Underwhelming to the extreme
Andy S. | 07/28/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I had high hopes for this disc, as Burn is one of my favorite albums of all time. Sadly, this disc offers very little to the die-hard fan...you are mostly treated to anonymous talking head critic types, almost all of whom really love the album (there is one cranky old guy who doesn't, but never offers a decent reason other than 'its not MKII'). Glenn Hughes is interviewed, but he doesn't say all that much of weight...no revelations whatsoever. I would have loved to see some vintage 'in the studio' footage, but that is nowhere to be found. Some brief live clips from the California Jam and other dates are present, but these are very sporadic. There really is no point to this disc, no good information, no good footage. While it doesn't bear the "Classic Rock Productions" label that the absolutely dreadful discs detailing Rainbow/Deep Purple history had before, the packaging and presentation are almost identical, making me think this is the same wolf in another sheep's clothing. Perhaps worth $10 or less, but save your money otherwise."
You Fool No One!
Sky | New York | 02/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I thought that I had found a gem....A DVD set that covered performances of one of the pioneers of metal...the early years of one of the greatest bands ever. Um...no. Someone is putting out a deliberate deception of Deep Purple DVDs that seem to suggest that you'll get live performances, but all you really get is a lot of strangers reminiscing about the band.
The very few performances that you get on any of these dogs have terrible A/V quality. My expectations were never high regarding the A/V based on when they were recorded. But the big problem is that THERE ARE HARDLY ANY PERFORMANCES. These Critical Review series are DVDs of interviews with bunch of people that maybe knew the band.
And with the performances (mostly cut up out-takes) that you do get, you start screaming at the TV to show the dang performers; the clips show things like the audience, the moon or the sky as the band plays.
The price of this release is a joke for the rubbish content that you get. This piece of crap isn't even worth 1 buck in my opinion for the relatively uninteresting Deep Purple items of info that you get throughout the set.
Deep Purple fans don't be fooled. Go with Live In Concert 72/73 (although unfortunately mostly in black and white) and/or Live in California '74 if you liked the Coverdale/Burn years. But by all means keep away from the Add to Cart button here.