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Deep Purple
Live In California 74
July 2014
Released: 2014, Eagle Rock Ent.
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

I am a sucker for anything Purple. I am a fan and rank them as one of the best bands of all time. Even the Coverdale fronted incarnation of the band released some decent tunes and this release showcases some of that talent. Issued by Eagle Rock Ent. on the 40th Anniversary of the historic California Jam we are treated to some fantastic live Purple.

Coverdale was an excellent choice for the departed Gillan. He added a bit of a different sound to the band yet didn’t alienate fans. On a track such as “Mistreated” you can hear the pre-cursor of what was to come on his Whitesnake albums. He does do an excellent job on the band’s signature song; “Smoke On The Water” but nothing tops the original. For me it’s Lord and Paice that evoke that sound that is easily identifiable, especially the late great Lord. The sound of the drums and hammond is what does it for me and on this live performance both are flawless. For many Blackmore was Purple but I am not in that camp. Yes he was a great guitarist and yes was an integral part of the band but replaceable. He does play extraordinarily well on here and was one of the greats but you cannot deny the drumming of Paice and that organ sound of Lord. David’s ad lib’s in “Smoke On The Water” are bit much to take but I guess it was one of those moments where you had to be there but his voice is amazing. The “You Fool No One/The Mule” medley is a fun listen and again showcases the talent in the band. It also highlights the fact that the Mk III version of the band did make some great music.

This is a must own for all Purple fans. While I am a Mk II fan there were several other line-ups that did some wonderful stuff and this is one of them.
Track Listing

1.) Burn
2.) Might Just Take Your Life
3.) Lay Down, Stay Down
4.) Mistreated
5.) Smoke On The Water
6.) You Fool No One
7.) Space Truckin’



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