DEEP PURPLE
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Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as progressive rock band, the band's sound shifted to hard rock in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies. They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 7.5 million certified units in the US. The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful read more...
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Rhino Flashback 2011
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Made In JapanMade In Japan
Warner Off Roster 1988
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Mercury 1999
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A Fire In The Sky (3CD)A Fire In The Sky (3CD)
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FireballFireball
Flashback - Rhino 2008
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Burn (Expanded & Remastered)Burn (Expanded & Remastered)
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inFinite (Gold Edition)inFinite (Gold Edition)
EARMUSIC 2017
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The Very Best of Deep PurpleThe Very Best of Deep Purple
Remastered
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.. Album Cover 3.14 | 47 ratings
Shades Of Deep Purple
Proto-Metal 1968
.. Album Cover 3.23 | 43 ratings
The Book Of Taliesyn
Proto-Metal 1968
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 49 ratings
Deep Purple
Proto-Metal 1969
.. Album Cover 4.40 | 106 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
Hard Rock 1970
.. Album Cover 3.73 | 69 ratings
Fireball
Hard Rock 1971
.. Album Cover 4.36 | 121 ratings
Machine Head
Hard Rock 1972
.. Album Cover 3.38 | 46 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
Hard Rock 1973
.. Album Cover 3.73 | 64 ratings
Burn
Hard Rock 1974
.. Album Cover 3.30 | 44 ratings
Stormbringer
Hard Rock 1974
.. Album Cover 3.28 | 38 ratings
Come Taste The Band
Hard Rock 1975
.. Album Cover 3.78 | 52 ratings
Perfect Strangers
Hard Rock 1984
.. Album Cover 2.83 | 37 ratings
The House Of Blue Light
Hard Rock 1987
.. Album Cover 2.05 | 27 ratings
Slaves And Masters
Hard Rock 1990
.. Album Cover 2.88 | 25 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 3.49 | 31 ratings
Purpendicular
Hard Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 2.66 | 24 ratings
Abandon
Hard Rock 1998
.. Album Cover 2.90 | 24 ratings
Bananas
Hard Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 3.27 | 26 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
Hard Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 3.89 | 20 ratings
Now What?!
Hard Rock 2013
.. Album Cover 3.45 | 6 ratings
InFinite
Hard Rock 2017

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DEEP PURPLE live albums

.. Album Cover 2.92 | 25 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
Proto-Metal 1969
.. Album Cover 4.18 | 38 ratings
Made In Japan
Hard Rock 1972
.. Album Cover 3.68 | 21 ratings
Made In Europe
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover 2.78 | 8 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
Hard Rock 1977
.. Album Cover 4.21 | 13 ratings
In Concert
Hard Rock 1980
.. Album Cover 3.05 | 6 ratings
Live In London
Hard Rock 1982
.. Album Cover 2.82 | 8 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
Hard Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 2.66 | 6 ratings
Nobody's Perfect
Hard Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 2.05 | 2 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
Hard Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 9 ratings
Live In Japan
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 2.68 | 3 ratings
Gemini Suite Live
Proto-Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 2.92 | 8 ratings
Come Hell Or High Water
Hard Rock 1994
.. Album Cover 2.05 | 2 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple In Concert
Hard Rock 1995
.. Album Cover 2.52 | 7 ratings
California Jamming
Hard Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 2.11 | 3 ratings
Mk III: The Final Concerts
Hard Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 2.72 | 4 ratings
Live At The Olympia '96
Hard Rock 1997
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Total Abandon: Australia '99
Hard Rock 1999
.. Album Cover 3.21 | 5 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Hard Rock 2000
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Extended Versions
Hard Rock 2000
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Bootleg Series 1984-2000
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover 2.10 | 2 ratings
Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover 2.11 | 3 ratings
This Time Around: Live In Tokyo
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Soundboard Series
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover 2.62 | 2 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Dernière Séance
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Perks And Tit
Hard Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live Encounters...
Hard Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 2.25 | 3 ratings
Live In Stockholm
Hard Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Aachen 1970
Hard Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Montreux 1969 (Kneel & Pray)
Hard Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 2.64 | 3 ratings
Live At Montreux 1996
Hard Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Live In Europe 1993
Hard Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The NEC 1993
Hard Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Stuttgart 1993
Hard Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 2.64 | 3 ratings
They All Came Down To Montreux: Live At Montreux 2006
Hard Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 2.10 | 2 ratings
Live In Denmark 1972
Hard Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 2.60 | 2 ratings
Live At Inglewood 1968
Hard Rock 2009
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Long Beach Arena
Hard Rock 2009
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Montreux 2011
Hard Rock 2011
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
Hard Rock 2011
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
In Concert '72
Hard Rock 2012

