Deep Purple: History, Hits & Highlights '68-'76
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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)
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)
5) Mandrake Root
6) Speed King
7) Black Night
8) Child In Time
10) Strange Kind Of Woman
11) Fireball Writing Session
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)
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I agree that the "real" Deep Purple starts with Mk2 but I am a fan, I like Mk1 too, and there is practically nothing about.
I was hoping to see some more about MK1 from this work but I was disappointed.
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.
What is included however is still great for any Deep Purple fans and other fans of good blues rock and hard rock fans out there.
Perhaps there will be a better doco done one day that includes full performances etc.
The film as is has a good flow and is very enjoyable. The booklet included is also a good read.
The picture quality is variable but it's the music that shines throughout. Deep Purple have been generous with archive material over the years and this is another great 2 DVD set that is very well produced appart from key song edits which are a downside.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was thoroughly enjoying this when it went all slipping and skipping. I was bummed but will buy another copyPublished 8 months ago by Mike Ferdyn
Great interviews, live tracks, and line up changes, a must have for purple fans!!Published 23 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
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 morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Fred
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 morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Michael
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