Deluxe two disc (CD + PAL/Region 2 DVD) edition of this reissue of the 1989 benefit CD EP now expanded and including a bonus documentary DVD. The Rock Aid Armenia version of Smoke on the Water was recorded in 1989 at the historic Metropolis Studios, London. The recordings were completed over five different sessions, produced by Gary Langan and Geoff Downes. Features musical appearances from Bryan Adams, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Keith Emerson, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Roger Taylor, David Gilmore, Tony Iommi, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire, Alex Lifeson, Geoff Beaucchamp and others.
Two CD set that captures the veteran hard rockers' live performance at the Birmingham N.E.C. in 1993. Features all the classics including 'Highway Star', 'Black Night', 'Perfect Strangers' and, of course, 'Smoke On The Water'
Deep Purple were the biggest selling album act in America when they embarked on a 28 date tour promoting their new album "Burn". The undoubted climax of this tour was headlining the California Jam Festival at Ontario Speedway in California, in front of 200,000 people. Their explosive set is presented here on DVD for the first time. The set-list includes tracks from "Burn", as well as classics like "Space Truckin" and "Smoke On The Water". 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.
Even with some production shortcomings, this DVD is still highly recommended. Live In California 74 documents one of the most explosive performances ever captured on film by the MKIII incarnation of this legendary band, and also provides some of the only footage available from this historic first California Jam Festival.
.When Ritchie Blackmore departed Deep Purple in the mid-'70s and formed Rainbow (which featured Ronnie James Dio), his replacement was Tommy Bolin. To be sure, Blackmore was a darn tough act to follow, but Bolin proved himself to be a fine guitarist in his own right on Come Taste the Band, his first album with Deep Purple. But unfortunately, Bolin didn't have exceptional material to work with – decent and likable, but hardly exceptional..
Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Deep Purple's Machine Head have stood the test of time as the Holy Trinity of English hard rock and heavy metal, serving as the fundamental blueprints followed by virtually every heavy rock & roll band since the early '70s. And, though it is probably the least celebrated of the three, Machine Head contains the "mother of all guitar riffs" – and one of the first learned by every beginning guitarist – in "Smoke on the Water." …