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The Record Vault: Deep Purple – In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra

It was recorded at Royal Albert Hall, London on 25th and 26th September 1999 and the audio album was released on 8th February 2000 by Eagle Vision while the DVD was released on 25th July, 2000.

Pictured Within

It’s the title track from Jon Lord’s solo album released in 1998.

Very soundtrack like.

And it’s so far removed from the hard blues rock of Deep Purple. Only Jon Lord appears from the Deep Purple band along with the orchestra.

Wait a While

It’s also from Jon Lord’s solo album and Jon Lord is the only one who appears from the band here.

The opening two songs are skips for me.

Sitting in a Dream

This track and “Love Is All” are from Roger Glover’s solo album, “The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast”, a concept album released in 1974.

On these two tracks, Ronnie James Dio (RIP) sings the studio versions and he also appears here to sing the live tracks.

And it looks like the DP band is here with the Orchestra.

Love Is All

It’s like an ELO Beatles Cabaret tune and the great Dio is on hand to perform vocals.

As a side note that 1974 Glover album also had Glen Hughes and David Coverdale contributing vocals plus Les Binks on drums.

Wring That Neck

On the audio version of this concert release there are two Ian Gillan tracks and a Steve Morse track and then “Wring That Neck”.

But on the DVD those tracks don’t appear.

It’s written by Richie Blackmore, Nick Simper, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and it’s from “The Book of Taliesyn” released in 1968.

And it’s like a jazz fusion rock number with the brass instruments. Ian Paice again showcases his brilliant drumming techniques.

I could go on about each track and try to find some postives but when when the Concertos started I was more or less pressing stop. While they are great pieces for some they aren’t that for me.


7 thoughts on “The Record Vault: Deep Purple – In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra

  1. This was such a trend for all bands thanks to Metallica. Once they did S&, everyone wanted a symphony album. Even Kiss did it. I like the ones that did a live orchestra rather than those that went in the studio and just added strings to their songs.

  2. Like the whole Unplugged overload that had everyone and there dog going acoustic on albums I got burnt on it and than the symphony’s came into play and I bought the first Metallica and KISS and had my fill…lol
    Andrew did send me the last Metallica symphony which is pretty good actually but I have to wrap my noggin around that stuff now…

    • I hear ya Deke. I also got Metallica and Kiss symphony DVDs and CDs. While this bands played their tunes as normal with the symphony, DP played a lot of the solo stuff from artists plus those 1968/69 concertos. And they didn’t really grab me with it.

  3. I’m reading John and Deke’s comments about the symphony trend that started with Metallica and I think it’s stupid. I do like ‘S&M’ to some extent, but there’s nothing cool about a rock band with a symphony, sorry!

  4. Harrison says:

    I do love the rendition of “Smoke on the Water” that’s on this disc, but I’m not too interested in the concerto parts either.

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