DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Deep Purple - 'California Jam 1974' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/04/3c/9c/Deep-Purple-California-Jam-1974-9-1504016202.jpg

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 29, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
172   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

The definitive version of this legendary concert.

After the acrimonious departure of vocalist Ian Gillan (with bassist Roger Glover being shunted out shortly after), Deep Purple regrouped with then unknown David Coverdale and former Trapeze bassist Glenn Hughes, who acted as a second vocalist. The two new guys, alongside Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, delivered a great album 'Burn' and were one of the headliners at the California Jam, which had sold two hundred and fifty thousand tickets – but far more people turned up, with claims of anything up to four hundred thousand actually there. The band had agreed to go on at dusk to take advantage of the lights, but unusually the concert was running early. Blackmore refused to go on until the agreed time, resulting in backstage tension and a restless crowd – but when Purple did take the stage, they were fired up.

Despite only months prior he'd been singing in working men's clubs, Coverdale doesn't seem too worried about the fact he can't even see where the massive crowd ends. He just gets on with delivering 'Might Just Take Your Life' and 'Lay Down, Stay Down', trading vocals with a swaggering Hughes while the band tear through their current material. Coverdale hits his stride on 'Mistreated', giving a powerful performance, before tackling one of the few Gillan era tracks, 'Smoke On The Water'. It's enthusiastically received before an excellent 'You Fool No One' gives way to an astonishing Paice drum solo. The band regroup for a mammoth rendition of 'Space Truckin'' which is where the fireworks happen – literally.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music


Annoyed by earlier events, Blackmore is also unhappy about the proximity of a cameraman. The guitarist lashes out at the camera, then trashes said guitar, before his roadie sets fire to his amps, which had been doused in petrol to ensure they ignited. However, the roadie was somewhat liberal with the gasoline and the amps actually explode, the force of which causes Blackmore to do a bizarre little dance and sees the stage catch fire, while Lord, Paice and Hughes continue playing in the smoke like this happens every night.

Never planned for release, the original ABC footage has been digitally restored to a good standard and this is therefore the definitive version of this legendary concert. It's not the best show MK III would deliver musically in my book, as it's so early in their touring, but one that's worth owning for notoriety alone.

James Gaden

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  October 2017  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 5 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Great interview with JON STEVENS (INXS, Noiseworks) is now online! Check out the review of his latest album, too.
  • Berny : Rocktopia EXCLUSIVE music video premiere: H.E.A.T - 'Redefined'!
  • Rocktopia Te : Discover new music with Rocktopia: Today we posted 20 new album reviews! More to come ...
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Thanks! Can we expect a review from you in the not too distant future? :) Having said that, I'd like to thank you for all your support! I know that our forum is far too 'silent' at the moment, but this is going to change soon. Watch this space & once again: THANKS! ... ;)
  • Johns Band : Good post for THE WHO "TOMMY LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL" I have pre - order double CD version.
  • Berny : New interviews: We spoke with Jon C Butler & Sass Jordan! Check out the Rocktopia interviews section.
  • PJS : Mid September.
  • KI2000 : Really like the latest issue of Fireworks, when will 80 be out??
  • Hysteria : Best melodic rock site! Thanks for the hard work guys! \m/
  • Berny : Rocktopia July 2017 update: 50 new album reviews, 17 live reviews, 4 interviews. In addition, we are now posting daily news from Monday to Friday. Have fun! :)
  • Berny : Another Rocktopia UK music video premiere: 'tonight' by The Midnight Ghost Train. Pls. check out the LATEST NEWS on the front page!
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • mattnavy : For the record, the first issue of my order should commence with the latest edition.
  • mattnavy : Ok let me know please.
  • Berny : @ mattnavy: We'll sort it out now.
  • mattnavy : Just checked my post, still nothing arrived. My postcode is PL21 9JP.
  • Berny : @ mattnavi: I forwarded your question to the Fireworks team. Thanks for your patience.
  • mattnavy : I bought years membership two weeks ago, commencing from the latest edition. Nothing has turned up. Can you let me know if there has been a problem.
  • Berny : 25 new album reviews incl. Harem Scarem, Mr. Big, Bonfire, Mostly Autumn, TEN, Cheap Trick and many more! Check out our Revíews section!
  • Berny : @mattnavy: Pls. click on "Shop" - > "Fireworks Mini Shop" in the TOP menu on Rocktopia or send an e - mail to «email»
  • mattnavy : I cant seem to work out how I buy the latest edition or a years subscription of firework magazines.
  • Berny : Fireworks #79 out now! Ye Banished Privateers video premiere! 14000 words interview with Harem Scarem! New album and live reviews!
  • Rocktopia Te : 20 new album and 10 new live reviews!
  • Berny : Thanks Rob, review was updated!
  • rocktopiarob : Hi in the Bad For Good review - please replace "Rundgren's absurdly genius guitar playing" with "Davey Johnstone's absurdly genius guitar playing"
  • LeChef : Thumbs up!!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle