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 8th in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3rd. 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 Me 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.

Earlier this year, Deep Purple released their 20th studio album Infinite and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with Alice Cooper. It begins on August 12th in Las Vegas and the full itinerary can be found below.

A Fire In The Sky Single-Disc Track Listing:

1. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit)
2. Rapture Of The Deep
3. Sun Goes Down
4. Any Fule Kno That
5. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Edit)
6. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit)
7. Knocking At Your Back Door (Single Edit)
8. Perfect Strangers (Single Edit)
9. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit)
10. Soldier Of Fortune
11. Burn (U.S. Single Edit)
12. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit)
13. Highway Star (U.S. Single Edit)
14. Smoke On The Water (U.S. Single Edit)
15. Fireball
16. Strange Kind Of Woman
17. Child In Time (Part 1)
18. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
19. Black Night
20. Hush

A Fire In The Sky Three-Disc Track Listing:

Disc One:

1. Hell To Pay
2. Vincent Price
3. Wrong Man
4. Rapture Of The Deep
5. Sun Goes Down
6. Any Fule Kno That
7. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
8. Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
9. The Battle Rages On
10. King Of Dreams
11. Call Of The Wild
12. Bad Attitude
13. Knocking At Your Back Door
16. Perfect Strangers

Disc Two:

1. You Keep On Moving
2. Dealer (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix)
3. Stormbringer
4. Soldier Of Fortune
5. Mistreated
6. Might Just Take Your Life
7. Burn
8. Rat Bat Blue
9. Woman From Tokyo
10. Space Truckin’
11. Smoke On The Water
12. When A Blind Man Cries

Disc Three:

1. Highway Star
2. Demon’s Eye
3. Fireball
4. Strange Kind Of Woman
5. Child In Time
6. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
7. Black Night
8. Hallelujah
9. Emmaretta (2012 Stereo Mix)
10. The Bird Has Flown (Early Version – 2012 Stereo Mix)
11. Wring That Neck (aka Hard Road)
12. Kentucky Woman
13. Mandrake Root
14. Hush

A Fire In The Sky Three-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

1. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit)
2. Vincent Price
3. Rapture Of The Deep
4. Sun Goes Down
5. Any Fule Kno That

Side Two:

1. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
2. The Battle Rages On
3. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit)
4. Perfect Strangers

Side Three:

1. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit)
2. Soldier Of Fortune
3. Stormbringer
4. Burn (U.S. Single Edit)
5. Might Just Take Your Life
6. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit)

Side Four:

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Demon’s Eye
4. Fireball

Side Five:

1. Strange Kind Of Woman
2. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
3. Child In Time
4. Black Night

Side Six:

1. Kentucky Woman
2. Wring That Neck (aka Hard Road)
3. Mandrake Root
4. Hush

North American Tour Dates With Alice Cooper:


12 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
13 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
15 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
16 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
18 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
21 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
23 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
24 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
26 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
27 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
30 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center


1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
2 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
3 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
9 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
10 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

Current Lineup: Ian Paice (Drums), Roger Glover (Bass), Ian Gillan (Lead Vocals), Steve Morse (Guitar), Don Aire (Keyboards).

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  • Keith G on

    I would definitely be interested in the single disc version of this one. I am not a huge fan of Deep Purple, but I do like some of their music and give them huge respect for their longevity and influence they have had on the music I love. The single disc version would cover all of the songs that I am familiar with, so this would suffice for me.

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