Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Deep Purple Around the World Live|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
This stunning set features three full Deep Purple concerts, highlights of a fourth, interviews with the band members and a new documentary telling the full Deep Purple story from their beginnings up to the present day with... more »
A Band on Video, or "Good Lord! We're on Film!"
Baton Rouge Brent | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | 06/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On June 17th, Eagle Rock Entertainment and its Eagle Vision label will release the new Deep Purple 4-disc dvd set called Deep Purple: Around the World Live. I just received my copy and I have to say that it is a beautiful set. Aside from the 4 dvd's it includes a book written by Classic Rock Magazine's Joel McIver, which is chock full of great photographs, many of which have never been seen before.
The set itself is a lavish, great-looking hardcover affair with two discs in the front, two discs in the back, and the 32-page, specially commissioned book bound in the middle. Packed with rare and previously unseen material, this 57 song, nine hour collection represents the ultimate Deep Purple video release.
The first disc is the 1995 release, Bombay Calling, recorded in 1995 in Bombay, India. Featuring the then-new line up of Gillan, Glover, Morse, Lord, and Paice, the newly invigorated band goes through a blistering post-Blackmore TBRO setlist. Although Purpendicular had yet to be released, they throw in "The Purpendicular Waltz" as a treat and it is a delight to hear! Included as a bonus on this disc is an eight song concert recorded in Seoul, South Korea in 1995 that features a short best-of setlist that includes "Child in Time."
The second disc is Total Abandon, recorded in Australia in 1999. Aside from another insanely brilliant live performance, this disc also includes the documentary film "A Band Down Under," which was originally sold separately through the DPAS.
The third disc is quite a tasty treat indeed! This is Jon Lord's farewell show, recorded at the NEC in England in 2002. This wonderfully emotional and fierce performance includes both Don Airey and Jon Lord sharing keyboard duties, with Jon handling special passages on his own. It also features the return to the set of "Child in Time," which had been absent at that point for a number of years. A bonus feature on this disc is a 2002 interview with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. This disc alone is worth the price of admission!
The fourth disc in this set is a documentary about Deep Purple from its inception in 1968 till current day. To date, there has not been a thorough documentary of the band committed to film. This disc rights that grievous error. Full of insights, performance clips, and interviews with band members, this disc is sure to please fans!
With four full concerts and a film-length documentary, this lovely set deserves a spot on the video shelf of fans and newcomers alike!
Brent A. Soileau
Deep Purple Hub
Another home run hit out of the park by Eagle Vision
Mike | San Jose, CA | 06/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brent Soileau's review admirably covers the content, so I won't repeat it here.
The 4 DVDs focus 100% on the Steve Morse Deep Purple. The crown jewel of the collection, the one that I don't believe any serious Purple fan can do without, is DVD 3: "Live At The NEC UK 2002."
The concert was a "Farewell To Jon Lord." On one hand, he felt the time to leave was upon him. On the other, he approached the band regarding options and the option available to him was "leave."
According to the EXCELLENT 34-page full color book by Joel McIver bound into this collection, Lord became road-weary and felt that he was no longer giving his all to night after night after night of "Smoke On The Water" in one town after another. Deep Purple has always been a working band, with emphasis on "working," so Lord sent a letter to the band asking if there was any way that they could take a year off.
The reply: "That's not how we see it."
So, for the sake of his own ambitions, as well as physical and mental health, Jon Lord amicably left Deep Purple.
During the NEC performance, Don Airey performs a keyboard solo. Fade to black. The lights come up, there's Jon Lord playing the intro to "Perfect Strangers." As hesitant as I am to offer "worth the price of admission" testimonials, this is like the part in "This Is Spinal Tap" in which David St. Hubbins motions Nigel Tufnel onstage at the farewell performance and howls "NIGEL TUFNEL, LEAD GUITAR!"
Seriously. When the lights come up and you see Lord, you'll know your money was well spent.
A quick look at the 4 DVDS:
DVD 1 (India, Seoul 1995): Deep Purple were still rolling the dice at this point (moving forward with the assumption that Blackmore fans would accept Steve Morse). The performances are "good," but I would also label them as "tentative." The first performance I've seen on DVD, prior to this set, in which the Morse Purple SMOKES, is Live at Montreux, 1996. To call the 1995 pre-Purpendicular band "hot" might be overly generous. You'll see the promise, but the band is clearly keeping one eye on the set list and the other on the audience reaction.
DVD 2: "Total Abandon Australia 1999"...No worries, mate! Morse passed with flying colors. Four years after "Bombay Calling" and "Live At Seoul," Mose makes good on his response to the question "How do you feel about filling Ritchie Blackmore's shoes" ("When he left the band he took his shoes with him," as Morse is quoted on DVD 4).
"Total Abandon" has been available for a while now in other formats. It's "new" to people who don't purchase imports (or who aren't Rhapsody subscribers).
DVD 3: "Live At The NEC" (the Jon Lord Farewell Concert): You're just going to have to trust me on this one. It's five out of five stars, period. The contrast between new keyboardist Don Airey and Jon Lord is evident, but what you'll see is the pure spirit of professional musicians passing the torch.
Personally, I wish the band had given Lord what he wanted (one year off). But Don is a pro, with an impeccable pedigree, and he fits into the band on a personality level. So the Blackmore-Lord Purple is dead...long live Deep Purple.
By the way...as has been custom on the previous Morse DVDs, the band re-affirms its pleasure in the wake of Blackmore's departure. No way of knowing how bad the diva behavior was unless you were a band member, but the overall take is "bad." Really, really bad lack of "team spirit" on Ritchie's part.
DVD 4: Sorry, Brent...I expected more here. This was a prime opportunity to see and hear a bit of the Joe Satriani transitional D.P., and what we get is a couple of slo-mo seconds of Satch making a "guitar face" through a voice-over. This isn't the documentary I've been waiting for. Not bad, but certainly not definitive.
Wonderful...plus Bombay DVD looks much better.
Micaloneus | the Cosmos | 07/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Around the World Live" is a great DVD collection as other reviews have already written, but one thing that really surprised me, was how much better "Bombay Calling" looked. I could actually see what was going on!
Of course it's also worth getting this collection for the 2002 concert, but if you were disappointed in Bombay Calling like I was, you'll want this DVD set for the major upgrade in visual quality."