Essential Listening: Classic Deep Purple BBC recordings available as a 2CD set and a Deluxe 2CD/2 Vinyl LP set.

BBC Sessions 1968 - 1970  (2CD + 2 x 180Gram Vinyl LP Deluxe Set)

Packaging is as follows: 2 CDs and 2 180 Gram heavyweight vinyl LPs both in individual card sleeves. A 24page 12” x 12” booklet – Packed with rare and unseen photographs & newly commissioned liner notes by Simon Robinson from the Deep Purple Official fanclub. (All recordings have been digitally remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London specifically for this set. A number of tracks have previously appeared in poor quality on bootlegs over the years) CD 1 consists of the surviving BBC radio sessions of the Mark 1 Deep Purple line-up that consisted of: Rod Evans - vocals, Jon Lord – Hammond Organ/Piano, Ritchie Blackmore, Nick Simper – bass and  Ian Paice – Drums CD 2 consists of the surviving BBC radio sessions of the classic Mark 2 line-up that consisted of:

Ian Gillan - vocals, Jon Lord – Hammond Organ/Piano, Ritchie Blackmore - guitar, Roger Glover – bass and Ian Paice – Drums

The transition of Deep Purple from a cult UK band that had chart success stateside, to the rock giants we all know is captured in these fascinating session recordings. Although the rarity of some of the sessions means the sound quality is often less than perfect, it is the stunning performances, many live-in studio, which shine through. This was a band who could play and who could electrify the audience and the listener. Many Purple aficionados would dare to suggest that the session version of the classic ‘Child In Time’ surpasses that of the studio version.

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