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Made In Japan is one of my favorite albums it would be in my personal top 10, I bought this album in 1976
And it contains at least 5 of the greatest live performances by a rock band bar none.
The album was released in December 1972 from recordings made on three nights between 15 - 17 of August; those live concerts were recorded in Osaka and the famous Budokan.
The release very nearly didn't see the light of day in this country, the Japanese wanted the band to release a live album just for Japan but the band was reluctant as a live recording was something they hadn't done up until that stage, they only agreed to tape the shows as long as the band owned the rights to the tapes.
Events changed dramatically when Roger Glover and Ian Paice showed up to mix the recordings, not only had they caught the band playing right on top of their game but the quality of the tapes was outstanding, this was due to the equipment used to tape the shows and the engineer in charge of the proceedings.
Martin Birch was the engineer the man who was at the helm on the brilliant Machine Head, the studio album realesed in the same year.
The other plus side was the tonal quality of the tapes it was right on the money, so good were the recordings required no overdubs or additional studio additives.
Made in Japan was culled from the best of the 3 nights although an encore was not Included, however the complete concert recordings were made available in the 90's on a triple CD set and having listened to the album I would agree that they picked the right ones for Made In Japan.
Track 1 Highway Star. The song starts with a few finals tuning adjustments before Ian Paice starts the tune with a high hat quick tempo followed by Jon Lord then Roger Glovers bass kicks in a mid tempo driving rhythm before the band as one slams into Highway Star, Ian Gillian then belts out the opening line.
This track contains short solos from Lord and Blackmoor lord first with his frenzied Hammond Organ blasting through a Marshall amp then Blackmoors solo and it's a brilliant piece of guitar work one of his best solo's captured on tape, this is backed up by a solid foundation of steaming driving bass and drums, and the icing on the cake of Ian Gillan vocals he was at this stage of his career, at his best.
Track 2 Child In Time. A complete contrast from highway star a slow tempo start that would build and build until it comes crashing to the end, the song puts Ian Gillan in the spotlight and without doubt it's the finest rock vocal you will ever hear.
After a few verses he begins to flex his vocal chords not with words but with oooohs aaaarhhs and a scream from hell his voice goes up a three octaves and this is repeated twice in the number in total 18 vocal tones delivered with power and beautiful brutality.
If you ever try to sing Child In Time You'll properly end up with a sore throat let alone reach the vocal range of Ian Gillan so difficult was the voice workout that when Gillian left the band in 73 he could not to this day sing the number with that kind of delivery, As Ian Gillian admits himself, the song kills me.
Track 3 Smoke on the Water. Yes it's the famous 4 chord Blackmoor classic that appeared on The Machine Head album, but this live version is better, livelier with nice solos from Lord and Blackmoor.
Track 4 The Mule. Ian Paice is one of the great hard rock drummers and this is a blazing drum solo from him however this a still a long drum solo with a short intro tagged on the beginning and end.
Track 5 Strange Kind Of Woman. Brilliant number starts of mid tempo and never lets up it's a blusey hard rock number with a very interesting middle bit, a vocal guitar duel, let me explain Mr. blackmoor plays a few notes Mr. Gillan copies with his voice, Ian Gillan does the tone of the guitar so well its hard to know who's playing what, impressive stuff, the song builds until Gillan lets rip with another vocal scream that makes your hair stand on end.
Track 6 Lazy. Its Jon Lord chance to shine with a Hammond organ workout for the intro at one stage lifting the Hammond up and then letting it smash back down creating all manner of wild feedback and sonic noises, all through his Marshall, all the speaker cones properly at breaking point put through some more torture.
The organ solo settles down to a blues riff and then chugs along nicely with a great solo from Blackmoor thrown in for good measure.
Track 7 Space Trucking. On the Machine Head album its about a7 minute track but on this live version it gets stretched to nearly 20 mins its not one of the best numbers on the album because its to long and its direction less good beginning good end but that's it, but back in the day it was he done thing.
Made In Japan is Deep Purple at their best, as Jon Lord was to comment, the band was on fire, he was right and to think this album nearly didn't make it to the shops but the band knew they had some fantastic materiel on their hands, and so thank the Lord it was released, for the sum of £3.10p.
This Deep Purple live album from 1972 is an excellent showcase of what the band was like at their live punishing best. The superb opener "Highway Star" is a great lead into the album and establishes the feeling of energy this band could deliver to the audience. With an excellent keyboard solo from Jon Lord to first hint at the musicianships quality, it is not long after when Blackmore lets loose a stunning solo of his own, proving that his fretboard skills are top notch. His crazy use of the whammy bar and lightning fast fingerwork should not be taken lightly. Gillan has a great voice, but has the tendency to go over the top, while Paice and Glover deliver what is required and much more from a rhythm section. This album can rock out, but also has quiet more progressive moments of keyboard and soft guitar melodies to break the tension and keep the listener interested right through to the very end. Having gone through superb versions of Child in Time and other Purple classics, the big show stopper arrives at the end of the album - a 20 minute version Space Truckin which is superb. THere is never a dull moment. I was hardcore enough to get this double album on vynl for about £3, but i have seen the double c.d. being sold for £5 before, so this is not an expensive album, and being a double, is well worth the investment.
