Deep Purple – Made In Japan Review

Posted: July 7, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Music Reviews, Rock, Rock Live

Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Made In Japan is one of the most famous and celebrated live albums in music history, it showcases Deep Purple in their MKII line up, riding high on the success of Machine Head and at the peak of their abilities.

The album features a selection of tracks from the first three MKII Deep Purple albums in addition to one cover song, and manages to stretch out around an hour and a half despite only containing ten songs; as you can imagine this means that the songs are considerably longer than their original studio versions, full to the brim with jamming and creativity, in addition to a six minute drum solo.

The band perform the music with a rare and powerful feeling that makes the songs sound so much bigger, heavier and more energetic… all the musicians are on their best form, nailing their leads and delivering the music with intensity. Subsequently, it is not uncommon for people to say that this is the best live album ever and listening to the absolutely incendiary version of ‘Highway Star,’ or ‘Smoke On The Water,’ you will understand why.

The sound is very good considering this was recorded on apparently worse equipment than the producer would have liked and there are no overdubs… you just get the live power and energy from Deep Purple at their zenith. How much you enjoy it will depend entirely on whether you think the jamming and additional solos add to or detract from the experience (Space Truckin’ extends to almost twenty minutes and eventually morphs into the violin-ing mid section from ‘Fools,’) but even if you don’t care for those aspects, the rest of the album, when the band are playing the songs as written, is spectacular.

This is definitely something you’ll want to buy if you are a fan or prospective fan of Deep Purple, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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