Deep Purple Releasing Orchestral Album

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;

guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 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.