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Deep Purple: Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2-CD Set) [Import, Live, Original recording remastered]

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Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie ... Read more in Amazon's Deep Purple Store

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00006F2WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Hush
3. Wring That Neck
4. Child In Time
Disc: 2
1. First Movement: Moderato - Allegro
2. Second Movement: Andante
3. Third Movement: Vivace - Presto
4. Encore: Third Movement: Vivace - Presto (Part)

Editorial Reviews

2002 reissue of 1969 recording live at London's Royal Albert Hall. This newly mixed pressing brings that evening to life like never before. Here though, for your pleasure, is the original performance of the Concerto along with Deep Purple's three song set also recorded that night and the encore of the Concerto's Third Movement, released for the very first time. Harvest.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is this Version Cut? June 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the more frustrating things about "remasters" is that sometimes they are "re-edits". While this release gives us one more track in the pre-concerto performance ("Hush"), as well as the previously unreleased encore, the editors of this CD have cut more than 2 minutes from the third movement of the concerto!!
While this cut was mainly from the lengthy drum solo, there was certainly enough room on the disc for the full version.
The now out of print import CD has the complete version and sounds equally as good as the remaster.
This "remaster" smacks of revisionist history. For shame!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way back when rock music was still progressing! January 22, 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
This was back when rock music was still progressing. The strength of an orchestra working with the power of a rock band. Deep Purple were the first band to integrate rock music with classical. The idea came from Jon Lord, Deep Purple's keyboardist.
The band have the muscle to avoid being buried by orchestration, yet manage to join forces with the orchestra. The outcome is a magnificent union that will delight those who care at all about music.
This set was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 24th, 1969 and was divided into three movements:
1st Movement: Allegretto.
2nd Movement: Allegro with lyrics by lead singer Ian Gillan.
3rd Movement: . Vivace presto which integrates a solo for Ian Paice on drums.
For only having two complete rehearsals, the outcome is absolutely amazing.
(Important note) Make sure to get the current release (import only, as of early 2003) which has been completely re-mixed to sound 100% better than the old CD and/or LP, it also includes a nice big booklet full of pictures and if that's not enough for you, a great bonus disc of the band performing a three song set before the Concerto.
Track 1: Hush - Perhaps a better version than the one we always hear on the radio, with Ian Gillan's incredible vocal delivery. Sounding almost like early Elvis at times.
Track 2: Wring that Neck - A smoking instrumental with room to play for guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. I must also mention the solid rhythm section of Roger Glover on bass and Ian Paice on drums, they just drive this piece along. Nice.
Track 3: Child In Time - The band were just about to record this "soon to be classic" for the upcoming album "In Rock". It might be one of the finest live version they ever did.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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My oldest sister got the original vinyl album. I was intruiged by the cover (a glorious color photo of an empty Royal Albert Hall) and inside picture (a grainy black and white picture of Deep Purple surrounded by the orchestra in front of an overflowing Albert Hall). When I heard the album, I couldn't quite believe my ears. Here's the orchestra creating beautful sounds, there comes the band crashing in with heavy metal! And it all somehow hangs together!
Recorded 35 years ago, two-thirds of that magical evening is now avaible (still missing: the opener Sixth Symphony of conductor and composer Malcolm Arnold). After the opening symphony, Deep Purple then came on for a short 3 song set (which was not featured on the vinyl album, but is included on the CD reissue). That set is incredible: Hush, the instrumental Wreck That Neck, and the then-still unreleased, unrecorded and unknown Child in Time (explaining why there was no reaction from the crowd when Ian Gillan announces the song).
Last but not least comes the Jon Lord-composed "Concerto for Group and Orchestra". The 1st Movement is still my favorite, because it takes it time setting the table and then magically making the way for an instrumental hard rocking jam by the band, with a blazing solo by Ritchie Blackmore. The 2nd Movement is my least fave of the three, as it is too timid (and reminding me at one point of the Moody Blues, argh!!). The 3rd Movement however is explosive, and includes an amazing drum solo by Ian Paice, only to then go to an incredible explosive final of band and orchstra. Wow!
A year after this album Deep Purple started its string of now-classic albums "In Rock", "Fireball" and "Machine Head". However, the "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" album is just as adventurous in its own right. I "borrowed" the album from my sister, and sure am glad to have it on CD now. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't believe your ears! May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The original album, released in 1970, had terrible sound. It was distorted and shrill. And a piece with so many soft passages didn't do well with the inherent surface noise of vinyl. In spite of that I completely wore out two copies of this album.
Now, this remix and remaster is nothing short of miraculous. Increased clarity and airiness are immediately apparent. But what really stands out is the group sections. Richie Blackmore's guitar parts...well I'm hearing things I never heard before. Roger Glover's bass now has a beautiful fullness and roundness. In fact the clarity of each group instrument is amazing. Get the picture? If you know and love this piece like I do, it's worth every penny of the high price. To say nothing of the additional three songs preceding the concerto. Ain't technology great?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How shall I know...when to start singing my song March 16, 2005
By Mark H.
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit I have very little knowledge of classical music though I do appreciate it at times. This album always intrigued me even before I actually heard it. Being a fan of Purple for many years I had obviously heard of the album and its reputation as a difficult thing for most rock fans to get into. It's definitely worth a purchase only for fans of the band but at a much cheaper price. The legendary Mach II lineup of the band makes its album debut here and while it isn't a true Purple album, each band member gets to shine in his own distinct way. Even Ian Gillan gets to sing a tiny bit during the second movement. This two disc edition is a much more reasonable buy then previous versions may have been due to the inclusion of Purple's warmup set before the concerto, featuring great versions of "Hush" (the BEST version), "Wring That Neck" and possibly the world premier of "Child In Time" although I'm not as crazy with this version as the 'Made In Japan' (could be my favorite DP song of all-time live or studio). Not for metal fans but for curious Purple fans only. Purple, 1969, Royal Albert Hall and an Orchestra, it doesn't get classier than that. Pretty ironic that their next album would be the absolutely devastating 'In Rock"!! No Malcolm Arnold here!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A great concert recording considering the time it was made
A great concert recording considering the time it was made, if you like, missed the in Rock Album, Here your chance to catch up to it. Enjoy!
Published 1 month ago by Jag
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Lord Is Great
The combination of group and orchestra is fantastic. Also the first disc with songs not heard till now is also fascinating.
Published 6 months ago by James A. Quasius
5.0 out of 5 stars great
have this album in vinyl but my turntable broke. like the extra songs included. great piece of music. good buy.
Published 6 months ago by Svenole
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Album Worth Giving a Listening
As an avid Purple fan from their first album through about "Come Taste The Band," I found this recording interesting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mucycleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Rock together
Jon Lord is the best rock keyboard player ever. He composed this, played with young guys...
Orchestra is great, all the people doing concerts with orchestras moved from... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars CD set came as advertised
Very pleased with the service and the product. This concert is very unique and I love it. It is a must hear for all.
Published 10 months ago by Carter C. Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra performances disappointing.
I purchased this because it included tracks from the original performance that were not included in the original vinyl release. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Onizneb
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Man...I Wish for music like this today
It got here (Israel) i no time , and its not expensive , and its the best classics ever , rare and unique .
Every thing is great ...
Published 15 months ago by wisam shomar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Prog Rock
As a fan of Progressive Rock I'm always looking for more music listening pleasure. If you are a fan of Progressive Rock and/or a fan of the 2nd lineup of Deep Purple you will like... Read more
Published 17 months ago by RedJim
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Classical Meeting Rock
Having been a fan of the Deep Purple Mark One lineup, I bought this LP in 1970 and really liked it. Mr. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Eric Loy
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