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Live Encounters remastered

Back in 2004 a Polish label Metalmind made a deal with Purple’s management to release a 1996 performance in Katovice with limited distribution in Eastern Europe. The album, titled Live Encounters (read our review) saw the light of the day on DVD, CD and vinyl, all of which eventually found their way to Amazon and was available worldwide.

Metalmind is re-releasing a remastered version of the album on CD on October 19. Once again, it is claimed it will be available in Eastern Europe and Greece only. The digipak version will include complete show, while regular jewel case version will skip (for some reason) No One Came.

Vital info:

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 0999DD
Barcode: 5907785035591

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1000DGD (CD Digipak)
Barcode: 5907785035607 (CD Digipak)

Format: CD / CD DG
Genre: classic/hard rock
Release date: 19.10.2009 Eastern Europe + Greece


1. Fireball
2. Maybe I’m a Leo
3. Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic
4. Pictures of Home
5. Black Night
6. Cascades: I’m Not Your Lover / Steve Morse’s solo
7. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
8. Woman from Tokyo
9. No One Came (digipak only)

1. Rosa’s Cantina
2. Smoke on the Water / Jon Lord’s solo
3. When a Blind Man Cries
4. Speed King
5. Perfect Strangers
6. Hey Cisco
7. Highway Star

Thanks to Metalmind for the info.

29 Comments to “Live Encounters remastered”:

  1. 1
    marcinn says:

    That’s good. I hope one day the DVD will be treated with remastering process. There are many inconsistencies on it, you get a second of intro to Perfect Strangers and suddenly Speed King cuts in, to name just one. Apart from that Gillan banters are cut out. I’m glad I have a VHS copy of it. It’s not complete as well. Why the heck did they omit ‘No One Came’ is beyond me. And who includes the interviews with the band 8 years after the show??? Without Jon? This is a 1996 show and you get the pictures of the band from 2001/2002 in the booklet. The cover should be changed as well. The sound on it is not that bad so I don’t know what are they going to improve. They should care more about the DVD. A proper montage of it still seems a wishful thinking. Frankly this looks as another attempt to make money out of Purple fans. Won’t buy it.

  2. 2
    George says:

    I don’t like this show, and I don’t know why Purple management allowed them to release it officially. Gillan is in terrible shape there…

  3. 3
    Roberto says:

    can’t understand why they publish dvd like this or cd like olympia ’96 where Gillan is not in good shape…montreux 1996 is better…

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Why cant they put some love, effort, money and time into the remixing of great albums like THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT???!!!

    And why cant we get GOOD live issues of Tours of PS, HOBL and SLAVES AND MASTERS?!
    Nobody s Perfect is NOT of the quality lots of the HOBL shows were
    S and M they just neglect.
    PS, KNEBWORTH does not give one the quality of what they did during good shows of the tour.

    Why did they NOT release the anniversary edition of WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE on, I d prefer in PURPLE VINYL, when they could?!

  5. 5
    ormandy says:

    Agreed that Gillan is not in good shape, but as I recall, he starts recovering around WABMC.

  6. 6
    Made in England says:

    @ 3. Well Olympia 96 is imo probably the best officially available show from the Morse era. Firstly because the performance was pretty good and second for the number of Purpendicular tracks performed. Later shows reverted pretty much to a mkII or MiJ tribute show. And thirdly for the presence of the brass section which gives the numbers a never before heard groove.

    @ OP. The inclusion of the extra track is simply to con all completists into buying it twice. “Only available in Eastern Europe and Greece” must be a joke as it’s already listed on Play.com from the UK – probably on import but when it gets officially released in other areas later with a new cover and the inclusion of the “rare” track “No One Came” all completists will buy it again. Who says you can’t flog a dead horse. And I seriously doubt it’s been remastered/remixed from the multi tracks.

  7. 7
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Ahem… Olympia 96 is very good Roberto! I hear few bum notes on that recording. However, Katowice 96(LE) on the other hand should not have been released, it’s horrible! I do agree that Montreux 96 is better than Olympia 96 in terms of the entire bands performance, but Gillan was way better on Olympia, not to mention it’s an entire show and 96 is not, in fact my bootleg DVD of 96 at least shows Claude Nobs introducing the band, which was criminally left off the official DVD, among other complaints about it.

    Warning to average fan/collectors:
    This item should not even be given away.

    Harcore fans/collectors should know better.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, where is the thread that UNIVERSAL is going to release special reissues of Rainbows DOWN TO EARTH and RISING?

    Maybe one should ask Don about stuff he recently admitted to have in his vaults from the Rainbow recording sessions?

  9. 9
    HardRockPete says:

    Just what the world needs. Another show where Gillan’s got a cold….(he actually does have a cold!)

