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Deep Purple: History, Hits & Highlights '68-'76 (2009)

Ritchie Blackmore , David Coverdale  |  NR |  DVD
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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025X4P4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect June 5, 2009
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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By Xarkon
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert Footage, Yesssss!!!!!! November 4, 2009
As a Deep Purple fanatic, I just had to write and say thank you to Eagle Rock for putting this out. I have craved some of this type of concert material from them for ever, it seems. I have seen them 10 times since 1985, and though they have been and still are an awesome live act, some of this material shows them at the very peak of their improvisational period. The instrumental parts from the Amsterdam and Paris shows just had Me mezmorized! Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore, are two giants of Rock. Some of the passages and sounds that they come up with are just so cool and unique. It seems as though they could read each others minds. Lord's organ work in the Blitzen concert is the best ever from him I think, and that is really saying something. He is easily the best Hammond player of all time in my opinion. If in doubt, check out his 2003 live at the basement concert with the Hoochie Coochie men down in Australia, especially the song, "Back at the Chicken Shack" the Jimmy Smith classic Organ orgy of sound. Anyways, I recommend this DVD and to those who were disappointed with it, You are too critical. We all should be glad that this was put out. Count your blessings folks! Thanks for listening. Richard, from Bradford PA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great interviews, live tracks, and line up changes, a must have for purple fans!!
Published 2 months ago by todd briggs
i'm a big fan of Deep purple like many other fans so when i bought this DVD
HISTORY, HITS & HIGHLIGHTS i was expecting a brand new Documentary on Deep purple
with Brand... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ben30
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have, but not so much history
I honestly thought the DVD had more History content, but it is more about Deep Purple's Hits than how they became so great. Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best that could be done with the material available
Maybe some of us are just easier to please than others, but after years of shoddy and uneven DP video releases I was overjoyed to have at last a decent compilation of the best of... Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars New DVD from Deep Purple
This is a new Deep Purple DVD released in 2009.
They contain clips from Mk 1, Mk 2, Mk 3 & Mk 4 over 2 discs and it also features rare and unreleased performances. Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by K. Hons
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Compilation.
Even though there are a few questionable parts in the filming as a previous reviewer had brought out, in which are really not that important in the overall content of the package. Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by Stanley N. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Vintage video of the Masters of Heavy metal!!
This is a great DVD of one of the pioneers of heavy metal music. Since becoming a fan of Deep Purple, I had never had the chance to view many videos' of Nick Simpler, and Rod... Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Dennis J. Samuelian
3.0 out of 5 stars Torn on rating. A compromise release.
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. Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by herb
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For DP Fans
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). Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by M. Barrows
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