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.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Purple Rainbows
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Deep Purple Family Album
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Friends And Relatives Album
Hard Rock 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Purple And Other Colours
Hard Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winning Combinations: Deep Purple And Rainbow
Hard Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Family & Friends Albums
Hard Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep Purple With The London Symphony Orchestra And Friends
Hard Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep Purple And Friends
Hard Rock 2006

DEEP PURPLE re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Deep Purple
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Purple
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Purple Passages
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mark I & II
Hard Rock 1973
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
24 Carat Purple
Hard Rock 1975
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep Purple
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Powerhouse
Hard Rock 1977
.. Album Cover 4.02 | 4 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock And When We Roll, We Roll
Hard Rock 1978
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Deep Purple Singles A's & B's
Hard Rock 1978
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
Hard Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 3.12 | 5 ratings
Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple
Hard Rock 1980
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New, Live And Rare
Hard Rock 1980
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
Hard Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Anthology
Hard Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock Heroes
Hard Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fireworks
Hard Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Purple
Hard Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple (Telstar)
Hard Rock 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple (Creative Sounds)
Hard Rock 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smoke On The Water
Hard Rock 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Night: Best
Hard Rock 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Compact Disc Anthology
Hard Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple (Mun-Hwa)
Hard Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door: The Best Of Deep Purple In The 80's
Hard Rock 1992
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Singles A's And B's
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progression
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits 1970-72
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hush
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Purple Chronicle: The Best Selection Of 25th Anniversary
Hard Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Stage 1970-1985
Hard Rock 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smoke On The Water: The Best Of
Hard Rock 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soldier Of Fortune: The Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Ballads
Hard Rock 1994
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Child In Time
Hard Rock 1995
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The Collection
Hard Rock 1997
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
30: Very Best Of
Hard Rock 1998
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Purplexed
Hard Rock 1998
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Smoke On The Water (Polygram)
Hard Rock 1998
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In Profile: Words And Magic
Hard Rock 1999
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The Essential Collection
Hard Rock 1999
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Shades 1968-1998
Hard Rock 1999
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Under The Gun
Hard Rock 1999
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Days May Come And Days May Go: The 1975 Rehearsals Pt. 1
Hard Rock 2000
.. Album Cover 2.12 | 2 ratings
1420 Beachwood Drive: The 1975 Rehearsals Pt. 2
Hard Rock 2000
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Very Best Of Deep Purple
Hard Rock 2000
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Anthems
Hard Rock 2000
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Smoke On The Water & Other Hits
Hard Rock 2001
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The Very Best Deep Purple Album Ever
Hard Rock 2001
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Listen, Learn, Read On
Hard Rock 2002
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple (Mercury)
Hard Rock 2002
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Singles Collection 68/76
Hard Rock 2002
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Purple Hits: The Best Of Deep Purple
Hard Rock 2003
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The Essential
Hard Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Deep Purple
Hard Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
The Early Years
Hard Rock 2004
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1990-1996
Hard Rock 2004
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The Best & Live: 2 CDs Of Deep Purple
Hard Rock 2004
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Smoke On The Water: The Best Of (Somewax)
Hard Rock 2004
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The Ultra Collection
Hard Rock 2005
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Deep Purple Forever: Very Best Of
Hard Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
The Platinum Collection
Hard Rock 2005
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Speed King: The Fastest Tracks
Hard Rock 2005
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Highway Stars
Hard Rock 2006
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Colour Collection
Hard Rock 2006
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Greatest Hits: Steel Box Collection
Hard Rock 2008
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Space Truckin' Round The World: Live 68-76
Hard Rock 2009
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80
Hard Rock 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phoenix Rising
Hard Rock 2011
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
Hard Rock 2011
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
Hard Rock 2012
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Live At Montreux (1996-2006)
Hard Rock 2013
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The Complete Albums 1970-1976
Hard Rock 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential (2014)
Hard Rock 2014
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Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69
Proto-Metal 2014

