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Deep Purple -

"LIVE IN CONCERT 1972/73"

Deep Purple

 

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Gatot
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5 stars One of the best rock concerts of all time!

For unknown reason I woke up this morning, went straight to a box containing hundreds of concert DVD collection which I have not opened for approx two or maybe three years. At my first sight I was struck by this vintage Deep Purple concert dated back in the year of 72 and 73. I think I have never played this DVD yet - so I put the DVD for my watching pleasure. Oh man ... I was amazed by this concert at first impression because of two things: 1. it's a monochrome video recording that makes it suitable to label it as a vintage concert; 2. the band stage design was so simple - no banner, no back drops, nothing - the lighting was basically not there. I think the concert was conducted at the sports hall. It's so lovely having this kind of concert for weekend pleasure ....

The Copenhagen concert in 1972 was performed before the upcoming album 'Machine Head' was released according to Gillan's announcement that the opening track 'Highway star' was one of the tracks in the upcoming album. The opening track was performed excellently. The second track 'Strange kind of woman' was performed with close similarity with the version you find in the legendary 'Made In Japan' live album. Well I have always loved this song performed live because there is an extension of jamming right in the middle of the song which features the duet of Gillan in vocal and Blackmore on guitar. This duet has been legendary and I even forget the original version of this song because I always play the live versions. 'Child in time' was also performed excellently with great singing capabilities of Ian Gillan. I love the hammond organ work played by Jon Lord. There is a wonderful drums solo in 'The mule' by Paice. Hmmm. I believe he is one of the great drummers of all time in rock music.

Gillan was then introducing the song from upcoming album called 'Lazy' which starts with an interesting Hammond organ solo by Jon Lord. Yes, Gillan's right that this song is kind of having blues elements and I really love the opening part where the combined work of Lord and Blackmore take place beautifully in the beginning of the song performance. I think this part has become legendary rock piece of all-time. The following guitar solo by Blackmore is really stunning. When the music moves and Gillan takes vocal role , he followed it with harmonica work. He sung with excellent scream right after the harmonica work. Blackmore followed the Gillan part with his great guitar solo backed with Ian Paice high hats playing. What a stunning part! When the music returned, Gillan played his harmonica nicely. This is the best part of rock show of all time!

Another song that has become my alltime favorite is 'Space Truckin' and the band played this song wonderfully well. It started with very charm opening ov vocal work by Gillan backed with rhythm and blues music while he's clapping his hands. Wow! What a rockin' experience! I love this song very much because it has solid groove and it's really rockin' ....!!!! 'Come on ... Come on ... Come on ...Let's go space truckin' ......!!!' Oh man ......!! What a wonderful part of rock song of all time! I love the middle part when the band played like a jamming session with Ian Gillan performing percussion work while Blackmore and Paice played their instruments in rockin' atmosphere. The guitar solo performed by Blackmore is really stunning. At the end of the song Blackmore demonstrated his crazy acts by revolving his guitar around him. The song was played very long and concluded their concert.

The crowd stayed once the band left the stage until the band was coming back with another dynamic rockin' track 'Fireball'. I am amazed with the band's energy for being able to play this relatively fast speed music. The encore also included 'Lucille' (a roc'n'roll tune) and 'Black night'

Well, under the heavy metal terms, this concert can be classified as masterpiece performance from a legendary band Deep Purple. The New York version is in colour and it's an excellent performance as well. It's not prog but it's really rockin' ....!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 5/5 |

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