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Graz 1975

Deep Purple Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Burn (Live in Graz 1975) 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stormbringer (Live in Graz 1975) 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Gypsy (Live in Graz 1975) 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lady Double Dealer (Live in Graz 1975) 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mistreated (Live in Graz 1975)14:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Smoke On the Water (Live in Graz 1975) 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Fool No One (Live in Graz 1975)12:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Space Truckin' (Live in Graz 1975)20:22£0.99  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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By MB
Format:Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coup de Graz 17 Sep 2014
By Phil On
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear Glenn 28 Sep 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Purple cottage industry continues 17 Sep 2014
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
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........as 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curates Egg 26 Sep 2014
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I always thought the "Made in Europe" album was unsatisfactory, with its edited songs and misleading set list.
This album is very much a curates egg. Whilst it has more complete versions of the songs- and in the right order- it is marred by several things.
Firstly it is not the complete concert- no encores are included at all.
Secondly, "You Fool No-one" is edited. Admittedly it is a drum solo that has gone- sorry Mr Paice, but "The Mule" is enough for this particular Ian Paice fan.
Thirdly- Glenn Hughes. Sweet mother of pearl! Whilst I ordinary love his voice, here his ungodly caterwauling at every opportunity is unlistenable. He even can't shut the f%^k up when Messrs Paice and Lord are getting the intro to "Space Truckin'" vibing.
Lastly, the between song chat by DC and GH is woeful, and a great surprise.
In all, it is a better album than "Europe" but I do feel that the good people at Purple are selling us very short on this one. Must try harder chaps- you fool no-one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music - 5. Artwork - what artwork?
As Made in Europe is very much up there with Made in Japan - heck, Joey Tempest named his band after the record! Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Leftin
5.0 out of 5 stars The recording is very good with a very nice Deep Purple performance
The recording is very good with a very nice Deep Purple performance. However, the CD I received was a bit damaged. Too bad !!!
Published 1 day ago by Jean-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
As always with Purple a great performance. They were one of the best bands live, if not the best.
Published 6 days ago by Jose Arce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best live ever
Published 7 days ago by Paul Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic
Published 13 days ago by Brian Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the energy
Published 14 days ago by n.m.gater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant set, but not quite up to Made In Japan. Worth the money though!
Published 17 days ago by Paul James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Deep Purple!
Published 19 days ago by Platinum
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect Strangers
Although these were the last gigs by the band in their Mk3 incarnation and they were strangers to each other by that point, it's a great gig. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jevvy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great playing, crap singing
Great playing, crap singing.
With Deep Purple you almost always get what you pay for,especially if you go to a concert or buy a live album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick B
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