Deep Purple – In Rock 1978 French purple vinyl LP


A limited edition purple vinyl pressing of Deep Purple in Rock by Deep Purple, released in France in 1978.

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Offered for sale is a scarce limited edition purple vinyl pressing of Deep Purple in Rock, issued in France in 1978.

About this copy: This copy of Deep Purple in Rock is a limited edition on the Harvest label, issued in France.

The cover is VG+ with modest ring wear.  The cover has a hype sticker that says “SPECIAL DISQUE EN COULEUR.”

The record is M- with one or two faint sleeve scuffs.  It looks as though it might have been played only once or twice.

A nice Deep Purple item and the only copy of this purple vinyl pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background: Deep Purple in Rock was Deep Purple’s fourth studio album and the first to feature singer Ian Gillan.  The album reached #4 on the UK charts, but only reached #143 in the U.S. gave the album a 4 1/2 star review:

Deep Purple’s soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970’s awesome In Rock. The cacophony of sound (spearheaded by Ritchie Blackmore’s blistering guitar solo) introducing opener “Speed King” made it immediately obvious that the band was no longer fooling around…and though closer “Hard Lovin’ Man” finally saw the new-look Deep Purple waffling on a bit too long before descending into feedback, the die was cast for one of heavy metal’s defining albums.

In 1978, record companies around the world released a number of then-new and older titles as limited edition pressings on colored vinyl.  Many of these titles were imported into the U.S., where they could often be found in the “import” bins of larger record stores.

While colored vinyl records from the UK and the Netherlands were widely imported, the many colored vinyl pressings from France were not.  As such, they’re much harder to find today.

Deep Purple in Rock was issued in France on purple vinyl and in the Netherlands on green vinyl.  The purple pressing is by far the harder of the two to find.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Harvest
Catalog Number:
DC 11
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in