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Deep Purple: History, Hits & Highlights '68-'76

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Deep Purple are one of the most successful and revered British rock bands of all time. This new two-disc set covers the initial phase of the band's existence through four different line-ups from 1968 to 1976. This era produced the classic Deep Purple albums such as "In Rock", "Fireball", "Burn" and "Machine Head" that created their legend and still provide the backbone of their live sets today despite the ongoing commercial success of the band post their 1984 reunion. Combining full performances and a small number of archive interviews featuring much rare and previously unreleased live, studio and TV footage this superb set is the definitive collection of the early years of Deep Purple.

DISC ONE - 2hrs 24mins
HISTORY - 20 minute history of Deep Purple from 1968 to 1976.
HITS - full performances
Mark One Line-Up (Mar 1968 to Jul 1969): Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Rod Evans (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), Nick Simper (bass)
1) Help
2) Hush
3) Wring That Neck
Mark Two Line-Up (Jul 1969 to Jun 1973): Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)
4) Hallelujah
5) Mandrake Root
6) Speed King
7) Black Night
8) Child In Time
9) Lazy
10) Strange Kind Of Woman
11) Fireball Writing Session
12) Fireball
13) Demon's Eye
14) No No No
15) Into The Fire
16) Never Before
17) Highway Star
18) Smoke On The Water
Mark Three Line-Up (Jun 1973 to May 1975): Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass & vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)
19) Burn
20) Mistreated
Mark Four Line-Up (Jun 1975 to Mar 1976): Tommy Bolin (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass & vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)
21) Love Child
22) You Keep On Moving

DISC TWO - 2hrs 23mins
HIGHLIGHTS - bonus performances and interviews
Mark One Line-Up
1) And The Address (Playboy TV)
Mark Two Line-Up
2) Wring That Neck (Bilzen Jazz Festival 1969)
3) Mandrake Root ("Pop Deux" Paris Concert 1970)
4) Wring That Neck ("Pop Deux" Paris Concert 1970)
5) Black Night (Promo Clip)
6) No No No (Take 1) (Rockpalast Rehearsal Session)
7) No No No (Take 2) (Rockpalast Rehearsal Session)
Mark Three Line-Up
8) "Jt Nuit" - French TV 1974
9) Burn (Leeds Polytechnic Project 1974)
10) Interview (Leeds Polytechnic Project 1974)
11) Space Truckin'/Interview (Leeds Polytechnic Project 1974)
Mark Four Line-Up
12) New Zealand TV Documentary (Nov 1975)
13) Smoke On The Water (New Zealand TV)
14) Tony Edwards (Deep Purple's manager) French TV Interview 1976

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Deep Purple, Ian Paice, Jon Lord
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 287 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025X4P4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,552 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Overall, a great introduction or video anthology of DP Mk1-Mk4 ending all too soon in 1976. It is like a good companion video disk of one of the boxed CD sets such as "Shades", or "Listen, Learn, Read On". Kudos for not repeating multiple performances of the obvious "hits" over and over.

I agree with another reviewer that they unnecessarily butchered the segments from the Mk1 performance in "Playboy After Dark" show of "Hush" and the instrumental. I already own the PAD set and thought it was cool enough but why edit it as they did here? They should have just included all of it in one contiguous segment. Ya wonder if Rod got kicked out of the band just for wearing those silly yellow pants, though.

The other Mk1 footage is a B&W lip synch of "Help" and a B&W low-fi/video studio run through of "Wring That Neck" which is an instrumental without Rod.

I found the Mk2 footage from disk 2 of "Wring That Neck" from the Bilzen Jazz Festival to be quite an interesting extended jam. Some may not appreciate this but anyone with a jazz or improvisational interest should like it. It was within the first few months of Mk2's existence.

Other highlights include the Mk2 footage of the Demon's Eye/No No No/Into The Fire/Never Before to be among the tightest video footage of live DP I've ever seen. Great non-hit performances showing with no surprise to DP fans, just how great a drummer Ian Paice is.

I don't get why the particular Mk2 performance of "Smoke On The Water" was the one they included on Disc 1. It starts out with Ritchie playing out of key, and then he looks bored and uninterested all the way through. Surely there was a better one in the vault.

