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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark III As good as Mark II Live album
What more could any one want ? Deep Purple in their pomp, rarely perfomed material(from Stormbringer) & added to this is the emotionally charged atmosphere of Ritchie Blackmore's final show.
This has it all, & is remixed from orginal source tapes, so it doesn't sound like the band are playing on the phone, or as on Made in Europe (the orginal album this was taped...
Published on 24 Feb 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars Have to agree
Have to agree with a lot of the complaints on here about Glenn Hughes.
Not only is he very irritating with his vocal interjections during the songs and his ridiculous announcements between songs but he actually dominates this set to an unusually large degree - you just can't escape him.
Yet his bass playing is pretty good.
And I'm not knocking the bloke for...
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark III As good as Mark II Live album, 24 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
What more could any one want ? Deep Purple in their pomp, rarely perfomed material(from Stormbringer) & added to this is the emotionally charged atmosphere of Ritchie Blackmore's final show.
This has it all, & is remixed from orginal source tapes, so it doesn't sound like the band are playing on the phone, or as on Made in Europe (the orginal album this was taped for) with looped audience response.
The playing is all that can be expected of a top band in their prime. David Coverdale is in fine voice throughout, even Highway star sounds great. Note, DC in 75 is not to be confused with the tanned, blonde HM smoothie of the late 80s.
Highspots are hard to single out, mistreated, as ever with Mk III is well delivered, but Stormbringer & You fool no one running close.
At last a Mk III live album the equal of the peerless 'Made in Japan'. Helps to disprove the addage of live albums being inferior product, as here all the Mk III material is better than on the source studio records.
Go on have a listen, you know you want to.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Have to agree, 1 Feb 2013
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
Have to agree with a lot of the complaints on here about Glenn Hughes.
Not only is he very irritating with his vocal interjections during the songs and his ridiculous announcements between songs but he actually dominates this set to an unusually large degree - you just can't escape him.
Yet his bass playing is pretty good.
And I'm not knocking the bloke for no reason - Medusa by Trapeze is one of my all time faves, and his work on the album he made with Pat Thrall is pretty good as well. But he does make lengthy parts of this set so far removed from what Purple were about that there are spells within individual songs where it seems to be at least 2 if not more bands playing on the same stage.
It's no wonder that Blackmore was already planning his escape route.
Glenn Hughes should have been appearing with James Brown at the Apollo Harlem instead of Deep Purple in Paris, but at least in later life he has accepted and regretted some of the more extreme 'actions' of his hedonistic 70s lifestyle
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple Mk III - The Final Concert, 24 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
Deep Purple - Live In Paris 75 is a fantastic album for a number of reasons. First of all, the history, you may or may not know, but this Paris gig is actually the very last Mk III concert (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice). After this show Ritchie Blackmore would leave the band to start his band Rainbow. Therefore, the show was always going to be special, full of emotion, and it did not disappoint. The music is as always top draw, but the thing that sets this show apart from other Mk III gigs is the volume of material. Included in this shows are of course the favourites from Mk II days (Smoke On The Water, Highway Star) and the favourites from Mk III's Burn album (Burn, Mistreated) but also performances of songs from Mk III's other album Stormbringer (Gypsy, Lady Double Dealer) not heard on classic gigs like Live In London and California Jamming. As i said the music is fantastic, Deep Purple always stood out to me as a band capable of fantastic things, and unlike many other bands they seem to deliver every time! From Mk II's Made In Japan all the way to this brilliant album, and beyond, DP have always been a top live band. Not a lot of people (myself included) were lucky enough to see the great Mk III line-up because of the simple fact that they were only together just under two years. This is album is definately the next best thing, be it Ritchie's sublime guitar solos (notably Mistreated) or Glenn and David vying for vocals this band always put on a great show and if you only buy one DP Mk III live album, make sure its Live In Paris 75.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes Up For Made In Europe, 22 Feb 2011
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Mr. R. Powell (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live In Paris 1975 (MP3 Download)
We all know the history behind this one. Blackmores last gig with the band (For the time being anyway), going off in a strop because he didn't like the direction the band was going in. Well listening to this it is clear he was determined to show his bandmates what they would be missing. He was on fire that night and the rest of the band made sure they also rose to the occasion. OK some of the songs go on a bit, buy hey this was the seventies and that's what these bands did then, cos they had the talent and they could. Yes there are bum notes and the guitar goes out of tune every now and again, but that's part of the beauty of these 'unofficial'live albums that are released so long after the event, they don't get tampered with to give the impression that nothing ever goes wrong (Yes I'm talking about you Live And Dangerous). So what you get is a true reflection of what the band sounds like live, rather than something that is over a tarted up to the point it becomes anodyne and lifeless (Ok not Live and Dangerous). If you're a fan of Purple this is definitely recommended. Go on buy it, you know you want to, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than Mk III Final Concerts or MAde In Europe, 18 Oct 2011
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
Well I have read about the mixes on this cd and wondered what was it all about, since I had the MK III Final Concerts set and was not particularly amazed. BUT, here the sound is really superb. An excellent mix DOES the difference. Burn and Stormbringer are excellent, with Richie playing with great heart even if he was leaving. A must for MK III fans who allready have Live in LOndon.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!, 22 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
"Live In Paris" is vastly superior to the "Mark III: The Final Concerts" Connoiseur compilation, and it's essential for the Deep Purple collector...
It features the COMPLETE PARIS CONCERT (The Final Concerts was a mixture from 2 different concerts) in REMIXED AND REMASTERED form (which means a fuller and richer sound) and every song is UNEDITED and UNCUT, unlike in The Final Concerts where you get 2 different edited versions of You Fool No One...
Even if you are a casual fan with an interest in Coverdale-era Purple, you'll find this concert a joy to listen to... Great performances and awesome sound quality...
This is the one!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed (possible) Classic, 17 May 2011
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
For me Glenn Hughes ruins this album. His inane comments in between songs is laughable and no wonder Blackmore could not stand him. His singing, which in the studio is passable but not Deep Purple, is like a terrible screech on this offering. Coverdale however sounds good and the drum, keyboard, guitar combo are firing on all cylinders.