  10. 10
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @4: Who are “they”? These things are done by the record labels. “Live Encounters” is on one label. HOBL is on another label. The S&M material is owned by yet another label. And WDWTWA is on a fourth label…

  11. 11
    Roberto says:

    the band play always awesome but the sound of olimpya is not so good, the recording sounds distant..and Gillan is not good in the high notes (listen for example at the end of woman from tokyo trying to pitch high notes…). In encounters he is even worse…hope for a dvd of 1998 and 2005 summer tour…that were other kind of concerts for him…

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 10

    I dont what to do with your wuestion.
    We ALL know, well ….should or ought to…anyway…, that THEY can imply the band, the management and other involved parties.

    More and more one should conclude they as in THE BAND, do not really have much say in putting out things and or just dont really care…..?

    WDWTA I brought back into the game because I m still pissed off that that one not like the others is treated with the same treatment
    The others,
    In Rock
    Made in Japan
    Live in London

    Those all got nice treatments in that sense they came out on vinyl as well
    The serie started with PURPLE VINYL which was very good.
    One could call me strange, and you may…….Somebody here likes to call me SKOM, hehehe


    The purple vinyl got out of the window after a while, and WDWTWA never did get a honourable VINYL ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

    I m a vinyl buff and I feel its sloppy to do what happens with that serie
    It could have been a nice and rounded serie.
    Great to have on your shelve.

    On the other hand I know and feel spoiled in comparison with other bands.
    I know Simon Robinson amongst others do great jobs and they, hehehe, deserve lots of credit.

    The ANNIVERSARY serie they, whoeever you want them to be I dont care really,suggested that it would become a serie, didnt they?!
    Maybe its me, expecting too much

    This poiled child and man always acts in ambiguous ways.

    Although my ANTI Morse statements are sincere I would , at the same time, love to buy a GOOD vinyl treatment of perhaps Montreux 96
    Or better…..

    Like I suggested……

    That 2 or 3 double LIVE disc with a KNOW YOUR PURPLE setlist of the Lord and Morse days containing mainly

    1 Morse era tracks
    2 Tracks that never or seldom got a live treatment during MK 2, forget about MK 3 or 4 ….Too late and it will not happen

    Put that in a great lovingly made vinyl in purple with lots of pics and so on….

    WHY NOT????!!!!!

    It would have given lots of people , even me, something to cherish and enjoy during the years THEY appearantly have reasons NOT to record a new album!!!!!

  13. 13
    Jeffs says:

    Crazy…How can a band of this magnitude allow a live album out there when the singer is clearly out of sorts:(

  14. 14
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I own the original release in Deluxe Pack with both DVD and CD. The CD already came with ‘No One Came’. It was left off the DVD.

    Have to agree with CG regarding Olympia. Great recording and great gig overall.

    Priest is correct too regarding the lack of older Purple Concerts being left out. Though not very popular among the present Purple members I’m sure, it would nice to get at least ONE GOOD official release of a concert from ALL MKS. Even MK5, whereby I would have to turn on the sound and turn off the picture in order to be relieved of seeing Poof Boy totally embarrass the band with his Poofyness…


  15. 15
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Listen to the piercing screams during “POH” on “LAO” Roberto, then tell us Ian wasn’t in fine form. It’s to be expected by the time they played “WFT” that things should be a bit hoarse by then. The reason once again that the recording sounds a bit distant as you say is simply because the sticker on the cover says “official bootleg” which resulted in no mixing. Montreux 96 on the other hand is a DIRECT sound feed from the video cams, then mixed in both stereo and multi channel.

    To eahc their own though, I’m just pointing something out.

  16. 16
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @15 Look in the booklet for LAO. Not only is Peter Deneberg credited for mixing, there is also a credit to Darren Schneider for something they call “Premix work”, something I’ve never heard of before, neither in album credits or in my job as a sound engineer. So it is mixed alright! 🙂

    And Montreux is not based on the direct sound from the cameras. That would sound crap. I don’t know exactly how the Montreux festival technically has documented their stuff over the years but it was most likely recorded on multi-track, then mixed and synced to the picture. At least direct from the FOH mixer and then synced to the video.

  17. 17
    Crimson Ghost says:


    The work done for “LAO” was rather poor then, Darrin is an engineer but not a great one imo. Either way it has hardly any polish no matter what the credits say, I have hundreds of better sounding boots that are untouched by anyone, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    With Montreux, it doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong there, the outcome is what it is. Nice to know it was recerded in multi-track, because it does not get better nor does it get any more honest than that, although synching it up to the picture seems a bit of a task, making the work more layered than I thought. It doesn’t make sense to record in multi-track then have to painstakingly synche the picture to it, but whatever. Still a crime to leave the wonderful introduction off of it, I doubt it was a timing issue because it’s only about a minute or two’s worth of priceless footage. It was simply a bad idea to leave it off.

  18. 18
    Svante Axbacke says:


    Syncing is not a problem. All live videos/dvds are done that way. Audio on multitrack synced to the video.

