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LAST CONCERT IN JAPAN

Deep Purple

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WaywardSon
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1 stars First of all I must start by saying that Tommy Bolin was an excellent guitarist, when he was on form he was up there with the greats, and came up with some incredible solos. Unfortunately, this release captures one of Bolin´s performances where he wasn´t on form at all, making tons of mistakes and making it difficult for the rest of the band to keep in time and help pull him through the concert.

I had this album on vinyl, which in all honesty, should never have been released. This has to be the saddest release in Purple´s history. Bolin´s drug taking at this time was common knowledge, and it was probably the reason why he couldn´t get his act together on this live album.

Extremely poor.

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Posted Monday, February 11, 2008 | Review Permalink
1 stars By releasing that thing the record company did no one a favour but themselves, not to the customer, not to the band, not to Tommy Bolin, to whom it is dedicated (!). This recording is the documentation of the complete downfall of what once was one of the biggest bands on the planet. Like prog reviewer Wayard Son I got the vinyl version. Let's hope for the best that it will never appear on CD. Sad but true.
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Posted Monday, February 18, 2008 | Review Permalink
ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I have witnessed many, many live performances from these guys, featuring as early concerts from mark II in 1973. This one was the last Mark IV concert in Japan. There are two versions for this live album. A short version called " Last Concert In Japan" which is the one we are talking about here and an extended one called "This Time Around".

I have reviewed the extended version already and I can only recommend you this shortened one: it displayed less solos and average tracks than the expanded version.

Great tracks as "Burn" and "You Keep On Moving" are the best that you can expect from this Mark IV live album. The Bolin song "Wild Dogs" is not bad at all, but can't compete with the great and earlier Purple Marks.

Effective and rhythmic version of "Smoke On The Water" is not bad at all. Even if the genuine live versions with Gillan are better (at least the great "In Concert at The BBC", this one is quite good by all means. What I don't at all is that some songs are quite emasculated like "Woman From Tokyo". But the band has used their fans to this "feature": either extended versions of original tracks ("Space Truckin" for instance) or cut down versions like this one.

None of them are of my liking. This one is just a showcase for Jon Lord and is purely instrumental.

Unlike Mark II, "Highway Star" was now mostly closing their concerts. As I have already written some times, this is one of my top three Purple favorite. This Hughes/Coverdale version is rather average.

In all, this short version of the "last" concerts in Japan is quite satisfactory and of better quality than the longer counterpart, but I wouldn't recommend this album to Purple newbies. Thre

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Posted Friday, September 17, 2010 | Review Permalink
1 stars You don't need to hear this album. This is one of the weakest moments in the whole Deep Purple's dicography.

Musicians are seem to be very relaxed onstage, so it gets hard to count all the mistakes they did during this not so long record. The performance of Highway Star is simply out of any bounds, it's just pathetic.

Even if I liked "Come Taste the Band" because of some nice pop songs, the live rendition of this Mark barely needed to hold even a small piece of your attention.

I dislike bashing albums, but this is one of those albums you'd better avoid of, because it is really a bottom.

One star.

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Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Review Permalink
Guillermo
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1 stars This live album was recorded in Japan in December 1975 during their tour for their "Come Taste the Band" album. It was released in 1977 and it was dedicated to Tommy Bolin, who died in late 1976. But for this concert Bolin was not in a good shape due to his substance abuse, so he really did not play very well. It could have been better to release other concert recordings by this line-up with Bolin playing the songs better. I don`t know why the record label decided to release on an album this particular Japanese concert as a tribute to Bolin. His playing is very "raw" and sometimes noisy, but the rest of the members of the band also don`t sound very well, even if Jon Lord did his best efforts to play some of Bolin`s guitar riffs in his keyboards. Drummer Ian Paice also sounds well, but that is not enough to save the general unpolished playing from the band. Even David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes sound a bit forced and out of tune in their vocals in some parts . So...I think that maybe it could have been better to release other live recordings done by this line-up than to release this concert performance which in general was not very good.

Only for the most dedicated collectors, very die-hard fans of the band and completionists.

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Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 | Review Permalink

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