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3.63 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

Highlights from:
1. Highway Star
2. Child in Time
3. Mule
4. Space Truckin'
5. Black
6. Knight
7. When a Blind Man Cries
8. Woman from Tokyo
9. Lazy
10. Speed King
11. Hush
12. Mandrake Root

Running time appr. 60 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Ritchie Blackmore / guitars
- Ian Paice / drums
- Ian Gillan / vocals
- Roger Glover / bass
- Jon Lord / organ, piano

Releases information

Edgehill RMS1931 Bonus feature: Image gallery

Thanks to erik neuteboom for the addition
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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars It looks or I am one of the few who likes to review these DVD docu's, what a pity because in my opinion many are at least interesting and contain lots of exciting live footage. Take for example this DVD docu about the seminal Heavy Prog band Deep Purple and their highly acclaimed live double album Made In Japan.

In fact this DVD is the story of the classic Mark II line up, from Concerto For Group And Orchestra in 1970 (named "an odd hybrid") until Who Do We Think We Are from 1973 with of course the emphasis on the legendary Made In Japan (1972). Some quotes point at the progressive sound: "Deep Purple incorporated baroque, classical, folk and jazz in their rock sound" and "Deep Purple played like a jazz big band" (by known music journalist Chris Welch). This DVD gives a good look at the leading role of Ritchie Blackmore ("he was constantly giving hand signals", about "Blackmore his eye contact" and "he was teasing the others to follow the conductor") and the competition between Gillan and Blackmore that started friendly but turned into more and more animosity. During interviews we see Blackmore delivering quite sarcastic comments on Gillan and Gillan names Deep Purple "Ritchie Blackmore his backing band". This is described as "the battle to the death between vocals and guitar". It's interesting to hear that Made In Japan had to fill the gap between the very succesfull and acclaimed Machine Head album from 1972 (Chris Welch: "it inspired the heavy metal movement") and the follow up. The reason was that the auditions for the new album didn't work out because of the intense tour schedule. At first Made In Japan was only released in Japan but soon also worldwide because the band was very pleased with the recordings ("a real live album with no overtakes") and commercial sales. About Made In Japan: "Made In Japan had all the tracks you wanted to hear and better than on the original", "they really play for each other and feeding each other", "Highway Star relentlessly rocks on", "Highway Star sums up the whole essence of Deep Purple", Child In Time has a trademark organ solo", "Smoke On The Water has a guitar riff master extra-ordinary", "Lazy is Deep Purple their most complex song" and "Because of the long running time of Space Truckin the band had left stage favorites like Speed King and Fireball". We can enjoy great live footage featuring excellent work by all the band members, especially Blackmore (obviously inspired by Jimi Hendrix his stage antics) and Jon Lord on the Hammond organ with those mesmerizing drawbars.

Highly recommended if you are up to DVD docu's!

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This DVD is more of a documentary about Mark II than anything else. The pretext being their great "Made In Japan". Actually, each track of MIJ is (more or less) closely looked at.

Interesting footage of "Mandrake Root" which is probably the major source of inspiration of their long jams (the other one being "Wring That Neck"). You can see the extraordinary work of Paice and Blackmore. Lots of talks here : about Ritchie's abilities, about the feeling of the newbies (Gillan, Glover) who just joined while the band played their Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall etc.

Interesting comment about "Child In Time" from one of the journalists than discovered this song before it was released. Can you imagine the feeling ? I had an almost similar experience with "Burn" and "Mistreated" which I discovered live in December 1973, two months prior the release of the album "Burn". A great experience as well.

This document uses some well known footage from the Danish Radio for instance for the great guitar and vocal "gymnastic" during "Strange Kind Of Woman" : a battle to death between guitar vs vocal as mentioned.

Some considerations on the atmosphere within the band during the "Machine Head" which has nothing to do compared to the recording of their last album (Mark II) : "Who do You Think You Are". For two months, Ritchie & Ian didn't speak to each other (dixit Ritchie).

This documentary has its weaknesses and strengths. It is far too short (less than an hour to cover Mark II is quite reductive), there aren't any full song played and most of the video footage is taken from existing and well known material (Denmark 72 and New York 73) and there are lots of talks during this DVD.

On the plus side, some good comments and rare footage like the German television one for bits of "Highway Star" and "No, No, No".

What I dislike the most is the title and the way one tries to fool the fans. It gives the impression you're going to get a video recording from the legendary concerts and not a single second of this DVD has been shot in Japan.

The final words to Ritchie Blackmore: "the live album, as live LP's is rubbish but compared to all the other groups that put out live music it was brilliant".

Yes, the live album was brilliant, but this DVD is just a good one. Three stars.

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