In November 1984, the Mk II Deep Purple line-up of Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice reconvened in style for the album 'Perfect Strangers.'
Even as Gillan became a rock god with Deep Purple, he starred in the famous musical's cast album.
Watch the new split-screen footage of the Mk II line-up in their early pomp.
The eight albums cover the band's 1972-77 period and their Mk II, III and IV line-ups.
Few players have infused rock music with the potent mixture of classical and blues influences that Lord did.
The legend of 'Smoke On The Water' sometimes overshadows the song's unusual chart history.
After the Perfect Strangers reunion, Deep Purple were back on album duty little more than two years later with The House Of Blue Light.
On 28 November 1968, the Mk I line-up of Deep Purple made their first appearance at the famous Fillmore West in San Francisco.
The UK album chart of 42 years ago had new entries for Elton John, Queen, Sparks and the 1974 vintage Deep Purple, with Stormbringer.
Legendary heavy rockers Deep Purple are set to play a special live concert for BBC Radio 2's In Concert series on 16 November 2017
Deep Purple have landed their first UK top ten album for nearly 30 years, as their 20th studio album inFinite enters the survey at No. 6,
Deep Purple have gone some way to alleviating fans' tangible concerns that the title of their tour, The Long Goodbye, suggested their days may be numbered.
Deep Purple have announced a new set of UK dates for late next year, in support their album inFinite, which will be released by earMusic early in 2017.
Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller, N.W.A. and the late Bert Berns were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (8 April).
'The Vinyl Collection' box set brings Deep Purple's game-changing studio albums together on 180g vinyl, giving them the lavish treatment they deserve.