To my mind, this is the ultimate fusion, the power of an orchestra melding and flowing with a power rock group. Deep Purple struts their stuff on this CD. They have the power to avoid being eclipsed by orchestration, yet manage to partner with the orchestra. The result is a wonderful fusion that will either offend the classisist, bore the rocker, or thrill those who love Music.
Not surprisingly, the orchestration is a bit bombastic. I would have enjoyed more flowing strings and less staccato--that would have contrasted nicely with Deep Purples contribution. But, even this melodramatic orchestration works to create a tantalizing fusion.
If you just want more Highway Star Spacetrucking Women from Tokyo Smoking on the Water, this isn't the CD for you. If you like symphonic music and admire the art of rock, consider this experience. It's well worth the money.
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