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Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising is somewhat of a concert/documentary hybrid, one that features a rare 1975 live performance from Deep Purple in Japan, as well as a documentary that sort of feels like it was unauthorized. Regardless, the band runs through a quality set consisting of “Burn,” “Love Child,” “You Keep on Moving,” and classics “Highway Star” and “Smoke on the Water” during the afore mentioned concert portion of Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising, and though it isn’t all that long, it’s still vastly better than the documentary. The documentary runs about 80 minutes, which is far too long, something you’ll realize once you pop this DVD in. The interviews are confusing, which is something that truly speaks to the doc on the whole, because if you don’t know the pockmarked, storied history of Deep Purple, then you are going to be lost. Honestly, if you’re only experience with the band is only hearing their hits on the radio now and again, then Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising is not for you, but on the other hand, if you are a fan of this band and their history, you’ll love this DVD. If you try to dive in headfirst, you’ll feel as if you’re joining the conversation halfway through, what with all of the different lineups and era’s of Deep Purple (Mark, Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV, etc.) – you’re going to need to know what the hell is going on.

Regardless, the bonus content is admirable. There’s eight remastered songs from Long Beach and Japan, including “Smoke on the Water,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Homeward Strut” and “Stormbringer.” There are also some additional interviews with Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes circa 1975 where they talk about being in Japan, etc, etc.

Let’s put it this way, if you know your Deep Purple trivia, you need to own Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising – it’s as easy as that.

Grade: C