The album “Made in Japan” was recorded over three nights of their 1972 tour of Japan. Recorded from two concerts in Osaka and one in Tokyo, it was recorded while the best-known line up was in their full pomp. For many people this is the best ever version of Deep Purple and it was certainly made at the time when the band was at the height of their commercial appeal. The band for this album consisted of probably the finest singer of his type and he certainly knew how to belt out a superb song. His name Ian Gillan and his power packed vocals certainly stand out on this album. Ian Paice was the drummer and has been much under rated by the music press, but listen to his solo on “The Mule” and you will realise you are in the presence of one of the best rock drummers there has ever been. Ritchie Blackmore guitarist and virtuoso of the fret board he was without peer as an out and out rock guitarist, every bit as good as Jimmy Page with Led Zeppelin. Roger Glover bass guitarist was rock solid and created along with Ian Paice a rock solid base from which Purple could produce some of the best rock music ever made. Ian Anderson played keyboards and along with Blackmore was the person responsible for the swooping themes in the songs. The album consists of seven tracks all classics from the albums “In Rock” ”Fireball” “Machine Head” and a single release that never made an album before this “Strange Kind of Woman”. This is as I said the musical peak of Purple and the seven songs have probably never been bettered in terms of a live album that really sums up the group. The Tracks are: Highway Star Child in Time Smoke on the Water The Mule Strange Kind of Woman Lazy Space Truckin’ This album is loud and proud and has surprisingly not dated, it is as loud and proud now as when it was
first released in 1972 and just as heavy. Not suitable for fans of the new style rap rock this is heavy metal as it was meant to be played and certainly shows some of the newer bands how to perform. It starts off with a bang and the pace never slackens even during the quieter passages(child in time) the band are still driving the music on. A classic album but only suitable for heavy metal fans for other people this is too loud but it has stood the test of time and still cuts it even now. Each track being a purple classic in its own right so listen to it and keep on truckin’.
The Group is Deep Purple. The Album is Made in Japan. The music is out of this world. This is a live recording by the line up that many people rate as the best ever version of Deep Purple. This is raw rock music played loud and proud and with a cutting edge to it that swept all before them. This album was the pinnacle for this group, not in terms of studio albums but in the way it catches the very essence of the group. Listen to it and learn what the purple experience was all about. The album starts with Highway Star from the machine Head album the first of four tracks from that particular album. It is brash and starts with a strong beat that sweeps you off your feet. Child in Time follows, taken from In Rock, a slow building ballad of immense power and depth. Then the famous guitar rift which leads into Smoke on the Water, possibly the best known of all Purple tracks. To say the audience respond is a slight under statement. The Mule follows which give the drummer Ian Paice his chance to shine with an extended drum solo. For affeciandos of the drum solo this is a particulary fine example. Strange Kind of Woman is next a single release that did very well in Japan, an out and out rocker that hits the spot. Then almost soulfully the guitar intro to Lazy, every students dream, " I'm lazy just stay in bed" Lazy features an extended solo by guitar pyrotechnic Ritchie Blackmore. Now to be seen in a folk band Blackmores Knight and excellant they are to. It closes with Space Truckin a rip roaring song that drive you along with it. A superb end to a definitive rock album. This Purple was mark 3 Rithie Blackmore :guitar Ian Paice : drums Roger Glover :bass Ian Gillan : Vocals Jon Lord : Keyboards In their time they where the best rock band in the world and this album sums up what Purple was all about.
Deep Purple's Made In Japan album is a great document to the power of the band live and at thier peak. Once upon a time this album was considered one of the classic live albums of all time but now due to psychedelic influences at the time of making the album this collection seems somehow dated. Although there is quality material on like 'Highway Star' or 'Smoke On The Water' songs such as the usually brilliant 'Space Truckin' are dragged out to almost 20 minutes, and 'Stragen Kind Of Woman (once a three minute song) takes up 10 minutes. The awful excesses of 70's hard rock then comes screaming to the fore. This rerelease features an extra CD containing 'Black Night' and 'Speed King' and a great cover of Little Richard's 'Lucille'. When it first came out Made In Japan was essential listening but today there are far more worthy things to grab your attention.
The deep Purple Mk II line up of Gillan Blackmore, Glover, Paice and Lord. Were for me the much emulated ground breaking 70`s heavy rock band. It’s a pity that they only managed to put out three albums and a live compilation. Before the ego’s of Gillan and Blackmore got in the war of progressive rock. I had the privilege of seeing then live in 1971 and again in1996. On the latter tour Steve Morce replaced Blackmore. I must say that he was very impressive very different to Blackmore though. They always were a live band, they have always admitted that they would rather be on stage than in the studio. There is that energy, it has that “wall of sound” feel to it. When you listen to “Made in Japan” you can feel it. It is also there on “Perpendicular Live” 26 years later.
This is a live album recorded you won`t be surprised to learn in Japan,over three nights in august 1972. There is a good selection of popular tracks all performed well by the mark II line up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover,Lord and Paice. you realise listening to this album what a good live band they were the music performed with real enthusiasm. seventy six minutes (CD version) seven tracks of brilliant music with an almost twenty minute version of "space trucking"!! This demands to played loud and an air guitar is very much recommended
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Highway Star
2 Child In Time
3 Smoke On The Water
5 Strange Kind Of Woman
7 Space Truckin'
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Black Night
2 Speed King