimpses of things to come. Deep Purple had effectively turned into a highly proficient band on stage.
However, things were as of now starting to heat up internally, and people were starting to show off the direction they wanted the music to go in, as well as being dissatisfied with their salary for concerts. Founding members Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore were starting to yearn for a sharper, rawer and overall heavier direction, but they felt that singer Rod Evans, with his tender, smooth voice, was not very able to cope with the louder, more aggressive material. Tensions were also at high with bassist Nick Simper, who did not really approve the band turning heavier. It was in May, during the ongoing American tour, that Lord and Blakmore agreed on changing the lineup; shifting out both bassist Simper and singer Evans. The band's drummer, Ian Paice, on the other hand, had his firm place in the band, and Lord and Blackmore talked their ideas over with him. Paice agreed to the lineup-shift.
Album release and sound overview
Manager John Colleta was surprised when he heard the trio's news, advising them to keep quiet about it until the tour was completed and they had returned home to England. Then, after coming home in early June, Deep Purple received notice from their American label that the album was ready for release overseas. As was also the case with most of the material on their previous two albums, the songs have a psychedelic rock sound, particularly in the seventh track "Bird has Flown", and a progressive rock feel that verges on classical music, particularly in the long introductory sequence of the 12-minute final track "April", Deep Purple's longest ever studio recording. The band also incorporated a 12-bar blues structure on the songs "The Painter" and "Why Didn't Rosemary?". The sound structure was as much a leap forward from Taliesyn, as Taliesyn had been from Shades. Songs were generally heavier and less fragile in their compound, and the sound of the album was similar of how the band sounded live during this period.
This album contains more original songs, six in total, than on either of their first two albums, now starting to fully endeavor to write original material. The only cover song on the album is "Lalena," which was originally written and performed by Donovan. Deep Purple, as the album was, somewhat confusingly named, was released on June 21 in the US. Derek Lawrence was once again credited as producer. As an affect of the album's heavier, rawer sound, the individuals of the band, perhaps Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice in particular, were starting to really showcase their instrumental abilities, which had both been hidden in the mix on the previous two releases.
When released in America reception for the album was dabbed low. It did not reach the same success as its two predecessors, peaking at number 162 in the US Billboard charts. Because of their Tetragrammaton's financial problems, promotion was lackluster. Such promotion could have been improved had the album been released when Deep Purple were touring there, but that did not happen, scheduling the album for a bit of a delay concerning the band themselves.
Tetragrammaton issued the album in a stark gatefold sleeve, wrapped around with a segmented illustration from Hieronymus Bosch's painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights. The label ran into difficulty over the use of the Museo del Prado-owned painting, which was incorrectly perceived as being anti-religious; featuring "immoral scenes", in the US and thus rejected or poorly stocked by many record shops
The album opener not only opens the album, but also starts the pattern Deep Purple would follow from nearly every studio album released afterwards, with the first song being a heavy, uptight, hard rocking piece. "Chasing Shadows" is one of the songs in the band's catalogue that to the largest degree showcases Ian Paice's skills as a drummer. The song starts off abruptly, with a theme of African drum rhythms and cowbells. At the song's end, there is also a long drum section, that ends ends just as abruptly as it started and leads into the next song on the album; "Blind".
"Blind" is somewhat of a foray into classical music again, which Deep Purple had done frequently on their previous album. The song i thoroughly led by Jon Lord's baroque-thematic keyboard sound, which is also used to create a very retro sounding solo later into the song. Between verses, there are drum fills by Ian Paice. There is also a very distorted guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore.
"Lalena" is the only cover song on this album, having been written and performed by Donovan in October 1968. On their previous two albums, covers had been more prominent, but this time the band opted to keep most of the material their own. It is one of the calmest, most low-paced songs in Deep Purple's catalogue. It was never played live after 1969, but it was played at a BBC session, which was recorded and included on the remastered and expanded edition of Deep Purple.
