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on 23 April 2017
As you are probably aware by now, this is 3 disc heavyweight vinyl 2014 reissue of the remastered 2003 CD release, and to my ears at least is a far superior issue. Every instrument can be heard clearly, with a depth and clarity that was missing on the original. As this is the MkIII lineup consisting of new members Glenn Hughes & David Coverdale, quite a few of the tracks on this album come from their recent recording efforts with Blackmore, Paice & Lord, so you get songs from the "Stormbringer" & "Burn" albums as well as old favourites from the MKII lineup, including "Space Trucking" and the ubiquitous "Smoke on the Water". The energy and vibrancy really comes through on this album and I can safely say that there isn't a duff track on it. The 3 disc vinyl version comes handsomely packaged in a gatefold sleeve, with the inner gatefold showing press cuttings from the time. The three inner sleeves are adorned with a variety of photo's and press cuttings for you to while away the time while listening to the album. The vinyl itself is of an excellent, heavyweight quality with no hisses or scratches heard. I was never much of a fan of the MKIII lineup, but Paris 1975 may just have convinced me otherwise. Al in all, an excellent purchase.
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on 3 December 2014
Been a Purple fan for many years, mark 2 is my favourite line up but mark 3 were great also, there are some superb tracks and great recording quality, the missing star is purely because of Glenn Hughes, when he behaves himself and plays bass and just does normal backing vocals things are fine, but when he tries to take over he sounds like a chihauhau with it's tail stuck under a rocking chair!, it's awful, combined with his frankly embarrassing comments to the audience which include him chastising them for getting fat if they didn't dance more, not to mention that they're French and probably don't understand him anyway....it's a Purple gig Glenn not a school disco, get a grip, can't believe Blackmore et al let him get away with it, and probably why Ritchie left after this tour!
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on 9 February 2015
Wow. I accept the (accurate) criticisms that some have made regarding the flannel between tracks and some of the vocals but if you are happy with a live album and the imperfections it brings, this is fantastic Purple. You fool no-one played half a dozen times before getting on with the rest of the album. It has to be in your collection.
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on 2 December 2017
Awesome live album by a group that I've liked for years.
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on 16 December 2014
A great mix of the great man's last gig with Mark 3 Purple. Even with Glenn Hughes persistent whooping and nonsense. Can't wait for the 5th release in the series. Still a shame about the packaging.
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on 22 June 2015
For me a humdinger of an album, hard to believe Blackmores last gig with the Mark 3 line up, hard hitting all the way with a wild version of Highway star to end, manic in fact, there is a rumour this gig was filmed. well worth buying and playing loud is a must
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on 1 June 2015
Ritchie leaves on a high.Should have knocked it on the head then guys.
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on 15 April 2015
great cd worth every penny/euro reminded me of the old days when I was young!!
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on 10 January 2014
Like this band, music sound of this concert wel restored. Like the music, songs and all the live-(guitar)mistakes. This makes the album alive.... Great songs.
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VINE VOICEon 22 March 2011
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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