I picked up a first pressing, 2 LP set of the “Made In Japan” by Deep Purple for $.075. The vinyls are mint. I’ve been a fan of Deep Purple, but never purchased any of their live records. So, when I saw this, I figured why not? The records are amazing and it’s got me wanting to find other Deep Purple vinyls. The records features lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, organist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice.
This double LP was released in the U.S. in 1973. This live performance contains songs that are from the Deep Purple records “Deep Purple in Rock”, “Fireball”, and “Machine Head” released in 1970, 1971, and 1972. It showcases the best of the band since moving away from Prog Rock and moving more into the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene of the 1970’s.
I don’t think that I need to break down the musicianship of the band. I think everyone knows how good each musician is from the killer guitar licks and riffs of Ritchie Blackmore, to the vocals of Ian Gillan. Jon Lord’s organ is off the charts. This performance really shows how talented he really was. Roger Glover’s performance on the bass to the killer drums of Ian Paice are fantastic. These are true musicians who are truly great at what they play.
The entire record is just all around good. From the quality of the sound to the performance of the band itself. It’s a good collection of music from those three mentioned records. The performance itself is so high energy. The atmosphere of the concerts in Japan must have been magical. There is so much jamming on this record that each member of the band shares the spotlight. This record is just f-cking great! Enough said! Period!
1. “Highway Star” Osaka on 16 August 6:52
2. “Child in Time” Osaka on 16 August 12:25
3. “Smoke on the Water” Osaka on 15 August 7:32
4. “The Mule” Tokyo on 17 August 9:50
5. “Strange Kind of Woman” Osaka on 16 August 9:36
6. “Lazy” Tokyo on 17 August 10:51
7. “Space Truckin'” Osaka on 16 August 19:42