In Concert '72 (Remastered) Deep Purple
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- 2Highway Star07:41
- 3Strange Kind of Woman09:33
- 4Maybe I'm a Leo05:36
- 5Smoke on the Water07:32
- 6Never Before05:18
- 8Space Truckin'22:11
- 10Maybe I'm a Leo (Soundcheck)04:32
Info for In Concert '72 (Remastered)
Deep Purple In Concert '72 is Deep Purple's fantastic live album, originally recorded at the Paris Theatre on Lower Regent Street in London for the BBC's 'Sounds Of The Seventies' radio program on the 9th March 1972.
It features the classics; „Highway Star,“ „Strange Kind Of Woman“ and „Space Truckin’“ as well as the first ever live performance of probably rock's biggest track „Smoke On The Water“. The album was remixed in 2012 and is now being released on HighResAudio, with the bonus track „Maybe I'm A Leo“ (Sound Check Version) available for the first time.
This BBC recording from 1972 has appeared previously but only now is the correct running order restored and one track makes its first appearance. Uniquely, in 1972 the BBC recorded Purple for their ‘Sounds Of The Seventies’ series using 8-track and it was broadcast on March 18 of that year.
Most of the set features „Machine Head“ (the album came out in late-March) and therefore is an almost unique and complete live account of that album, complementing – even if overshadowed – by the seminal ‘Made In Japan’ set released in late-1972.
The only tracks missing from this BBC gig are those they couldn’t rescue from the original tapes, sound-check versions of ‘Never Before’ and ‘Highway Star’ although they managed to salvage ‘Maybe I’m A Leo’.
The liner notes detail the various iterations of the album’s history from vinyl in 1980 as part of an ‘In Concert’ double LP. There’s no explanation though for the unusual use of 8-track tape. Perhaps uniquely also the original broadcast included a fair amount of (rather superfluous) banter from the compere Mike Harding, and interjections from Ian Gillan.
„And the music? Well here is a band on the threshold of greater commercial success, there is a confidence in the delivery and a contrast with the earlier BBC set from 1970 (That gig was included on the 1980 vinyl and the first CD issue of these concerts in 1992). The extended version of ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’ showcases Blackmore’s idiosyncratics and the spot on scat singing from Gillan, whilst ‘Space Truckin’ is a 22-minute tour-de-force. Of course collectors can debate whether this gig exceeds the Made In Japan set in places (although that analysis is now further complicated by the recent multi-disc release). In truth, ‘Smoke On The Water’ – which receives a first live outing – lacks the power of the definitive MIJ version but, really, this is splitting hairs. ”In Concert 72′ is a wonderful artefact not just of a band in their ascendancy but of a time when there was actually something exciting for rock fans on the radio.“ (David Randall, Get Ready To Rock)
Ian Gillan, vocals
Ritchie Blackmore, guitar
Roger Glover, bass
Jon Lord, organ
Ian Paice, drums
are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band's sound shifted to hard rock in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 8,5 million certified units in the US.
The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band's line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord's retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.
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