Written By Braddon S. Williams

Deep Purple: Made In Japan

Deep Purple didn’t even want to record a live album, but their record label prevailed, and we can thank them for their perseverance in the form of Made In Japan (1973), one of the greatest live albums in history.

At one point the listener can clearly hear lead vocalist Ian Gillan proclaim, “Can we have everything louder than everything else?” This turned out to be the recipe for the outstanding sound contained on the double LP.

In addition to the relative volume levels (Deep Purple were listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s loudest band for a long time), the songs were stretched out from their studio versions to emphasize the musical wizardry of lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboard guru Jon Lord, and the titanium rhythm machine of Roger Glover on bass and Ian Paice on drums.

Seven killer Purple classics featured on Made In Japan, including a monster jam on Space Truckin’ that took up all of side 4, the definitive live version of the immortal Smoke On The Water, and incendiary opening song (Highway Star), the great call and response between Gillan’s voice and Blackmore’s guitar on the bluesy Strange Kind Of Woman, and Gillan’s vocals throughout Child In Time that range from the softest whispers to the throat shredding primal screams that were his trademark. Lord and Blackmore had some fun stretching out the intro to Lazy before the whole band came in and blew the minds of thousands of Japanese fans in person (and countless music fans on vinyl, cassette, CD, and streaming to the end of time). Even Paice got in on the party with a fusillade of drumming techniques on The Mule. Not bad for a band who didn’t really think a live album was that important for their career!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On this date in history, 6/29/2001, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Ted Nugent teamed up to play a show at Deer Creek that I was looking forward to enjoying every minute of. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

Traffic going into the venue was stalled for an unbearable amount of time due to an accident, so by the time my party arrived, we entirely missed Nugent’s set, and made it to the lawn just in time to hear Deep Purple play their final song, “Smoke On The Water.”

I had really wanted to hear the amazing Steve Morse play guitar with Purple, and while we were finally getting inside the gates, I could faintly hear him playing his showcase guitar solo. Oh well, maybe I will get to see him later this summer when Purple comes around with Alice Cooper.

Lynyrd Skynyrd rocked and I have to say they turned a big disappointment into an enjoyable end to the night. I was really bummed because I was mainly going to see Ted and Deep Purple, but every time I see Skynyrd I realize just how deep their catalogue is and how good they are even now with all the replacement parts. Hats off the Gary Rossington and his efforts to keep the Skynyrd flag flying high and proud.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

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