Concerto For Group And Orchestra Live
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The band have the muscle to avoid being buried by orchestration, yet manage to join forces with the orchestra. The outcome is a magnificent union that will delight those who care at all about music.
This set was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 24th, 1969 and was divided into three movements:
1st Movement: Allegretto.
2nd Movement: Allegro with lyrics by lead singer Ian Gillan.
3rd Movement: . Vivace presto which integrates a solo for Ian Paice on drums.
For only having two complete rehearsals, the outcome is absolutely amazing.
(Important note) Make sure to get the current release (import only, as of early 2003) which has been completely re-mixed to sound 100% better than the old CD and/or LP, it also includes a nice big booklet full of pictures and if that's not enough for you, a great bonus disc of the band performing a three song set before the Concerto.
Track 1: Hush - Perhaps a better version than the one we always hear on the radio, with Ian Gillan's incredible vocal delivery. Sounding almost like early Elvis at times.
Track 2: Wring that Neck - A smoking instrumental with room to play for guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. I must also mention the solid rhythm section of Roger Glover on bass and Ian Paice on drums, they just drive this piece along. Nice.
Track 3: Child In Time - The band were just about to record this "soon to be classic" for the upcoming album "In Rock". It might be one of the finest live version they ever did.Read more ›
For the first time the complete show is included : Hush, Wring that Neck, Child in Time and of course the concerto. It is remarkable to hear (and see if you prefer dvd/vhs) Deep Purple greatest line up ever controlling themselves to play the notes that are on the paper in front of them. No escapades from Ritchie but just clean notes. The same counts for the others. Great passages are the ones where there is a distinct interaction between the group and the orchestra as in the third movement (Presto) where for instance Ian Paice and the orchestral drummer really play fluently together. The best was yet to come for Purple but this concerto emphasises their passion for structure in their music. Wished I was there on that remarkable evening.
And, the Concerto for Group and Orchestra is an album which must be approached with an open mind, because it is an unconventional piece of music. If you are expecting straight forward rock or classical music, this album will not appeal to you. If you enjoy musical experimentation that is energetic and melodic, this album/DVD is for you. It is an essential album for those who enjoy musical experimentation, progressive rock or unconventional music.
It is obvious that some people do not understand the ideas behind this music; some seem seem to think that the music should have had the orchestra and band playing in unison from the start. However, Jon Lord wanted his concerto to show the contrast between rock versus classical music in the first movement, and then illustrating rock coming to terms with classical music in the second movement, while having the orchestra and band in unison in the final movement as proof that rock and classical can forged together even though they are substantially different genres of music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best album involving a rock band and an orchestra that I've ever owned. First heard this when stationed in Berlin around 1970, and loved it. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Phil Rawlinson
I don't think I heard when it was first available his despite being into Hard Rock and Classical music and Purple Fan. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by sjd parker
After all my vinyl went I seem to have been slowly replacing it with CDs and piece of music (disc 2, that is) is great. I love classical and also Deep Purple. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2013 by A.Ward
Great classic album, even misery guts Richie Blackmore must have been smiling when they recorded this gem !!
Great price too !
I'd forgotten how good and progressive this album was - a friend proudly played the vinyl album to a few of his spotty faced mates back in the day and I for one didn't get it at... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by Reviewer100
Something for music lovers that covers two styles of music, classic and heavy rock. Deep purple at there best a match for the Royal Philharmonic.Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by Mr R Sanders