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EMI Dives Into BBC Vaults for Deep Purple

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The recent reissue of John Peel sessions isn’t EMI’s only new batch of treasures from the BBC vaults. The label is releasing a compilation of classic sessions from rock legends Deep Purple next week.

BBC Sessions 1968-1970 is a two-disc set collecting all the surviving sessions in the BBC archives from the first two iterations of Deep Purple’s lineups. Deep Purple Mk. 1 featured singer Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord; Mk. II swapped in vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. (Gillan, Glover and Pace remain members of the band to this day.)

Eight of the tracks from the Mk. I lineup are released here for the first time, inlcuding three tracks from a 1968 Top Gear session and four from Chris Grant’s Tasty Pop Sundae Session in 1969. The other tracks have been released on reissues and box sets in the past decade. But however rare these tracks may be, some of these tracks remain among the most-loved of any recordings the band has ever put out. For Deep Purple fans, it looks like a must-own when it’s released in the U.K. next Monday, November 7, on both CD and vinyl.

Hit the jump for the full specs on the release.

Deep Purple, BBC Sessions 1968-1970 (EMI 50999 679551 2 1 (U.K.), 2011)

Disc 1: Mk. 1 Sessions

  1. Hush (BBC Top Gear Session – 6/18/1968)
  2. One More Rainy Day (BBC Top Gear Session – 6/18/1968)
  3. Help! (BBC Top Gear Session – 6/18/1968)
  4. And the Address (BBC Dave Symonds Show Session)
  5. Hey Bop A Re Bop (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/14/1969) *
  6. Emmaretta (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/14/1969) *
  7. Wring That Neck (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/14/1969) *
  8. Brian Matthew Interviews Rod Evans (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/8/1969)
  9. Hey Joe (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/14/1969) *
  10. It’s All Over (BBC Top Gear Session – 1/14/1969) *
  11. The Painter (BBC Sounds Like Tony Brandon Show Session – 6/24/1969) *
  12. Lalena (BBC Sounds Like Tony Brandon Show Session – 6/24/1969) *
  13. The Painter (BBC Chris Grant’s Tasty Pop Sundae Session – 6/30/1969)
  14. I’m So Glad (BBC Chris Grant’s Tasty Pop Sundae Session – 6/30/1969)
  15. Hush (BBC Chris Grant’s Tasty Pop Sundae Session – 6/30/1969)

Disc 2: Mk. 2 Sessions *

  1. Ricochet (BBC Symonds on Sunday Show Session – 8/11/1969)
  2. The Bird Has Flown (BBC Symonds on Sunday Show Session – 8/11/1969)
  3. Speed King (BBC Stuart Henry Noise at Nine Session – 10/31/1969)
  4. Jam Stew (aka John Stew) (BBC Stuart Henry Noise at Nine Session – 10/31/1969)
  5. Hard Lovin’ Man (BBC Mike Harding’s Sounds of the Seventies Session – 4/21/1970)
  6. Bloodsucker (BBC Mike Harding’s Sounds of the Seventies Session – 4/21/1970)
  7. Living Wreck (BBC Mike Harding’s Sounds of the Seventies Session – 4/21/1970)
  8. Jon Lord Interview (BBC Transcription Services Session – 9/23/1970)
  9. Black Night (BBC Transcription Services Session – 9/23/1970)
  10. Grabsplatter (BBC Transcription Services Session – 9/23/1970)
  11. Into the Fire (BBC Transcription Services Session – 9/23/1970)
  12. Child in Time (BBC Transcription Services Session – 9/23/1970)

* indicates previously released material

  • Disc 1, Tracks 5, 7 and 10 first released on a reissue of The Book of Taliesyn (EMI 72435 21608 2 2, 2000)
  • Disc 1, Tracks 6, 11 and 12 first released on a reissue of Deep Purple (EMI 72435 21597 2 7, 2000)
  • Disc 1, Track 9 first released on a reissue of Shades of Deep Purple (EMI 72434 98336 2 3, 2000)
  • Disc 2, Tracks 1-9 and 11-12 first released on Listen Learn Read On box set (EMI 72435 40973 2 4, 2002)
  • Disc 2, Track 10 first released on The Anthology (Harvest EN 26 0612 3, 1985)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 4, 2011 at 15:00

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