DEEP PURPLE singles (38)

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Hallelujah
Proto-Metal 1968
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Hush / One More Rainy Day
Proto-Metal 1968
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Listen, Learn, Read On / River Deep - Mountain High
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Kentucky Woman
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Emmaretta
Proto-Metal 1969
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Help / Hey Joe
Proto-Metal 1969
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Black Night
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Child In Time
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Speed King
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Flight Of The Rat
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fireball / Demon's Eye
Hard Rock 1971
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman
Hard Rock 1971
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Highway Star
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Never Before / When A Blind Man Cries
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Woman From Tokyo
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Black Night (live)
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Child In Time (Live)
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Smoke On The Water
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Might Just Take Your Life
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Burn
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Stormbringer
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lady Double Dealer
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Gettin' Tighter
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You Keep On Moving / Dealer
Hard Rock 1975
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Knocking At Your Back Door
Hard Rock 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Perfect Strangers
Hard Rock 1984
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Call Of The Wild
Hard Rock 1987
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2.00 | 1 ratings
King Of Dreams
Hard Rock 1990
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Conquers All
Hard Rock 1990
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time To Kill
Hard Rock 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming / Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
Hard Rock 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Aviator
Hard Rock 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Any Fule Kno That
Hard Rock 1998
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Whatsername
Hard Rock 1998
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Haunted
Hard Rock 2003
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All The Time In The World
Hard Rock 2013
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Vincent Price
Hard Rock 2013

DEEP PURPLE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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California Jam
Hard Rock 1981
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The Video Singles
Hard Rock 1987
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Come Hell Or High Water
Hard Rock 1994
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4.80 | 5 ratings
Live In Concert 72/73
Hard Rock 1996
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2.87 | 5 ratings
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
Hard Rock 1999
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Total Abandon: Australia '99
Hard Rock 2000
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Bombay Calling
Hard Rock 2000
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4.00 | 1 ratings
New, Live And Rare: The Video Collection 1984-2000
Hard Rock 2001
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Live At The NEC England 2002
Hard Rock 2002
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Deep Purple: The Making Of Machine Head
Hard Rock 2002
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3.14 | 3 ratings
Perihelion
Hard Rock 2002
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3.09 | 5 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
Proto-Metal 2003
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep Purple: Rock Review 1970-1972
Hard Rock 2004
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Inside Deep Purple 1969-1973
Hard Rock 2004
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Live Encounters...
Hard Rock 2004
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Inside Deep Purple 1974-1976
Hard Rock 2005
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4.75 | 2 ratings
Live In California 74
Hard Rock 2006
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Reflections
Hard Rock 2006
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Montreux 1996
Hard Rock 2006
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4.50 | 2 ratings
They All Came Down To Montreux: Live At Montreux 2006
Hard Rock 2007
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Around The World Live
Hard Rock 2008
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Phoenix Rising
Hard Rock 2009
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History, Hits & Highlights '68–'76
Hard Rock 2009
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Live At Montreux 2011
Hard Rock 2011

DEEP PURPLE Reviews

DEEP PURPLE Who Do We Think We Are

Album · 1973 · Hard Rock
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DEEP PURPLE was always a strange act. A rather random cast of characters starting as a pool of talent arranged in a similar way to pop acts like The Monkees, somehow found its own soul as one member after another built upon what came before and finally beginning with their 1970 landmark album “In Rock”, the band had hit upon the perfect chemistry. This was the period that has been designated the Mark II era of the band’s long and changing career and was the time when Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Jon Lord (keys, piano, organ), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums and percussion) were one of the most successful bands alongside Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in the nascent world of hard rock and early heavy metal. The band sold albums by the millions and couldn’t book enough shows to fill the demand of their dynamic live performances. Their success was the envy of musicians far and wide and one of those rare acts that seemed to appeal to all whether they preferred hard rock, prog, soul, jazz or classical. This band simply had a universal charm.

