Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by SOUNDSTYLE, May 30, 2003.
"in rock" and "made in japan" are two must haves
Machine Head (on SACD) and Concerto (DVD-A & SACD)
Which album is 'Almost human' from?
It's one of their later albums.
made in Japan
Abandon ( 1998 ).
Made in Japan
or just buy Deepest Purple compilation
Machine Head (SACD)
Made In Japan
Personally I don't think much of the later stuff, without Blackmore, although Steve Morse is a great guitarist. I think they miss Blackmore's writing.
Burn is my favourite but it might not be to everyones taste as I think it's a bit more downbeat (not sure of the right word to describe it). It was the first album featuring David Coverdale as lead singer and I always enjoy his singing
I thought that the line up was the same from album one.
Which albums did the original line up make, and who has left, come back etc.
There have been about 9 different line-ups - mainly due I think to Ritchie Blackmore falling out with people (as he did just the same with Rainbow)
Here's a site featuring the line-ups:-
The Deep Purple Diary
That should be a good starting point
Made in Japan is THE definitive live hard rock album of all time in my opinion. Features the generally regarded 'best' Mark 2 line up.
Mark 2's best studio album is probably 'In Rock', though 'Machine Head' contains more familiar tracks, and 'Fireball' has its followers.
The original Mark 1 line up are of a different ilk, featuring the band before they swung to a heavy rock direction.
Mark 3 kicked off with the studio album 'Burn', which I'll own is one of my favourites, retaining a heavy rock theme, before they turned to a more funky feel with the follow-up 'Stormbringer' (title track excepted).
Mark 4, featuring Tommy Bolin on lead guitar had just the one studio album, 'Come Taste the Band'. Has its moments, but probably for big fans only. Of more interest if you can get it is 'Days May Come', a CD of studio outakes and jams, featuring some truely blistering guitar playing from Bolin. Well worth a listen.
Mark 5 was effectively a return to Mark 2, with 'Perfect Strangers' a pretty popular album at the time, though I'll stick my neck out and say I prefer the critically trashed 'House of Blue Light' follow up.
Mark 6 was a travesty, with Joe Lynne Turner taking up vocal duties and swinging the band to an AOR direction. 'Slaves and Masters' is one to avoid.
Mark 7 was the third runout for Mark 2 ! Just the one album of largely forgetable material, 'The Battle Rages On', the title track and 'Anya' somewhat redeeming the release.
Mark 8 formed in '95, Steve Morse taking on lead guitar. Just the two studio albums in 8 years, 'Purpendicular' and 'Abandon' are both well-worth a listen. There have been numerous live CD's released in this period, but they are all mainly rehashes of the same set-list and are frankly becoming a little tedious.
With Mark 9 now on the road, Don Airey attempting to replace the irreplacable Jon Lord on keyboards, the band Deep Purple are in danger of turning themselves into a tribute band... of Deep Purple ! They desperately need to start integrating the last two albums into the live set, which has remained largely unchanged for the last 10 years.....
Just my two-penneth... as you might tell, I'd consider myself a bit of a fan... !
So, in conclusion.... Made in Japan is the one 'must buy'... the second choice I'd find more difficult to pin down....
1. MkII - Made in Japan
2. MkIII - Live in London
The live stuff was always best for me and still sounds good today. Studio stuff best to go for In Rock, Burn and Stormbringer. Coverdale is underrated as a singer I the Mk III line up was every bit as good as the MkII IMHO. Also try and check out the video of the 1974 California Jam. This showcases Coverdales singing really well particularly on Mistreated. Ritchie was an arse but I loved him - my childhood hero. Long Live Rock and Roll!
Thanks for the above dc007, there's a lot of good info there
My pleasure, mate - would love to know what you buy in the end.... and what you think of it !
I'm a big purple fan, but don't worry about the albums too much. I just go to see them live lots!
Have heard perpendicular and made in Japan on my uncle's (formidable) hifi, and the same tracks live. There is just no comparison. They're performers, not recording artists.
I've gone for: 'In Rock', 'Machine Head' and 'Fireball'.
I'm staying safe.
I've decided to buy some of their albums after watching a programme (I think it was 'classic albums') a few months back.
It struck me how good the particular album that was featured was.
I'll let you know what I think.
Fair enough. Good choices to start.
Tell you what, though.... IF you like those albums, you will CREAM yourself when you hear Made in Japan, which is basically the live versions of the best bits of those three albums !
Granted, its an 'IF'.... !
We wait to hear....
You've made a good start.
Machine Head and In Rock are without a doubt the best Studio albums.
the classic albums program was about Machine HEad.
For live stuff Made in Japan is excellent, but I in fact prefer 'In Concert'
This has stuff recorded in 1970 and in particular a quite superb version of 'Wring that Neck' with some of the best guitar work ever put to record (IMO). There is also stuff from 1972. The recording is more raw than Made in Japan and there a a couple of wrong (undubbed) notes - In particular Gillan voice cracking up in the middle of Child in Time, Overall fantasic stuff though.
highway star is the perfect rock song and the live version on "made in japan" makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end everytime i hear it.
if you are getting a bit weiry of all the rock bands around and wondering if rock and roll was ever so great, just take a listen and you`ll know what it`s all about.
made in japan, the song remains the same by zeppelin, and if you want blood..... by ac/dc are imo the three definitive live rock albums
I agree with 2 of your choices but, The Song Remains the Same is a massive disappointment. Listen to the new live 3 disc set How the West was Won and you'll view think The Song Remains the Same is a poor quality bootleg. I'm a massive Zep fan but the new stuff is so good it beggars the question why has it taken so long to release. Buy it you wont regret it!
thanks for the recommendation. i have seen both advertised, but thought they might be money making exercises and nothing else.
i will have to see where i can pick them up online
What no 24 carat purple album
in rock (studio)
made in japan (live)
Help me, I'm falling in love with Purpendicular!
Nothing to be ashamed of, alextgreen !
Some great tracks there...
Personal fav has gotta be 'Sometimes I feel Like Screaming'.
The follow-up album 'Abandon' is well worth a listen too.
Steve Morse certainly brought a new lease of life to the band. Mr Blackmore continues to dress up in tights and do his minstrel thing... silly old sod !
24 carat purple , first album I bought for my self £2.70 I seem to recall. The dvd-a of machine head sounds really good.
In Rock,Machine Head and Fireball,in that order....the birth of British heavy rock!
The DVD in the "Classic Albums" series of the making of Machine Head is well worth the purchase money. One of my favourite albums dissected and taken apart (multi) track by (multi) track. Another purchase well worth the dosh is the Total Abandon DVD (Aussie import) & to a lesser extent the Perihelion DVD, both featuring Steve Morse, another fantastic exponent of the guitar. To my mind there has been no better live act over the past 30 odd years.
Does anyone own the bootleg collection? The solos are worth twice the 50 quid price on their own in my opinion. Live, they are pure musical cocaine.
Very tempted to burn 50 quid and become 113 tracks better off.
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