Recorded over three nights in August 1972, Deep Purple's Made in Japan was the record that brought the band to headliner status in the U.S. and elsewhere, and it remains a landmark in the history of heavy metal music. Since reorganizing with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover in 1969, Deep Purple had recorded three important albums -- Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, and Machine Head -- and used the material to build a fierce live show. Made in Japan, its selections drawn from those albums, documented that show, in which songs were drawn out to ten and even nearly 20 minutes with no less intensity, as guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord soloed extensively and Gillan sang in a screech that became the envy of all metal bands to follow. The signature song, of course, was "Smoke on the Water," with its memorable riff, which went on to become an American hit single. But those extended workouts, particularly the moody "Child in Time," with Gillan's haunting falsetto wail and Blackmore's amazingly fast playing, and "Space Truckin'," with Lord's organ effects, maintained the onslaught, making this a definitive treatment of the band's catalog and its most impressive album. By stretching out and going to extremes, Deep Purple pushed its music into the kind of deliberate excess that made heavy metal what it became, and their audience recognized the breakthrough, propelling the original double LP into the U.S. Top Ten and sales over a million copies.
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Performance CreditsDeep Purple Primary Artist
Ian Gillan Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Roger Glover Synthesizer,Bass
Jon Lord Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Ian Paice Drums
Roy Glover Bass
Technical CreditsDeep Purple Producer
Martin Birch Engineer
K. Flegg Engineer
Simon Robinson Liner Notes,Repackaging Design
Roy Glover Cover Design
Justin Waller Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So you've got three bands, all from the U.K., all producing this high-octane distillation of blues and distortion that would soon be called heavy metal. Zeppelin were by far the most eclectic, and Sabbath refined its sound until it became a crushing steamroller of sound, and then there was Deep Purple, who not only sought to become masters of the riff but also often steered their band into improvisational areas previously occupied by jazz/rock (Miles especially) fusion bands, and maybe King Crimson. On Made in Japan, you can hear that risk-taking right up close and personal, especially on "Space Truckin'" and "Child in Time". On this edition, you also get the encores: two early rock 'n' roll covers and Purple's own "Black Night" (worth the price of the album itself) in addition to the expertly remastered sound. So what are you waiting for, you little youngling who thinks that metal begins and ends with Priest or Van Halen? Get this, and find out what the true foundations of metal are.
one of my favorite CDs ever!!! get it if you're a hard rock fan GET IT you will love it for as long as you shall live.