And then there was the negative side of the equation. After the success of their multi-platinum release “Machine Head,” DEEP PURPLE became living legends and toured like there was no tomorrow under the management’s brutal dictatorship and constant pressure to perform. All was not well with the PURPLE ones after the whirlwind tours across the world had finally come to an end. Exhausted were they and that is exactly when the pressure reared its ugly head. Instead of the sensible idea of allowing the band to recuperate from their enervating and demanding live performances, the record company and all the money grubbing whores who profited dearly from the band’s phenomenal success instead pulled out their slave driving whips and put the band immediately back in the recording studio to pump out a followup album which resulted in the very frowned upon WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE which to this day still divides hardcore fans like the DMZ between the Koreas.

As the tale goes, the infighting between management and members resulted in major schisms that led to Ian Gillan jumping ship only a few months after WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE was released. Citing fatigue as the main culprit which led to all the other issues at hand, the band carried on the best that they could although agreeing on tracks to include on the album was one of the major points of contention. The rather short album consists of a mere seven tracks and includes one of the band’s most famous tracks “Woman From Tokyo” which narrated the famous Japanese tour that also yielded one of the most celebrated live album recordings of the entire rock era with their hugely popular “Made In Japan.” After that famous single, what we mostly get is another six musical compositions that have sort of fell to the bottom ranks within the greater DEEP PURPLE canon, and that is indeed a true shame because i happen to be one of those who actually loves this album although i will readily concur that WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE is indeed one of the weakest releases within the Mark II lineup.

Often cited as nothing more than a series of disconcerting efforts and passionless pits of uninspired drudgery that showed the band playing their older material by the numbers, i see this album from a different point of view. True that this without doubt could have been a better album given all the vital circumstances needed to create a “Machine Head 2,” however even taking the album for what it is, this is one excellent album filled with classic PURPLE material. For one, i don’t want a sequel of a previous masterpiece but rather a new set of tunes that take a bold new approach to the sound laid out from what came before. WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE does just that with heavy guitar riff oriented bluesy rock in tandem with the excellent keyboard accompaniments and yet more strong vocal performances from Gillan. There is no slacking off here that i can detect.

After the initial “Woman From Tokyo” the tracks continue with an interesting array of heavy rock that is more blues oriented than on their previous albums but not too far off the cuff of other Mark II albums when all is said and done. “Mary Long” is an exception listed below (me no likey) and while “Super Trouper” doesn’t jump into the typical heavy DEEP PURPLE rocker, it does however have a unique fragility to it with a very catchy melody and smooth instrumental interplay that is more sophisticated than the average DP track. “Smooth Dancer” is an absolute gem with a heavy emphasis on a nice guitar riff (reminds me of what “Nobody’s Home” would sound like on the future “Perfect Strangers) with excellent keyboard interplay in the form of a rather honky tonk sounding piano run. The melody creates one of my absolute favorite DP tracks of their career. The keyboard solo is also quite adventurous as Lord is a relentless madman.

Next up: the phenomenal “Rat Bat Blue.” This is yet another masterpiece of music in the band’s long career with a heavy blues riff that adds some interesting progressive rock time signature workouts at key moments (albeit brief). Honestly it sounds a tad like “Rock ’n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer only without the lame cheesiness and elevated to a higher arts position. Brilliant grooves, excellent vocal interplay and one of Jon Lord’s most treasured sizzling keyboard performances in his entire career that makes Keith Emerson look like nothing more than a piano student who wants his mommy. “Place In Line” takes the pure blues route that sounds more like a John Lee Hooker track than the DEEP PURPLE the world had come to know, however despite this sidetrack into a sorta “Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues” that sounds a tad Janis Joplin, this track finds resolution as it ratchets up heaviness. A major faux pas for some but for me this merely finds a band paying tribute to a style of music that inspired the members all the while adding their own voice. I find it quite satisfying myself. Last up: “Our Lady.” Spacey organ intro is followed by a semi-ballad that maintains a thick organ presence and sounds a bit like a 60s psychedelic band of some sort. Not one of the best tracks of the album and definitely not a wise ending choice but i find this one to have a nice groove and beautifully intricate melody as well.

