DEEP PUR­PLE Live in Ja­pan

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Uni­ver­sal ★★★★ In 1972, no self-re­spect­ing rock kid was with­out two es­sen­tial live al­bums: Rory Gal­lagher Live in Europe and this one, Deep Pur­ple’s dou­ble-vinyl wig-out, recorded over an Au­gust weekend in Tokyo and Osaka. The band had no in­ten­tion of re­leas­ing it out­side Ja­pan, but this was just too good not to share with the rest of the world. This al­bum cap­tures five hairy blokes at the height of their rock’n’roll pow­ers, pulling out ev­ery cliche in the book for the ea­ger east­ern au­di­ence to lap up. There are in­ter­minable gui­tar so­los from Richie Black­more, end­less jazz odysseys from key­board player Jon Lord and bassist Roger Glover, and a drum solo from Ian Paice that takes up half of side two. Top­ping it all off is Ian Gil­lan’s im­pres­sive rock tenor, punc­tu­ated with lar­ynxshred­ding, speaker-bust­ing screams. The songs are all clas­sic Pur­ple, stretched out to ex­tra length to al­low for max­i­mum noodling, in­clud­ing High­way Star, Child in Time, Strange Kind of Woman, Space Truckin’ and the mighty Smoke on the Wa­ter. Deluxe edi­tion comes with ex­tra noodling – sorted.

KEVIN COURT­NEY

Down­load: Child in Time, Strange Kind of Woman, Smoke on the Wa­ter.

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