Live At The California Jam 1974 [DVD] review by Deep Purple

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  • Released: Nov 21, 2005
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (17 votes)
Deep Purple: Live At The California Jam 1974 [DVD]

Sound — 9
This DVD is great. It was filmed in 1974 so naturally it does not have the greatest sound or picture, but the capture of the set is brilliant. This was filmed at the "California Jam" at "Ontario Speedway" in 1974. The California Jam was a huge rock festival with bands such as "Emerson Lake and Palmer", "Black Sabbath", "The Eagles" and of course "Deep Purple". This was the first time that Deep Purple came to America since the original lineup broke up. The idea was to promote Deep Purples new album "Burn". The new members David Coverdale (later Whitesnake frontman) and Glenn Hughes do a great job and show us what Deep Purple meant to them. This concert had controversy aswell with a disagreement behind the scences about when Deep Purple were to take the stage, which results in many stage fanatics from guitarist "Ritchie Blackmore." The sound is great considering how old this concert was.

Content — 9
This DVD features the live set that Deep Purple played at "California Jam." Track listing includes: 01. Burn 02. Might Just Take Your Life 03. Lay Down, Stay Down 04. Mistreated 05. Smoke On The Water 06. You Fool No One 07. Space Truckin' The songs are majorly from Deep Purples current album "Burn". A couple of numbers from "Machine Head" are included aswell. The song "Mistreated" is probably the best song on the DVD, Blackmore's tone is to die for, the contrast between Coverdales strong voice punching out the vocals with the bluesy riff and violin'ish solo by Blackmore is great. Plenty of long jams aswell to entertain! There are extras such as commentry and photo's from the concert as well.

Production Quality — 8
Production quality is great considering that this was filmed in 1974. They really nailed this. Has a definate vintage sort of feel to the production, but all in all great and only adds to this DVD being seen as a relic. The technologies are limited but this is how it was in 1974, it wasn't like it is now. All in all this is produced extremely well cosidering the time that this was produced.

Overall Impression — 10
All in all this DVD is great. It is my favorite Deep Purple DVD by far. You have got to remember it is 1974 therefore production will not be excellent but it is great considering when it was. Definate highlights include "Mistreated" Ian Paice's drum solo and the "Space Truckin'" jam, which ends with Blackmore going nuts and destroying a few guitars, amps and a TV Camera. As you do of course! If this DVD were lost I would definatly buy it again. It is a great relic of time of one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

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