Rises Over Japan (No Label)
Approximate Running Time 83 min, Color NTSC Segment 1-6 Bodokan, Tokyo, Japan 15th December 1975, Deep Purple Segment 7-8 Pop Deux French TV Paris, France 8th October 1970, Deep Purple Segment 9 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 9th May 1974, Deep Purple Segment 10-16 Trivoli Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark 22nd September 1976, Rainbow Segment 17-28 Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark 1st October 1977 , Rainbow: Introduction, Burn, Love Child, Smoke On The Water, You Keep On Moving, Highway Star, Wring That Neck, Mandrake Root, Intro, Burn, Intro, 16th Century Greensleeves 1, 16th Century Greensleeves 2, Catch The Rainbow 1, Catch The Rainbow 2, Guitar Crash, Do You Close Your Eyes, Intro, Over The Rainbow, Kill The King 1, Kill The King 2, Mistreated, Guitar Solo (Mistreated), 16th Century Greensleeves, Long Live Rock and Roll, Guitar Solo/ Lazy, Guitar Solo (Still I’m Sad), Guitar Crash (Do You Close Your Eyes)
Rises over Japan is a new release from a no label company that collects a range of material ranging from must see to collectors only. It starts of in fine fashion with the video of the December 75 gig with the Mark IV line up, I love the Bolin era purple and feel the Come Taste The Band, Days May Come, KBFH releases and This Time Around are essential to everyone’s Purple collection. The entire concert was filmed and then a hastily half hour of footage was put out after the break up of the band and tragic death of Tommy Bolin. The copy used for this release is almost excellent in quality, the best I have personally seen and is a fantastic watch. It is nice they chose two tracks from the CTTB record and the latter, You Keep On Moving, is a personal favorite.
Smoke on the Water is cut, omitting Glen Hughes take of Georgia on my Mind. The Japanese audience is whipped into a frenzy by the time Highway Star is played an members of the audience try, some successfully, to get on stage. It is also interesting to see the roadie at the side stage try and keep order as photographers and camera operators try to capture the action. All in all even though is just a fragment of the concert it is an exciting to watch. The next two tracks are the Mark II band playing for French TV with the band surrounded by the audience. They play two Mark I tracks with gusto. Wring That Neck is fantastic to watch with Ritchie Blackmore leading the band with incredible solo after solo ranging from quiet picking to jazz improvisation that has to be seen.
Mandrake Root is more the showcase for Jon Lord and his also rises to the occasion, manipulating his organ and get some great effects. The quality of the footage is very good, I have a copy with a slightly better picture obtained from a Internet torrent site, audio is of very good quality also. The final Deep Purple track is also professionally recorded and unfortunately was the only portion of the concert filmed of Deep Purple Mark III’s appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon in support of the Burn record. The recording captures the instrumental intro and the first number Burn. The footage shows its age but is very good, the audio quality is a little muffled but not bad. The footage is great, capturing the band surrounded by dry ice as they rip into Burn.
The remaining footage is the collectors only part of the DVD and showcases Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in audience filmed concerts that of poor audio and average at best video quality and is just fragments of the show. Some people can enjoy this type of footage, others don’t. I find myself in the former category, I saw Blackmore in Deep Purple in the 80’s so to be able to watch him in his prime is a treat. He attacks his guitar with savagery and is a real showman. This being said I think if the producers of this DVD would have been better off the include more Deep Purple footage to round off the DVD instead of using the Rainbow Footage. The DVD comes housed in a clamshell style case with great shots of the Mark IV band in action and I must give this release a thumbs up on the strength of the Deep Purple footage as it gives us a nice overview of what an important band they were (and still are).