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Perfect Strangers - Live (DVD)

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1984 saw the long-awaited reunion of the classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973. They recorded a brand new studio album, 'Perfect Strangers' and headed out on tour. This show was filmed in Melbourne, Australia and is the only full length concert film of the band at this time. It s a stunning concert with the band in incendiary form. The setlist mixes then new tracks from the 'Perfect Strangers' album with favorites from the early seventies culminating in the brilliant 'Smoke On The Water' finale. This is without doubt one of the finest Deep Purple concerts ever filmed and a must have for their legions of fans. TRACKLISTING 1) Highway Star 2) Nobody's Home 3) Strange Kind Of Woman 4) A Gypsy s Kiss 5) Perfect Strangers 6) Under The Gun 7) Knocking At Your Back Door 8) Lazy (inc Ian Paice Drum Solo) 9) Child In Time 10) Difficult To Cure 11) Jon Lord Keyboard Solo 12) Space Truckin (in Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Solo) 13) Black Night 14) Speed King 15) Smoke On The Water

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good ! Dec 23 2013
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Sound is good, picture could be better but overall a very good concert !
Highly recommended.
Go get it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars ya Dec 11 2013
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old deep purple
perfect strangers - my favorite deep purple album.
knocking at your back door sounds the way I'd hoped awesome
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I really like this video they were in great shape and gave their 110%. They played all the classic like Child in time ( when Gillan’s voice could still do it because now they don’t do it anymore). And Blackmore oh my god he’s awesome, his fingers are so fast and he seems really please to play again with the band ! This is when you know that nobody can’t replace him ( i like Steve Morse but he’s not a rebel like Blackmore who can seems unstoppable on guitar sometimes !). And Blackmore gets better with age ( Like Jeff Beck) when it’s rarely the case with other guitar player ( Clapton and Page comes to mind).

John Lord are also excellent and he likes to jam with Blackmore a lot ! I have a video from 1971 but this concert is better than that ! Paice and Glover are also very good.

They played all their classic like smoke on the water, black night, space truckin’ etc and 5 excellent songs from Perfect Strangers.

Just buy this video you won’t regret it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple at their best! Nov. 18 2013
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Incredible show, one of the last great performances of Child in Time, the band is on fire! The sound is pretty good too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You will not see DP try harder than they do here Oct. 15 2013
By herb - Published on Amazon.com
I may be the first review to have actually watched this DVD. Very difficult to review this product. On one hand you have a band who are trying harder than I have ever seen them try. (And I have seen them many times) The Director and the overall intention in filming this performance are another story. In some ways this has a slight "budget feel," even for 1984. At times it almost appears as though it was filmed for the band only, as there is no crowd featured, no keyboard views ,and no behind the drums footage. During "Child in Time" the Director reacted like a fish seeking a lure, as everytime Gillan played percussion he couldn't resist the shiny bongos! This occurred at a high cost too, as many times Blackmore was just flying on solos. (but he kept cutting to the congas.) (A bit like the Denmark footage from the early 70's at times) Fear not though!!...even with this dynamic there ARE plenty of times when Ritchie is featured during solos! It just could have been "smarter." To be fair this was 1984 and a long way from home ,so perhaps I am being a bit too hard on the Director Camera choices?

This comment is going to upset people but this show was filmed at a time when Ian Gillan still had his voice. Gillan gave it his all and Blackmore reciprocated. It was only later that Gillan's drinking/smoking and all night parties cost him his voice (and subsequently Blackmore's respect. "Come Hell or High Water) I know, I can see the comments coming on how Blackmore did this and did that. For me after seeing the band many times, Blackmore was right.

The good news is that Gillan and Blackmore in particular are just incredible on this DVD! Of course the rest of the band are great too,..especially Paice, but it's the Gillan/Blackmore show on this night. What a shame there are no angles of Lords keyboard playing :( Again, what were they thinking when they decided to shoot this? Why no close ups on the keyboards and drums?

For Gillan fans this is also the last opportunity to see Gillan doing justice to "Child in Time"- he just kills it!

To recap, the editing is a bit weird, the sound is "good but NOT state of the art" and there is no real lighting and or ambience. I would rate the picture a 6 or 7 and the sound a 6 or 7. DO NOT GET ME WRONG THOUGH! It IS worth having but it is a compromise production- wise. This DVD shows why Deep Purple were so highly regarded. Too bad it wasn't a bigger budget and with a Director who had a more systemic feel of Deep Purple's musical dynamics. This is a perfect companion piece to Rainbow "Black Masquerade" for the Blackmore fanatic. I MUST recommend it for serious fans of the band. You will not see Blackmore happier on stage. (He doesn't leave the stage as much and plays through songs more thoroughly than in later years) As a side note: One thing that doesn't get mentioned much is Blackmore's stage presence. He hardly looks at his guitar and seems to make his actual playing seem effortless. He is very theatrical in the way he uses the stage too.

