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Deep Purple



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This record proves that DEEP PURPLE were one of the most talented bands to ever get up on a stage and play. And the album title was tongue and cheek because back then it was understood if it was made in Japan the quality was poor. The opposite of course is true today.

The opener "Highway Star" is one of the best driving songs ever ! And check out the freaking guitar solos from Blackmore ! "Child In Time" is quite atmospheric to open with reserved vocals as organ and drums create the mood.Things intensify greatly and build and Ian's vocal melody is spellbinding. The organ solo and drums are fantastic. Blackmore's turn ! And there are no words for that solo that seems to go on forever. "Smoke On The Water" features perhaps the most famous riff in rock history ! Enough said. How many live albums can boast of 3 songs like these to lead off with ?

"The Mule" has a pretty amazing drum solo from Mr.Paice. "Strange Kind Of Woman" is a catchy song with some more great guitar solos and some cool vocal and guitar interplay. Ian seems to be able to do whatever he wants with his vocals as he screams at will, and can hold a note for an incredibly long time. "Lazy" is where Jon Lord shines ! The song is experimental sounding in the beginning with even a melody from "Louie Louie", you can tell Mr.Lord is having a lot of fun. "Space Truckin'" features some more great vocals from Ian, and some excellent organ play, while the drumming holds it all together.

This is almost a perfect live record if there is such a thing. I confess a fondness to the way Ritchie Blackmore plays and I love his work on RAINBOW's "Rising". The guy has a beautiful style.This is one of the greatest live records ever recorded.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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