Deep Purple – Copenhagen 1972 DVD
Two months after earMUSIC re-released the Copenhagen show on CD, a DVD re-release of the same show is in the pipeline.
The DVD offers the same music content as the CD release, including the three live tracks (“Strange Kind Of Woman” / “Smoke On The Water” / “Space Truckin’”) from Hofstra University 1973 and is basically a re-issue of the “Live in Concert 1972/73” DVD.
The Copenhagen show was filmed by Danmark Radio, Denmark’s national radio and television station in black and white and offers a good picture quality, missing a few details which is fine regarding the age of the recording. It shows a young and energetic Deep Purple that could be visually compaired to the Deep Purple performing on “Doing their thing”, with a long haired Ian Gillan in an incredible sweater (Would be great to see THAT in colour!). During the bands perormance it’s clearly visible that the camera crew wasn’t sure what to expect, showing the “wrong” musicians during several solo spots.
The Hofstra clips are filmed in colour and show an optically changed and grown up band - especially Ian Gillan looks very different with cut hair and beard. The highlight of these bonus tracks is “Smoke On The Water”, the only known video recording of this song performed by the original MK II lineup.
The DVD leaves out the “Live in Concert 1972/73” bonus “Burn” (which would be somehow misplaced on a MK II recording), but adds “Deep Purple & The Music Revolution”, a stunning 11-minute gem as additional bonus: a very serious documentation about pop culture, taken from an unknown source (likely Swiss TV) featuring the young Claude Nobs and some band members of Deep Purple not willing to discuss thoughts like if their music is consumated like Coca Cola. Overall - as Ian Gillan summarizes - “Music is fun”.