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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.

TRACKLISTING:
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

None.

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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025X4P4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By James Zinn on June 12, 2009
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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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A must have for the fans, but I'm wondering if the stuff about Mk1 is really so poor.
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.
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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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This is a good compilation of Deep Purple from their early line up to the final 1976 version. I also agree with other reviewers that some of the editing of those early performances is indeed disappointing. I have the complete Playboy After Dark show and it's superb. Should have included the entire segment.
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.
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