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Made in Purple - 90%

Ritchie Black Iommi, September 25th, 2012

When you thought it was it for DP after MKII breaking up in 1973, the founding trio led by Blackmore, Lord and Paice recruited a couple of new and funny guys to fill the cartier. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, while not as great as Gillan and Glover, gave to the band a couple of vivid, powerful and remarkable shows to be forever reminded for both fans, metalheads and lovers of rock music in general.

We've got a taste of the, seemingsly infinite, power of Deep Purple back in 1972, when Made in Japan started to burst its unmatchable and everlasting light for heavy metal. More of the same was to be put on in the famous California Jam. And now, with "Stormbringer" recently released, DP was going further into their deep ocean of early metal.

Long jams, virtuosity, shredding, shocking power, that was all about DP. Even if Blackmore was getting bored and lonesome in thoughts, overcomed by the little dudes, Coverdale and Hughes, that got too big to control, Made in Europe is clear evidence of the magical attributes, the legendary status of the band's blasting live performances. Every single minute of them, playing loud and clear over a stage was a bliss and a joy. No other band in the world could match them. And that's it, period.

This album is more of the same. More evidence proving Deep Purple's major ability to display might and magic over the scenario. Listen to Blackmore's riffing through all the record. He was on a light, firescorching every available fret. Mr. Lord (rot in pieces) never sounded so technical, vivid and full of joy (with the possible exception of MKII first comeback), he was at the zenith of his keyboarding, filling all the atmospheres. Paicey will forever be a favourite in drumming for his fast and very felt playing and with Coverdale and Hughes completely established in the band, the ancient linage of DP's major live performances was correctly continued.

The five songs here are tremendous: The blatant might of "Burn", an early power metal display; the moody and firey "Mistreated" with the bluesy touch and heavy feeling; the speedy and breathtaking "Lady Double Dealer"; "You Fool no One", an underrated song which is a pathway for long and amazing improvisations and "Stormbringer", a forgotten masterpiece by the band (and in this performance, simply, sounds awesome). Mind you, Ian Gillan refuses to perform any of these five majestic pieces of early metal. Such a shame, considering that they are such an important part in Deep Purple's colorful history. If you had any doubt about these songs in their original albums, here you simply love them, you taste them as an unique plate of the most relapsed delicatessen.

They sound so tight in here! This is almost as good as Made in Japan. There are, though, a couple of little failures which prevent this for having even a higher note. First, there is no interaction with the audience, or the interaction, seems to me, is very little compared with Made in Japan. I mean, in the concerts at Tokyo and Osaka, the crowd was a part of the show, they were alive, they can be felt in any second of it. Here, they sound dull and faded, perhaps because the band simply wanted to do their thing, without thinking a lot about their people. Anyway. Finally, the production, which is somehow inferior compared to MIJ. The sound is a bit duller and sounds kinda hollow. Maybe, it's something about the mix. Nevermind.

So, after this DP entered in a deep depression. Blackmore left the band and the thing never got the same (until Perfect Strangers). With a little help of Tommy Bolin, Funky Purple was to be formed and, shit happens, you know. In any case, this is a total safe music product. If you enjoy Made in Japan, you will probably enjoy this one, a little bit inferior to the shows in Osaka and Tokyo but with lots of the same power and energy. This is a total safe buy, both for fanboys and any metalhead in general. Go ahead and have this in your collection. You will have no regrets at all.