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Deep Purple & Orchestra: Live at Montreux 2011 DVD Review

Released by: Eagle Rock Ent

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Classic Rock

Links: http://www.eagle-rock.com/product/EREDV906/Live+at+Montreux+2011

 

Line Up:

– Ian Gillan / vocals

– Steve Morse / guitar

– Roger Glover / bass guitar

– Don Airey / organ, keyboards

– Ian Paice / drums

 

CD DISC ONE:

1) Orchestral Intro

2) Highway Star

3) Hard Loving Man

4) Maybe I’m A Leo

5) Strange Kind Of Woman

6) Rapture Of The Deep

7) Woman From Tokyo

8) Contact Lost

9) When A Blind Man Cries

10) The Well Dressed Guitar

 

CD DISC TWO:

1) Knocking At Your Back Door

2) Lazy

3) No One Came

4) Don Airey Solo

5) Perfect Strangers

6) Space Truckin’

7) Smoke On The Water

8) Hush

9) Black Night

 

Deep Purple is a band that has always evolved, always moved with the times and somehow, through countless personnel changes, has always come with with great material to entertain and delight. This dvd is a real treasure. I loved Deep Purple IN ROCK, and this performance goes back to those songs, along with FIREBALL. Songs that I grew up with and eventually discovered, playing their original albums over and over again. Making my friends listen, because they had very little airplay in America. This is before “SMOKE ON THE WATER” became a monster hit.

This Deep Purple set is contrived of an Orchestra conducted by Stephen BK Bentley-Klein and  is there to enhance the songs, but not to play any classical piece, which makes this a symphonic masterpiece. Just wait till you listen to HIGHWAY STAR with the orchestra! WOW!! This is a labor of love. All parties involved are really committed to bringing out the best of each song, for our enjoyment. Wish I’d been there!! If you’re a fan you’ll not be disappointed. If you’re not a fan, you will become one once you give this great concert a try. As a fan I rate this one among their best. A real treat. Specially if you’re familiar with the songs. The interviews with each band member are worth the price of the dvd alone, just the gillan one was fantastic.

It’s an excellent performance. The orchestra brings a very real energy to the music. The sound is good and, for the most part, the camera work and editing are well done. For some of the old timers rockers you may remember that during the early 70’s Deep Purple had already done one album with an orchestra – Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra. That was more of a concept album; I never thought they’d do another one. If someone back then had predicted that in forty years Deep Purple would be performing classic tracks like Space Trucking, Lazy and Smoke On The Water with an orchestra backing them, I would have thought that person was insane. Recommended for Purple fans worldwide!!!

 

**This retro review is a bit of a tribute for the Legendary Jon Lord who passed away recently, as we all know he was an intricate member of Deep Purple for years and as you hear these classic songs let’s not forget the crucial role Jon played on them.

 

Written by Denys

Ratings    Denys    8/10

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