Fault Line / The Painter
"Fault Line" is short instrumental, and it works as an introduction to "The Painter", which it seamlessly segues into. "The Painter" is an uptempo piece, featuring many guitar fills and several keyboard- and guitar solos. It was one of the few songs Ian Gillan performed with the band after he had replaced Rod Evans as the vocalist, doing so at a BBC session in the summer of 1969. However, it was never played live after 1969. This particular version of the song has yet to be released to the public, but it exists on bootlegs. Also worth of notice is that "Fault Line" and "The Painter" was split up into two separate tracks on the remastered and expanded edition of Deep Purple.
Why Didn't Rosemary
Created as somewhat of a throwback to the rhythms of American rock n' roll in the 1950s, "Why Didn't Rosemary" are one of the first songs to really showcase Ritchie Blackmore's talent at detailed guitar solos. Jon Lord's keyboard is barely featured here. The song is backed up by a "rock and roll"-styled bass-line. Lyrically; "Why Didn't Rosemary" deals with a girl that got pregnant, because she didn't take "the pill".
Bird Has Flown
"Bird Has Flown" is arguably the most known song from the album, perhaps also being the most progressive one. It starts off with a very sharp, quite distorted guitar riff, followed by a thumping bass- and drum rhythm. This version of the song was recorded within the same time period as the other songs on the finished album, but there was also an earlier version of it, entitled, "The Bird Has Flown", recorded in early January for a potential single release. This shorter, less heavy version was eventually released as a single exclusively in the US. Before being included on the remastered and expanded edition of Deep Purple, this version of the song was extremely rare, as the single did not sell particularly well upon its initial release in 1969. Also worth of notice; it is one of the few Mark-1 penned songs Ian Gillan performed with the band, doing so at a BBC session in the summer of 1969. This particular version of the song was released to the public in 2002, featured on the box-set, Listen, Learn, Read On. "Bird Has Flown" was not played live again after 1969, however.
"April" might be the most curious project Deep Purple ever did in studio, and it is certainly the most complicated one. It is a 12 minute long piece consisting of three distinct sections. The first two sections are instrumental, while the third one is a rock song like the others on the album. The first section is started off with a long organ introduction, followed by some acoustic guitar. Following this is an electric guitar solos, which up to this point in Ritchie Blackmore's career, was the longest guitar solo he had played on record. After the ending of the guitar solo, there is a classical-sounding piece for 12-piece chamber orchestra, with no Deep Purple members playing . This second section is also the longest one. After different aspects of woodwinds and strings, the third section - a more straight-ahead rock song - begins, introduced by a short drum fill. Then Rod Evans starts to sing his lyrics. The song ends with another guitar solo, which gradually fades out. One instrumental part of "April" was released as the B-side to the first Mark-2 single, "Hallelujah". The song was, quite understandably, never performed live.
* Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
* Rod Evans - lead vocals
* Nick Simper - bass, backing vocals
* Jon Lord - Hammond organ, keyboards, backing vocals
* Ian Paice - drums
* Produced by Derek Lawrence
* Engineered by Barry Ainsworth
* Digitally remastered and restored by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London
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Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968.Shades of Deep Purple album sleeve notes pp. 4–5. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although some band members believe that their music cannot be categorised as belonging to any one genre.Jeb Wright Classic Rock RevistedMichael Campbell, James Brody (2008) The band incorporated classical music, blues-rock, pop and progressive rock elements. VH1 They were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the loudest pop group", and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.... Deep Purple were ranked #22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme. at VH1.com.
The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–84). The 1968–76 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV... Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums) and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar).. This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973 and was revived from 1984 to 1989 and again in 1993, before the rift between Blackmore and other members became unbridgeable. The current line-up (including guitarist Steve Morse) has been much more stable, although Lord's retirement in 2002 has left Paice as the only original member never to have left the band.
Pre-Deep Purple years (1967–68)
In 1967, former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted London businessman Tony Edwards in the hope that he would manage a new group he was putting together, to be called Roundabout: so-called because the members would get on and off the band, like a musical roundabout. Impressed with the plan, Edwards agreed to finance the venture with two business partners: John Coletta and Ron Hire (Hire-Edwards-Coletta – HEC Enterprises).Thompson, Dave (2004) Retrieved January 18, 2011
The first recruit was the classically-trained Hammond organ player Jon Lord, who had most notably played with The Artwoods (led by Art Wood, brother of future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and featuring Keef Hartley). He was followed by session guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who was persuaded to return from Hamburg to audition for the new group. Curtis soon dropped out, but HEC Enterprises, as well as Lord and Blackmore, were keen to carry on.
For the bass guitar, Lord suggested his old friend Nick Simper, with whom he had played in a band called The Flower Pot Men and their Garden (formerly known as The Ivy League) back in 1967. Simper's claims to fame (apart from Deep Purple) were that he had been in Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and had been in the car crash that killed Kidd. He was also in Screaming Lord Sutch's The Savages, where he played with Blackmore.
The line-up was completed by vocalist Rod Evans and drummer Ian Paice from The Maze. After a brief tour of Denmark in the spring of 1968, Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, which was his grandmother's favourite song. The group had resolved to choose a name after everyone had posted one on a board in rehearsal, and second to Deep Purple was "Concrete God" which the band thought was too harsh to take on.
In October 1968, the group had success with a cover of Joe South's "Hush", which reached #4 on the US Billboard chart and #2 on the Canadian RPM charts. The song was taken from their debut album Shades of Deep Purple, which was released in July 1968, and they were booked to support Cream on their Goodbye tour.
The band's second album, The Book of Taliesyn (including a cover of Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman"), was released in the United States to coincide with this tour, reaching #38 on the billboard chart and #21 on the RPM charts, although it would not be released in their home country until the following year. 1969 saw the release of their third album, Deep Purple, which contained strings and woodwind on one track ("April"). Several influences were in evidence, notably Vanilla Fudge (Blackmore has even claimed the group wanted to be a "Vanilla Fudge clone") and Lord's classical antecedents such as Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov.
After these three albums and extensive touring in the United States, their American record company, Tetragrammaton, went out of business, leaving the band with no money and an uncertain future. (Tetragrammaton's assets were assumed by Warner Bros. Records, who would release Deep Purple's records in the US throughout the 1970s.) Returning to England in early 1969, they recorded a single called "Emmaretta", named for Emmaretta Marks, then a cast member of the musical Hair, whom Evans was trying to seduce. This would be the band's last recording before Evans and Simper were fired.
In search of a replacement vocalist, Blackmore set his sights on 19 year old singer Terry Reid, who only a year earlier declined a similar opportunity to front the newly forming Led Zeppelin. Though he found the offer "flattering" Reid was still bound by the exclusive recording contract with his producer Mickie Most and more interested in his solo career. Blackmore had no other choice but to look elsewhere.
The band hunted down singer Ian Gillan from Episode Six, a band that had released several singles in the UK without achieving their big break for commercial success. Six's drummer Mick Underwood — an old comrade of Blackmore's from his Savages days — made the introductions of Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. This effectively killed Episode Six and gave Underwood a guilt complex that lasted nearly a decade — until Gillan recruited him for his new post-Purple band in the late 1970s.
This created the quintessential Deep Purple Mark II line-up, whose first, inauspicious release was a Greenaway-Cook tune titled "Hallelujah", which flopped.
The band gained some much-needed publicity with the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, a three-movement epic composed by Lord as a solo project and performed by the band at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold. Together with Five Bridges by The Nice, it was one of the first collaborations between a rock band and an orchestra although, at the time, certain members of Deep Purple (Blackmore and Gillan especially) were less than happy at the group being tagged as "a group who played with orchestras" when actually what they had in mind was to develop the band into a much tighter, hard-rocking style. Despite this, Lord wrote and the band recorded the Gemini Suite, another orchestra/group collaboration in the same vein, in late 1970.
