Wed, Dec 24, 08

According to a posting on The Deep Purple Appreciation Society web site, DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan will join the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on September 4, 2009 in Graefenhainichen, Germany and September 5, 2009 in Magdeburg, Germany for a performance of PURPLE classics as part of the“Classics Play Rock” concert series.

As previously reported, the first three DEEP PURPLE reunion albums — “Perfect Strangers” (1984), “The House Of Blue Light” (1987) and “Nobody’s Perfect” (1988) — will get the SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) treatment in paper sleeve editions. They will be issued in this format in Japan in late February 2009 as limited editions.

According to, Super High Material CD is an improved version of the Compact Disc material that uses super-quality, enhanced transparency polycarbonate material developed for use in LCD screens. They will play in any CD player. Universal Music Japan and JVC co-developed the SHM-CD. They report that the new material allows the pits to be formed more precisely plus eliminates laser splatter. The signal characteristics are improved as a result with overall lower distortion and better musicality.