Speaking of Ritchie, I noticed him smile at least 3 times during the whole disc set.
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I just bought this and watched it 10 times and have found it being both an amazing set of rare tracks that makes this package one to buy BUT has some flaws that must be mentioned.
First Flaw which is a bad one - Disc 1 the song Hush. The beginning which Blackmore shows Hefner how to play guitar is cut out and actually begins when Hefner is almost finished talking to Jon Lord and then the song begins.
For some unknown reason- the Blackmore segment with Hefner appears on Disc 2 after the song And The Address, but get this- it's also edited.
It has Blackmore showing Hef how to play but when Jon Lord is talking to Hef about a house being haunted, it fades out and then Wring That Neck plays. Very bad decision on doing this.
Fault 2- Disc 1- Hush has roughly a 5 second fade out about 20 seconds into the song which is a mistake. There shouldn't be any fade outs.
Fault 3- in my opinion at the end of Disc2 - the interview with DP's manager should have been left off and something else put in its place.
There is much more rare footage out there that could have been put in. Besides these faults-overall this 2 disc set is worth buying.
The cleaned up Leeds Polytech section,the Mk1 videos Help and Wring That Neck,the New Zealand interview - a portion with Tommy Bolin is noteworthy.
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This is my first review - and while I have watched most of the 2-disc set, I have not completed all of it. Nevertheless, here are a couple observations for those contemplating this set:

1. The "history" on the 1st disc really isn't much of one. More of a collage of clips and music, very little interview or spoken material. You do get the 90-odd seconds of B&W footage from the Made In Japan concerts - pity there isn't more of it, because Purple was at the top of their game then.

2. A couple of the tunes on disc 1 (Hits) are also on the Live in Concert 72/73 set. However, that overlap is small, so you're getting a fair amount of material that has (as far as I know) not already been commercially released.

3. A few of the things on disc 1 were also clearly originally recorded for promotional shows and therefore are lip-synced etc. Still worth watching though for the novelty.

3. The best part, so far, in my opinion, is that "Pop Deux' Paris Concert" on the Highlights disk. Good stuff.

Recommended. Enjoy!
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I agree with the other review - this is essential stuff here and a blast to see some of the old footage (check out Hush being played with Hugh Hefner and Playmates). The only negative I would say is that I have seen better footage of some of these performances on bootlegs - not sure how the bootleggers would get better footage than what was compiled here but they did. Regardless, this has got all the highlights in one place. It's a shame there isn't a version of Woman From Tokyo from the Mk 2 era or Kentucky Woman from the Mk 1 era but those are minor omissions. Buy it now!
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I am not going to re-do the track listing as it's on the dvd! This review is essentially for the serious Purple collectors who are wondering about this release. (General Deep Purple fans will love it and rate it more highly) I have seen most all of the footage that has surfaced on Purple.
To me, the gems here are "NO NO NO rehearsals"..(this is soo cool!), "Into the Fire", "Demons Eye", and Mandrake root (disc one). Another thing that stood out was that Ian Paice was just on fire during the Bolin clips (Bolin was not!) There's alot of filler and the sequencing is strange, with some clips repeated. It probably deserves 3 stars because of the filler but just having this stuff in decent quality makes it 4. Do we really need lip- synch videos? It's worth having for the few gems, as those are REAL gems!(live) I have no idea why they felt it necessary to include footage that is available on other previously released DP DVD's either...again..a bit of a money grab. I did enjoy the rare moments listed above. Re: interviews.. Why does Coverdale allways need to bash Blackmore everytime he is interviewed? Blackmore discovered him! If it weren't for Blackmore Coverdale couldn't afford his botox..poor guy can't even smile anymore without contortion of his face. I don't know, to say the first Rainbow album "sounds like Deep Purple" is absurd.Other than Martin Birch produced it there are no similarities. My instincts tell me there will be more in the next couple years. Especially from the 84 and to 91 periods. Now, where's that abandoned documentary from 1984 in Vermont with the live footage of the incredible Purple jam "Son of Alerik"?!! That is what I want!
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