This live recording, made in 1975, comes from Ritchie Blackmore's last three concerts with the band before leaving to form Rainbow. It features Deep Purple Mark III, with David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals. Coverdale is a convincing hard rock singer, though he lacks the winning quirkiness of Ian Gillan, while Hughes is a busier and more up-front player than Roger Glover. While "Burn" and "Mistreated" are worthy successors to previous Deep Purple tunes, the remaining material is weaker, and overall, this stuff is definitely a couple of notches below the glory days of Made in Japan. But Blackmore, for his swan song, still manages to inject a good deal of excitement, and his invention and fire raise the proceedings up somewhat. [A remastered version of the album was released on the Friday label in 2007.]
Performance CreditsDeep Purple Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Glenn Hughes Bass Guitar
Jon Lord Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
David Coverdale Vocals
Ian Paice Drums
Technical CreditsDeep Purple Audio Production
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Martin Birch Audio Production
David Coverdale Composer
Phil Duffy Cover Design
Pete Makowski Liner Notes
Joe Reagoso Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Geoff Barton Liner Notes
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Made in Europe based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a great final album by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes with Deep Purple. Ritchie Blackmore comes back for his top five best live performance in all his career. I recommend getting the remastered version coming this July 31st.
If a couple of songs had been added to this selection and it had been released as a double-LP, it could have reached the heights of the classic "Made in Japan". The band sounds more inspired and focused than they had in years, despite the fact that everyone involved must have been aware that Blackmore was about to depart shortly after these recordings. The highlight on this disc is the elongated "You fool no one", with excellent solo efforts from Lord and Paice. Purple was a rare example of a band that could stretch a song to fifteen or twenty minutes without losing the character of it. As far as this album goes, it´s highly enjoyable.