This Time Around: Live in Tokyo Live, Original recording remastered
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No, this is not a superior Purple performance, or even a great one. Still, the band played a full set that night, with a fairly frantic energy level and seemingly good spirits. Bolin played well enough that evening, although arguably his performance on the King Biscuit CD (recorded 2 months later) is better from a technical standpoint. His guitar is louder in the mix here than on LCIJ (and yes, he did actually play the main riff to "Burn"), and his solos are often quite exciting (especially on "Gettin' Tighter" and "I Need Love.") In fact, it can be argued that Bolin always sounded good on his own material from COME TASTE THE BAND, while the earlier Blackmore stuff was treated with a much more tentative hand. It doesn't help that Bolin had ostensibly no background in classical music, unlike Ritchie "I had classical training for a year when I was 11" Blackmore.
The others turn in decent performances for the most part.Read more ›
Long ago the original LP Last concert in japan was rushed out very quickly, and the Japanese record company put out the songs on the LP not correct. The set had an errors, and many good songs such as lazy, Stormbringer, This time around and owed to G also Drifter were hacked.
This new double remixed cd is now presenting the whole Deep purple mk IV set from the beginning until finish.
You can checkt out from a thundering Burn until the great anthem Highway star. And Deep purple featuring Tommy Bolin on guitar was not a weak line up. This previous line up was short, but the legendary is still alive.
Fever-burning, blistering, trademark Purple attacks on many songs from their post-MkII's success era give them a whole new breath of life. Anyone who complains that the recordings on the 1974-75 albums lack spark should definitely hear "This Time Around"; it will give them a chance to hear those "need-improvement" versions brought back to life and beyond, such as 'Burn,' 'Stormbringer,' 'Drifter,' and 'You Keep On Moving.' And it's always nice to hear any live version of 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Highway Star,' while Deep Purple never forgets to boggle the musical senses with complex solo spotlights. It's hard to ignore the fact that these, some of Deep Purple's last concerts before splintering for nearly a decade, are marred by the personal state of the band; drugs and a heavy schedule took their toll, but not before DP had one last punch.
Now, people said Tommy was on drugs....blah blah blah. Thats why the playing sound sloppy. I actually liked the relaxed feel about the original album.
The songs are still super strong. But now it actually makes sense where everything is. Band not on(?) on the night? They were. And I actually much prefer Tommy Bolins playing on this to his solo stuff.
Okay, there's a bit of stuffing around - but what concert didn't in the 70's? Long drawn out solos from every member.
A must have for an DP fan, or rock fan in general.
There are some good moments on this album. Tommy's "Wild Dogs" has always been a favorite of mine, and Jon Lord's keyboard solo is as impeccable as ever.
But, unfortunately, the low points somewhat outweigh the highs. The riff to "Lazy" being played mainly on keyboards, Glenn Hughes' hoops'n'hollers, and I for one am getting tired of hearing Coverdale saying "it's a rock'n'roll song" (which the songs on "Come Taste The Band" clearly weren't!
This is infinitely better than "Last Concert In Japan" however, all the way down to the packaging, and it is nice to hear a lot more of the "Come Taste The Band" tracks getting a live airing. I would really have liked to hear "Comin' Home" though, as that was always one of the high points of that particular album.
Three months later the band were gone, and based on some of the live albums we have been hearing lately, it is not too surprising. This was not the same band that recorded "Machine Head" or even "Burn".
I'll lay good money on the fact that if there are any tapes of Liverpool in March 1976, they will never be released!! Buy this for completeness.
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Love ALL DP lineups! JLT DP would be the least fave for me...Published 12 months ago by Scott A. Wood
got it fast.as advertised. very happy with purchase. would buy from seller again!Published 13 months ago by Robert T. Toma
It is really really funny reading all these reviews from Mk IV fans desperately defending Tommy Bolin. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Josh666
This DEEP PURPLE concert that happened to be recorded Live for Tokyo radio broadcast
is the worst concert that the Mark IV line up played
as a Deep purple fan this show... Read more
Upon further review I like this one better than the Long Beach show. Energy is up there and with more songs from Come Taste The Band which are strongly performed along with the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Davidramsey
I bought the last concert in japan. But it was too short for a live album.
And I read the reviews, some customers mentioned this title, and I searched it. Read more
Those who consider Bolin's performance on this recording to be anything but an embarrassment must hold American right-wing "conservative" views: i.e. they are oblivious to reality. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by JPH
I was recently reading an older magazine which was bagging on the Mark 5 (Blackmore, Turner, Lord, Glover, Paice) tour in early 1990s, stating that that band was the worst in DP's... Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by Marcus J. Viduya