I'm a long-time Deep Purple fan, and as much as I don't like the idea, Richie Blackmore walked away from this band voluntarily after 1993's half-hearted, inferior album "The Battle Rages On." Steve Morse...a guy with no shortage of chops...sits in the guitar chair now. He is supremely gifted and driven, and the fact that he's not Blackmore pales in light of the scorching performance he delivers here (along with every other member of the band). I was less enthusiastic about Don Airey as Jon Lord's replacement, despite his pedigree, but Lord's here, and so are Mach II alumni Gillan, Glover and Paice. The song selection is tight, the performance is red-hot. The songs are being kept alive by musicians who are INTO IT, so what else can you ask for? You can't write the history of 70s metal...or 70s FM radio for that matter...and leave Deep Purple out. These songs are timeless, and in their original incarnations, they changed the landscape of rock & roll forever. Eagle Records has shown a penchant for ONLY releasing quality performances...no cutting room floor garbage, no dreck. This is no exception. Get your Bic lighters ready...you WILL be lighting them. As a bonus, "Woman From Tokyo" is played straight here (as opposed to the "goof" version on the 1988 Blackmore-era concert disc "Nobody's Perfect," that fell apart into a version of Buddy Holly's "Every Day" and was pretty much a teaser, a disappointment, and a waste of space).