'Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - Live' (Blu ray)
(Deep Purple / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: 1984 saw the long-awaited reunion of the classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973. They recorded a brand new studio album, 'Perfect Strangers' and headed out on tour. This show was filmed in Melbourne, Australia and is the only full length concert film of the band at this time.
Blu ray Verdict: Yup, it was 1984 and Deep Purple Mark II decided that it would be a good idea to reunite - after a decade apart. Not only reunite but record a brand new album. OK, not only those first two but go out on a massive tour to promote it too!
So anything could have gone wrong at this juncture, trust me! Indeed, the hype surrounding both the reunion and the new album was absolutely colossal. I mean, this was the very same line-up that produced In Rock and Machine Head, after all.
So Perfect Strangers (a title that suited the new coming together of old friends perfectly) would either prove that Deep Purple could still make great albums after all those years of being inactive - or prove that they should've just left the band's legacy alone!
Fortunately for all the Deep Purple fans this was a triumphant return to hard rocking glory! In a blistering live performance that showcases each band member fully, the set list presents hit after hit - the biggest, of course being the title track. Which, while it is one of the slower songs on the album and doesn't have a solo, is driven by seamless transitions from great riffs and melodies to the next.
Songs chock full of Middle-Eastern influences, Jon Lord adapts to this new Deep Purple sound very well; Ian Paice sticks to simple beats; Ritchie Blackmore and his riffs soar each song; Ian Gillan sounds more nasally here than before, but don't let that distract you from the lush melodies; and Roger Glover provides a more than satisfying bass tone.
Indeed, the band sound as good as ever. Check it out today and go back to a time when huge amounts of hairspray in rock music meant you weren't watching real rock music - as there's not a can in sight here!
1) Highway Star 2) Nobody's Home 3) Strange Kind Of Woman 4) A Gypsy s Kiss 5) Perfect Strangers 6) Under The Gun 7) Knocking At Your Back Door 8) Lazy (inc Ian Paice Drum Solo) 9) Child In Time 10) Difficult To Cure 11) Jon Lord Keyboard Solo 12) Space Truckin (in Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Solo) 13) Black Night 14) Speed King 15) Smoke On The Water.