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Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996

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  • Actors: Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Steve Morse, Ian Paice
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • Release Date: Feb. 1 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000FG65SK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,477 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Deep Purple - Live at Montreux 1996

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Well, I just finished watching Live At Montreux and here's what I think about it:


An energetic show which brought back great memories from the Warehouse show later on that year. Great playing, great camera angles, and great sound. The only weakness in this show, here and there, was Gillan's voice. He totally messes up the lyrics in the second verse of Ted The Mechanic, and many of his higher notes - especially in Hey Cisco - are pretty flat. However, there are some songs that he just nails - especially the high note in the second verse of Woman From Tokyo and a few others. It was hilarious seeing Steve Morse play the Burn riff a couple of times in Speed King during the call/answer part which received silent answers from Gillan. As the liner notes say, it definitely would have been nice to see Gillan's facial expression during this part!


A pretty engergetic show with a huge vocal improvements from Gillan - regardless of the mistake in the lyrics to Highway Star and once again, though, he forgets to sing the "I am the echo of your past" lyric in Perfect Strangers.

All in all though, great performances by all, thank God for Steve Morse renewing the bands enthusiasm, and a very enjoyable DVD.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d92b600) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6c2d0) out of 5 stars Herb Alpert "Live" At Last! April 13 2006
By W. J. Bernardi - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, a glimpse of what Herb Alpert sounds like in a concert setting. This was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July of 1996, the 30th Anniversary of the Jazz Fest. Joined by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, trumpeter Alpert displays his funk-jazz side and holds his own quite well. This is not the Tijuana Brass by any means, so the TJB fans may not get into this, even though the band goes through a funky version of "Lonely Bull" and a jazz version of "Taste of Honey". One of the big highlights is sax/flute/keyboard man Gary Meek, who is a perfect foil for Alpert's trumpet. Herb even encourages Meek to engage in a few cat-and-mouse riffs. It's my guess most people have never heard Herb Alpert in this kind of setting, so be prepared to be shocked. While the majority of this set is in a funky setting, the DVD closes with a gorgeous version of "This Guy's In Love With You", done with Herb and guitarist Tony Maiden (of Rufus fame). There are some humorous moments throughout as well. A definite keeper!

Incidentally, this sounds even better with the DTS Surround sound. Great sound and picture!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6c6fc) out of 5 stars Awesome DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 19 2006
By Rickster - Published on Amazon.com
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I won't wax rhapsodically about Ritchie vs Steve, but instead I will just rate the dang DVD.

The musical direction is great. This compilation of tracks recorded at historic Montreux in '96 and '00 is just fantastic. The sound quality is better than most systems are capable of, so you'll probably get the best sound your equipment can give.

I own Purples Australia '99 as well as Scandinavian Nights, New Live and Rare, and the Come Hell or High Water reunion tour with Blackmore. Montreux is in the top two, and I have enjoyed it almost every night since it arrived last month. Paice, Morse, Lord, Glover and Gillan mesh perfectly [as always] and obviously have a great time playing together. They joke around occasionally, and theres a few surprizes that spontaneously erupt on stage [Sooo, thats 'funky Claude' eh? hmmm].

This DP line-up clicks extremely well together, and it shows [I can't believe I am the only one that noticed Gillan giving Blackmore the "finger" at the end of 'Paint it Black' on the High Water DVD. If you got it - watch the last second of that track .. BOING! Up goes the 'bird' at Ritchie, who should have gotten a butt kickin instead of just the finger].

If you are a purple fan, or just a music lover who enjoys those nice long live instrumental riffs of great rock & roll that highlight not only the guitarist but all facets of the bands talents, buy this disk. These guys blend better than Tequila and Lime. Theres plenty of deep-cut material on it I'd bet money you have not heard before and that in itself is reason enough.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6c924) out of 5 stars Herb Albert Live in concert 1996 wow,I Ive been looking for his music on dvd.This dvd is sure to please!! April 5 2006
By stewart L - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow Herb Alpert on dvd.Its about time.I really enjoyed this disc.The sound and picture quality is very good.I look forward to more releases of Herb Alperts music.And the disc is on sale 5 star rated!!!!! ENJOY!!!!! From Stewart L.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6c81c) out of 5 stars A Solid Show Made Even Better By The Bonus Material... Nov. 24 2010
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on Amazon.com
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The performance here is a very good one, but a bit tame for what Wayne was capable of - no small wonder, as it's comprised of his Grammy award winning cd, 'High Life' (which should be a clue to devoted fans - if it was more of what we've come to expect from Wayne, it would have been totally ignored by the Grammy voters and the public in general, unfortunately). It's one of his most listener-friendly recordings, not that there's anything wrong with that, especially if you expect to eat regularly and keep a roof over your head. Despite what I've said, the music and performance are thoroughly enjoyable.

The backing band is solid and supportive, but not capable of pushing or propelling Wayne into a sweat. The remarkable thing is that regardless, we eagerly await every breath, sound, bleat, bark or singularly superlative solo he always delivers without effort or deliberation. He was and still is a force of nature to be reckoned with in the pantheon of jazz lions and eternal legends, and there are too precious few documents of his live work available for those who understand and appreciate what contributions he's made to the instruments he plays and the history of jazz. I, for one, am eternally grateful. It's great to see Alphonso Johnson in the line-up; he's always been a favorite of mine and deserved more widespread recognition, but Jaco hit the scene a while later and stole his thunder. Most folks don't realize that half of 'Black Market' was played by Alphonso, and Jaco finished the recording; too often I've run into people who think its all Jaco's work.

The bonus material is what makes this one mandatory - the inclusion of two tracks from '91 with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Omar Hakim are cool just because of the rare blending of players; but I have to admit, Omar almost ruins 'Footprints' completely by screwing up the rhythm, time and feel of the song. I'm a huge fan of Omar's, having seen him with Weather Report on three occasions and another four with Sting, but his uncomfortable awkwardness with playing this signature is noteworthy, for all the wrong reasons. A bad night, I guess, it's not like he couldn't cut it - he's played infinitely more complex stuff regularly. Herbie and Stanley steal the show.

But it's the last two tracks that make me feel like a kid on Christmas morning - the reuniting of Wayne, Ron Carter, Herbie and the incomparable Tony Williams with Wallace Roney performing Wayne's 'Pinocchio' and Tony's 'Pee Wee' from the Miles-era Quintet days that are the most outstanding tracks offered here. In my opinion, there was no greater rhythm section than Ron, Herbie and Tony, not before, not since. Every player shines like a freshly-waxed floor, and Tony's playing is devastating, as is Herbie's soloing - these guys astound me every time I hear them paired. They play off each other remarkably, as though they were having a conversation.

Great stuff, worthy of repeated viewings, if only for the bonus tracks, though it's all good - if you're still reading, you need this one right away. It's a great companion piece to the 'Santana / Shorter' dvd, which I assume you already own. No? then get on the beam, my friend, you won't be sorry you did.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6cce4) out of 5 stars Three great bands, all at the top of their game. June 23 2009
By David Zehring - Published on Amazon.com
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There's no doubt that Wayne Shorter is one of the most interesting artists in jazz, always probing as a composer and an improviser. This DVD is subtitled "Live at Montreaux 1996", but the "bonus tracks", recorded at Montreaux in 1991 and 1992, are every bit as thrilling to watch and hear.

The 1996 band includes jim Beard on keyboards, David Gilmore on guitar, Alfonso Johnson on bass and Rodney Holmes at the drums. Five glittering compositions and Wayne Shorter's always surprising improvisations are once again the high point. Beard's and Gilmore's inventions support, and the rhythm section is solid, but it's Wayne Shorter that provides the energy, as the listener waits to hear what he'll say next. The man was and is a treasure.

For my money, the two bonus track bands that play two compositions each are even more interesting, in no small part because each features Wayne Shorter's longtime collaborator, Herbie Hancock. The 1991 group includes Stanley Clark at the top of his game on acoustic bass and Shorter's Weather Report cohort Omar Hakim on drums. While Omar Hakim seems a bit ill-suited for this music, Stanley Clark is wonderful here, and Herbie Hancock is superb, especially as a soloist. "Footprints" is one of Shorter's most-often performed compositions, but this version starts off almost unrecognizable, then shifts to a half-time funk feel before finally reaching it's more familiar 6/8. Shorter's final solo chorus is particularly wonderful, as is Hancock's following turn.

The 1992 band belongs, at least in part, to the great Tony Williams. He's fierce behind his familiar big yellow Gretsch kit, alternating cymbal washes with explosions of tom-toms and snare. This band includes Wallace Roney on trumpet, and he plays well. Ron Carter is Ron Carter, as good a bassist as there ever was, and very good here. Once again, Herbie Hancock is superb.

The second great Miles Davis Quintet set a standard for musical improvisation that has never been exceeded, in my opinion. Wayne Shorter was integral to that effort, and his recordings before and after, particularly on Blue Note and with Weather Report, are among the best compositional and improvisational jazz ever. Get this DVD to watch and listen to a master, supported by great jazz musicians.