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Deep Purple
Live In Verona (Blu-Ray)
February 2015
Released: 2014, Eagle Rock Ent.
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Deep Purple are no strangers when it comes to live releases. They continue to give fans live albums and DVD’s. Some may not be of the greatest quality but it does give us a sampling of how great they are on stage. This new Blu-Ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment is another example of quality.

LIVE IN VERONA is slightly different from previous releases as this one has the band backed by a full scale orchestra. Filmed a few years ago at the historic Arena De Verona ampitheatre (which dates back to 30 AD) magnificently captures the Purple concert experience in front of thousands of fans. This is one of those concert discs that can only be listened to at maximum volume, in a darkened room on a large screen. The sound and the video on the Blu-Ray gives you the next best thing to being there. It sounds incredible cranked up, especially the old tunes such as “Smoke On The Water”. Ian still has an incredible voice. He may not have the range he once had but he still has the power. Glover and Paice are as solid as can be and deliver that rhythm that holds it all together while Steve Morse adds the flash. An excellent player that is the perfect fit for the long departed Blackmore.

An excellent release filled with hits and fantastic music. The orchestra adds a new dimension without over-powering the already powerful songs. A refreshing yet subtle take on the classics.
Track Listing

1) Deep Purple Overture
2) Highway Star
3) Hard Lovin' Man
4) Maybe I'm A Leo
5) Strange Kind Of Woman
6) Rapture Of The Deep
7) Woman From Tokyo
8) Contact Lost
9) When A Blind Man Cries
10) The Well Dressed Guitar
11) Knocking At Your Back Door
12) Lazy
13) No One Came
14) Don Airey Solo
15) Perfect Strangers
16) Space Truckin'
17) Smoke On The Water


Ian Gillan
Ian Paice
Roger Glover
Steve Morse
Don Airey



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