In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
This has to be one of the finest acomplishments the band has ever produced. On a streak to release one double disc live album each year in the last half of the 90’s, this is the third one to feature Steve Morse on guitar, and it’s their best one to feature him if not one of their best in the band’s 30+ years history. With the orchestra in tow and a wide range of special guests, the band perform a unique concert, showcasing not only the band’s music, but music from each of the members solo outings as well. Opening up with the John Lord penned Pictured Within, featuring a guest vocalist, it’s a soft piano track backed by the orchestra. A big surprise is when the most noticable special vocalist, Ronnie James Dio comes on and sings not one but two songs. Sitting In A Dream and Love Is All, both sounding awesome. John Lord showcases about the first 4 songs because Ian Gillan and the rest of Purple don’t really surface until about the 5th track, with the Ian Gillan penned Via Miami, a spunky little number that will get your toes tappin’. Steve Morris not Steve Morse comes on to play guitar on That’s Why God Is Singing The Blues but Steve Morse returns with the Steve Morse band to do The Dixie Dregs Take It Off The Top, a smokin’ version indeed. Well with all the non Deep Purple tracks out of the way, and all the various special guests done, Deep Purple and the LSO can get busy doing the band’s material. Starting with the early instrumental jam of Wring That Neck, the band is on fire only to ignite during the fantastic Pictures Of Home. The 2nd Cd opens up with the bands Concerto For Group And Orchestra in 3 movements. While it clocks in at almost 45 minutes, it’s killer, alot better than when they attempted this 30 years ago. Everybody is in fine form. After that some Steve Morse era Purple tracks are performed. Ted The Mechanic, Watching The Sky and Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, again all played excellently. The finale is a no-brainer, Smoke On The Water, but it’s interesting how the orchestra backs the band up and how Ian Gillan hands the mic over to Roger Glover for lead vocals. It must be heard to be believed.