Phoenix Rising DVD
Format : DVD / Release : May 2011
Documentary : Changes In The Band
2. The Demise Of Deep Purple MK II
3. The Birth Of MK III
4. The Making Of Burn
5. The California Jam 1974
7. Sunbury Music Festival 1975
8. Glenn Hughes Troubled Times
9. Drugs Become An Issue
10. Ritchie Blackmore Leaves The Band
11. Tommy Bolin
12. Come Taste The Band
13. Drugs Become A Problem
14. Glenn Hughes In Rehabilitation
15. Mk IV On Tour
16. Indonesian Nightmare
17. Rising Over Japan
18. The Final MK IV shows
Overall an excellent set (and far less frustrating than the History Hits etc DVD):
Pluses: EXCELLENT quality film for the Deep Purple Rises Over Japan footage; on the HH&H DVD it was clearly sourced from a video tape, you could even see tracking lines on You Keep On Moving). It is tormenting to know that the entire gig was filmed, the chances of that still being in a stable condition (even if it is ever found) are pretty low.
Fully in-depth interviews with JL and GH.
Amazing black and white footage from Jakarta, though not synched up and mostly without sound – presumably this edited footage is all there is? We are not told.
Colour video footage of Stormbringer with original live sound. This MUST mean that someone has got back to the source, otherwise it would have still had the studio version dubbed on. The fact that this is the last song from the gig indicates that ALL of the show (Hawaii? It doesn’t say) exists. With it being saved on video (not film) it SHOULD be in good condition. There is also some nice cine film of an unidentified Mk4 gig.
The package has two booklets with decent pix although I’ll need to put on my glasses to read the newspaper reprints!
As well as Mk 4 we have a great but frustratingly incomplete version of Stormbringer from Mk3 in colour and an edit of a live version of Black Night from either 71 or 72 – at first glance it looks like the Danish film, but it isn’t – Gillan in white t-shirt and hankie/cravat, and buckle shoes. Again with this being a fully synched up multi camera clip, this MUST exist somewhere as a (hopefully) complete gig?
Minuses: Other than JL saying how stunning Tommy’s playing on Spectrum is, neither he nor Glenn have ANYTHING to say on his technique or what made his playing so special. I appreciate that they probably feel that it was HIS fault that it all fell to bits (JL especially) but to not bother mentioning how much material he brought in or compare his playing with Ritchies I think is a massive oversight (and something of an insult to TB). There is far too much of Glenn’s story – which does drag at times. Personally I would have preferred more recollections of some (presumably) happy incidents! There is a lot of detail up to Japan, then NO MENTION of the US tour – suddenly it’s March and the miserable UK gigs… I wonder if they were not allowed to discuss that part? (or they did cover it but are saving it for another DVD?).
The Jakarta ‘extra’ listed is really a remix of the same bit from the main film – nothing new in there…
All in all a worthy release, some excellent footage, very nicely packaged, but with a totally misleading title – the whole thing was as unlike a phoenix as it’s possible to imagine – but I suppose they needed something upbeat and snappy to appeal to non fans (‘Mk4 the sordid truth’ might damage sales!). It’s also naughty to imply that ANY of the bonus CD was previously unreleased – unreleased this year might be more accurate…
Thanks to Purple Daniel for the content list