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Made in Japan [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live]

Deep Purple Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Audio CD, Import, Extra tracks, 1998 --  
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000DGSN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Highway Star
2. Child In Time
3. Smoke On The Water
4. The Mule (Drum Solo)
5. Strange Kind Of Woman
6. Lazy - Deep Purple D
7. Space Truckin'
Disc: 2
1. Black Night
2. Speed King
3. Lucille

Editorial Reviews

Judging by the thick chugging that Deep Purple pull off as they enter "Highway Star" on this classic 1972 set, this band was of an era that appreciated size in sound. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar and Jon Lord's keyboards owned the evenings on the quintet's Japanese tour, giving the band a front-end density that kept drummer Ian Paice's snap heavy and loud. On tour in support of Machine Head, Deep Purple indulged in some great long-form jams, reaching into the 10-minute range for most of the main set and closing with the now-famed live read of "Space Truckin'." The prizes here fill the second, far shorter, CD, which consists of the encores Deep Purple played throughout the Japan tour. "Speed King" is another statement on the unflappable (and surprisingly unironic) focus that Blackmore and company had on either cars or their very rapid motion. There's a reason this is regarded by many as one of hard rock's cornerstone live recordings. It's a boiler. --Andrew Bartlett

Product Description

Deep Purple's highest-charting album, recorded in Japan in '72-now with vastly superior sound and three songs not on the original release: Black Night; Lucille , and Speed King .

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWER AND GLORY! April 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
oh yeah....THIS is why I always liked Purple more than Led Zep, nothing against Zep mind you. This has got to be one of the all time great live recordings by a rock band. For me, 'Highway Star' says it all. This version makes the one on MACHINE HEAD pale by comparison, and that WAS a good version! They are simply firing on all cylinders on this track, the big Purple sound in all its glory.

Jon Lord is one of my all time favorite Hammond players, he just makes the damn thing breath fire. His playing on this track and CD just goes to confirm why the Hammond organ, in the right hands, is one of the greatest instruments ever created. It is such a powerful instrument and Lord takes full advantage. He was the X factor in this band, the perfect compliment to Blackmore's fiery guitar work, what a duo! Gillan's voice is in great form and what can I say about Ian Paice on drums, one of my favorite drummers ever since I was turned on to the IN ROCK recording way back when. And of course, Roger Glover is the glue that holds it all together. For me, they just don't make bands like this anymore. The MKII version remains one of my favorite bands beacuse I loved the songs and they had the musical chops to back it up. THIS is what good, solid hard rock music is all about. Oh yeah, one of the highlights of my life was to actually meet and talk with Ritchie Blackmore back in the 80's. Crank this bad boy up and stand back, no turkey is served here, LONG LIVE PURPLE!!!

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Paice On The Drums...Yes!!! May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Arguably one of the best live documents from one of the best hard rock bands ever. It has never sounded better having finally been remastered. Sure some of the songs stretch out a little (well some more than a little ie "Space Truckin"), but that's what makes this album so great. The band uses the studio versions to springboard into some of the finest rock jams ever put on tape. If you have the 2 lp vinyl set (and I know you're out there), definitely upgrade to this cd version. Every rock collection needs & deserves this album, I hope my review can give you the nudge toward the "add to cart" button.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What hard rock in the 1970s was all about March 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the only live document of Mark 2 Deep Purple you'll ever need. The superb improvisational skills of each member of the band are constantly on display; these are long sprawling jams travelling at breakneck speed. I can't even begin to describe how enjoyable this record is to listen to. Sure, these songs are incredibly long but excess was what hard rock in the 1970s was all about. Each band member shines here.

There is one thing about this package that is a little bit confusing, though. Even though I do own the 25th Anniversary Edition, the edition I own contains remastered versions of the studio tracks played here live. I have looked but I can't seem to find it. That's a good thing, however. I felt the studio tracks were somewhat unnecessary and detracted from the whole experience, anyway. Buy this set now, especially because it doesn't have the annoying and somewhat superfluous remastered studio tracks.

What's the long and the short of all this, I hear you ask? It is that no self-respecting hard rock fan or Deep Purple fan should be without this set. 100% classic!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everthing Louder Than Everthing Else August 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Why, you might ask, is a lover of Jamaican reggae and ska, and of 70s Black American music, writing a review of a heavy metal band?

