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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • ASIN: B00KGI342C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Burn (Live in Graz 1975) 7:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stormbringer (Live in Graz 1975) 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Gypsy (Live in Graz 1975) 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lady Double Dealer (Live in Graz 1975) 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mistreated (Live in Graz 1975)14:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Smoke On the Water (Live in Graz 1975) 9:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Fool No One (Live in Graz 1975)12:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Space Truckin' (Live in Graz 1975)20:22£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The headline in Austrian newspaper Neue Zeit said it all: ‘Deep Purple in Graz: Ein lauter Abschied [a loud farewell].’

On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Purple – guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice – played a concert at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountaincradled Graz, Austria’s second largest city after Vienna. Enthused by Purple’s arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert ‘das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]’. And it was – in more ways than one.

After Graz, Purple would play just two more shows – in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France – before a disenchanted and disgruntled Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining Purple members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow, in place of Blackmore. But that’s another story...

In order to preserve Blackmore’s final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Purple’s managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe It was a difficult time for the band which would seem to indicate that Purple’s Graz performance was a duffer. A dull, flaccid affair with the band going through the motions and a sense of total disconnect between the five members. Wrong of all counts. Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.

As soon as you feast your ears on opening track “Burn” (surely the best version of this song, ever) you know you’re in for a wild ride. And so it proves. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality – if he’s pissed off, it doesn’t show; if he’s angry, it most certainly does. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking – and then some. The tracklisting, naturally, is weighted heavily in favour of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Purple’s previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic “Smoke On The Water” and the almost-as-iconic “Space Truckin’”. Still, it’s true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Purple Mk III at the absolute top – and also, ironically, at the end – of their game.

As Neue Zeit quite rightly reported in April ’75: ‘Deep Purple gaben sich wirklich Mühe ihr „Abschiedskonzert“ zu einem grandiosen Erlebnis zu steigern [Deep Purple really did make an effort to increase their “farewell concert” to a terrific experience]’.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phil On on 17 Sept. 2014
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While Deep Purple MKII was the ultimate live band, MKIII was a close contestant. Graz 1975 is one of the last 3 dP shows featuring Blackmore on guitar, it was also recorded for the release of what would become "Made in Europe" (at least part of it), and is now released for the very first time officialy in its entirety (well, sort of).
The say the least, the music on this cd is brilliant, with the powerhouse MKIII absolutely on fire playing their classic 75 playlist including songs from both MKIII albums and some older tracks.

You Fool No One and Space Truckin are playgrounds for Blackmore, Lord & Paice showcasing their absolute brilliance (although, hell, they cut the drum solo so that the show would fit on 1 cd...Shame!), while Mistreated is where Coverdale shines as a (still) very young rock/blues singer.

Not to forget the stunning bass performance of Hughes (while his vocals and "whooping" might not be to the everybody's taste...).

The classic songs are accompagned by the then newer tracks from Stormbringer (Stormbringer, The Gypsy, Lady Double Dealer) which didn't get played that often by MKIII or any MK at all for that matter.

This recording is a testimony of a band on the verge of breaking up, but not giving up. It's very angry and as most 70's dP live releases, very dangerous. It's a fearless band playing as there was no tomorrow (which...).

The other reason why this is an absolute must have, is that-as I stated before-it is the first time that that show appears officialy ( as oppose to the other releases in that same serie).

Now the question is: do you have to be a dP die-hard fan to buy this one?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leftin on 24 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Although Rainbow's first phase remains one of the greatest eras in rock music, it's a pity Deep Purple Mk.3 didn't make a third studio album. Some say Mk.1's third album (Deep Purple) was their best, and Machine Head was Mk.2's third - say no more. So what classics could a follow-up to Stormbringer have contained? It's a mystery which can't be answered, but the release of another Mk.3 live album always helps to alleviate the frustration.

Although Mk.3 - The Final Concerts, and Paris (Le Dernier Seance), contained a few performances which helped make up Made in Europe (an album so great that Joey Tempest named his band after it), this show seems to be "new" (although You Fool No One was featured on The Final Concerts). Stormbringer and Burn are radically different from their MiE counterparts, and Mistreated features Lazy segments in its intro - and that's radical in itself! The version of The Gypsy is the best I've heard, after the emotional Stormbringer original.

As mentioned in the notes, Blackmore is playing with more aggression than irritation. Speaking of which, Glenn Hughes' raps are actually very funny. His and David Coverdale's vocals are excellent.

The lack of Ian Paice's solo IS annoying, but at least Blackmore's is there for all to hear. The late Jon Lord is on-form (as usual). All of which make this essential for anyone who likes the sort of classy heavy rock which led to UFO and Van Halen in later years.

The cover is quite good this time... :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Old Timer on 28 Sept. 2014
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4/5 of the band are on blistering form at this gig. Blackmore plays out of his skin on Gypsy and Mistreated. Burn and Stormbringer are incredible. However, Glenn Hughes is simply embarrassing here. His vocal 'tour de force' at the end of Smoke On The Water is painful to listen to and not content with that, he whoops his way through not one but two dreadful vocal solo sections in Space Trucking. Glenn is a great singer and musician, but at this time in his life he was on another planet. It's a great shame as this gig would have had 5 stars from me if it wasn't for his cringeworthy screaming and whooping- and of course the 'cut' drum solo on You Fool No One.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MB on 27 Sept. 2014
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Hello, all opinions are worthwhile and all add value ... it just puzzles me that some longtime fans of MK III rated this Austrian gig so low (1 star...) - As far as I am concerned, it's truly a hell of a performance, especially Ian Paice's tight drumming as dictating the "night rules" ... and keeping all together ... in some moments, all the band is coming out truly well, and just for the version of Burn (top notching!) the CD is worth buying.

What I do not like is the fact this is a SINGLE CD (so the show is NOT complete...) & surely enough cutting Paice's drum solo out from "You Fool no One" was a deed not to be done ... Then, the sound is very good and the feeling of an untouched live performance (as it came out ... with lights and shades) is something to be appreciated ...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase another archive release hits the rack,this gig however has long been anticipated by Purple experts as it contains a superb performance arguably one of the best.if not the best from Purple Mark 3.

It should be noted that only 3 tracks are previously unreleased ('Gypsy','Lady Double Dealer' and 'Smoke....',the others were released on the 1996 release Mark III the final concerts,indeed 'Burn & Stormbringer are mentioned historically as being on 'Made In Europe way back' in '76

The sound quality is as good as your going to get for a release from this time period almost 40 years old and it comes with a average booklet nothing more.The release states its the complete concert,many fans believe its not as there's no 'Highway star' which was alledgedely performed as an encore(it certainly was at the PARIS gig).

Still its the music we're here for, the shorter tracks such as 'lady Double Dealer/Gypsy/Stormbringer etc are superb,the rendition of 'Burn' is,for me.the best ever recorded version,of course 'Smoke on the Water always brings a smile.The lengthier tracks obviously contain moments of class (and the occasional self indulgence) if your a purple fanatic,then you know what your getting,its not a release for the casual fan.

4 stars and worth everyone.
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