Audio Fidelity has always been about quality remasters, and for the first time in their history, they’re releasing a box set, in this case 4CD box set honoring the music of Deep Purple. Deep Purple: The Audio Fidelity Collection looks at four albums from the Ian Gillan period of the band, highlighting the biggest albums in their 45 year career.
1970’s Deep Purple In Rock was the start of what is known as the Mach II lineup of Deep Purple, which was Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, and Roger Glover, with Glover and Gillan being the two new additions to the group. The album would help spark the worldwide craze for the band with such songs as “Into The Fire”, “Child In Time”, and “Speed King”.
1971’s Fireball came out in two different ways, with the North American and Japanese pressings featuring “Strange Kind of Woman”, which was not on the original UK version. The Audio Fidelity remaster caters to the U.S./Japanese edition. The album also contained “Anyone’s Daughter”, “The Mule”, and the title track.
1972’s Machine Head is the one everyone knows. The band’s sixth album ended up doing wonders for the group from the moment it was released, and every song on it receives massive classic rock radio airplay to this day. “Smoke On The Water”, “Highway Star”, “Space Truckin'”, “Lazy”… you know (or should know) this album by heart.
Following the success of Machine Head, the band released Who Do We Think We Are in 1973, which would be the last album under the Mach II lineup. The album is known for featuring the hit song “Woman from Tokyo”, but also features such favorites as “Smooth Dancer”, “Place In Line”, and “Super Trouper”. The album reached the Top 5 around the world, while getting as high as #15 on Billboard‘s Pop album chart.
Each of these Deep Purple 24K gold CD’s were remastered by Steve Hoffman, and individually they are out of print. This box set will be the last time these discs will be made available before they are retired for good. While it would have been cool for Audio Fidelity to have included the Live album they released a few years ago, taken from a performance the band did live on the BBC, the disc is still available in places like Amazon and CD Universe. The CD’s will be packaged in an embossed metallica box, each one with its own limited edition number, all being packaged as they were originally sold. Suggested retail pride for the box will be around $130, but you maybe able to find them at lower prices if you look around a bit. The box will be perfect for the classic rock fan in your family/on your friend’s list.