Deep Purple: Live in California '74 - The DVD Archive Collection
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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
1) Arrival At Airport
3) Might Just Take Your Life
4) Lay Down, Stay Down
6) Smoke On the Water
7) You Fool No One
8) Space Truckin'
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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!
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.
Fuzzboxes. Feedback. Flash Pots.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deep Purple rocked the House. Brings back the time when I was a young man. Very Good. ThanksPublished 2 months ago by James Norman
The Finest Rock Musicians still unmatched live by any bandPublished 13 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
A good concert, but the video quality is poor. I was there in 1974Published 14 months ago by Tom M.
I can't review the actual DVD because I own a transfer from laser disc, but I can tell you that the performance here is great! Not sure how anyone can put it down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Roger Dodger
The real Deep Purple with the maestro on guitar! This is how a virtuoso woos 250,000 people! Lead guitar wkth violin like mastery!Published 17 months ago by madeagle
Eagle rock entertainment gives Deep purple fans the complete Unedited concert
of DEEP PURPLE LIVE at the California Jam 1974
this concert previously only available on VHS... Read more
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