DEEP PURPLE stands alongside LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH
as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the
band's classic songs is legion, and the influence it's had on successive
generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate DEEP PURPLE's history with three definitive collections.
"A Fire In The Sky" will be available as a single CD and a
three-CD set on September 8 in North America with an international
release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be
available on November 3. Each version includes a selection of songs
chosen from the 19 studio albums that DEEP PURPLE recorded between 1968 and 2013.
The single-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The heavy hitters are here, of course — "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" — but so are gems like "Perfect Strangers", the title track from the band's platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as "Hell To Pay", from 2013's "Now What?!".
The three-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" dives even deeper into PURPLE's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through "Now What?!".
It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various
incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians
have appeared on a DEEP PURPLE album.
Among the set's many highlights are: the title track from 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep"; "King Of Dreams" from 1990's "Slaves And Masters"; "Bad Attitude" from 1987's "The House Of Blue Light"; "You Keep On Moving" from 1975's "Come Taste The Band"; and "Hush" from the group's 1968 debut, "Shades Of Deep Purple". This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer", and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown".
"A Fire In The Sky" will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of "Woman From Tokyo", the U.S. single edit for "Burn", and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude".