DEEP PURPLE: More 'Around The World Live' Box Set Details Revealed

More information has been revealed about the upcoming DEEP PURPLE box set titled "Around The World Live", which is being prepared for release by Edel. The deluxe-edition four-DVD box set is slated for release in UK on Edel's subsidiary Eagle Vision on May 19. As of now, there is no information on availability and release dates in other markets.

The box set contents includes the following four DVDs:

DVD 1: Bombay Calling, India 1995
DVD 2: Total Abandon, Australia 1999
DVD 3: Live At The NEC, England 2002
DVD 4: Access All Areas

According to a posting on the The Deep Purple Appreciation Society web site, the fourth DVD in the upcoming box set, listed as the "documentary film about the Steve Morse era" is a 90-minute edit of a fly-on-the-wall "Access All Areas", which has been in production for some years.

Following the "Total Abandon" tour of Australia in 1999, it was decided to document life on the road with the band. Collated primarily over a four-year period and starting in Japan 2000, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Drew Thompson collected vision from the tours. According to Drew, "it's an amazing insight into life on the road, and takes a look at elements of touring never really seen. It was never meant to showcase the performances from this period, but shows life on the road as it really happens; the fun, the humour, the politics and the camaraderie. The transition period of Jon Lord leaving the band and Don Airey reinvigorating proceedings has been captured at close hand, beautifully complimenting the live NEC performance. This is a must-see for any fan of the band."

The full "Access All Area" documentary runs to beyond three hours, and has been edited down for the new DVD package. Drew expects that later in 2008 a full-length version will be released. If it is, that may leave the NEC 2002 show as the only disc exclusive to "Around The World Live".

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