Live in Concert
The greater portion of Live in Concert 72/73 is a performance
from March 1, 1972, at Copenhagens Boldklub in 1972, hot
on the heels of the release of Machine Head, the album that
introduced Smoke on the Water, Space Truckin
and Highway Star. Recorded for Danmark Radio, Denmarks
national radio and television station, the show had lain dormant
in their archives for 15 years. Live
is the only known
full-length concert ever to be filmed of the Mark II
version of the band in the 1970s: vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist
Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord
and drummer Ian Paice.
A year later (May 1973), the same roster played a concert at
Hofstra University in New York. Shown here are three songs from
that show, which was filmed for Don Kirschners Rock Concert
TV program and includes the only known footage of Purple performing
Smoke on the Water during that era. At this time,
Gillan had already served notice to the rest of the band that
he would be quittinghe and Blackmore had never gotten
along very well.
It was ever thus for Deep Purple: since their inception in 1968,
there was always much coming and going. The Mark II
lineup had formed in 1970, and its fractious nature renders
the band the clearest influence on Spinal Tap. Nonetheless,
Live in Concert 72/73 is absolutely devastating. From Gillans
berserk shrieking in Child in Time, to the mind-melting,
reckless improvisation in Highway Star and Space
Truckin, to Blackmores still startling six-string
virtuosity, to the brutal pounding the band gives Fireball,
this is the kind of rock they dont make anymore.
also includes a bonus song, Burn, from
a performance at the 1974 Cal Jam in California courtesy of
the Mark III edition of the band, featuring Gillans
replacement David Coverdale, who would go on to lead Whitesnake.
includes a commentary track from Purple
fan Jon Kirkman, and is in stero, 5.1 and digital DTS surround.
Run time is 127 minutes.
Copenhagen, March 1972 (black and white) (90 minutes)
1. Highway Star
2. Strange Kind Of Woman
3. Child In Time
4. The Mule
6. Space Truckin'
9. Black Night
New York, May 1973 (color) (27 minutes)
1. Strange Kind Of Woman
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Space Truckin'