Although Simon left this project last year, a lot of the research
done earlier (with the help of numerous fans and collectors) has been
'used' for the release. Tracks marked with * have not been issued
There is also a documentary which is basically
lots of clips from the rest of the DVD sequenced together, along with
a few other bits, including short silent clips from Japan 72,
interviews off French TV, scenes of the riot in Japan in 1973 (which
sadly has been lifted from material bought and owned by the DPAS
without anyone asking), and loads of memorabilia (much of which ditto).
*Help is the fabulous sequence filmed in Denmark right at the start
of the band's career... in a car-park (you can see the Danish dolly-birds gathering round at the end). The band are miming but it is a
different recording to the Shades album track. It's the earliest
footage of the group to survive. B/w.
Hush is the well known 1968 Playboy Club TV performance, in colour.
This has been available officially in the US for some time. The other
two clips of the band (including a very short And The Address) are
also on the DVD but as bonus items, not sure why they didn't run it
*Wring That Neck - There have been a lot of requests to know where
this comes from. This is a short performance filmed in De Lane Lea in
early 1969. A Canadian film crew came over to do a piece on the band.
It's very atmospheric, with some of the band sat down playing, and
close ups of the tape reels rolling, etc. A friend in the industry
found it; he was working on a John Lennon documentary a few years ago
and got a viewing copy from Canada of some material, and right at the
end this popped up unlisted! B/w.
Hallelujah is the oft repeated but still great German TV Beat Club
screened performance from 1969. B/w, mime.
*Mandrake Root is from The South Bank Pops set in 1970. Live. Colour.
*Speed King is the Vicky Leandros fronted Ich Bin special from 1970.
Colour, mimed. Beware scenes of dead bodies and broken cars!
Black Night is the well known Top Of The Pops mime. Great stuff,
though it has been out a few times. Colour.
Child In Time is the Granada TV Doing Their Thing performance from
1970. It has been out on DVD. Colour.
Lazy is from Danish TV 1972. Previously issued on DVD. B/w.
* Strange Kind Of Woman is indeed strange - a Top Of The Pops 'promo'
without the band. (Usually this was done when the artist were unable
to appear on the show). It's just a go-go girl
frugging about on her Harley (well BSA more likely).
*Fireball Writing Session is a short poor quality b/w film shot at
the Hermitage, with a few clips of the band at work, but no audio.
*Fireball is a mime from the Disco 72 TV show in Germany. Colour.
Watch out for Ritchie playing the back of his guitar!
*Demon's Eye is from the 1971 German TV special Music Today, whch
featured several groups. It also has annoying cutaways to the
audience mid song, and credits over the end.
No No No. Again from Beat Club, 1971. This version has been out
offically, but this and an alternate run-through (which breaks down
near the end) without the eye dazzling graphic overlays are on the
bonus disc. Colour.
*Into The Fire is from the 1971 German TV special Music Today (same
show as Demon's Eye). Colour.
Never Before is that weird low budget promo Purple Records knocked up
in 1972 where Ian's shirt keeps coming on and off and on again.
Previously released on the Machine Head classic albums DVD. Colour.
Highway Star is the well-known 1971 Beat Club rendition, which has
been out a few times. Colour.
Smoke On The Water is the ABC TV edited version as used on the
Denmark DVD bonus footage. Colour.
*Burn is the student documentary performance from the UK tour in
Mistreated is from the 1974 California Jam show. Colour.
*You Keep On Moving both from Rises Over Japan promo film, live in
Tokyo 1975. Colour.
FULL LENGTH FEATURES and BONUS TRACKS
*LEEDS POLYTECHNIC This is the entire programme from which Burn (the only complete song)
on DVD1 is taken. More edited live clips and backstage interviews.
*BILZEN JAZZ FESTIVAL The 1969 film which was edited into a 25 minute programme for Belgian
*POP DEUX The French TV film from 1970, also edited into a 25 minute show. Colour.
*DEEP PURPLE IN NEW ZEALAND A short documentary showing roadies setting up gear, also some press
conference interview footage. Very short live clips but no audio so
they dubbed on album tracks. Colour.
BLACK NIGHT PROMO This is the one shot inside the studio for an EMI promo. It was
included on the Classic Albums DVD.
There is also a short French TV news item, again mainly of the road
crew backstage, with some frustratingly short and grainy live clips.
Also an interview with manager Tony Edwards (in French) from the 1977
(The screenshots are taken from viewing copies of Deep Purple material in the DPAS archives, not from the dvd.)
The dvd can
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