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Deep Purple: Live in California '74 - The DVD Archive Collection


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CPH9XY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Deep Purple were the biggest selling album act in America when they embarked on a 28 date tour promoting their new album "Burn". The undoubted climax of this tour was headlining the California Jam Festival at Ontario Speedway in California, in front of 200,000 people. Their explosive set is presented here on DVD for the first time. The set list includes tracks from "Burn", as well as classics like "Space Truckin'" and "Smoke On The Water".

As the show came to a close, Blackmore - angered by troubles backstage - took his revenge on one of the TV cameras, before exploding his amps and destroying several guitars. It made for a visually astonishing climax to the set, and almost got the band banned from playing live in America again. This fully-restored edition contains a missing track, bonus camera angles, commentaries and many other bonus options.

Ritchie Blackmore: Guitar * David Coverdale: Vocals Glenn Hughes: Bass/Vocals * Jon Lord: Keyboards Ian Paice: Drums

Track List:
1) Arrival At Airport
2) Burn
3) Might Just Take Your Life
4) Lay Down, Stay Down
5) Mistreated
6) Smoke On the Water
7) You Fool No One
8) Space Truckin'

Customer Reviews

I just don't understand it.
Shred
The sound is great and it's the DVD I chose to purchase to replace my bootleg video of the concert.
L. Dean Webb
That's the ONLY small defect!
Francisco Cortes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Philip A.Cohen VINE VOICE on March 9, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yes,this time,we're finally getting Deep Purple's 1974 California Jam concert complete,with the missing song "Lay Down,Stay Down",and the audio quality is decent,enhanced for surround from a mono or stereo orignal,but,for unknown reasons,the video quality is drastically inferior to any previous release.This is ostensibly from the original ABC television 2" videotapes,but,it actually looks like a very poor kinescope(Video to film transfer) with a very stuttery appearance during rapid movement.There is also a sound/picture synchronisation problem right after the layer change break,I.E. for the first 2 to 3 minutes of "Space Truckin'".This release was mastered by Deep Purple's present-day management,which is based in Australia.What were they using as a source? Though original 1980's home video releases(such as the UK videocassette on BBC Video and the Japanese videocassette on TOEI Video) were missing"Lay Down,Stay Down",at least they had the full picture quality.What went wrong on this release? I was alarmed when I heard that Eagle Rock Entertainment was going to be the U.S.A. licensee for this Deep Purple archive series,because a number of Eagle Rock's DVD releases had sound/picture synchronsation problems.My concern was justified.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Coleman on April 15, 2006
Format: DVD
Brilliant Concert no argument about that! The musicianship is unrivalled. However I have had the California Jam video for 20 years and bought this thinking it would be a major step up in quality like the Led Zeppelin DVD. Well the audio is better than the VHS although it's still harsh and the drums are way back in the mix. There's no doubt that the audio could have done with some time spent remastering and/or remixing the soundtrack. The picture quality is a total disappointment and I have to say I actually prefer my video which 20 years on still has a clearer picture.
I guess with a lot of Purple stuff this has been rushed out with no thought on presenting it in a manner that represents the band in its full glory. Comparing it to the Led Zeppelin DVD it is a budget affair when it didn't have to be. With all that said the show is stunning and I can live with the [...] production- Ritchie Blackmore's blowing up the stage is priceless and his effortless no looking at the fret board guitar playing is astounding- what a champion!
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72 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Glen G. Boyd on April 7, 2006
Format: DVD
I have a confession to make.

I really miss seventies arena rock.

No, I'm not talking about the bloated, watered down late seventies model popularized by blow dried, faceless power balladeers like Boston, Styx, and REO Speedwagon.

I'm talking about the real stuff.

Seventies arena metal.

Sheiking Vocals.

Fuzzboxes. Feedback. Flash Pots.

Drum Solos.

You know...

The stuff you'd go to hear in an arena filled with the thick haze of pot smoke. Where you'd wait outside for hours prior to showtime, in anticipation of the mad rush to the stage to secure the best "festival seating" (remember that?) once the doors opened.

It was the greatest stuff ever.

Led Zeppelin. Black Sabbath. Uriah Heep.

And Deep Purple.

In 1974, when this DVD was filmed, Deep Purple was a band at the height of it's powers.

Their primary distinction at the time was the fact that they we're generally believed to be the loudest band in the world...they we're even listed as such in that year's edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

I can personally back that claim with a story of my own.

I saw Deep Purple in Seattle that year at a show from the very same tour captured on this DVD. Being a dedicated rocker at the time...and being much younger and stupider than I am today...I opted to park myself, as well my unprotected ears, right in front of the stage.

What I remember most about that night, is that between songs all I could hear was this sort of low, droning hum.

No applause. No crowd noise. Nothing.

Just the hum.

And for the next three days I couldn't hear anything else either.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Hakala on June 22, 2007
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I'm editing my review. I discovered if I set the TV to "VHS" screen size the video is much better than watching it widescreen.

I have 9 DP concert DVD's now, even Paris 85. DP's performance at the California Jam has got to be their best live recorded performance ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J-Dub on March 5, 2006
Format: DVD
My VHS tape is far better than this dvd release in terms of PQ. The sound here is pretty good, maybe better, but then it isn't in sync with the picture (especially the drum solo)! My dvd copy was $14.95...I see it's now lowered to $9.95! I'd wait till it's $4.95 and close my eyes during the drum solo--which is quite good BTW.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Hill on May 7, 2007
Format: DVD
Simply put, this is some incredible footage that I never thought I would see. As an avid Deep Purple fan who buys most of their material, this is pure gold! I was 13 at the time of this concert, and actually remember watching highlights on TV, wishing I could be there. Well, now I have a front row! Granted, some of the camara angles are not great, but the quality of the video and sound are. And it includes some of my all time favs with coverdale- burn and mistreated. Also included are SOTW and a rare gem, Space Truckin'. When Ritchies amp catches fire and he then pushes it over the stage, well, lets just say you don't see that kind of show these days... Yes, it may have seemed slightly staged... but come on... incredible footage! THIS IS FROM OVER 30 YEARS AGO!!! BUY IT!!!
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