4.5 Purple Mk8 smokes eiricd | 02/07/2007 | See all eiricd's reviews (11) this is the first new live release from Purple since John Lord left the band in 2002, and this show captures Purple Mk8(!) at the top of their game. the production of the dvd is stunning, both picture and sound is superb, and coupled with a top notch performance it makes this dvd an instant classic amongst rock fans. The band is rock solid (no pun intended), and the set list has a nice mix of older hits and tracks from their latest album. Steve Morse finally gets to release his "Well Dressed Guitar" on a live document after playing it for almost a decade, and this track is one of many highlights on the disc. The show catches Ian Gillan in fine form, though not as good as he was, he still delivers the goodsthe only complaint about the montreux gig is that perfect strangers has obviously been edited out, for reasons best known to the record companyhowever, you get a second show here, which includes Perfect Strangers. shot at the hard rock cafe in london, this illustrates perfectly how purple is still a superb band. no big stage, no big PA, no effects, just 5 guys being damn good at what they do. the production is not up to standard compared to Montreux, but the energy of the London show makes it worthwhile.buy it!