Here are a few reasons i can detect as to why this album has received such a bad rap. 1) Reputation. Yeah, this album has gotten trashed by everyone over the years to the point that someone who had never listened to this album would assume that the band was trying to record covers of The Partridge Family or something. 2) The album cover and title are admittedly awful and give the impression that all the stale and soulless tunes that have been purported to exist surely must be as such since the cover is about as inspired as a adipose laden ass sitting on a plexiglass coffee table. 3) There are some bad moments on this one although not nearly as bad as one would expect. Unfortunately one of these musical faux pas’ s comes as the second track “Mary Long” which is a rather insipid tale doubt a girl losing her virginity and even hosts a major no-no of stealing the riff from Clapton’s “I Shot The Sheriff” for certain parts of the track. 4) This is different than “Machine Head” and has a completely different energy. Riffs are varied, solos (both guitar and organ) are more varied. Everything is more eclectic and more ideas are strewn about which makes some people feel uncomfortable i guess, especially when the relativity factor is part of the equation (that being it followed the brilliant consistency of its predecessor.)

A perfect album this ain’t. There are so many ways this could’ve been a better album but i personally love this one a lot and find it a testament to the fortitude of a great band at their absolute worst that is still able to crank out excellent music despite wanting to pull out a semi-automatic rifle and blow everyone else around them away. While i would never tout this album as the pinnacle of the band’s career in any way, shape or form, i do find this to be woefully underrated, under-appreciated and misunderstood. While i will probably never convince anyone to the contrary, i cannot find the horrible aspects of this album that i have read about forever. This is an excellent album that only could’ve been much better with some rearranging of tracks and a few more months of recovery after a lengthy tour. However, as fate would have it, the band would splinter, Gillan would exit stage right and David Coverdale would usher in the Mark III phase. True that we cannot change history but we can alter our misguided perceptions of a great album that’s been deemed inferior for too long.

Four stars because the strengths are so much greater than the weaknesses.

DEEP PURPLE InFinite

Album · 2017 · Hard Rock
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So what do you do when one of your all time favourite bands announces that they've got a new album coming out? You get yourself on the preorder list and order the version with the bonus EP, that's what! Deep Purple have remained a favourite band of mine ever since I got into them around the time I was 13 and the MkII reunion was just about to make the news.

The band has had a varied history and changed style a lot since their debut of July 1968. After the reunion album, "Perfect Strangers", Deep Purple struggled with "House of Blue Light", the sacking of Ian Gillan, the Purple Rainbow album "Slaves and Masters" (4/5 DP, 3/5 Rainbow), the re-acquisition of Gillan and the final departure of Ritchie Blackmore. Releases after the phenomenal "Perfect Strangers" were spotty. Then came Steve Morse into the line up and with new blood came a new sound. This is the sound that Deep Purple have kept up more or less since then, even through the retirement of the late great Jon Lord and recruitment of Don Airey, whose Deep Purple family record includes playing in Whitesnake and Rainbow and playing with Nicky Simper in a band called Quartermass II, which also included Mick Underwood on drums (Mick played with Gillan in Gillan and with Gillan and Glover in Episode Six).

A happy band and a fairly stable lineup has still produced some less than marvelous albums, though in my opinion "Bananas" and "Rapture of the Deep" could have been better without the spotty production. For a while it seemed that there would be no more Deep Purple albums with at least one band member stating that albums were dying out and the cost of making them would never be recouped in sales. But then came the remarkable "Now What?!" - remarkable because producer Bob Ezrin got the band to forget about the charts and just make a great album. That 2013 release touched back to 1995's "Purpendicular" while also tapping into some MkI sounds and solos. Deep Purple were almost prog again!

