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Live In London Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000SSGULM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Burn (Live In London)
2. Might Just Take Your Life (Live In London)
3. Lay Down, Stay Down (Live In London)
4. Mistreated (Live In London)
5. Smoke On The Water (Live In London)
Disc: 2
1. You Fool No One (Live In London)
2. Space Truckin' (Live In London)

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EMI 503580; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

BBC Review

Deep Purple were perhaps one of the biggest bands in the Rock Universe in the early seventies, if not one of its very heaviest. Their early incarnation and classic line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan had built up a formidable reputation with albums Machine Head and In Rock, featuring such air-guitar staples as "Smoke On The Water", "Hush" and "Black Night".

However, by 1974 the third line-up of the band seen Gillan and Glover quit due to bad feeling and general rock'n'roll exhaustion the year before, and replaced by David Coverdale (later of Whitesnake) and bassist Glenn Hughes. This live album recorded at the Gaumont State in Kilburn (now a Grade 2-listed bingo hall!) - Recorded for radio - is the only document of that line-up, and now finally makes its way onto CD.

Of course, live albums always strange affairs and very rarely appeal past hardened fans, who themselves would be hard pushed to say they'd play them more than a handful of times, but as an archive release and a revealing fragment of the madness of the Purps, Live In London is top notch. Coverdale may've been bricking it, stepping into Gillan's shoes, but certainly doesn't show any sign of it as he makes a good fist of making "Smoke On The Water" his own, alongside more familiar terrain of Burn.

Depending on where you stand, Disc Two's 21 minute version of "You Fool No One" and - good grief - 31 minutes of "Space Truckin'" could seriously test your tolerance levels, but this set is a perfect snapshot of the band at an interesting transitory peak. Blackmore was to leave himself after the following year's album, 1975's Stormbringer, and despite numerous reformations and comebacks, things were never really quite the same again. --Ian Wade

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob C on 14 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Admitted I've never been a huge fan of MKIII Purple compared to the MKII lineup, but in comparison to the band at their best, the set for Live in London 1974 overall feels unfocused and at times sloppy. There are some great moments - Burn is tight and exciting and bounds along with youthful energy, and You Fool No One sounds just fine until Ritchie Blackmore's blistering guitar solo runs out of steam and the song loses momentum which it never regains.

Elsewhere, David Coverdale's interminable "Baby Baby/Come Here Woman" nonsense quickly starts to grate, while the vocal on Space Truckin' is quite awful (perhaps understandably coming at the end of a long set). On the same track, Jon Lord's overindulgent noodling sounds more like he's playing with new keyboard sounds in his bedroom than structuring a solo, and has none of the thunderous, apocalyptic magic of his Hammond playing on the Made in Japan version, for example.

If you are looking to expand your collection of Purple live albums, this is certainly worth a look, but for a much better live experience, check out the seminal Made in Japan (and the accompanying 3 CD Live in Japan set taken from the same gigs) and the stunning BBC In Concert sessions.

I'm still looking for a really good MKIII live album - I also have Live in Europe, which is marred by rather poor sound quality, so the search continues!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Grant MacNeill on 17 Aug. 2007
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David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, two of rock's greatest vocalists never again reached the heights demonstrated in this live album. Nor has Ritchie Blackmore's guitaring riffing and solos been so melodically precise since.

Anybody foolish enough to instantly dismiss this solely on the grounds of It's not Ian Gillan should re-engage their ears and listen how the bass, guitar and organ all subtly interplay while Ian Paice's ferocious drumming forms a heavy but nuanced backbeat.

One of the best albims from Purple and one of the best live albums of all time. Listen and make your own judgement but perhaps its time for all the Gillan/Glover brigade to acknowledge that Coverdale and Hughes brought their own special skills to Purple, regardless of what was to happen in the near future.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Thompson on 7 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
More years ago than I care to remember I bought this on vinyl and have looked forward to a CD release for ages. OK the added track "Space Truckin'" does go on a bit toooo long, but that's how it was in the 70s. Mk III show themselves to be a tight powerful unit, and Blackmore especially is on fire, one of his finest live recordings. From the ultra-heavy opening Burn riff to the mind blowing You Fool No One, when he plays like this there's few to match him. From the excellent booklet this was apparantly Mk III's only UK tour, this is a fine document of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Platinum on 2 Jun. 2009
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The only live album that I have heard better than this is Made in Japan. It shows just what a powerful voice Coverdale has and also his greater range than Gillan.
I know Mk11 devotees will pooh-pooh this, but I was brought up on Mk11 and saw them live just after the release of Made In Japan.
Plus the album it is plugging (Burn [30th Anniversary Edition] is a ten fold improvement on the previous Mk11 effort, Who Do We Think We Are.
The Main stand out tracks are Mistreated and Burn. Just listen to it yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Malin on 4 Nov. 2011
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Deep Purple Mark III always lived in the shadow of the more famous Mark II line up, and that's understandable. But these guys had their moments, and this is certainly one of them. As a live band, there's no doubt they were equal to any other Deep Purple line up, and here they're at the top of their game.

Mostly showcasing songs from the Burn album, together with a couple of Machine Head era classics, there's plenty of good stuff here. Burn, Mistreated and You Fool No One are all classic Deep Purple. Of course, Smoke On The Water makes an appearance, in what is one of the most rawest and explosive versions the band ever recorded.

On the downside, Glenn Hughes pseudo soul wailings go way over the top (it's no wonder Richie Blackmore wanted to leave the band). And if you thought the Made In Japan version of Space Truckin' was long, guess what, it just got even longer !

This CD is beautifully packaged with plenty of tender, loving care. There's a 20 page booklet with lots of info about the band and the tour. For those new to Deep Purple, Live In London is not the place to start. But for the long time Deep Purple fan this is a must own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Hammond on 16 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
When questioned about the 'Burn' album Ritchie Blackmore memorably stated that he thought it was 'pretty good'. By anyone else's standards the album was pretty stellar and so was the tour that followed it. This CD is representative of the raw power and passion that characterised that tour, something which - with a few exceptions eg Last Concert in Japan - had been missing from later Mk2 Purple's albums and gigs for a while previously.

Other reviewers have captured the goings on in the album suffice to say that Deep Purple didn't ever consistently hit these heights again. Enjoy the fire of a motivated Ritchie, the power and speed of Paice and the dexterity of Hughes. At the time of the recording Coverdale's vocals were maturing and the quality of Jon Lord's keyboards was a given. Later, things would turn sour with Ritchie, in particular, unhappy with the 'shoeshine music' that Hughes was writing. As Ritchie's influence and creative input waned the quality of later albums and gigs suffered. This is MK3 at their best.
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