Deep Purples California Jam 1974 kommer att släppas den 2 december för första gången på DVD och Blu-Ray genom bolaget earMUSIC. Detta släpp har restaurerats och innehåller en helt ny redigering samt inkluderar nya bilder och liner notes.
California Jam 1974 ägde rum på Ontario Motor Speedway i Ontario, Kanada under en varm solig dag den 6 april, 1974. Evenemanget attraherade en enorm folkmassa på en kvarts miljon människor och representerade ett eldprov på mer än ett sätt för Purple’s ”nyrekryter”: frontmannen David Coverdale och basisten/sångaren Glenn Hughes vilka under 1973 ersatte Ian Gillan och Roger Glover.
In April 1974, DEEP PURPLE’s Mk III lineup consisting of David Coverdale (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Glenn Hughes (bass and vocals), Jon Lord (organ) and Ian Paice (drums) had just released the album Burn when they climbed the stage of the soon to become legendary festival California Jam. The phenomenon now known as ”arena rock” was born there — and DEEP PURPLE were at its epicenter. In many ways, the California Jam was the equivalent of the Woodstock festival to a burgeoning generation of hard rock and heavy metal fans.
DEEP PURPLE were literally on fire during that time: due to some behind the scenes ”feud” with the promoter, DEEP PURPLE’s performance was full of fire and fury – no wonder their opening song was ’Burn’. At the climax of the show, a still-furious Blackmore trashed several of his guitars and chucked his amplifiers off the edge of the stage. Blackmore also struck one of the cameras with his guitar. The chaos continued when a massive onstage detonation created an out-of-control fireball — pun most definitely intended.
In the midst of all this mayhem there was also some awesome music being created, PURPLE’s set focused strongly on their then-current Burn album, the first by the Mk III line-up and only included a handful of songs from the previous Mk II era.
Even in 2016, Glenn Hughes has very vivid memories of DEEP PURPLE’s tempestuous California Jam performance. ”It was a moment in time for us all,” he said. ”It was a great statement of what rock was all about in that pre-MTV era. It’s also a great testament to the Mk III line-up. It’s big, it’s grandiose, it’s funky, it’s rock… it’s Mk III in all its glory.”
California Jam 1974 låtlista:
02. Might Just Take Your Life
03. Lay Down, Stay Down
05. Smoke on the Water
06. You Fool No One / The Mule
07. Space Truckin’