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“Phoenix Rising” (DVD/CD) by Deep Purple

Artist: Deep Purple
Title: “Phoenix Rising” Special Edition DVD & CD Set
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/29/2911
Rating: 5/5

“Deep Purple Phoenix Rising” is a definitive view at the twists and turns Deep Purple took in the post Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, and Ritchie Blackmore years. While Eagle Rock rolls out a slew of Deep Purple related CD reissues this summer the video arm of the company, Eagle Vision, offers this brand-new package examining the group’s Mark III & IV incarnations. 40 years down the road, this era is often over-looked or even dismissed in the annals of music history, but as viewers will learn it was a very interesting, creative, though often rocky ride.
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“Live In California 74” by Deep Purple

Artist: Deep Purple
Title: “Live In California 74”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date:
Genre: Rock
Rating: 3/5

This full-length concert features a performance of the “MKIII” version of Deep Purple (Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice joined by David Coverdale on vocals and Glen Hughes on bass/vocals). This is also the “Burn” era Purple. The show was filmed at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California (April 6th 1974) and was originally recorded for ABC Television. Despite the 30 year age of the film, there is a very good audio and video quality to it. If you analyze deeply you might find a glitch or two or places where there could be better moments but overall it is excellent quality.
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“Fused” by Iommi

Artist: Iommi
Title: “Fused”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 7/12/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Tony Iommi is most certainly the Father of Metal Guitar and his work with Black Sabbath set in play a movement that rumbles across the recording industry to this very day. There is not a guitar player that I can think of who hasn’t been influenced by his contributions. Joined by singer Glenn Hughes, Iommi has released another solo CD entitled “Fused”. This is a solid Heavy Metal record and I was glad to find a number of catchy tunes on it that merited many repeat listens. I feared another Black Sabbath without it being a Black Sabbath release yet Iommi proves to the listener that while he originated a style he has built up and perfected this sound. Many of the riffs are signature Iommi but with Glenn Hughes very powerful voice and the rhythm section holding strong the music becomes far more than what you might expect. Beginning with “Dopamine” the song speaks of addictions as does “Wasted Again”; clearly defining the dangers that plague many. The tunes are great and filled with emotion.
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