Popularity and break-up (1970–76)
Ian Gillan (1972).jpgthumbright230pxIan Gillan in Clemson, SC, 1972
Shortly after the orchestral release, the band began a hectic touring and recording schedule that was to see little respite for the next three years. Their first studio album of this period, released in mid-1970, was In Rock (a name supported by the album's Mount Rushmore-inspired cover), which contained the then-concert staples "Speed King", "Into The Fire" and "Child in Time". The band also issued the UK Top Ten single "Black Night". The interplay between Blackmore's guitar and Lord's distorted organ, coupled with Gillan's howling vocals and the rhythm section of Glover and Paice, now started to take on a unique identity that further separated the band from its earlier albums.
A second album, the creatively progressive Fireball, was issued in the summer of 1971. The title track "Fireball" was released as a single, as was "Strange Kind of Woman" – not from the album but recorded during the same sessions (although it was included on the US version of the album instead of the UK version's song "Demon's Eye".)
Within weeks of Fireballs release, the band were already performing songs planned for the next album. One song (which later became "Highway Star") was performed at the first gig of the Fireball tour, having been written on the bus to a show in Portsmouth, in answer to a journalist's question: "How do you go about writing songs?" Three months later, in December 1971, the band travelled to Switzerland to record Machine Head. The album was due to be recorded at a casino in Montreux, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, but a fire during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig burned down the casino. The album was actually recorded at the nearby empty Grand Hotel. This incident famously inspired the song "Smoke on the Water". Gillan believes that he witnessed a man fire a flare gun into the ceiling during the concert, prompting Mark Volman of the Mothers to comment: "Arthur Brown in person!"
Continuing from where both previous albums left off, Machine Head has since become the band's most famous album, including tracks that became live classics such as "Highway Star", "Space Truckin'", "Lazy" and "Smoke on the Water", the song for which Deep Purple is most famous. Deep Purple continued to tour and record at a rate that would be rare thirty years on: when Machine Head was recorded, the group had only been together three and a half years, yet it was their seventh LP. Meanwhile the band undertook four North America tours in 1972 and the August tour of Japan that led to a double-vinyl live release, Made in Japan. Originally intended as a Japan-only record, its worldwide release saw the double LP become an instant hit. It remains one of rock music's most popular and highest selling live-concert recordings (although at the time it was perhaps seen as less important, as only Glover and Paice turned up to mix it).
The classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up continued to work and released the album Who Do We Think We Are (1973), featuring the hit single "Woman from Tokyo", but internal tensions and exhaustion were more noticeable than ever. In many ways, the band had become victims of their own success. Still riding the wave of Machine Head and Made in Japan, the addition of Who Do We Think We Are made them the top-selling artists of 1973 in the USA. Ian Gillan admitted in a 1984 interview that the band was pushed by management to complete the album on time and go on tour when they badly needed a break.Deep Purple: The Interview. Interview picture disc, 1984, Mercury Records. The bad feelings culminated in Gillan quitting the band after their second tour of Japan in the summer of 1973 over tensions with Blackmore, and Glover being pushed out with him.
The band first hired Midlands bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, formerly of Trapeze. After acquiring Hughes, they debated continuing as a four-piece with Hughes as both bassist and lead vocalist.Liner notes for the 30th anniversary edition of Burn. According to Hughes, he was persuaded to join under the guise that the band would be bringing in Paul Rodgers of Free as a co-lead vocalist, but by that time Rodgers had just started Bad Company. Instead, auditions were held for lead vocal replacements. Two primary candidates surfaced: a Scotsman, Angus Cameron McKinlay, and David Coverdale. They settled on Coverdale, an unknown singer from Saltburn in Northeast England, primarily because Blackmore liked his masculine, blues-tinged voice, and Angus was eliminated.
