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Live at Montreaux Best of, Live

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000F3AB0G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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10. SMOKE ON THE WATERBonus Tracks From Montreux 2000

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Deep Purple need no introduction as one of the all-time great British rock bands. Their association with Montreux goes back to the early seventies, when their attempt to record their album Machine Head at the Montreux Casino was thwarted when it promptly burnt down, forcing them to make the album in the rooms and corridors of the Grand Hotel instead. The story was, of course, immortalized in their classic song Smoke On The Water which is the climax of this 1996 concert from the Montreux festival.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4ef3d98) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e4a954) out of 5 stars Best Live Morse era Live recording available. May 19 2006
By drew b - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is simply the Best Live Steve Morse era Live recording available.

Some may feel that "Total Abandon" is better but it doesn't seem to be available as a cd anymore. The mastering on this cd has a glorious crisp sound. Gillan hits every note, including the high note in the second chorus during Woman from Tokyo, and he hits it good! Jon Lord is having a great night very tight and fearless. Steve Morse again very tight and fearless. Glover and Paice are clearly enjoying themselves as they swing through this thunderous set. The DVD should be equally great. I have all of their live stuff from the Morse era ( the Bootleg Box , the Soundboard box and all the DVDS) and I can say that this tops all of them. Both the '1996 and '2000 songs are great. No cringing on these performances at all. Please do yourself a favor and plug this in ,light up a cigar and let the speakers shake your house in glorious Purple fashion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e4a9a8) out of 5 stars A Purple Feat July 15 2011
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of the myriad of Deep Purple live albums recorded over the years, this is one of my favorites and it's perhaps the one most responsible for me becoming a diehard Steve Morse fan (most definitely reinforced by having a front row seat in front of Steve at a recent Minneapolis show.) I like Blackmore's work, but Morse is so liltingly melodic and is able to alternate between heavy rock chops and incredibly delicate melody lines like almost nobody else. On this album the band is in fine form, with nary a stray note. Gillan hits the high notes with joyous abandon and turns in one the most soulful performance ever recorded on "When a Blind Man Cries;" Glover and Paice have a great time as the legendary Purple rhythm section, and Jon Lord is in top form.

My favorites on the CD are "When a Blind Man Cries" which has superlative interplay between band members, particularly Morse and Gillan, a totally smoking version of "No One Came" which completely justifies the price of the CD by itself, and of course the incomparable classic "Smoke on the Water," recorded in the birthplace of the song, Montreux. (How cool would it be to see Deep Purple at the Montreux festival?)

The album clearly deserves five stars, but I briefly considered four for some noticeable audio hiss that's sadly in the middle of Morse's amazing solo on "When a Blind Man Cries" (the louder the volume the more obvious it becomes.) In the end I couldn't bear the thought of giving this amazing show any less than five stars and encourage music lovers everywhere to buy this CD, which is arguably the best live Morse-era live recording.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e4ac84) out of 5 stars Among the glut of Deep Purple live albums this is a beauty June 27 2006
By B. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Deep Purple release a huge number of live albums - this is the third from the 1996 European tour I own (Live Encounters and Live At The Olympia are the other two). While too much Deep Purple is rarely enough, this set is a ripper. Ten tracks from a festival appearance (plus, confusingly, two bonus tracks from 2000 at the same venue), well recorded, the band in top form, and Steve Morse demonstrating the style that makes him a worthy Deep Purple guitarist. I buy almost everything Deep Purple put out, and I was very impressed with this one. Recommended.
HASH(0xa4d4f1bc) out of 5 stars Face it, this one SMOKES. May 15 2007
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d4f1d4) out of 5 stars A Good One Amongst the Many... June 29 2006
By njrobbo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sound was good, the mixing even better. Morse does some fine work on this one. Plays hard on Ted the Mechanic, Pictures of Home & No One Came.... Gillan does some nice work on Hey Cisco. The bonus songs were a little different... same venue, 5 years earlier. Not a bad effort none the less.