Purple Records' Cal Jam

  • quote:
    "California Jam
    This will have a different cover to the 1996 version on EMI. It will also feature a new mix and an extra track. This will be made available in Europe around the same time."

    Yay! So us Europeans don't have to go for the bloody expensive Japanese import!

  • Ok... here's some more details from the DPAS on the release.....

    Purple Records have announced another Sonic Zoom title featuring Mk 3, this time the band's complete California Jam set from April 6th 1974. Tracks on this single CD are Burn / Might Just Take Your Life / Lay Down, Stay Down / Mistreated / Smoke On The Water / You Fool No One / Space Truckin' .

    This new version is taken direct from the audio track of the recently discovered 2" video masters and those who have heard the results say it is a massive improvement on the existing CD, although because the audio was premixed the guitar is a little low at the start of the set. It also includes the missing track Lay Down, Stay Down. The audio source is the same as a VAP / Purple Records version coming out in Japan. More details can be found at www.purplerecords.net and in DTB Issue 55. Release date is likely to be March / April 2003. It can be pre-ordered at the dpas online store. Discounts for dpas members apply.

    They also provided further information on a possible worldwide official DVD release of this show.....

    Q: When you mention the recently discovered 2" California Jam video masters I get the impression that you have found Lay Down Stay Down on video too!! Is that correct? The next question is obvious, will there be a DVD release of the complete gig? I remember seeing a clip from Space Truckin where they used different angles than those on the video. It would be great to have a multi-angle release where you can see Ritchie's fingers and not the angle from behind in his solos. Anders Korling #0052

    A: A proper DVD release is in the pipeline - including Lay Down Stay Down - but this is set to be a complicated undertaking if all the planned extras are to be implemented. (There are more details in Darker Than Blue 55). In the meantime, the only official DVD version is the one issued in Japan. Buy this as a stop gap by all means but it adds nothing to the VHS edition. Avoid the Brazilian DVD release as this is unlicensed and unofficial.

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