Eagle Rock Entertainment has picked up 2013 where it left off 2013. It starts off the New Year as the continuing leader in live recordings. The label has started off the year with another live release from the one and only Deep Purple. Audiences will remember that the label released Deep Purple’s 1999 concert from Australia last year. This time, audiences are taken even farther back in time with a recording of the band’s 1975 performance in Paris.
Everybody knows that Paris is known as the “City of Love.” But when Deep Purple came through in 1975, it became the “City of Rock and Roll.” This landmark concert recorded April 17th, 1975 at the Palais de Sports in Paris would be the last time that the band’s guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would perform live with the band before leaving to form Rainbow. The entire show starts off with a blazing performance of the band’s classic ‘Burn.’ Singer David Blackmore’s vocals were above par here and throughout the entire set. And the rest of the band barely lets up either as the band launches into the set’s second song, ‘Stormbringer.’ This hard rocker is one more example of everything that was once great with rock and roll. And now that Eagle Rock Entertainment and earMusic have unearthed it and the other songs that comprise this classic concert, a whole new generation of audiences can learn what true great rock and roll is all about especially in live form.
The enjoyment doesn’t end with ‘Stormbringer.’ The guitar solos and the impromptu jam session of ‘The Gypsy’ is another great moment from this classic live recording. It’s one more example of everything that was once right with rock and roll. The jam session that the band breaks into here is one of those moments in which audiences can simply close their eyes and really experience the song as if they are really there. The band continues to impress after the incredible experience of ‘The Gypsy’ with the harder edged style of ‘Lady Double Dealer.’ Again [Ritchie] Blackmore shines here. One can only wonder in listening to this song (and the recording’s other pieces) what it would have sounded like had Blackmore ever teamed up with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Blackmore shows here and throughout the recording that he’s as good as Page if not better. One can’t deny drummer Ian Paice’s expert timekeeping throughout this song and the rest of the record, either. Considering that, one can’t help but wonder what a side by side bill with both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin at that time would have been like. It never hurts to dream, right?
So much more could be said of this landmark performance. But that would take too much time and too much space. It goes without saying that this entire concert experience will take DP’s more experienced audiences back to a better time. And for those who might be new to the music of Deep Purple, this makes for an equally impressive first impression. It serves as an excellent intro to the band’s history and everything that made (and makes) it great. The music makes for a great live experience from beginning to end. But the music would have been nothing without the concert’s expert audio mix. In considering that this concert recording is nearly four decades old, the fact that recording equipment in 1975 could so expertly capture the recording is amazing in itself. That the recording has stood the test of time for so many decades and re-mastered to sound just like a listener was there today makes this recording that much more impressive. To make the recording even more impressive, Eagle Rock and earMusic have also included an interview David Coverdale, Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes with this new release. The twenty-minute plus interview has the band members discussing how the band originally met and formed, the genesis of its songs and much more. This is an original interview with the band members from. It is not something new. Bonus feature or not, it makes the record that much more worth the money. This along with the equally impressive set list and audio mix makes this new live release the first great live release of 2013. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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