Sooooo, now four years later, the band has released a new heavy and what of it? Well, the boys are back with Bob Ezrin and back in the same studio in Nashville. The first thing you'll notice is that the classic DP sound is intact: heavy rock guitar, swirling and rumbling organ, a solid rhythm section and, of course, Ian Gillan's vocals and wit. The band sound confident and also they sound like they are having a blast. Ian Paice said in an interview that they really have fun making music, and as if to corroborate Paice's sentiments, Roger Glover said in a separate interview that they had so much fun making "Now What?!" that they wanted to make another album. And there's even the possibility that the future may bring yet another album!

The songs are a mix of politically charged messages like "Time for Bedlam" and "Birds of Prey" and a host of rockers with humorous inspirations and lyrics. Gillan delivers the best vocal opening ever on "Hip Boots" with the line, "You can bury up to my knees in shit!", which is all the more effective after the sombre ending to "Time for Bedlam". "One Night in Vegas" is the recounting of a story of a guy who drank too much in Vegas and woke up the next day with a wife. The kicker is that they are still married thirty years later! "Johnny's Band" is a condensed version of the history of all those old classic bands who got a hit song, became famous, went downhill, broke up, and then regrouped decades later to play their old classics. Glover emphasizes that this is not a Purple story. "On Top of the World" has raconteur lyricist Gillan telling an old story about a wild time on the roof of a building in Kuala Lumpur and the anticlimactic conclusion the next day. The final lyrics are spoken and end with, "I made my excuses and left through the door / Stepped into space off the 20th floor / And that's... why I don't like heights no more." We also find that the lyrics have become more profane. After the first three songs, we've heard "shit", "piss", "ass" and "f%#&ing". Gillan says that he used to be an angry young man, but now he's f%#&ing furious. No shit!

I gotta say that after the first listen, I liked the album; after the second I liked it more; and after the third, I just wanted to listen to it again! But I also listened to "Now What?!" once more and there are two things I noticed. The first is that the previous album had longer instrumental passages and came across as more progressive, if showing off your solo and instrumental music writing talent makes you progressive. Both Steve Morse and Don Airey really brought back that early DP atmosphere. "InFinite's" songs are generally shorter with less emphasis on instrumental sections. The other thing that occurred to me was that Steve Morse is not so strongly in the mix, nor does he deliver as much guitar wizardry as he has on past albums. While Don Airey stands out with his flooding organ sweeps, Steve has almost left his trademark shredding at the studio door and instead delivers some less-than-outstanding lead guitar. His solos fit in well with the music, so he's done well there. But there is little this time that affirms his diverse skill on the guitar.

Nevertheless, this is a short and fun, rock out album. It's heavy at times, it's a party at times, and there's always a spot or two that requires you to think a little. This is not going to make Deep Purple chart toppers or even be an album for the history books. But for an old band I think they have delivered a very decent package.

DEEP PURPLE InFinite

Album · 2017 · Hard Rock
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An unbelievable half century, yes that’s correct, 50 years(!!!) since the seeds of the group were sown in their first incarnation called Roundabout, the band that became DEEP PURPLE just a year later has defied the odds of surviving far into the following century. Almost as if giving a sign of their intent to stay around forever, they release their 20th studio album INFINITE (which cleverly depicts the initials DP forming the infinity sign that has been broken into ocean ice floes by the icebreaker USCGC Healy of the US Coast Guard) in 2017 although the first single “Time For Bedlam” was released as a teaser in Dec 2016 and caught my attention as it signaled that the band were aiming for their classic early 70s sound when they were hitting high notes with “In Rock” and “Machine Head.” Despite the classic Mark II sound, this is the same DEEP PURPLE lineup that has been consistent since 2003’s “Bananas” album with longtime members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice alongside newbies Steve Morse filling the shoes of the classic Ritchie Blackmore and Don Airey taking over the keyboard duties of legendary Jon Lord. Despite the newer lineup, everyone successfully channeled their inner early 70s zeitgeists and create one of the most retro albums of their career with INFINITE.

