Title - 'Live in Paris 1975' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Deep Purple
Deep Purple's Live In Paris 1975 is the beginning of a series spanning 10 releases from the fathers of heavy rock! Yup, many more remastered versions of their albums will be headed our way, but for now we get this incredible live set from France.
Indeed, the evening of April 7th '75 did not only find the MK III line-up at their best, but this also was the very last show together with Richie Blackmore on guitars! He actually left the band late in 1975 to form the uber successful Rainbow.
Anyway, this live set opens with "We're gonna give you a couple of rock 'n roll song, alright," from an screaming David Coverdale, before they launch into the powerhaus 'Burn.' "It's good to be with you," Coverdale talks to the crowd. "We've got a couple of new songs for ya and we're gonna play a variety of music ranging from rock to roll." Next up is 'Stormbringer,' a track that showcases a ferocious Heavy Metal sound like nothing else around that time, and then Glenn Hughes introduces the storytelling of 'The Gypsy.'
Hughes then tells us that the next song, 'Lady Double Dealer' as "... a song about bad judgement," before he introduces the next song, 'Mistreated' as about being "... abused and confused. After that long song, Hughes once again tries to incite the crowd into some form of hysteria for DP, with a massively-impressive version of 'Smoke On The Water' brought forth next.
Coverdale then introduces the band and what their part in the next song will be, 'You Fool No One,' which is a near-twenty minute epic! Then 'A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts' kicks out for a second, before Hughes introduces a "... song we all know," 'Space Truckin'. And once that near-twenty five minute epic is performed, Deep Purple then thank everyone for coming - before returning with 'Going Down.'
That bleeds into 'Highway Star,' which come the end allows time for Coverdale to speak one last time: "Thank you for welcoming us to Paris and we hope to see you again one day, in some shape or form," he says, perhaps with a knowing nod towards Blackmore's immediate departure come the end of the show! A 1975 interview with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and co. is now attached to this new remaster in which they, especially Coverdale reveal how they all got their roles in DP. And Hughes talks about the Stormbringer album, track by track. Very interesting indeed.