Posts by Heimdall

    Great news!
    The description of the video on youtube says they have 130 minutes of concert material. It is quite odd that the Tokyo 75 footage has not been located for more than 3 decades and this jakartan footage, which most fans never knew existed, pops up like this unexpected.

    While I've known about the Jakarta footage for a few years, I totally agree with you. It'd be great to be able to watch the whole Tokyo show, as well as the (lost?) BBC documentary about the band's visit to Japan in -75.


    Hi - this is my first post here. I am here because I am a bit of a DP Mk3 & 4 fan, and I am one of the rare breed whose favourite is Mk4.

    Well, you're not the only one! :)

    I just wanted to see what you guys think about the various Mk4 gigs you have heard recordings of, because it seems to me there are might be a few myths around about the supposed poor quality of DP Mk4 performances.

    I have heard and read so many stories about the variable quality of Mk4 gigs, and tales of poor performances here and there, but the admittedly few live recordings I have heard don't really support this.

    You're totally right. Tommy wasn't any less consistent than Blackmore, it was just that he was convenient to blame for the demise of the band. "Bolin ruined DP with funk" - not true, they were all listening to funk & R&B at the time, just check out DC:s solo albums or the PAL album for solid proof of that... and check out the recordings of gigs, NYC (brilliant), Miami (great), Sydney (great), Auckland (great), London (just as good as Miami, contrary to the myth - check it out), Liverpool, Melbourne, Philly, etc, all good, and certainly not awful. The only problem is Tommy's solo spot, which never did work (well maybe once or twice). Sure, there were some bad gigs - all of the Japanese gigs are pretty bad (even if the spirits seem high on all of them), as are the Jakarta show (only one in circulation, but it sounds about the same as the Japanese gigs - numb hand, rudimentary playing). But compared to RB Tommy's not very inconsistent at all, which is surprising considering the amount of drugs involved...

    To me, the MkIV period has a really special kind of energy, and I much prefer CTTB to any other DP album (especially over the Gillan albums).

    I've heard the official release of the Japan stuff, Miami '76 bootleg, the official Foxbat release of Longbeach '76 and couple of songs from Springfield, and the Liverpool '76 bootleg.

    OK - Tommy is not at his best on the Japanese recordings for well-documented reasons, but all the others sound great. Clearly Miami is the best of the ones I have heard, Longbeach is good too (apart from Coverdale's voice being worn out from a long tour), and I also think the Liverpool gig sounds pretty good and pretty together.

    It does, except for Tommy's solo spot which sours the mood...

    I was particularly surprised when I heard the Liverpool recording. This particular gig has been built up in rock mythology as being so terrible, and when I heard the recording, it wasn't what I expected at all.

    You're right - especially considering that DP fans have been led to believe that ALL MkIV shows sounded even worse than the Japanese shows, and that Tommy Bolin could hardly play at all...

    So do you think that all the stories about really poor performances from Mk4, and Tommy (and maybe Glenn) in particular, are actually true, with the obvious exceptions of Indonesia and Japan for which the reasons for sometimes poor performances are very well known? Or are these myths which have got out of proportion over the years?

    Yes and yes.

    I guess out of curiosity, I would also have to ask - if I wanted to hear a genuine example of the kind of poor Mk4 performances people go on about, which recordings should I check out?

    I have all the available shows, and I can truly say that the only really bad shows are the Japanese and Indonesian shows. Sure, the playing can be sloppy or underrehearsed at times (in Australia and New Zealand), and uninspired (during some US gigs), and too blunt (UK tour), but NONE of the shows are as bad as the myth has it.

    Also, Glenn's alleged screaming is mostly evident on the Long Beach recording, maybe he was trying to make up for the fact that DC:s voice was in really bad shape at that gig (I believe he had a cold).

    Just my 5 cents...

    Thank you for you post!