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The Sounds Of Purple (Paice Ashton Lord/Ian Gillan Band/Glenn Hughes/Steve Morse/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/PAL)


Picture: C/C-/B-/C     Sound: B-/C+/B/C+     Extras: B-/C+/C-/C+     Concerts: B-



PLEASE NOTE: These DVDs can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



Just when I thought we had seen a higher number of Deep Purple DVDs along with spin-off projects from many members solo and in other bands, four more concert titles have turned up and none of them are ones we covered before.  To see those and learn more about the band and some of those side projects, try this link:





The Sounds Of Purple collects these four concerts and they are as good as anything we have seen to date on DVD:


Paice Ashton Lord – Malice In Wonderland Live 1977


A fine concert of the short-lived band is from Sight & Sound In Concert and runs just over an hour.  This is what was left of the band at the time.  A great offshoot, they did not last long, but are very impressive allover the place here.


Ian Gillan Band – Live At The Rainbow 1977


Nice to see an earlier performance of the band and a really impressive concert that by a narrow margin is my favorite of the set here, showing what happened to the other part of Purple once they imploded.  In both cases, the energy is high and these alone are must-owns for fans.


Glenn Hughes – Live In Australia 2006


With the best fidelity of the four discs, the concert is not bad and though he has trouble with his covers of Nights In White Satin and A Whiter Shade Of Pale are uneven, things works out.


Steve Morse – Cruise Control 1992


This includes two concerts, a solo show and Dixie Dregs – Live At Toad’s Place, the latter of which is in DTS and the first of which is from New York City.  They are both fine concerts, make for a fine pairing and geez, can he play guitar!




The 1.33 X 1 image on Malice is from a second-generation copy of the PAL taping with aliasing errors and detail issues throughout, though color cam look good.  Gillan also is shot in 16mm and is from an older analog video copy.  Hope film copies can be found of that and the Lifespan, documentary for HD playback down the line.  Both Morse shows are taped and are not first generation by any means, but still watchable.  The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Hughes is the best of the DVDs, showing how good such an HD shoot can look in PAL video above and ahead of NTSC, putting it in a zone between DVD and Blu-ray, a format this should be issued in.


The DTS 5.0 on Malice is a little better than the Dolby Digital 5.0, but purists might go for the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, which has less mud to it.  For Hughes, the DTS 5.1 outdoes the two Dolby options with ease.   The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes on Gillan are even because the audio here is so dated.  Morse has two concerts in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, while the Dregs show adds DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1, but again, the audio is too old.



Extras on Malice includes text on the band and on the documentary Lifespan, which is also included here in its entirety in an old analog video copy of the 16mm production.  Gillan adds Ray Fenwick and Japan Tour interviews, audio clips dubbed Rarities sets to a video montage and trailers for four more Rock DVDs from Umbrella.  Hughes extras include text and stills, while Morse extras include PDF DVD-ROM image section, stills for both concerts and a really good Guitar Show interview.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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