DEEP PURPLE - Graz 1975 Live Recording To Be Released In September

July 14, 2014, 5 months ago

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On April 3rd, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple - guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice - performed at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria’s second largest city after Vienna. Enthused by Deep Purple’s arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert “das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]”. And it was - in more ways than one. Previously unreleased in its entirety, Graz 1975 - will be released in North America on September 23th on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment.
After Graz, Deep Purple would play just two more shows - in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France - before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow. In order to preserve Blackmore’s final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Deep Purple’s managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now. Kicking off with a blazing performance of “Burn”. Graz 1975 is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking - and then some. The tracklisting, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Deep Purple’s previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic “Smoke On The Water” and the almost-as-iconic “Space Truckin’”. Still, it’s true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Deep Purple Mk III at the absolute top - and also, ironically, at the end - of their game. After almost 40 years the concert is still captivating. It is the perfect example that, for Deep Purple, there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is their music. It is the love and passion for their music that makes every single show a unique experience.
Tracklisting: "Burn" "Stormbringer" "The Gypsy" "Lady Double Dealer" "Mistreated" "Smoke On The Water" "You Fool No One" "Space Truckin’" On July 28th, Warner Music is release Deep Purple's Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69, featuring digitally remastered versions of the first three Deep Purple albums (1968-1969): Shades Of Deep Purple (Mono & Stereo Mixes), The Book Of Taliesyn (Mono & Stereo Mixes) and Deep Purple (Stereo Mix)
Bonus material includes: Digitally remastered alternative mixes and takes, instrumental versions, single and U.S edits, early and previously unreleased versions 5CD set includes a 48 page booklet.
Deep Purple's Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69 tracklisting: Disc 1 "And The Address" (Mono Mix) [2014 - Remastered Version] "Hush" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "One More Rainy Day" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Mandrake Root" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Help" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Love Help Me" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Hey Joe" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Shadows" (Album Outtake) "Love Help Me" (Instrumental) "Help" (Alternate Take) Disc 2 "And The Address" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Hush" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "One More Rainy Day" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Mandrake Root" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Help" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Love Help Me" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Hey Joe" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "And The Address" (2003 Remix) "Hush"(1968 Monitor Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad" (2003 Remix) "Hey Joe" (2003 Remix) Disc 3 "Listen, Learn, Read On" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Wring That Neck" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Kentucky Woman" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Exposition/We Can Work It Out" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Shield" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Anthem" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "River Deep, Mountain High" (Mono Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) Disc 4 "Listen, Learn, Read On" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Wring That Neck" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Kentucky Woman" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Exposition/We Can Work It Out" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Shield" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Anthem" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "River Deep, Mountain High" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Playground' (Instrumental Outtake) (2014 Remastered Version) "Kentucky Woman" (2003 Remix) "Oh No No No" (Studio Outtake) 1"Playground" (Remixed Instrumental Outtake) 1"River Deep, Mountain High" (Us Single Edit) Disc 5 "Chasing Shadows" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Blind" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Lalena" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Fault Line" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "The Painter' (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Why Didn't Rosemary?" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Bird Has Flown" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "April" (Stereo Mix) (2014 Remastered Version) "Emmaretta" (2012 Stereo Remix) "The Bird Has Flown" (Early Version) [2012 Stereo Remix] "Why Didn't Rosemary?" (Early Instrumental Take) (Stereo Mix) "Blind" (Stereo Mix) [2003 Remix] "Lalena" (Stereo Mix) [Instrumental] (2014 Remastered Version) "April"(Stereo Mix) [Part 1] [Single B-Side] "Emmaretta" (Mono Mix) [Original Single A-Side] "The Bird Has Flown" (Mono Mix) (Original Us Single B-Side)

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