The "extras" are what is called a "Tour documentary." It is basically what looks like second generation interviews from the reunion and a bit of studio footage from Vermont, which was some of the same imagery taken from the video of the song "Perfect Strangers." There is a new section I had never seen before which was interesting as it showed them jamming/ recording. The footage just sort of fizzles out in the end. Cool to have but not very well planned. This DVD belongs in your collection. *Anyone expecting "state of the art recording and camera work" should spare us the complaining by staying clear. Five stars for the band and perhaps two or three for the Director.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What took so long!!!!! Oct. 12 2013
By J. Bartek - Published on Amazon.com
This was shot in Sydney Australia way back in late 1984, please tell me why it took till 2013 to finally see the light of day!!!!! Anyway, if you are even just a casual fan of Deep Purple, this is a must! It is the only known footage of a complete show from the Perfect Strangers tour, and the band is on FIRE! It does not get much better from the classic Mark II line up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, (R.I.P.), Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. All the 'hits' are here, but 5 tracks from Perfect Strangers are included, (as they should be), and sound just as good mixed with the classics. The picture, and sound is superb! I purchased the set that includes dvd and double cd of this stellar show.
A MUST!!!!! What a great show from a GREAT BAND! I will only say this once more, WHAT TOOK SO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this opens the door for more releases. Oct. 12 2013
By Russell Wagus - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fantastic show. I have been waiting to see this for nearly 30 years. Now Eagle Rock needs to find the Providence RI show that was filmed in March of 1985 and get that out. Plus MTV shot a documentary at the time that was never released. And one Holy Grail for me is the complete 10 min video shot while the band jammed the instrumental track "Son of Alerik". Let's get this stuff out now before we are just too old. We could have been enjoying this concert for the past 3 decades.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively the BEST Deep Purple Concert DVD Available...This is the one. Essential. Nov. 2 2013
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I won't do an extensive song-by-song review, but suffice it to say that this is positively the BEST Deep Purple DVD that I've seen yet...I saw them on this same tour, back in Feb of '85 at the old richfield Coliseum, and this DVD captures all the intensity and energy that I remember from that incredible night...

I remember the band blowing the roof off the joint that night, and this DVD MUST be played in it's entirety to be fully experienced and appreciated. The DTS 5.1 mix, magnificent video and audio quality, and high-energy performance will chew you up, spit you out, blow you away, and leave you wanting more...Lol! :)

...I kid you not.

This lineup's unique chemistry is clearly evident here, while they were still having fun together—The show opens with "Highway Star", or course, and the first half will keep you captivated, no doubt...Then the second half, beginning with "Child in Time", with the echo-delay and timed harmonizer vocal effects done just right lends an atmosphere to the song like no other version you have heard or seen...unless, of course, that you saw them on that tour, as I did...

From there, the intensity level and top-shelf musicianship, tightness, cohesiveness and brilliant showmanship is sure to impress, as it builds and builds and finally explodes in audio and sonic majestic magnificence...

The bonus features a nice documentary on the tour, along with some interesting interviews and video clips...

This is to DVD concert films what "Made in Japan" is to records and CDs. IF you're a Deep Purple fan, and don't have this yet, what the heck are you waiting for? You just aged another day, fer cryin' out loud, heh heh...This one is essential. If you're NOT a DP fan, you WILL be after viewing this one.

Get the friggin' DVD, crank up the volume on your system, and
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow.....Wow.....and....WOW!!!!!! Oct. 24 2013
By M. Hearing - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not expecting much with this video. Although Purple is my fave band, I saw this tour live and was not impressed. The band was sloppy and not enthusiastic. Granted, the venue was terrible for a hard-rock ( DP is NOT heavy metal, folks) concert, but still. But I have virtually all the DP concert footage available and wanted this one. Boy, was I wrong. This baby is amazing. First, you do need to know that it is not HD. At times, especially with far-away shots, it comes across as shot as a VHS recording. But most of the time the footage is tremendous, especially of.......RITCHIE BLACKMORE. This is, for me, the most incredible footage of the magic and mayhem of the original Purple guitarist. Time and again we are given close-up views of him tearing up his 6-string. He plays a solo during "Child in Time" that is frenetic. But, later he plays another one during an extended version of "Space Truckin'" that is positively incendiary. I was literally holding my breath at the sheer verocity of his playing. Other highlights: a terrific drum solo within "Lazy" from the unmatched Ian Paice, and kickin' renditions of "Under the Gun" and "Speed King." And maybe the most delightful item about the whole concert; they are all having fun, with themselves and with each other, including the infamously temperamental Mr. Blackmore. There are smiles shared, laughter, teasing, and nods of appreciation. I have NEVER witnessed these particular five men enjoying themselves on stage to this degree. The bonus documentary is interesting. And, in a hugely wonderful development, the sound is very impressive. I wish I would have been able to attend THIS concert of the tour, rather than the one I did. If you are any kind of Purple fan, especially of the MkII line-up, you absolutely MUST own this triumphant celebration of Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice/Blackmore at their mind-blowing apex. Since there is not really any good video of the "Made in Japan" era shows, this is your next best thing. Oh, and for pete's sake, TURN IT UP!!!!!
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