Fired by Tommy Bolin's energy, Deep Purple Mk4 laid down the powerful "Come Taste The Band" album in 1975 and set off to reconquer the world. The rollercoaster tour produced some incredible highs, none more so than when they arrived in Japan for a sold out tour in December 1975.
Deep Purple's 1974 US tour promoting the Burn album climaxed with this show at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California. The band were well into their stride, they were the highest selling artist in the US in 1973 and were enjoying the rewards and the lifestyle that went with it.
Anyway, Deep Purple co-headlined with ELP. The show has gone down as their most infamous largely due to Ritchie's attempt to burn his hair off. It has been available on video for ages now.
The new Sonic Zoom edition is taken direct from the audio track of the pristine 2" video masters, unearthed in 2002. Although there remain some balance problems (the guitar is a little too far back in the mix at the start), it is a far better recording, and with digital mastering and restoration, the end result is also much louder and clearer than the previous edition. Not only is the sound improved but we also get to hear a 'new' track for the very first time.
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.
.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..
The mighty Deep Purple returns with their newest studio album Rapture Of The Deep! The Mk 8 lineup of the band features Ian Gillan on vocals, Ian Paice on drums, bassist Roger Glover, guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey. Rapture Of The Deep promises the continued presence of one of history's biggest bands, now celebrating their 37th year with such tracks as Back To Back, Junkyard Blues, Before Time Began and Wrong Man. Deep Purple's 2005 album Rapture of the Deep generally maintains the quality of 2003's surprisingly sturdy Bananas.