This new line-up continued into 1974. The band played at the famous California Jam festival in Ontario, California on April 6, 1974. Attracting over 200,000 fans, the festival also included 70's rock giants Black Sabbath, Eagles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seals and Crofts, Rare Earth and Black Oak Arkansas. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC Television in the US, exposing the band to a wider audience. This lineup's first album, titled Burn, was a highly successful release (only the second album, after Machine Head, to crack the USA Top 10) and was followed by another world tour. Hughes and Coverdale added vocal harmonies and elements of funk and blues, respectively, to the band's music, a sound that was even more apparent on the late 1974 release Stormbringer. Besides the title track, the album had a number of songs that received much radio play, such as "Lady Double Dealer", "The Gypsy" and "Soldier Of Fortune". Yet Blackmore voiced unhappiness with the album and the direction Deep Purple had taken, stating simply, "I don't like funky soul music.""Deep Purple: History and Hits" DVD. As a result, he left the band on 21 June 1975 to form his own band with Ronnie James Dio of Elf, called Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, later shortened after one album to Rainbow.
With Blackmore's departure, Deep Purple was left to fill one of the biggest band member vacancies in rock music. In spite of this, the rest of the band refused to stop, and to the surprise of many long-time fans, actually announced a replacement for the "irreplaceable" Man in Black; American Tommy Bolin.
There are at least two versions about the recruitment of Bolin: Coverdale claims to have been the one who suggested auditioning Bolin.liner notes in the Deep Purple 4-CD boxed set. "He walked in, thin as a rake, his hair coloured green, yellow and blue with feathers in it. Slinking along beside him was this stunning Hawaiian girl in a crochet dress with nothing on underneath. He plugged into four Marshall 100-watt stacks and...the job was his". But in an interview originally published by Melody Maker in June 1975, Bolin himself claimed that he came to the audition following a recommendation from Blackmore. Bolin had been a member of many now-forgotten late-1960s bands – Denny & The Triumphs, American Standard, and Zephyr, which released three albums from 1969–72. Before Deep Purple, Bolin's best-known recordings were made as a session musician on Billy Cobham's 1973 jazz fusion album Spectrum, and as Joe Walsh's replacement on two James Gang albums: Bang (1973) and Miami (1974). He had also jammed with such luminaries as Dr. John, Albert King, The Good Rats, Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, and was busy working on his first solo album, Teaser, when he accepted the invitation to join Deep Purple.
The resulting album, Come Taste the Band, was released in October 1975. Despite mixed reviews, the collection revitalised the band once again, bringing a new, extreme funk edge to their hard rock sound., — BBC Music Bolin's influence was crucial, and with encouragement from Hughes and Coverdale, the guitarist developed much of the material. Later, Bolin's personal problems with drugs began to manifest themselves, and after cancelled shows and below-par concert performances, the band was in danger.
Band split, side projects (1976–84)
The end came on tour in Britain in March 1976 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Coverdale reportedly walked off in tears and handed in his resignation, to which he was allegedly told there was no band left to quit. The decision to disband Deep Purple had been made some time before the last show by Lord and Paice (the last remaining original members), who hadn't told anyone else. The break-up was finally made public in July 1976.
Later, Bolin had just finished recording his second solo album, Private Eyes, when, on 4 December 1976, tragedy struck. In Miami, during a tour supporting Jeff Beck, Bolin was found unconscious by his girlfriend. Unable to wake him, she hurriedly called paramedics, but it was too late. The official cause of death: multiple-drug intoxication. He was 25 years old.
After the break-up most of the past and present members of Deep Purple went on to have considerable success in a number of other bands, including Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and Gillan. There were, however, a number of promoter-led attempts to get the band to reform, especially with the revival of the hard rock market in the late 1970s/early 1980s. By 1980, an unauthorised version of the band surfaced with Evans as the only member who had ever been in Deep Purple, eventually ending in successful legal action from the legitimate Deep Purple camp over unauthorised use of the name. Evans was ordered to pay damages of $672,000 (US) for using the band name without permission..