If you can put up with the out of control bass player the rest is worth a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackmore Ends On A High, 20 July 2013
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Just took ownership of this & listened to it straight through (except the interview)

So what have we got:

Sound: Not bad quality but not enough "oomph" on the bottom end for my tastes. Sounded a bit weedy in places.

Musicianship: As repeated elsewhere, this was Blackmore's last gig with DP until the reunion. Sounds like he was proving what a loss he'd be as he is on fire. Mind you, so are Lord & Paice. Never been that much of a fan of Coverdale this era but thought he improved with Whitesnake.
Hughes is a better singer IMHO but find his bass too low in the mix to form an opinion.

Setlist: Excellent. don't let the track list on the cover fool you. A lot of the numbers here feature either long jams or medleys (Lazy & the Mule make an appearance amongst others)

Packaging: A disgrace. A single tray for 2 discs? Looks like someone is still believing the hype about CDs being indestructible.

Worth 8.00? Oh yes. Will probably continue to buy these as hey are released
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FRENCH FAREWELL TO GUITAR STAR IN PURPLE 1975 !, 31 July 2011
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
Deep Purple (MK3) Blackmore/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice performed this final concert together in Paris 7th April 1975. It's a phenomenally good concert as the band power through a set of mostly Mk3 classics such as 'Burn', 'Mistreated', 'You Fool No One' and 'Stormbringer', as well as 'Smoke On The Water' and the set closer and half hour long 'Space Truckin'. Lots of improvisation and extended solos from Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Jon Lord on Keyboards, with a drum solo from Ian Paice, along with his incredible playing during the songs. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were always a brilliant dual vocal line up for Deep Purple. And Glenn's bass playing is excellent. This was Blackmore's final concert with the band before forming his own incredibly successful band Rainbow. Burn (30th Anniversary Edition)Stormbringer: Remastered/+DVDRitchie Blackmore's Rainbow
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Stuck With Their Own Material, 22 Mar 2011
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Although the style was different I never thought there was anything wrong with the Mk3 studio albums Burn & Stormbringer. In fact listening to it now Burn has a similar style to early Rainbow. Performed live the tracks from these albums sound great here: heavier and more powerfull. Coverdale makes a couple of ill advised attempts at Gillan style screams on Burn but otherwise sounds excellent, with Hughes providing able support. However, when it comes to the older material Coverdale and Hughes make a terrible mess of the vocals: Smoke on the Water beomes a bizarre duet with the last verse ditched and some totally inappropriate soul crooning at the end. The other MkII tracks come in for similar abuse. It's weird hearing the brilliant musicianship (including Hughes on bass) combined with these awful messed up vocals. This might be forgivable if it wasn't for all the hideous camp jive talk from Glen Hughes between and sometimes into the start of each track. He really should have been banned from speaking, ever. Coverdale isn't too much better with his continuous use of the phrase "We've got a ... for ya".

Is it really so bad as to spoil your enjoyment of the great music? Well at the start maybe not but once I'd played the CDs a couple of times I found it impossible to listen to without skipping these bits. For once some good editing would have been more than welcome.
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