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Lead up to the Recording:
- In 1980 Tony Edwards and EMI put together a Deep Purple archive called NEw Live & Rare.
- Some of the recordings from the BBC sessions were licensed to be used but it would be 31 years until they saw a release.
- After the band split up in 1976 the label was interested in releasing a lot of compilations and “best of” collections to try to continue to milk a profit out of Deep Purple.
- As with what would become a lot of official releases there began to surface a number of bootlegs of Deep Purple on the BBC in 1968.
- Typically BBC (and many other organizations) didn’t archive tapes and they were often reused.
- A researcher named Ken Garner discovered that the engineers at the time also began recording a live recording at the same time the BBC was recording their copies.
- Some of these discs were given out to local stations that had to return them after a year where they would be destroyed.
- Fans sometimes would just record these off the radio by putting a microphone in front of the speaker as it aired.
- In 2010 they discovered two Deep Purple sessions. Along with some other surviving gaps they were able to put together this BBC Sessions compilation of their early BBC live performances.
- Deep Purple recorded 37 songs during these sessions. 9 are lost or in such poor quality that they aren’t really listenable.
- What we are about to look at started with recordings on June 18, 1968. This was a full month before Shades of Deep Purple was released and about a month after they’d completed recording it.
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- Hush (BBC Top Gear – 18 June, 1968)
- Session 1
- Recorded June 18, 1968
- Aired June 30, 1968
- This session was discovered in 2010 and had been presumed lost until it turned up.
- Hush had already been chosen as a single which is why they opened with it.
- This session also contained “One More Rainy DAy” and “Help!”
- One More Rainy Day (BBC Top Gear – 18 June, 1968)
- Help! (BBC Top Gear – 18 June, 1968)
- And The Address (BBC Dave Symonds Show – 25 June, 1968)
- Session 2
- Recorded June 25, 1968.
- Aired July 1, 1968 (before the recordings from Session 1). Played one track per day from July 1st through July 4th.
- This was the only part of a second session that was not missing.
- The other tracks recorded during that session were Hush, One More Rainy Day, Kentucky Woman, and It’s All Over.
- No paperwork was found for this version of “And The Address.” There is some speculation that it was taped off-air.
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For Further Information:
- Liner notes to Deep Purple – BBC Sessions CD by Simon Robinson.
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