Reunions and break-ups (1984–94)
Deep Purple (1985).jpgthumbleft230pxDeep Purple at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. 31 January 1985
In April 1984, eight years after the demise of Deep Purple, a full-scale (and legal) reunion took place with the "classic" early 1970s line-up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice. The reformed band signed a worldwide deal with PolyGram, with Mercury Records releasing their albums in the United States, and Polydor Records in other countries. The album Perfect Strangers was released in October 1984. A solid release, it sold extremely well (reaching #5 in the UK and #17 on the Billboard 200 in the US.) and included the singles and concert staples "Knockin' At Your Back Door" and "Perfect Strangers". The reunion tour followed, starting in Australia and winding its way across the world to North America, then into Europe by the following summer. Financially, the tour was also a tremendous success. The UK homecoming proved limited, as they elected to play just a single festival show at Knebworth (with main support from the Scorpions; also on the bill were UFO, Bernie Marsden's Alaska, Mama's Boys, Blackfoot, Mountain and Meat Loaf). The weather was bad (torrential rain and 6" of mud), but 80,000 fans turned up anyway. The gig was called the "Return Of The Knebworth Fayre".
The line-up then released The House of Blue Light in 1987, which was followed by a world tour (interrupted after Blackmore broke a finger on stage) and another live album Nobody's Perfect (1988) which was culled from several shows on this tour, but still largely based on the by-now familiar Made in Japan set-list. In the UK a new version of "Hush" (with Gillan on lead vocals) was released to mark 20 years of the band. In 1989, Gillan was fired as his relations with Blackmore had again soured and their musical differences had widened too far. Originally the band intended to recruit Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison as Gillan's replacement, but this fell through due to complications with Jamison's record label. Eventually, former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner was recruited into the band. This line-up recorded just one album, Slaves & Masters (1990) and toured in support though some fans derided it as little more than a so-called "Deep Rainbow" album.
With the tour complete, Turner was forced out, as Lord, Paice and Glover (and the record company) wanted Gillan back in the fold for the 25th anniversary. Blackmore grudgingly relented, after requesting and eventually receiving 250,000 dollars in his bank account. and the classic line-up recorded The Battle Rages On. But tensions between Gillan and Blackmore came to a head yet again during an otherwise stunningly successful European tour. Blackmore walked out in November 1993, never to return. Joe Satriani was drafted in to complete the Japanese dates in December and stayed on for a European Summer tour in 1994. He was asked to join permanently, but his record contract commitments prevented this. The band unanimously chose Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse to become Blackmore's permanent successor.
Revival with Steve Morse (1994–present)
Roger Glover Steve Morse 2005.jpgrighthumb250pxRoger Glover and Steve Morse jamming during the intro to "Highway Star"
Morse's arrival revitalised the band creatively, and in 1996 a new album titled Purpendicular was released, showing a wide variety of musical styles. The line-up then released a new live album Live at The Olympia '96 in 1997. With a revamped set list to tour, Deep Purple enjoyed success throughout the rest of the 1990s, releasing the harder-sounding Abandon in 1998, and touring with renewed enthusiasm. In 1999, Lord, with the help of a Dutch fan, who was also a musicologist and composer, Marco de Goeij,
painstakingly recreated the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, the original score having been lost. It was once again performed at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1999, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann. The concert also featured songs from each member's solo careers, as well as a short Deep Purple set, and the occasion was commemorated on the 2000 album Live at the Royal Albert Hall. In early 2001, two similar concerts were performed in Tokyo and released as part of the box set The Soundboard Series.
Arrow Festival8 Deep Purple-Paice Cropped.jpgleftthumb200pxIan Paice, drummer and last remaining original member of Deep Purple
Much of the next few years was spent on the road touring. The group continued forward until 2002, when founding member Lord (who, along with Paice, was the only member to be in all incarnations of the band) announced his amicable retirement from the band to pursue personal projects (especially orchestral work). Lord left his Hammond organ to his replacement. Rock keyboard veteran Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake), who had helped Deep Purple out when Lord's knee was injured in 2001, joined the band. In 2003, Deep Purple released their first studio album in five years, working with new producer Michael Bradford, the controversially titled Bananas, and began touring in support of the album immediately. In July 2005, the band played at the Live 8 concert in Park Place (Barrie, Ontario) and, in October of the same year, released their next album Rapture of the Deep. It was followed by the Rapture of the Deep tour.
