At long last plans are now being finalised for the first of the much
anticipated DPAS discography updates. It has been decided to follow
the pattern set by the original books back in the early 1980s, and
cover Deep Purple's 68-76 output in Volume One. Volume Two will cover
the reunion. Volume Three the post-Purple bands.
Simon has been
liaising with a number of collectors, and will reactivate the
discography email group shortly to enable people to help with
checking and adding titles from their own collections: "I think it is
crucial to have this input, and we really want these to be
collaborative efforts." Unlike the original book, this time sleeves
will be in colour and it is planned to include shots of as many rare
sleeves as possible. This may well be published through the fanclub as the first two books
were, but there is the likelihood of a retail edition as well.
told copies of the original two books fetch three figure sums in
Japan - even though DPASMailorder still have copies of Vol 2 on sale!
We've had a sample layout of two pages from the forthcoming Deep
Purple Discography, and can show this here (click the thumbnails to enlarge). Simon adds: "It looks
like this will be a square format book, for a couple of reasons. The
old A5 edition just doesn't have the room we need, while it seems
that the days when many of us would stuff this in a pocket on the way
to the record fair are long gone! Equally a big A4 book looked a
little unwieldly. The likely publisher has a few other books in this
square format so it looked worth experimenting with and turned out to
offer just what we needed. It also means some rare sleeves can be
shown full page.
Considerable time has been spent getting type sizes and layouts nice
and clear while giving room for a lot of information. On the major
album titles with a lot of variations, the sleeves will be shown
along with the text. On albums where there are only a few variations,
the sleeves will be grouped together opposite the text as shown on
this sample, to make the best use of the space."
We will have some more samples shortly. We're told this is just a
sample, and subject to change, so don't go trying to spot mistakes
just yet! DB