By: Gary Graff
Deep Purple will revisit one of its glory days in October when the group releases the concert DVD "Perfect Strangers Live."
The 15-track set captures a 1984 show during the reunion tour of the band's Mk.II lineup with frontman Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover, which produced the platinum "Perfect Strangers" album.
The DVD also features plenty of extended solos and improvisations, which Gillan tells us has always been the hallmark of Deep Purple's performances:
"It's very easy to forget these things in a world of definitions and genres and labels and tags. We always described ourselves as an instrumental band. It's always been the case that Deep Purple was an instrumental band that had a singer. I know that's hard to understand, but so many of our songs were pieces of extended instrumental music with a small vocal piece in the middle somewhere, or at the end. This has happened throughout our career and throughout, whether you go back to 'Lazy' or as recently as 'Never A Word.' "
The Mk.II lineup stayed together for five more years, until Gillan left again in 1989; he returned in 1993 while guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left for good in 1993. The current incarnation of Deep Purple released a new album, "Now What?!," earlier this year and is currently touring internationally.
The full track listing for "Perfect Strangers Live," which comes out October 14, includes: "Highway Star," "Nobody's Home," "Strange Kind of Woman," "A Gypsy's Kiss," "Perfect Strangers," "Under the Gun," "Knocking at Your Back Door," "Lazy," "Child in Time," "Difficult to Cure," Jon Lord's keyboard solo, "Space Truckin'," "Black Night," "Speed King" and "Smoke on the Water."
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