In February 2007, Gillan asked fans not to buy a live album Come Hell or High Water being released by Sony BMG. This was a recording of their 1993 appearance at the NEC in Birmingham. Recordings of this show have previously been released without resistance from Gillan or any other members of the band, but he said: "It was one of the lowest points of my life – all of our lives, actually". – Deep Purple live album withdrawn.
Gillan hinted that the group may record their nineteenth studio album in February 2011, to be followed by a supporting tour.. Steve Morse later revealed in an interview that the band would begin working on a new album in March. Some studio time in Spain has been booked.
Deep Purple are to release a documentary next year, chronicling the year leading up the band splitting up in 1976. Titled Gettin’ Tighter, the Blu-Ray/DVD will include new interviews with both Glenn Hughes and Jon Lord, plus previously unreleased footage of the star-crossed MkIV line-up – also featuring David Coverdale, Tommy Bolin and Ian Paice – playing live.
* Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica, congas (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
* Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
* Roger Glover – bass (1969–1973, 1984–present)
* Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
* Don Airey – keyboards, organ (2001–present)
* Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
* Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2002)
* Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
* Nick Simper – bass, backing vocals (1968–1969)
* David Coverdale – lead vocals (1973–1976)
* Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals (1973–1976)
* Tommy Bolin – guitar, vocals (1975–1976)
* Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (1989–1991)
* Joe Satriani – guitar (1993–1994)
SteveMorse.jpgthumb225pxrightDeep Purple guitarist Steve Morse
Deep Purple are considered to be one of the hardest touring bands in the world.... From 1968 until today (with the exception of their 1976–1984 split) they continue to tour around the world. In 2007, the band received a special award for selling more than 150,000 tickets in France, with 40 dates in the country in 2007 alone..
Also in 2007, Deep Purple's Rapture of the Deep Tour was voted #6 concert tour of the year (in all music genres) by Planet Rock listeners.. Retrieved 2010-05-07. The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour was voted #5 and beat Purple's tour by only 1%. Deep Purple released a new live compilation DVD box, Around the World Live, in May 2008. In February 2008, the band made their first ever appearance in Moscow at the Kremlin at the personal request of Dmitry Medvedev who at the time was considered a shoo-in for the seat of the Presidency of Russia. The band was part of the entertainment for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.FIS Newsflash 215. 21 January 2009.
*Deep Purple Debut Tour, 1968
*Shades of Deep Purple Tour, 1968
*The Book of Taliesyn Tour, 1968
*Deep Purple European Tour, (pre-tour for In Rock) 1969–1970
*In Rock World Tour – 1970–1971
*Fireball World Tour, 1971–1972
*Machine Head World Tour, 1972–1973
*Deep Purple European Tour 1974
*Burn World Tour, 1974
*Stormbringer World Tour, 1974–1975
*Come Taste The Band World Tour, 1975–1976
*Perfect Strangers World Tour, aka Reunion Tour 1984–1985
*The House of Blue Light World Tour, 1987–1988
*Slaves and Masters World Tour, 1991
*Deep Purple 25 Years Anniversary World Tour, aka The Battle Rages on Tour, 1993
*Deep Purple and Joe Satriani Tour, 1993–1994
*Deep Purple Secret Mexican Tour (short warm-up tour with Steve Morse)
*Deep Purple Secret USA Tour 1994–1995
*Deep Purple Asian & African Tour 1995
*Purpendicular World Tour, 1996–1997
*A Band on World Tour, 1998–1999
*Concerto World Tour, 2000–2001
*Deep Purple World Tour, 2001–2003
*Bananas World Tour, 2003–2005
*Rapture of the Deep World Tour, 2006–2011
*Deep Purple - The Illustrated Biography, Chris Charlesworth, Omnibus Press, 1983, ISBN 0-7119-0174-0
*Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story, Dave Thompson, ECW Press, 2004, ISBN 1550226185
*The Complete Deep Purple, Michael Heatley, Reynolds & Hearn, 2005, ISBN 1903111994This text has been derived from Deep Purple on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0