It’s a 2004 DVD release of a concert recorded in 1995.
It’s Deep Purple post Blackmore and Steve Morse is the guitarist and has been the guitarist since.
Morse play’s Blackmore’s recorded parts more accurate than Blackmore ever did as Blackmore really liked to improvise.
It opens the show and I’m struck by how very un-Metal they look.
Gillan is wearing a vest, with baggy tracksuit like pants and black slip on shoes that people involved in karate wear. It’s definitely not a Metal look but it’s a relaxed look.
And there is no stage show with pyro and backdrops. It’s just the band and their music and a few lights.
Maybe I’m A Leo
The blues groove shines through.
There’s no doubting their musical technique and prowess. Morse really shines through when he hits those fast Lydian lines in the improv solo.
And you can’t escape his Peavey 5150 amp set up. RIP EVH.
Glover’s bass sound is monstrous so far and he really drives this song.
And Ian Paice doesn’t get the credit he should as one of the most dependable and skilled drummers in rock music. He’s thunderous on here.
The Battle Rages On
It really fits the spot it occupies in the concert.
And Jon Lord is the star here with his synth riff.
How good is it?
The song is not an easy one to perform. It’s epic Metal with a lot of exotic minor key riffs and melodies.
Check out Morse in the solo. A true guitar hero.
And have I mentioned how good Ian Paice is?
Woman From Tokyo
That Intro riff is huge. Instantly recognizable.
And did anyone notice the drum pattern and how a certain song called “Run To The Hills” has a similar pattern.
Have I mentioned how good Paicey is behind the kit?
They played an unreleased song that they were still writing. The blues rock groove definitely grabs ya and never lets go.
When A Blind Man Cries
One of my favorite ballads.
Lush keys from Jon Lord starts it all off.
And Steve Morse comes in with volume swells, delay and slides. Throughout the song, Morse is decorating with licks.
And Ian Gillan has a voice for these kind of songs.
Stick around for when Morse takes the shred solo. It’s “hairs on the back of your neck” type of soloing.
Glover and Paice lay down the foundations which allows Lord and Morse to decorate musically.
And Gillan is in fine form here.
Pictures Of Home
Morse is in cruise control here. He’s having a blast and as the new guy, it’s like he’s always been there.
And Paice on the drums, so precise and yet so jammy.
Child In Time
When I think of this song, I think of the vocal ohhhs and ahs.
And I like how it builds and it gets louder and more intense as it goes on.
And Morse is helping Gillan here as he plays the higher pitch vocals melody on the guitar and it sounds fantastic.
Gillan then moves to percussion while the rest of the band jams out the next section. Morse is burning the fretboard here.
The music stops and Jon Lord brings back the Intro riff and groove.
From “The Battle Rages On” album. And while Morse didn’t write it, he made it sound like it was written by him in the instrumental intro.
But when the song kicks in, it’s a Rainbow tune from the Bonnet and Turner era. Maybe because Turner was involved at some stage on this album.
I enjoy this song as the way it was recorded. I wasn’t a fan of the 15 plus minutes live versions they did while Blackmore was in the band.
On this they keep it simple and just rock out.
The chromatic lines in the Chorus reminds me of stuff that Metallica would do. Just check out the Intro to “Master Of Puppets” and you’ll hear what I’m saying.
As good as the guitarists are I’m just not a fan of these kind of things.
Lazy (Including Ian Paice Drum Solo)
And they move into the Bluesy “Lazy”.
And after the drum solo, another uptempo blues rock number begins. If you haven’t gotten the idea so far, the band has a great jam element to their live show.
The story behind this song and it’s creation is legendary.
Smoke On The Water
And the closer itself has a story to tell in the lyrics along with one of the most iconic riffs ever.
The 1995 Bombay show is a good historical capture of DP MK7. The show was filmed for Indian TV, and the crew did a great job. It was also the bands first visit to India.
YouTube has the whole 2 hour show, so crank it.