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Live at the Olympia [Live]

Deep Purple Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Fireball
2. Maybe I'm A Leo
3. Ted The Mechanic
4. Pictures Of Home
5. Black Night
6. Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover
7. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
8. Woman From Tokyo
9. No One Came
10. The Purpendicular Waltz
Disc: 2
1. Rosa's Cantina
2. Smoke On The Water
3. When A Blind Man Cries
4. Speed King
5. Perfect Strangers
6. Hey Cisco
7. Highway Star

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Complete, unedited 1996 show from the Olympia in Paris,released to celebrate their re-signing to EMI. Contains 17tracks, including 'Woman From Tokyo', 'Smoke On The Water','Perfect Strangers' and 'Highway Star'. The line-up here isoriginal members Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Ian Paice & RogerGlover along with Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse. Doubleslimline jewelcase. 1997 EMI release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This one brought me back May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had pretty much given up on deep Purple after the House of Blue Light and a very quick listen to Purpendicular but something made me check this album out. The opening track is Fireball and I half expected it to be some tired old rockers trotting out a mediocre version. Whoa Nelly! Was I wrong. This track and every other one is blistering! The band absolutely cooks on this album and its so cool having a complete, uninterrupted live show, in the correct order and surprise, surprise a horn section. After this I went out and bought every DP album I'd missed, saw the band at every opportunity, and was first in line for new releases. They have restored my faith and I promise you they do not disappoint, live or on record now. The only explanation I can give is Steve Morse. We owe him not just for his playing but for breathing new life into a band that was in danger of dying out due to internal conflict. Great sound and mix on this record too. So much tighter and better sounding than Nobody's Perfect. You can tell they were having fun. Get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too many mediocre songs Aug. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are some fine songs on this double live CD, but almost all of them (with the exception of the grand "Perfect Strangers") are from Deep Purple's seventies repertoire.
The newer stuff mainly serves one purpose: to remind the listener how inferior Deep Purple's eighties and nineties releases were compared to "Machine Head" and "Fireball".
Ian Gillan and the band perform superbly on "When A Blind Man Cries", the album's best cut, and there are a handful of other fine moments as well (most notably "Highway Star"), but there is also a lot of mediocrity.
If "Live At The Olympia" had been trimmed down to a single CD, it could have been a great album. As it is, it is a good album for serious fans, but more casual ones may not make it through disc I, and are much better served by sticking with "Made In Japan".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best live Purple album ever. Dec 11 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Like it even better than Made in Japan. Never really understood the widespread appeal of MIJ. I rather hear many of DP's classics than listening to a 20 minute long songs with endless ego soloing. This straight seemed to plagued many progressive rock bands in the 70's. Every song here is played to the album standard with the exception of Cascades:I'm not your lover,( which features a nice duel between Lord and Morse at the end) and the show ending Speed King.
Gillan's vocals are much better here than on either the Nobody's Perfect and Come Hell or High Water CD's
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5.0 out of 5 stars At least equal to 'Made In Japan' Nov. 14 2001
Format:Audio CD
Deep Purple set the standard for "live" rock 'n' roll albums when it released Made In Japan in '72. Until then, live albums were considered gimmicks, mere souvenirs for fans of the artists. But Made In Japan paved the way for others as radio stations began playing the live versions instead of the studio versions of the same songs as sales of Made In Japan went through the roof. It proved to record company execs that live albums were viable, marketable forums for rock music.
With 1996's Live at the Olympia, Deep Purple has raised the bar for live recordings yet again. The addition of Steve Morse on guitar has revitalized a great band that was in dire danger of becoming stale and caricatures of what they once were.
This 2-CD set is an unedited account of the band's show at the Olympia in Paris. Gone are the interminable drum and organ solos and bombastic "LOOK AT ME!" guitar workouts. Instead, we have a crisp 17-song set that includes six tunes from the wonderfully eclectic Purpendicular album (Morse's first studio effort with the band) and shows the band to be having the time of its life ... and that is gleefully reflected in the performances.
With Ritchie Blackmore gone, the band was free to pick and chose material from its vast and impressive catalog of songs. Consequently, while we still have the umpteenth versions of "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star" here, gems such as the previously unreleased "When A Blind Man Cries" from the Machine Head sessions, and "Fireball" and "No One Came," from the Fireball album make this a must-have for any Purple fan.
"Maybe I'm a Leo," and "Pictures of Home," two of my favorite numbers from Machine Head, get a rare inclusion in a live Deep Purple set here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bye-bye Japan, Hello Olympia! Oct. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
Are you open minded enough to read another opinion? 'Cause "Live in Olympia" is the best live album of Purple, that makes me see "Made of Japan" today, as an old fashioned boring ego trip of Blackmore. I don't have much patient anymore for long guitar solos - if you want to say something - do it shortly! "Made in Japan", like Zeppelin's "Songs remain the same", was the best heavy metal album in the 70's, but does'nt do anymore. Unlike the two, Olympia is a miracle of a great band, that for many years seemed to be dead, but suddenly came alive. Why? In one word - Blackmore. In 3 words - Blackmore and Morse. All other members of the band, as well as the fans, should send flowers to Ritchie, for leaving the band, and congratulate the other members for bringing Steven. Suddenly we can listen to the classics, of "Maybe I'm a leo", "No one came" (my favorite) and others that we could'nt even hope during the Blackmore era. Morse is probably the reason for the good albums that the band released during the late 90's. Anyway, everyone of them sounds as young and fresh like in the golden years of the early 70's, and if you like Deep Purple and want to listen to a great classic of the band - buy it, althogh the price is high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great set and hot show from MK VII Morse era
yes Steve Morse/ex Kansas and Dixie dregs had replaced Ritchie blackmore on banjo, joined the old guys like Gillan, Lord, Glover, Paice. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by A 12-year old music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
When i looked at the list of songs on this set,and being it had steve morse on guitar i had to have it.And im glad i did.This is a great collection of songs from a great band. Read more
Published on May 20 2001 by jerry langley
5.0 out of 5 stars deep purple wows us agian
this disc captures the spirit of such a dynamic and wonderful band. their force is hard and driving. jon lord's keyboards have never sounded better. Read more
Published on June 5 2000 by awol77
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, something new..
Wow.. "Maybe I'm a Leo"? "No One Came"? "Fireball"? How come Ritchie Blackmore never wanted to play some different songs in all that time? Read more
Published on March 2 2000 by spiral_mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Rock!
This double CD is Deep Purple at its best. High quality playing, with a lot of energy. Steve Morse the new Guitar player, has breathed new life into the band, and has inspired the... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 1999 by Richard C. Woodhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail One of DP's Best Live Albums Ever!
The magical touring year of 1996 for Deep Purple has now been captured on what they dub their "Official Bootleg": Live AT The Olympia '96, or as fanatics call it, LATO... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is LIVE rock at it's greatest
Deep Purple built their reputation on their live shows - and 30 years later they could easily start again if this is any indication. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at the Olympia: Fantastic, Supremo, Superb, Magnifique!
Every 2 or 3 years or so an album comes along which blows me away and immediately goes into my 'classics" collection. It had been a long drought. Read more
Published on Dec 7 1998
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