After an unusual monk like chant accompanying a droning synthesizer the band jumps right into their classic business on the opener “Time For Bedlam” which contains all of the elements that made the classic period so damned good as they check off each and every one of them. All those classic guitar riffs and melodic solos? Check. Magical organ runs that provide ample amounts of atmosphere and exquisitely designed classical workouts? Check. Catchy hooky melodies that make memorable sing-alongs? Check. Percussive drive with all the rhythmic breaks and appropriate pauses? Ditto. Even Ian Gillan sounds the same although it’s somewhat obvious at times that he has passed his prime but at the age of 71 his voice has held up quite well. The only time i feel he’s woefully substandard is on the Doors cover track “Roadhouse Blues,” but then again who could possibly fill Jim Morrison’s shoes?!!!

INFINITE delivers exactly what you would expect from a retro sounding album that somewhat makes the listener wonder if the album was actually created in the early 70s and the band have just finally gotten around to it as every aspect including lyrical content brings one back to a more care-free era of energetic hard rock and free love at its creative peak. While DEEP PURPLE released a fair number albums of this type in the 70s, the songwriting has always been a bit hit and miss on some of their lesser knowns but on INFINITE they manage to conjure up a whole album’s worth of catchy hard hitting tracks that for the listening time suspend all belief that the most members are well into their 70s and the youngest band member, Steve Morse is 62! Perhaps my favorite aspect of this album is the letting-it-loose keyboard skills of Don Airey who unleashes his playing prowess in myriad forms. Not only does he emulate Jon Lords rhythmic key riffing of the past but dishes out some seriously quickened and individualized solos and really fills Lord’s shoes in every possible way while adding his own touches that fit in with the intended retro sound so well.

If a totally retro DEEP PURPLE album appeals to you then you are in for a treat. The album is particularly strong in the songwriting department and will truly tinkle your ivories with riff and after riff reminding you of the good old days however this album is not without its flaws. My main gripe is with the horribly compressed production which sounds too flat and tinny for its own good. Perhaps they were trying too hard to sound authentically retro but ultimately this is the biggest impediment for enjoying the album despite the great tracks. Ultimately this is a decent comeback album that follows the direction initiated by 2013’s “Now What?!” with a return to bluesy hard rock with that classic keyboard sound but for an album that is released in 2017 i would expect a more robust engineering job in the studio even if the final desired product was to be as 1972 as possible, i mean even albums FROM 1972 sound better than this. As for the music itself, i personally think this is the best DEEP PURPLE album since 1984’s “Perfect Strangers” as i’ve always found the three decades of material that came after to be fairly stagnant and well,,,, boring! INFINITE finds DEEP PURPLE realizing they needed to move away from their less than exciting experiments they’ve engaged in and revert back to what they have always been the best at, namely crank out the classic keyboard driven hard rock gusto that made them a household name in the first place and with INFINITE they more than prove that they don’t need Blackmore or Lord to revisit those glory days.

DEEP PURPLE Concerto For Group And Orchestra

Live album · 1969 · Proto-Metal
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This is probably the most controversial album in the Deep Purple catalog. It's an experiment they did once and never again. I know, there was Gemini Suite, but that was actually originally released as a Jon Lord album, realizing some of the Deep Purple guys (such as Ritchie Blackmore) wanted nothing to do with it, it was later reissues that tagged the "Deep Purple" name on it to help boost sales. It's clear that Concerto for Group and Orchestra was Jon Lord's idea. It's also the first to feature Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, but you'll never know that from hearing it. Lord must have had a monster sized ego to try something like this. Obviously the Moody Blues had big success with Days of Future Passed, combining rock band with orchestra, so why not Deep Purple? One big complaint many level at Days of Future Passed is the lack of band and orchestra interaction. The orchestra would play a theme that the band would later play, but rarely interact. The same problem with this album, only even more so. Malcolm Arnold conducts the orchestra here. What I do like is many of the nice ideas and moods the orchestra creates, and I do like it when the band gets jamming, but when they do, the orchestra keeps silent. There's a few parts where one of the band members interact with the orchestra later on, but never the full band. While Ian Gillan makes his vocal debut, it's only on one short spot, and he sounds just like his predecessor, Rod Evans, so much so you think Rod hadn't even left the band yet. Of course the screaming style he's most famous for would be totally inappropriate for this album. Despite obvious flaws with this album, I expected it to be boring, but actually there are some really nice ideas, and found it good, not great, though. I'm not surprised that the band members weren't on the same page when it comes for opinion. Ritchie Blackmore thought the orchestra was being condescending to the band, while John Lord and even Malcolm Arnold was happy with the results. Certainly the Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed is more popular, as is probably every other rock with orchestra experiment, like Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Procol Harum's Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the Nice's Five Bridges, but it probably has to do with those albums had more emphasis on band interaction and even orchestral interaction.