Well firstly because I love music of all types, and secondly, quite simply because this is the best live recording of any genre that money can buy!

It is THE definitive live album bar none, and one that every serious lover of music must have in their collection. It documents one of those once-in-a-lifetime occasions when a group of people come together (and here I must include the recording engineer and the audience) and produce something really special. This is metal's finest moment and one Deep Purple or indeed any other hard rock/metal band have never managed to equal, let alone surpass.

Here is an album that somehow manages to capture what most live recordings don't. It hasn't been fiddled with later in the studio so play it loud through a set of headphones and you are there. Sure, everything may be louder than everthing else but that does not mean that any one instrument drowns out any other. The recording engineer did a fantastic job in this respect - truly amazing given its thirty-four year vintage.

As for the content, yeah, some of the solos went on a bit by today's standards, but then the likes of Blackmore and Paice (who incidentally as a drummer I rate just marginally behind the truly great and highly creative Ginger Baker) were so damn good as musicians that they had every right to be a bit self-indulgent. That said, I think Ian Paice could have demonstrated his prowess on the drums in two minutes rather than six or seven. Space Truckin' also goes on way too long and the quality of recording is not as good as the other tracks. But I quibble.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Live Album Benchmark Standard June 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Rarely does an album so completely succeed that it becomes the benchmark by which all others are judged. Even though it was released in 1972, it continues to impress and amaze listeners some 30 years hence.
One of the most important charactoristics of this album is the sound. For a live recording, the mix on this album is just about perfect. Ritchie's guitar pierces through the wall of sound like a knife's edge. John Lord's hammond is captured well from it teeth rattling lows to its distortion tinged highs. Roger's bass chuggs along and supplies the low end for Ritchie and John to work. And Ian Paice, long known as the fastest drummer in hard rock hits with an authority rarely captured live.
The show starts with the legendary opening song, Highway Star. A song with an excess of speed and a tongue in cheek comparison between a hot rod and a woman. "Child in Time" allows Ritchie and singer Ian Gillan to extend themselves. "Smoke on the Water" proves to be just as heavy now as it was then. "The Mule" allows drummer Ian Paice to demonstrate his drumming skills with great speed and fluidity. "Strange Kind of Woman" is the showcase for Ian Gillan's vocals as he and Ritchie trade off lines in one of the classic moments of live performances. "Lazy" is the mostly instrumental workout for John and Ritchie and shows the absolutely evilest sounds ever wrenched from an hammond organ. The set closes with a 20 minute cruise through hard rocks outer space on "Space Trucking" incorperating elements of songs from previous albums.
This mix has become "sacred" to Deep Purple fans over the years. This version doesn't change the sound at all, just remasters from the best mixdown master tapes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's Music what's not to like
Published 1 month ago by Westy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD from years past
Published 2 months ago by peter Metcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Live 2 CD Set
This is an amazing 2 CD set by Deep Purple. It is raw, powerful, driving and straight forward live rock and roll music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rodger A. Shimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great music, and a real live album
If you read my review of UFO's Strangers in the Night", you will see my favorite rock live albums and criteria for inclusion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CHAK
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a winner!
Growing up on Deep Purple in the 70's, this album was a thrill ride that I thought came only second to Deep Purple In Rock. It holds up very well, especially Blackmore and Paice.
Published 10 months ago by D. bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live albums ever enough said
one of the best live albums ever enough said set the standard thats hard to equal, every mega group from Kiss on has to look at the purple first
Published 11 months ago by victor magazzu
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging
I'm a Mini LP CD collector. AKA Paper Sleeve cd. While searching I ran across Made In Japan and looked at pictures since some remasters are released in the Mini LP format. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KritxKorner
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple at their Very Best
My favorite Deep Purple album has just got better with a digital makeover.
Having purchased this great doulble live album when first released in the early 70's,stacked away... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Allen Lade
4.0 out of 5 stars Made In Japan
First of all I am not a huge fan of Deep Purple! So this might not be a fair review. The remaster is OK, vinyl is still better. There are a few bonus tracks included on this Disc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barry D. Bohon
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic blast from the past
One of greatest live albums of all time, and now remastered for the 21st century - Deep Purple at their very best!
Published 17 months ago by Alistair Humphrey
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