Schlagwort: Deep Purple

Hörenswert #67: Deep Purple - Wring That Neck / Mandrake Root

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Vielleicht nicht in jeder Sekunde ein musikalischer Ohrenschmeichler, so ist der Auftritt von DEEP PURPLE beim Jazz-Bilzen Festival am 22. August 1969 trotzdem auf jeden Fall hörens- und auch sehenswert: es handelt sich um die älteste offizielle Aufnahme des legendären Mark II Lineups.

Langlebigkeit von CD Video-Discs

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1987 eingeführt, waren CD Video-Discs technisch gesehen eine Kombination aus Compact Disc und Laserdisc.

Neben dem CD-Format (Durchmesser 12 cm) und einem LP-ähnlichen Format (Durchmesser 30cm) gibt es auch noch ein Zwischenformat mit einem Durchmesser von 20cm, in dem z.B. "The Videosingles" von DEEP PURPLE veröffentlicht wurde.

Wie ich gerade feststellen musste, ist es im die Langlebigkeit wohl nicht allzu gut bestellt. Mein Exemplar zeigt deutliche Zerfallserscheinungen:

Deep Purple 2006-02-17 Bildergalerie

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DEEP PURPLE am 17. Februar 2006 in der SAP Arena in Mannheim

Deep Purple - California Jam 1974

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DEEP PURPLEs "California Jam" appearance, filmed on April 06, 1974 has been available on DVD since 2005. ear music now offers a new cut of the video as 2016 DVD and Blu-ray release.

While the DVD, issued in a standard DVD case, features the new version and a digitized Super 8 crew recording, the Blu-ray also offers the original video edit as bonus and is published in a nice Digipak. Prior to editing, the material had been processed to improve its quality which results in a brighter and sharper image compared to the unprocessed original cut.

Sadly, Stephan Liehr (who did the additional editing) did not only choose different and maybe better angles for some scenes, but played around with side-by-side pictures and faded overlays. Especially during sequences like Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solo in "Mistreated", where the front camera has been faded over the back camera the whole time, the new edit is just annoying and less enjoyable than the original cut which changes the camera from time to time.

As the audio and video quality didn't improve drastically and the new edit doesn't add more than some playing around with video editing software, there's no need to buy the DVD or Blu-ray if you already own "California Jam" on DVD.

Jon Lord - Gemini Suite

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jl-gsBack in 1969, the lineup of DEEP PURPLE had seen a drastic change: Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice split up with singer Rod Evans and bass player Nick Simper and hired the former EPISODE SIX musicians Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to complete the lineup.

One of the first shows to feature the new lineup was the live performance of Jon Lord's "Concerto For Group and Orchestra", an ambitious work to unite the different worlds of a rock band and a full orchestra which lay the foundation for Jon Lords career as composer / writer and solo artist. About a year later, the follow-up of the "Concerto" faced the light of day during a live performance at the Royal Festival Hall, again featuring his DEEP PURPLE bandmates and conductor Malcolm Arnold.

Contrary to the "Concerto", which took more than 40 years to be recorded in a studio, Jon Lord went to the studio in 1971 to record "Gemini Suite" as a studio project. At that time, the rock career of DEEP PURPLE was in full flight and Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore showed no interest in participating in the recording and were replaced by guitar player Albert Lee , multi talented Tony Ashton and singer Yvonne Elliman.

While the "Concerto" had its focus on band and orchestra as a whole, "Gemini Suite" did focus on the different instruments, dedicating a track to guitar, piano, drums, vocals bass guitar and organ respectively.

The first CD release was a straight release in 1987 on Line Records in Germany being the only official (and now long deleted) version until the remastered release on Purple Records more than 20 years later. The 2016 release is not based on any of those previous versions and features new artwork and a new remaster by Rob Cass, based on the original stereo mixes of the album.

Not owning the 2008 remaster, a comparison with the 1987 release shows quite some improvement in sound quality with more details being audible than on the original CD release. Luckily, the remaster doesn't follow the popular trend of brick-walling every track and preserves the dynamics and overall feel of the original recording. The booklet gives no explaination why the original artwork has been dropped and was replaced by completely new design, but the new foreword by Roger Glover adds some enjoyable pages to the booklet.

Only thing to criticize is the record company did not use a proper Digipak for the release and decided to go with some LP-like fold-out papersleeve instead, resulting in your CD getting the first fingerprints and scratches before even being played.