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Deep Purple California Jam '74,
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This review is from: Deep Purple: Live In California 74 [DVD]  (DVD)
This is one of the moments where the TV cameras (all but one!)captured Deep Purple at their peak. Purple of course rejuvenated by a recent personnel change prior to the release of the Burn LP.
After the well documented clash of egos with promoters behind the scenes, Purple open the set with the afore-mentioned title track where Blackmore (like the VHS version) is well down in the mix. The volume does gradually creep up over the next couple of numbers, Might just take your life and Lay down stay down, both of which again from the Burn album and feature dual vocals from Coverdale and Hughes (check out Coverdale's nervous introduction!)
As Purple power through the numbers, it is clear to see Blackmore has fine tuned his technique to complement the band's new members, particulally, Mistreated where Blackmore embellishes Coverdales vocals with machine-gun picking and bluesy bends.
You fool no one is a centre piece for solos from messrs Lord,Blackmore and Paice. Jon Lord's solo revolves around the Lazy riff, check out his intro though- could that be Perfect Strangers in the making? Paice & Blackmore solos equally breathtaking.
Space Trucking has been tweaked slightly to accomadate Glenn Hughes vocal/bass wah wah solo spot and generally feels a little more dynamic than previous offerings. Blackmore more or less closes the show on his own with a visual climax demolition job of his equipment (well most of it his!)
It's good to have this gig on DVD,having said that the picture does seem to be a little bit more 'grainy' than the Vhs version.
There are a few more subtle camera angles too, which are welcome, however, Blackmores scary-stare at the camera during the 2nd number has been cut short to my disappointment!