Around The World Live (DVD)
Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2008
REVIEW BY: Bruce Rusk
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 07/31/2008
Deep Purple are almost as famous for their personnel changes as for their music. They are also notorious for their relentless touring schedule. Deep Purple is at its best in a live setting, and they know it. Great studio albums aside, the diehard DP fan knows there's no comparison to seeing them live. Around The World Live encapsulates the latest, longest-running, and most harmonious (lineup-wise) stretch of a long and fruitful career in a four-DVD set. Collecting three full-length concerts and many hours of additional performances, behind-the-scenes and background footage, you get not only some great performances, but a wealth of interviews. Included also is an outstanding 30-page booklet loaded with interviews, photos, and biographical info.
Disc one features a live show from 1995, filmed in
The second disc features another live set, this time in
The third disc features a live performance from 2002, closer to home this time at
But the real treasure here for hardcore Purple fans is disc four, an extensive documentary loaded with interviews and snippets of archival footage going back to the Mark II lineup. Not to dismiss the live footage, which is largely excellent, but for a fan deeply immersed in their history, this is the Holy Grail.
Personally I found the concert footage, after four complete concerts, a bit repetitious; I don't need four live versions of “Woman From Tokyo.” The interview and archival footage, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover especially seem to revel in nostalgic reminiscences, and the whole band seems to be totally at ease and loving this incarnation of their careers. It is, however, a lot to digest. For DP completists, this is a must-have. For the casual or curious, it will offer a lot of insight into one of rock's foundational bands.