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Deep Purple



2.86 | 89 ratings

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2 stars Nowhere near perfect, is a wordplay I think fits this album.

Mark II was on the road after the pretty decent Perfect Strangers and the rather abysmal House Of Blue Light. Naturally, these two albums does not feature prominently on this album. Instead we get the old material, performed by a pretty tired Deep Purple which was in internal conflicts (again). Blackmore and Gillan did not speak to each other (again). The rest of the band also sounds tired. Not even the dependable John Lord is sparkling here. This album taste like stale water, as simple as that.

The main reason may be that the album is compiled from seven different live performances. There is nothing new in this though. Made In Japan was compiled from three different live performances. But Made In Japan was Deep Purple in free flow with improvisations. Nobody's Perfect is lacking any flow. The few improvisations attempts here sounds forced and bored. It is pretty obvious that Blackmore's heart is not in it. Just listen to Strange Kind Of Woman. The sound also seems forced and too clinical. There is no warmth here. Even Child In Time and Smoke On The Water falls flat on their face compared with other live albums.

In short, this album is a lively as a marathon runner after 35 km in rain & wind. Frankly, this album sounds more like a wake than a celebration of one of the best bands ever to grace this planet. Depressed is what this album makes me.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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