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Deep Purple Live: They All Came Down to Montreux [Blu-ray]

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  • I was a big fan of Deep Purple back in the early 80’s. My favorite configuration was Mark II, which I am sure is a lot of people’s favorite as well. Since their reunion, I bought a couple of their newer CDs, but never really got into the newer sound too much. I think it sounds too “commercial”. In other words, they have sold out. Then I didn’t listen to them for a while. I didn’t even know that they had picked up a new guitarist — Steve Morse. This Blu-ray is a bit of a surprise. First, the image and sound quality of Blu-ray is superb. Steve Morse is the biggest surprise. He is great. I like him a lot, more so than Ritchie Blackmore. He gives Deep Purple an updated sound. They now sound more like a modern heavy metal band, even though many of the songs are still classics. It is quite refreshing. Don Airey is not John Lord, but he is every bit as virtuoso. Unfortunately, I do have to agree with the last couple of reviewers — Ian Gillan’s voice is lacking. At 63, he should be thinking of retirement. Then again, without Ian Gillan, Deep Purple will not be Deep Purple. May be they will be lucky (like Queen and Paul Rodgers) in finding a singer that can replace Ian Gillan. Overall, I enjoy this Blu-ray, and would recommend it to any Deep Purple fans.

    Posted on March 9, 2010