“Made In Europe” came out in 1976 and it features the line-up of Richie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes.
The shows were recorded in 1975 before Blackmore left, however the album was released in 1976 long after Blackmore left and the version of Deep Purple after that had also broken up.
I am very picky when it comes to live albums. I think the problem is that I grew up with two many live albums that weren’t actually live or had some parts live and other parts recut in a studio.
So when I heard an official live album the first time with no studio overdubs I though I was listening to a bootleg. It was bad and I felt like I got ripped. Some of the bootlegs I had sounded better. It took me a while to understand that a revising could never capture the power of a live performance properly and within time I started to enjoy the live albums with no studio overdubs.
The opening riff is more iconic to me than “Smoke On The Water”. The drumming from Ian Paice is thundering.
But press play to hear the bass playing of Hughes during the solos. It’s monstrous and he carries the rhythm section on his shoulders.
Because of its bluesy nature, it’s a great song to extend when you play it live. And the main riff is written by none other than David Coverdale himself.
But my go to version of this song is the cut that Whitesnake did. Reb Beach goes to town during the solo section.
Lady Double Dealer
It’s a 12 bar blues, bit its fast, like NWOBHM fast.
Check out the bass playing from Hughes on this.
You Fool No One
It has about 2 minutes of doodling, something which was common back then but not these days. These days, its song after song after song, with zero jamming.
After the doodling, there is a riff which is played, fast and almost thrash metal like. It’s something that Blackmore would do with Rainbow.
But the problem I have with this song is that they’ve take an almost 5 minute song and turned it into a 16 plus minutes song.
Maybe just a bit too indulgent.
However the artists ruled back then and no one would have dared to tell Blackmore to solo less.
Another killer Blackmore riff. The tempo of the live version is a bit faster than the studio version and its perfect for the song.
You can hear the embryo of the NWOBHM right here.
The falsetto highs of Hughes are excellent and his bass playing dominates again.
This version of Deep Purple only lasted for two studio albums, but they are two albums I hold in high regard and rate as favorites.
And you can’t pass up a live album with Coverdale on vocals.
“Here’s a song for ya”.