  19. 19
    Roberto says:


    hey watch this!

  20. 20
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I know it’s not a problem, especially if you don’t have to do it because you’re recording in HD/true 5.1 straight onto a DVD like I do.

  21. 21
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Very cool this… Purple on a clip with Rancid! Of course others, but this ia something for my punk appetite to absorb!

  22. 22
    cpt.hook71 says:

    it’s kind of funny, how some people try to defend Gillan’s performance. what’s it all about??????????
    at his age – with all the respect (!!!!) – other people retire from their job. and his voice is/was his job through the decades. he was great in his time!!!! he was clever enough to quit singing Child In Time at some point in his life.
    One Eye To Morocco fits his voice almost perfect: NOW !!!
    there are some songs in the purple set list, that DP should better tune down or leave it. it’s one thing recording in the studio with days or weeks to fit the tracks, but permanently touring is way different.
    maybe they’re earning much more bucks the latter way… is there any town, where they didn’t play at least once during the Rapture Of The Deep tour??? as long as they sell tickets they are maybe right – but not to me.
    i think, it’s got boring. this band (with great musicians) could still offer some more fresh music. Jon Lord was right to quit the treadmill…

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 22

    People keep saying Lord left DP because of the workstrain of the TOURS in combination with the fact that he felt unfulfilled in the quantity his own solo works got out.

    The continious touring must have had a negative impact on him indeed…..

    Lordy like his spare time to recharge his batteries….read books, drink some excellent wines, producing everlasting Classical pieces.

    I m afraid DP would still have got him in the band if they had cut down on the tourings.
    His presence which would have given them a more authentic integrity and dont forget the INPUT Lord had on the creative proceedings, live and studio.

    You just cannot simply replace people like him and Ritchie.

    Maybe he ll succeed in sealing his lips like he diplomatically tried over the years but ……

    My feeling is that he will admit in time the continuation of DP after 1993 might have been fun for a while and did produce ONE quite good album…….
    But in general it was a mistake…..

    Anyway, MY GLASS OF WINE is half full or even better because…..

    I truly and wholeheartedly LOVE his solo works.

    He has become very productive in that field and I m so grateful for that.

    Ofcourse I miss his rock works but I m so happy seeing him doing what he wants.

    And my wine collection has many FULL GLASSES of sheer joy and exitement due to his part over the last 40 years IN ROCK.

    Well , back to enjoying the Indian Summer and watching these 2 spiders working in their webs just in front of my window.

  24. 24
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Jon Lord wanted the band to take a year off so he could work on his solo stuff. The band didn’t want to take a year off so Jon left. No hard feelings from either side.

    Had the band taken a year off and Jon had gotten to do his stuff, I am sure he still had wanted to pursue his solo career. You can’t combine what he is doing today with being in a touring rock band, even if they take a year off every now and then. Life’s too short for that.

  25. 25
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 24

    Well, Svante, I notice that you are moderating right now.

    Deleting one comment, accepting the other…….
    Wow, what a power……

    I think you are right Jon would still have wanted to pursue his solo career.
    I understand that……as……like in the past…..parallel to the DP activities.

    Are you saying that he was being dishonest towards himself or the others subconsciously or not and that Ian and the rest said NO because they saw through Lords intentions?

    I think he could have stayed within the ranks if he had thought it would have been interesting or inspiring enough to work in the band some more …..

    Appearantly he did think not?

    I did not imply wherever that they split with hard feelings or something like that.

    You can disagree and split without having a loss in positive feelings and friendship.
    Relations can be very ambiguous,
    But ofcourse WE do not really can conclude anything because WE cant see in their heads.

    Much is speculation combined with what they feed us…..

  26. 26
    Svante Axbacke says:

    I interviewed Jon this summer and he said he wanted to quit because the rest of the band didn’t want to take a year off so he could do his solo stuff. Another reason was that he had so much music to get out of him while he still could. And piano concertos are unfortunately not compatible with Deep Purple.

    So, sure, I guess he felt more inspired by working with orchestras.

  27. 27
    Svante Axbacke says:

    And, without passing any judgement on the band’s current output, I am surprised that not more members of the band feel they want to focus on their own stuff before they can’t play anymore.

  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Svante, Morse is always doing His Own stuff outside Purple when he get’s a chance. Gillan also. Airey states he is ready to do another record of his own. Paicey has been doing many Clinics and joining other musicians in gigs all over the place. Roger seems to be happy touring Purple and taking a break in between. It amazes me actually how much they do separately while so much time is spent with Purple on tour. I’d much rather they do more Purple records than their separate ventures. If I had any complaint, it is that. I really think 2 or 3 years between records is the maximum time they should have waited. We should have 6 or 7 MK7-8 albums by now, instead of 4. I’d love to see them turn on the Creative Juices and make up for lost time over the next 5 years…..


  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I m afraid the juices are somewhere else.
    Not that that is a bad thing……

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