Deep Purple are hardly ill-served by live albums: there were, at the last count, upwards of four dozen of the buggers, and now there are two more.
From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken) was recorded, and filmed – by nine HD cameras! – at the Wacken Open Air metal festival in Germany in 2013, in order to facilitate the band’s first-ever 3D performance on Blu-ray. Meanwhile, for …To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo), filmed at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April 2014, there were no fewer than 12 cameras.
They will each be available in double-CD form or in various audiovisual permutations, allowing for the full multimedia onslaught.
Of course, with the fêted Made In Japan double-LP setting standards back in 1972, Purple are past masters of the live hard-rock album genre, and so there was little chance they would disappoint here. And they don’t: the Wacken show finds them in fighting mood, eager to prove to the tattooed, leather-clad hordes that age hasn’t withered them. Tokyo provides a more hushed, reverent audience and better acoustics.
Even a first-time listener to the band could tell both are blazing fireballs of speed-rocking glory. Ritchie who?