Deep Purple

New Live & Rare: The Video Collection 1984-2000 [Video/DVD]

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Just as the title says, the 2001 Deep Purple DVD, New, Live & Rare: The Video Collection 1984-2000, collects all of the legendary British metal band's promo videos as well as scattered live clips from their 1984 reunion up to the time of this DVD's release. As longtime fans know, Deep Purple's true glory days lay in the early '70s, when they dropped such classic molten metal releases as In Rock, Fireball, and Machine Head on an unsuspecting world. And while its bandmembers have kept Purple alive well into the new millennium (despite line-up juggling), most of the newer material on New, Live & Rare doesn't hold a candle to the band's earlier classics. The over two-hour-long compilation begins with the video for the band's fantastic epic title track from their 1984 reunion album, Perfect Strangers, and unlike most of the other promo clips here, its video isn't dated at all (since it focuses on home video-like scenes of the band's recording sessions and getting reacquainted with each other). On the other hand, such painfully dated clips for "Knockin' at Your Back Door" (which is based on a Mad Max-type concept and in which the band is barely featured) as well as such schlock rockers as "King of Dreams" and "Love Conquers All" haven't aged well at all. But the real attraction here are the overabundance of live clips, including such highlights as "Black Night," "Nobody's Home," "Space Truckin'," "Speed King," and "Woman From Tokyo." Original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is only on half of the selections, and while his replacement, Steve Morse, is certainly capable and talented in his own right, Blackmore brought an excitement and spontaneity to the proceedings that the perfectly rehearsed "Morse-era" lacks. In addition, the DVD includes such bonus features as three extra clips, bandmember biographies, and a photo gallery -- and its quite fun to trace singer Ian Gillan's always-changing hairstyles throughout the video! Despite its shortcomings, most serious Deep Purple fans should enjoy New, Live & Rare: The Video Collection 1984-2000.

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