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Deep Purple - Perihelion

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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 13 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000069HZ3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,403 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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One of the founding members of the hard rock movement, Deep Purple rose to worldwide fame with monster hits like "Hush" and "Smoke on the Water." The group's legions of fans travel far and wide to attend their live events that feature screaming guitar riffs, screeching vocals, brilliant keyboards, dynamic drumming, and amusing stage antics, all translating into a signature Purple show and a remarkable concert experience. Songs: Woman from Tokyo, Ted the Mechanic, Mary Long, Lazy, No One Came, Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Fools, Perfect Strangers, Hey Cisco, When a Blind Man Cries, Smoke on the Water, Speed King, Hush.

The Purple's reign continues with this 14-song, 102-minute concert performance (the DVD includes an additional 30 minutes of interviews), recorded in '01. This band has been at it since the '60s, and the four original members still on hand (hotshot guitarist Steve Morse replaced Ritchie Blackmore in the mid-'90s) bring admirable energy and surprisingly sharp chops to the stage. There's something slightly discomfiting about watching singer Ian Gillan try to shriek his way through riff-heavy standards like "Woman from Tokyo," "Hush," "Highway Star," and the inevitable "Smoke on the Water" as if he were still just a lad, but for the most part he pulls it off; meanwhile, Jon Lord's keyboards and Gillan's efforts to write lyrics about something other than sex and partying help separate Deep Purple's sound from the rest of the metal throng. So you can't go home again. But Deep Purple show that you can at least book a ticket. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
Is "Deep Purple" really Deep Purple without Ritchie Blackmore? In my opinion Deep Purple can still lay it down even without Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. Granted Ian Gillan doesn't have the pipes or vocal range he once had, but hey he's not getting any younger. Ian Gillan struggles to hit some of the high notes that once made him famous but overall he does a very good job. Guitarist Steve Morse filling in for Blackmore brings his own flare and style of guitar playing and he does a great job. I have to admit on a few song's I said Ritchie who? After hearing Steve Morse play.

What more can you say about the incredible John Lord, he is the king of the keyboards and his performance on "Perihelion" is fantastic to say the least. Roger Glover doesn't really stand out in this performance, but he does his job very well. Now on to the amazing Ian Paice, he really is the glue that holds the band together. Ian Paice is a great drummer and his solo is but a small taste of what he can really do. Overall Deep Purple "Perihelion" is an enjoyable concert DVD with a nice clear picture and great concert sound. I rocked to it in 5.1 DTS and played air guitar when I wasn't dizzy from all the jumping around. Great Band! Great Performance!

DVD features and Songs Include:
Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews

Song list:
1. Woman From Tokyo
2. Ted the Mechanic
3. Mary Long
4. Lazy
5. No One Came
6. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
7. Fools
8. Perfect Strangers
9. Hey Cisco
10. When a Blind Man Cries
11. Smoke on the Water
12. Speed King
13. Hush
14. Highway Star
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I saw Deep Purple live only once, That was in 1973. On the same bill was ELO. Absolutely the greatest rock concert I have seen. Well, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd were up there too.
My ears were buzzing and deaf after listening to, at that time,
the loudest rock band in the world. Richie Blackmore's guitar was deafening. Ian Gillian was difficult to hear......
Anyway, back to this DVD.
Have to agree with another reviewer.....Steve Morse is the saviour of this band. His energy and musicianship help along the older guys to get their maximum efforts out. And lets be clear, Purple band members are in their 50's (John Lord, now departed and "retired" is 60 something). Steve's guitar craft is excellent and makes me not even pine for Richie Blackmore (who is, BTW, a lost cause).
Gillian still has the voice, however he can't get the high notes that made him famous. Glover and Paice are satisfactory but certainly don't shine. The elder statesman, John Lord, was bang on with his keyboard playing. Where do you see and hear a Hammond organ with a rotating Leslie these days?
Lord, in the extras interviews, summed up the demise of classic rock by saying that they (Purple) were part of a time in history that young people today will never experience. This saddened him greatly. I agree.
To sum up, this is a good DVD, worth it to the Purple fan.
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By A Customer on Sept. 19 2003
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I never really much cared for Deep Purple, but I bought this disc purely because Steve Morse is in the band (hey, there's not much Morse available on vid, so whadda ya gonna do?). To me, Deep Purple falls into the same category of tired old has-been bands continuing to tour based solely on past successes (Foghat is another such sad example). Truly, I have a particular loathing for bands of this ilk, but oh well. Why in the world Steve Morse would ever decide to join this band just sort of defies all logic to me. He outclasses everyone in this band from a talent standpoint by MILES and MILES. It's analagous to a master's graduate swingin it with group of kindergartners. That said, I popped this disc in with fairly low expectations. But Morse really saves the day here. He makes this disc more than just watchable...he makes it highly enjoyable, and in my mind this disc is a must-have for any Morse fan. He takes those tired, old, "heard 'em a thousand times" tunes and makes them almost fresh again. The rest of the band does little that's worth mentioning. The bass player & drummer are merely adequate, run-of-the-mill rock musicians. The singer struggles to hit the screeches, screams, and high-notes of yore...but it must be said that his energy level is quite high for an old man, and he still has some undeniable charisma. The keyboardist is by far the class of the original remaining lineup from a talent standpoint. There's definitely some talent left in Lord's fingers, and there are some truly entertaining moments where Morse & Lord trade furious, almost Dregs-like licks. Some of the tunes on this disc must be from some recent DP releases with Steve Morse in the band.Read more ›
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I've seen these guys live three times - 1984, 1986, and 1998. This DVD was almost as good as the real shows. The only missing element is Ian Gillian's voice - he can't hit those high notes anymore, and his lung power is very obviously fading. Despite all that, he has a rollicking good time, as does Steve Morse. The sound quality (DTS 5.1) cannot compare to the best I've heard (Eagles - Hell Freezes Over), but still, it's well engineered to suit Purple's genre of music - slightly muted highs and a great thumping bass line. "Perfect Strangers", "Lazy" and "Space Truckin" are the highlights. Also nice to hear an old favourite "Mary Long". But "Woman From Tokyo" was disappointing - the studio cut was better. The bass and drum solos on "Speed King" are simply out of this world - as good or better than the great Lord/Blackmore jam on "Strange Kind Of Woman" from the "Made In Japan" album.
Overall, highly recommended and a must have for any true rock fan.
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