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Maybe you had to be there.
on 26 March 2014
Paice, Lord and Glover have their usual top-notch outings, their performances give the music on this CD all it's structure and make the songs recognisable.
Blackmore and Gillan.... Not good.
I'm obviously not hearing what the other reviewers are hearing. They're bladdy awful on this.
It's a curiosity, nothing more. I had to buy it because I'm a completist, but I would never play it to demonstrate the titanic power of Deep Purple. That's coming from a nutty fan of Richie Blackmore (The Man, End Of).
Gillan sounds ill, Blackmore plays like he's plastered... Or, he is just exploring the very outer reaches of expression, interpretation and improvisation... And I'm not getting it.
Not even remotely comparable to Made In Japan. Not a patch on the Stuttgart and NEC '93 recordings.
In The Absence Of Pink is better (to my ears).
In short; if you're a hardcore Purple fan, you have to buy it. If you're looking to buy your first Purple reccud... This would just baffle you.