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NEC 1993

Deep Purple

 

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Turning the screw

This is the live set which was released by Sony BMG in 2007, then subsequently withdrawn at the request of Ian Gillan. The story behind this can be found in various places on the internet, including here: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6400545.stm . Gillan reportedly feels that the gig was "sub-standard" but popular opinion is that his dislike of the album comes more from the circumstances surrounding it and in particular the relationship between Ritchie Blackmore and the rest of the band.

Deep Purple, especially the classic line up, are such consummate professionals that no matter what internal issues were around at the time, and there were of course always many of them, the live performance would remain of the highest calibre. Indeed, the tensions within the band often led to them playing even better! This album may not capture them at their absolute pinnacle, but do not be misled by the album's short official life-span. For Deep Purple fans, this is still an excellent live album.

The set is essentially that which appeared on the "Come hell or high water" DVD and album, with an encore of "Hush" added. The balance of the tracks leans heavily towards later albums such as "The battle rages on" but there are still plenty of the old classics. The version of "Child in time" here is particularly energetic, Blackmore dispelling any suggestions of disinterest with a fine lead guitar run. The two favourites from "Perfect strangers", "Knocking at your back door" and the title track, sound refreshingly vibrant too.

There are thousands of myths and legends surrounding this period in the band's life, and indeed this particular gig. Blackmore's famous water throwing incident, which was aimed at an over intrusive cameraman, has developed into him throwing it at just about anyone on or off stage depending who tells the tale. All this though simply serves to turn the screw another notch, and drive the band on to deliver another fine live album.

At time of writing, copes of this album seem to be reappearing in the bargain bins. I got mine in Fopp Record Store for 3. Deep Purple fans would be well advised to grab a copy while they can.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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