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An exciting listen for die-hards and new Purple fans alike
on 24 February 2000
Listening to the original recording made 30 years ago I am always aware that perhaps not all those present were entirely enthusiastic about being part of Jon Lord's challenging project. But this revisitation gives me no such feeling. The subtlety, power and musicianship of both the orchestra and the band shines through both in the Concerto and the other pieces that surround it. For me the appeal of Purple has always been a combination of fine technical musicianship and a depth of creativity that reaches way beyond pure heavy metal. This CD more than amply demonstrates those properties with such a range of musical styles from the powerful Ted The Mechanic and the classic Smoke on the Water through the more recent and no less inspiring Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming and the highly enjoyable and bouncy rendition of Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball classic Love is All. The concerto is a wonderful piece and improves with every listen. It has a fine range and does not neglect any part of the orchestra who seem to be enjoying the experience. The band play with style and to my ear sound better today than ever before. Whether a die-hard fan, a recent convert or just someone keen to enjoy a range of musical experiences, I can fully recommend this purchase - and the video that goes with it.