One of the less essential installments in Classic Rock's long-running series of rockumentaries, Inside Deep Purple 1969-1973 suffers the most from the sheer familiarity of the musical clips and, as it turns out, the opinions. Despite gathering together no less than ten so-called authorities on the band and the classic rock genre in general, little is said that takes one by surprise; nor will the archive footage especially leave one hungry for more, mainly because most collectors will already own it in its unexpurgated form. Concentrating exclusively on the first-time-around for the MK 2 lineup of the band -- that is, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, Inside Deep Purple picks up the story with the release of the "Hallelujah" single and preparations for the Concerto for Group and Orchestra -- the source of the first of the disc's clips. From there, the 1972 Danish TV broadcast and a couple of tracks from German TV's Beat Club flash past, but it's odd that the most significant song in Deep Purple's arsenal, "Smoke on the Water" of course, appears courtesy of a 1985 concert broadcast -- same musicians, but a very different mindset. All of which is not to say this is a disposal disc, just that the standards set by the film research elsewhere in this series are an awful lot higher.
AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson