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The long awaited Deep Purple Mark IV DVD which we detailed previously has now been completed. It will be called Phoenix Rising: The untold story of the 1975/76 MkIV world tour and release date is set for May 20th.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

39 Comments to “Phoenix Rising”:

  1. 1
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Is this your final tital? 🙂

  2. 2
    Victor says:

    That’s one awesome cover.

  3. 3
    Hartmut says:

    Did they finally locate the “World At Large” footage?

  4. 4
    jim sheridan says:

    Very vivid cover indeed. I am hoping that this contains some previously unseen footage of the band playing –

  5. 5
    jim sheridan says:

    A huge question to ask is whether or not they synched the excellent audio from “This Time Around” to the video of “Rises Over Japan.” I sure hope so!!!

  6. 6
    Jeff Goyen says:

    Pity poor Bolin passed on-I feel some good things were never made via DP as a result of his passing- he seemed to refresh the band’s sound at the time, when it needed refreshing to be able to continue….the end was not far away when he departed

  7. 7
    Vincek says:


  8. 8
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Jesus, what a cover! It’s like Disney. Or a toy box. Couldn’t they figure out anything a bit more reasonable. Is it targeted just for boys under 15 years?

  9. 9
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @8: You know Gillan claims the average age of a Purple fan these days is 18 years old… 🙂

  10. 10
    Henrik says:

    – I sure hope this means they´ll release similar dvd´s on the other incarnations of Deep Purple.

    It´s incomprehensible that this hasn´t been done before!

  11. 11
    Roberto says:

    a great part of the material included in this dvd is just available on the excellent dvd ‘history and highlights’….

  12. 12
    Made in England says:

    @10: There have been loads of DVD’s made but none of them official. They always end up being music business wannabes sitting on sofas opining about the band with no direct knowledge of or about the band. I don’t know if this is an official DVD. The YT promo starts with Deep Purple (o) but I don’t know if that’s legit or to be trusted.

    The Story is a good one and if it’s told accurately will be entertaining. There will apparently be an audio CD with the package but nobody knows for sure what will be on it. SOme believe there may be some previoulsy unreleased live performances – presumably lifted from bootlegs? Whether these have been tidied up or not is anybody’s guess.

  13. 13
    Heimdall says:

    This looks to be one fantastic release! Great cover as well, not the usual unprofessional rush job made with free Windows software for kids, using a different logo each time…

  14. 14
    purpledaniel says:

    @ 3, 5

    I don´t know for sure if it is the World at large footage, but the previously reelased “Gettin Tighter” trailer had indeed footage of the band in the studio. The complete Tokyo gig has not been located yet, what we will get is the edited but renewed Rises over Japan footage.
    The title and cover are stupid to me…nothing to do with the band.
    Let´s hope the JAkarta footage and unreleased audio are good.

  15. 15
    Pete says:

    I saw that lineup in New York City at Radio City Music Hall in 1976. Hate to say it but this show was real disappointing. Nazareth opened for DP and was amazing.When DP hit the stage they opened with BURN. The songs from “Come Taste the Band” were done real well. Highway Star, Space Trucking and (sadly) Smoke On The Water were almost unrecognizable…… I’ll buy this if only to see if they put the best footage available of this line up in the video.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    ” Phoenix Rising” is a song sung by Glenn later on.

    The REUNION of MK 2 in 1984 was more like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and it would carry that name proudly if “they” would chose to celebrate an Anniversary of those days.
    But “they” appear to neglect it.

    It should have been around 2009/2010, but…….

    Although I have a soft spot for the CTTB album, Glenn and so on…….
    I d rather prefer the release of unknown(well at least to most of us and in a proper way)reunion era material.

  17. 17
    Kevin says:

    A bit off topic, but I would have preferred the 1972 MIJ footage to get the full DVD treatment & released ahead of this one.

    Everything seems to have gone really quiet concerning the MIJ footage. What’s happened to it?

  18. 18
    David says:

    @ 17

    Later this year there are plans to release the full Live in Japan 3 concerts (probably as a 6CD box) with bonus DVD with this MIJ footage that you want.


  19. 19
    Kevin says:

    Ah. I knew about the CD set, but I didn’t realise it was to include the MIJ DVD footage too.

    Do you have a link to this bonus DVD footage info?


  20. 20
    Kiwi Dave says:

    Agree, cover is very adolescent!

    I hope it’s not going to be a repackage of existing material or extended interviews.
    Has anyone ever heard any tapes from the Christchurch gig, I think it was the town hall?

  21. 21
    Monika says:

    @ Kevin: call me a cynical, but I get the sneaking feeling that we will get the entire ‘MIJ’ footage in tiny bits and pieces – scattered as bonus material over at least five ‘re-releases’. To make us buy these once more.
    Only after that, we will get the entire video on one DVD.

    “Music business – oxymoron…” (quote Ian Gillan)

  22. 22
    indra kusuma says:

    reminds me – many years ago ( dec 1975) i saw them played in front of 40,000 people in Jakarta, Indonesia; Bolin performed pretty bad, something wrong with his wrist, but audiences didn’t care…all went crazy.

  23. 23
    Peter says:

    I hope they release it in Bluray format as well.

  24. 24
    TruthHurts says:

    Looks like the kind of concept Roger Dean may have come up with if he was asked to do an album cover for Black Sabbath

  25. 25
    Larry R. Toering says:

    @14 – ROJ is not edited, other than the fact that it’s all the film there is for that show, good luck finding footage that does not exist. And please inform us of what is renewed about this footage… the whole quality depends strictly on the performance and filming skills at the time, you can’t renew these things, but I will agree they can be improved versions, I’d just like to know before the fact how it may have been pulled this one off.

    Heimdall, are you kidding me??? You must be, they could hire a top artist and it wouldn’t touch your fantastic cover. You will see, your work will stand on its own forever.

    @17 – I’m already yawning at the prospect before it goes officially public.

  26. 26
    David says:

    @ 19

    Here is the link:


  27. 27
    Heimdall says:

    Hi Larry! The ROJ footage is indeed edited, the whole “Georgia” screamfest part of SOTW is edited out (just like on “Last Concert In Japan”. Other than that, there are no obvious edits, and just like you say, the odds are that there’s no more existing video from the Tokyo show out there to release.

    If this DVD manages to improve (visually) on my version, I’d be more than happy: The remastered audio apparently has been synced, which in itself should make a massive improvement, which I planned to do but never had time to (due to the edited version of SOTW, which made it too time consuming for a quick hobby project).

    I’ve heard some rumors about some MkIV tapes that have “walked”, and there are some unreleased soundboards out there, which some collectors are charging unrealistic prices for, thus preventing release.
    One thing I do know is that footage of the Jakarta show exists, as there was a documentary made in Indonesia a few years ago which featured some of this footage (in b/w, IIRC).

    As far as this one goes, I’ve helped out a little bit with material for it, but don’t want to steal any of Drew Thompson’s thunder for the release by guessing on the final contents. Here’s hoping for a few surprises!

    And thank you for your comments on my artwork, you’re much too kind! Wait till you see what I have in store, you’ll probably like it… soon on a Hub near you 😉

    Seriously, I actually do kind of like this new artwork, perhaps mainly because it’s professionally made, uses my favorite DP logo, and looks fresh and shiny. Maybe it’s just that I’m so easily taken in by anything that says MkIV on the cover that all my aesthetic sensibilities just shut right down ;-D

  28. 28
    Joe says:

    I know there are alot of people out there who like Mach III & IV, but I saw Purple in ’74 & ’76 & it just was not the same. on the other hand saw them in Fla in March’85,Perfect Strangers Tour & it was one best concerts ever ! to me Ian Gillan is the voice of Deep Purple

  29. 29
    Big AL says:

    @ 28, and Ritchie is the guitar of DP

  30. 30
    james jay says:

    cover looks like something in the order of Black Sabbath to me.
    They should try an updated “In Rock?”

  31. 31
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    And I am the Walrus….

  32. 32
    Kevin says:


    Thanks for that, but I had seen that before, but reading it, it simply says:

    [color=blue]It is also [b]hoped[/b] that a bonus disc with all the surviving 8mm film clips will be added, subject to clearance.[/color]

    Please note the word, [b][i]hoped[/b][/i]

    The way the initial message was written from message #18, it sounded like it was a done deal…not a “hoped”

  33. 33
    Larry R. Toering says:

    I’d rather just see a DVD of that footage, staying away from the endless packages containing the same old stuff but something a litle more to entice the sale.

    @27 – Cheers Hemidall, but I was talking about the editing of what would equate to their being more film cencerning the Klinger project, and apparently there is nothing left to add, therefor nothing left off, except of course the eidt you mention.(glad they edited that myself) 🙂

  34. 34
    drew says:

    Hi Guys
    just touching base with a quick hello!
    in regard to a few points, the MIJ vision is being looked at as we speak and will be part of a major package for towards the end of 2011. The main sticking point is that there is approx 30 mins of vision, as opposed to the full show…but we are still looking!

    with regard to the DVD of Phoenix Rising, the design and title was very much inspired by Tony Edwards – who lived and breathed DP …. a genius and amazing man whose whole life was focused on, and excited by, the band both currently and historically. Tony wanted to note the cyclical nature of things….68/76/84 …the DP “Phoenix” that continues to rise …..i hope that makes sense. Its as much a nod to the rebirth of the band in 194 as it was to Tommy’s hair!.
    the exciting news is that the DVD and BluRay do have the Concert in HD, the doco (very happy) and a 7 minute video piece of vision from Jakarta -its amazing!
    so i hope you like
    lots of people to thank as my fiends note at 27 and 3 above.
    a pity we cant find further vision from japan …but we will …and the bonus CD with the pack is a killer …go and listen to Japan 1975 through Purple records -despite what people have said, there are some incredible moments.

  35. 35
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Concerning, that is…

  36. 36
    Diarmuid says:

    @indra kusuma Bolands arm was dead from shooting up. Bolan ruined Deep Purple

  37. 37
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Actually Diarmuid…

    Purple Ruined Bolin….

    He was totally out of his realm with the sudden megastar moment and hooking up the fellow partier Glenn Hughes did him in, in the end…

    There were some amazing moments from Bolin and Purple. The CTTB album speaks for itself. His lack luster performances were due to the uncontrolled partying and Hughes should be thankful he didn’t suffer the same demise…

    No Rest for the Wicked…


  38. 38
    Space Ghost says:

    A vision of WILD DOGS live with this lineup would be very cool video. To date , and I’ve heard alot of different gigs with this lineup. The version from the Australian tour is very magical. A the slide piece solo from the one arm show in Tokyo is outstanding. In a word, breath taking.

  39. 39
    Sabbatical says:

    Deep Purple was badly injured in 1973 when Glover and Gillan left. It was fatally wounded when Blackmore left in 1975. It was finally killed by Coverdale, Hughes, and Bolin in 1976.

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