Eagle Rock Entertainment and Deep Purple are set to release the band’s latest live recording today. Deep Purple: With Orchestra Live in Verona is not the band’s first archived live recording released this year via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It is however the best of the band’s live recordings released this year. The performance, recorded three years ago, is highlighted by a set list that focuses largely on its older, more well-known songs. The concert is also not the first time that Deep Purple has performed live with an orchestra. The band also performed live with an orchestra when it performed at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011. The two performances being recorded in the same year, were likely part of the same tour. That fact is in itself another major positive to this brand new archived release. As if these two factors are not enough for audiences, the audio and video mix collectively make the concert even more enjoyable for audiences. Audiences will be hugely impressed at the camera work in this show and the balance of the band and its backing orchestra. That factor along with everything already noted makes this latest live recording from Deep Purple even more enjoyable for audiences. And that is not to discount the concert’s bonus liner notes, either. The liner notes included in the recording add even more insight into the concert while noting all the parties involved. Whether for its companion booklet, its outstanding audio and video mix, or even the set list included in this recording, all of the work that went into bringing this concert to audiences paid off. That’s because it collectively makes Deep Purple: With Orchestra Live in Verona another example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings today.
Deep Purple: With Orchestra Live in Verona is a wonderful addition to the home collection of any Deep Purple fan. It is another example of why Eagle Rock more than deservedly still maintains the label of the leader in live recordings. The central reason for this is the concert’s set list. Audiences will note that this concert, much as the band’s 2011 show in Montreux, focuses primarily on the band’s older material, going all the way back to its 1968 debut record Shades of Deep Purple. The band’s landmark 1972 album Machine Head is very well represented in this recording, too. Almost all of the songs from that album are included in this concert, including the rare b-side When A Blind Man Cries. Fireball is well represented as is Perfect Strangers and other. The most recent work included in this performance is the band’s 2005 album Rapture of the Deep. While not every one of the band’s albums are featured in this near two hour performance, the band does choose a relatively large swath of material for its audiences. And it is that relatively wide array of songs from the band’s catalogue that sets the tone for this recording. The tone in question is a positive one made even more positive when considering that this concert would appear to be one more from the band’s 2011 tour, which also included a recording of the band’s performance that year at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival.
The set list that makes up Deep Purple’s latest live recording is especially impressive as it covers largely the band’s older material instead of its more recent songs. That set list is much the set list included in the band’s other 2011 Eagle Rock Entertainment recording from its performance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival. Simply put, audiences that don’t already own the recording of the band’s performance from that year’s Montreux Jazz Festival won’t be left out in this recording. Odds are that this concert was part of the band’s larger tour that just so happened to include a show at Montreux. This factor makes this recording even more a plus for any Deep Purple fans out there. It shows that Eagle Rock Entertainment’s people were really thinking about the band’s fans. It’s just one more way that Eagle Rock maintains the mantle of the industry’s leader in live recordings and one more reason that Deep Purple’s fans will appreciate this latest recording.
The set list included in Deep Purple’s new live recording goes a long way toward making this latest recording enjoyable for audiences. The fact that it directly mirrors the band’s 2011 performance from Montreux, which was released that same year, is even more of a bonus for audiences. As difficult as it may be to find the band’s Montreux performance, this recording can now take the place of that performance. That makes this recording even more enjoyable and a bonus for fans in and of itself. It still isn’t all that makes the recording such a great addition to any Deep Purple fan’s collection. The audio and video mix that went into the recording is one more of so many positives that makes the recording enjoyable. David Richards’ work balancing the levels throughout the show paid off in spades. The orchestra—the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt—blends right in with the band to the point that it sounds like the orchestra isn’t even there. That is a true sign of expertise. Richards and his crew compensated for the venue’s acoustics just as expertly. Being a venue of its size, it had to have been a challenge for Richards and company to keep the band and orchestra from overpowering one another and to keep the sound from overpowering the group in whole, washing out everything. The end result is a performance from all involved that proves once again why Eagle Rock is the leader in live recordings. Eagle Rock releases nothing but the finest especially in terms of the concert’s most important elements (I.E. audio and video). The audio in this case is no different. The same can be said of director Chris Cowey, editor Kyle Smart’s work, and that of the entire camera crew responsible for capturing the concert on camera. The camera angles used throughout the show take audiences right up on stage with the band and out into the audiences. There are wonderful sweeping pans that show the sheer immensity of the venue. Kyle Smart’s post-production work reveals the expert work of Cowey and his camera crew just as well. All involved make the final product just as enjoyable as if audiences were there in person.
The audio and video mixes that make up Deep Purple: With Orchestra Live in Verona were handled with the utmost expertise from all involved. Together with the concert’s set list and the fact that it serves as a companion to the band’s 2011 performance at Montreux, all three factors together show why this recording is another wonderful addition to the home library of any Deep Purple fan. Collectively, they show why Eagle Rock remains today the leader in live recordings. It releases what are only the best possible recordings from one to the next, from the shows’ set lists to their production values. Even something as minute as the recording’s companion booklet plays its own part in the overall presentation and its success. The companion booklet included here adds even more enjoyment to the recordings as it offers extra insight into the concert from the vantage point of writer Malcom Dome. Dome writes of the 12,000 people in attendance and how the band and orchestra worked so well together on its tour that year among much more. While brief, it adds its own element of enjoyment to the whole; an element that along with the set list and production values makes Deep Purple: With Orchestra Live in Verona another hugely successful recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
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