Live at Montreaux Best of, Live
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|1. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING|
|3. PICTURES OF HOME|
|4. BLACK NIGHT|
|5. WOMAN FROM TOKYO|
|6. NO ONE CAME|
|7. WHEN A BLIND MAN CRIES|
|8. HEY CISCO|
|9. SPEED KING|
|10. SMOKE ON THE WATERBonus Tracks From Montreux 2000|
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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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.
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.