What’s left to be said about Deep Purple? Together with Led Zeppelin, The Who and Black Sabbath, they are considered the “fathers“of heavy rock and to some, the creators of heavy metal. One of the symbols of the seventies, or as they often say... a legend. The line up called MK2 (Blackmore-Lord-Paice-Gillan-Glover) released albums that are milestones of rock: “In Rock“, “Machine Head“and “Fireball“. Gillan and Glover left after the release of “Who Do We Think We Are“. Deep Purple decided to continue and entered one of the most controversial, exciting and extreme phases of their career. Back then unknown vocalist David Coverdale (later superstar of his own band Whitesnake) and bass player Glenn Hughes joined the band. The following albums “Burn“ and “Stormbringer“ showed they could maintain the same levels of the previous incarnation of the band and reached the “Classic album status“. When Blackmore decided to leave the band, they surprisingly decided to continue, recruiting guitarist Tommy Bolin. They released the great album “Come Taste The Band“, and played in front of immensely large audiences at the peak of their glamorous lifes... until excesses affected the band and Bolin tragically died of a heroin overdose. Deep Purple were then officially split up.
In 1984 Deep Purple reformed with the original line-up, featuring Gillan and Glover yet although a lot had happened since then, the band is still touring the world and remained one of the most important names in rock history. But it would be a big mistake to ignore the great music that Deep Purple produced between 1972 and 1976.
“Phoenix Rising“ is by all means 3 products in 1. All of them previously unreleased, they would have to have been brought out as separate products.
- RISES OVER JAPAN: 30 minute-long live footage filmed in 16mm in Japan, restored in HD. Never before released, not even on bootlegs. Originally planned to be included in a Deep Purple film the short movie was never released after Tommy Bolin’s death. If it wasn’t known the show is from 1976, the stunning video quality would make the viewer believe this is a production filmed with the most modern HD cameras.
- GETTING TIGHTER: The full length 90 minute documentary of the story behind Deep Purple after Ian Gillan and Roger Glover’s departures. Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes tell the story of the “post Gillan“ years, through never before seen live images, backstage footage, never before told stories and original video material collected through years of hard work. A real dream come true for all Deep Purple fans. New inside stories and the truths about the dark sides of Deep Purple with the rise and fall of their seventies years will really grab fans.
- CD: The original soundtrack and more. The best of Deep Purple MKIV (Bolin-Lord-Paice-Coverdale-Hughes) from the “Rises Over Japan“concert and more.