Deep Purple Releasing Orchestral Album

Two-CD set chronicles 1999 shows with London Symphony.

A double album chronicling Deep Purple's September 1999 concerts

with the London Symphony Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall

will be released Feb. 8, according to Spitfire Records. Deep Purple

in Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Paul Mann

— released this week in the UK by Eagle Records — features

four-fifths of the hard-rock band's late '60s/early '70s lineup: Jon

Lord, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice.

Only guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is absent, replaced by Steve

Morse of the Dixie Dregs. Ex-Black Sabbath and

Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio guests on the LP, which

mixes Deep Purple classics with solo material and Lord's "Concerto for

Group and Orchestra," which Deep Purple introduced 30 years ago at Royal

Albert Hall. Deep Purple will begin a world tour March 23 in Hong Kong.