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3.63 | 8 ratings

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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.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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