Originally Posted by Rogueleader
I like the Morse-era Deep Purple quite a bit, but they were actually much better with Satriani, who stepped in for a couple tours after Blackmore left. There are only audience recordings with Satch available, but he absolutely blew away what Blackmore had been doing on the '93 European tour. I wish some soundboards with Satch would surface.
I don't have the boxed set, but I have previously owned the Come Hell or High Water
1-cd version that was the original release. It has moments, but Blackmore is generally in mediocre form.
It's actually kind of a funny story. Blackmore had been a total dickhead on the '93 tour and was completely unreliable. When Satch joined, they gave him a tape of the previous tour, and Satch had to ask if the occasional songs without guitar were on purpose, when it was really just Ritchie throwing a tantrum.
They signed Satch for a Japanese tour and booked a whole bunch of rehearsal time to get him up to speed. He was so well prepared that it took only a couple run-throughs to get the entire set ready, so they were able to add some old songs that Ritchie had never been willing to play.
DP asked Satch to join permanently, but he was more interested in continuing his solo career. Morse accepted in his place, and he ended up using Satch's versions of the songs rather than Ritchie's.