Is Concerto for Group and Orchestra a total failure? Not really, as mentioned the flaws are obvious, but since I ended up enjoying it, I give it a three star rating, which is decent, but I wouldn't recommend it if you want that "in your face" rocking action of In Rock, and for fans of early hard rock/metal, it really should be a two star rating.

DEEP PURPLE Fireball

Album · 1971 · Hard Rock
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I can see why In Rock ended up such an unbridled rocking album, it was totally a reaction towards Concerto for Group and Orchestra (it wasn't exactly a commercial success, or a critical one, for that matter). And it succeeded big time, although it didn't feature the big hits you hear off Machine Head, it didn't really matter. In Rock finally gave the band an identity. Fireball, while never a maligned album isn't as highly regarded, probably because of the high standards that put themselves up on In Rock. I own the American LP with "Strange Kind of Woman" instead of "Demon's Eye". It's a classic example of UK singles not being released on upcoming UK albums, but needed to include on the American LP release, in this case, "Strange Kind of Woman" (Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced is even a more extreme case, as "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze" and "Wind Cries Mary" were never included on the UK LP because they were released as singles already, but included on the American LP, and I can go on about UK and US Beatles and Stones LPs released up to 1967, but I won't). On with the review:

The title track rocks just as hard as anything off their previous album. It even includes proto-speed metal guitar riffs, so if there's such a thing as "proto-speed metal" this is definitely it! It's not Ride the Lightening-era Metallica or Slayer, but speed metal was the roots of thrash metal, and Deep Purple doing perhaps the first ever speed metal song. "Strange Kind of Woman" should have been a hit in America (again, don't pay attention to this part if you live in the UK, unless your CD reissue includes this song as a bonus cut), classic Deep Purple all the way. "Anyone's Daughter" is a bit different: Ritchie Blackmore attempting country music, and the rare time the band doesn't take themselves seriously. I don't recall hearing acoustic guitar in a Deep Purple song before (or after). "The Mule" is more adventurous, more in heavy prog territory, while Jon Lord provides some nice psychedelic organ playing on "The Fool", but there are heavier parts of this song with Ian Gillan providing his trademark screaming vocals. It's a bit on the experimental side so the more conventional hard rock or metal fan might find this a bit hard listening, but as I'm also a fan of prog rock, I can appreciate the approach they do here.

As mentioned, In Rock gave the band very high standards that may be hard to top, but Fireball is still very much worth having.

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DEEP PURPLE In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra

Movie · 1999 · Hard Rock
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Gillan, Glover, Lord, Morse, Paice are the essential Deep Purple lineup and it was a pleasure to see them doing this ambitious concert with finesse and flair, absolutely cementing their reputation as the ultimate metal progenitors. However therewas not enough rock and it concentrated on an orchestral piece that goes on forever. The DVD features highlights such as the classic songs, Wring That Neck, Pictures Of Home and Smoke On The Water. These were the highlights for me but I became rather bored and disinterested with the lengthy Concerto For Group And Orchestra - Movements I to III. It was interesting at first taste but soon became rather tiresome. So I was a little disapointed in this DVD.

It may be a matter of what you want from this band, I prefer the hard, raucous sound of Machine Head, Made In Japan or In Rock. Dont get me wrong. the orchestra plays beautifully, and its all very technically proficient as far as the movements are concerned, but not Deep Purple the way I remember them. I like my Deep Purple served up with classic killer riffs, magnificent vocals and virtuoso drumming. So this DVD may be great to watch once as a curio piece perhaps, but on second and third viewing its a real yawnfest.

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