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For the early diehards only, I think.

1970 had seen the release of 'In Rock', the incredible album that turned Deep Purple from semi-Pop act with Rod Evans singing to screaming Rock band with Ian Gillan on vocals. The quintet of Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice had a fiery, intense chemistry that resulted in one of the most powerful, talented live acts on the planet. This recording sees the band out on the road promoting the follow-up to that record, which was 'Fireball', released right around the time this concert was recorded. The band had yet to create the masterpiece that would be 'Machine Head', so the emphasis here was on the material they had to hand. My problem with that is you have a seventy-one minute live recording here – spanning a mere FOUR songs!

Kicking off with 'Speed King', the band is on fire. Gillan shrieks his way through the thunderous version which dissolves after a couple of minutes into a band jam, turning a five minute track into an eleven minute epic. This is where opinions will differ; I'm acutely aware Purple see themselves as a primarily instrumental band, so if you are keen to hear Blackmore and Lord improvising for seven or eight minutes, this is right up your street. If, like me, you prefer to hear more actual songs, then this can make for a frustrating experience.

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To showcase 'Fireball', the band opts for 'Strange Kind Of Woman', which again is an excellent rendition, before another extended jam session. By the time it's finished, you're twenty minutes into the show and have heard two songs.

'Child In Time' sees Gillan deliver an array of ludicrously high screams before the band take off on another instrumental meandering which finally finds its way back to the conclusion after nearly fifteen minutes and some truly bizarre waffling from Gillan. The show ends with 'Mandrake Root' – far from my favourite Purple song in the arsenal, even at this early stage in their career – and it spans a whopping twenty-seven minutes.

If you prefer a few more songs for your money, you would probably be better served with one of the later live albums where the songs stretch out to usually ten minutes with the odd twenty minute jam thrown in. However, if you really enjoy the instrumental improvising Purple did so well back in the seventies, this concert will serve you well, as the band are in amazing form and the re-mastering is top drawer. For the early diehards only, I think.

James Gaden

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