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LIVE IN LONDON

Deep Purple

 

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3.28 | 39 ratings

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Wicket
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4 stars Definitely one of my more favorite Deep Purple recordings.

The humor is more prevalent here than most other shows, which is why in some cases I prefer this over "Made In Japan", and I, like many other reviewers, consider that record to be one of the finest live recordings ever.

However, it is a "best of" the three sets in Japan, which is why I prefer the "Live In Japan" set that contains all three sets.

I've always had an interest in Deep Purple's music because of their jam tendencies, which is why this particular set appeals to me more than the "California Jamming" record. The energy is clear from the start with "Burn", continues with a good version of "Mistreated" and follows up with a humorous intro to "Smoke On The Water", followed by the piece de resistance, 51 minutes and 26 seconds of pure excellence.

A 20-and-a-half minute long "You Fool No One" begins with an excellent solo by Jon Lord, followed by the actual song coupled by Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Pace solos. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a segue to "Space Truckin'", but it was fine anyway, as this single song, this single performance is the epitome of the jam, beginning with the "Space Odyssey" intro and ending with plenty of room for improv jams and the like.

All in all, behind "Made In Japan" (simply because the quality, all the work to spiff and glitz it up), this is the next best live recording I've ever heard, simply because this is an endurance record. Yes, it is the MK III lineup, but the instrumentation here is still top notch and any Deep Purple fan would be thoroughly entertained with this record.

Wicket | 4/5 |

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