For the first time in North America, Deep Purple's 'Total Abandon: Australia '99' will be available on CD April 24th.
Recorded on April 20th, 1999 at Melbourne Park, the 12-song 76-minute
blockbuster, until now, was only available domestically as a DVD in the 2008
'Around The World Live' boxed set Total Abandon is a major boon for Deep Purple fans as it musically traverses decades of material mostly from the '70s and the '90s. Lead guitarist Steve Morse, at this point in the band's glorious career, had fully integrated himself into the mix, positively shining on songs from both eras.
The line-up of vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon
Lord, drummer Ian Paice and guitarist Morse is in rare form. The almost
nine-minute-each jam-happy versions of 'Pictures Of Home' and 'Smoke On
The Water' are just two highlights of many. Besides favorites like 'Black
Night', 'Smoke On The Water' and 'Highway Star' the band reached
into its enormous catalog for an incredibly satisfying evening that included
opener 'Ted The Mechanic' and 'Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming' both
off guitarist Morse's album debut with the band, 'Purpendicular', in 1996.
Touring in support of 1998's Abandon record, the 'A Band On World
Tour' had Deep Purple criss-crossing the globe like the true road warriors
they remain today.
Total Abandon: Australia '99' Track Listing:
1. Ted The Mechanic
2. Strange Kind Of Woman
4. Pictures of Home
5. Almost Human
6. Woman From Tokyo
7. Watching The Sky
9. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Black Night
12. Highway Star