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Russian Foxbat Live Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Connoisseur
  • ASIN: B000006Y3Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Smoke On The Water
2. Grind
Disc: 2
1. This Time Around
2. Tommy Bolin guitar solo
3. Stormbringer
4. Highway Star (version 1)/Not Fade Away
5. Smoke On The Water/Georgia On My Mind
6. Going Down
7. Highway Star (version 2)

Product Description

A legendary concert by the David Coverdale-Tommy Bolin fronted version of the veteran heavy metal group at the Long Beach Arena was extensively bootlegged for years until 1995 when the band decided to capitalize on the recordings themselves. So here are blistering versions of "Smoke On The Water", "Burn", "Highway Star", "Lady Luck' and many more. This Is Music. 2004.

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These days bands change members like some of us change Brita filters, but back in the mid-70s lineup changes were a pretty scary proposition. Could you imagine Bad Company with a different singer, then? Anyway, Purple was one of the bands that had rotating members from day one. While it's true that Blackmore was the core in a lot of ways, and certainly that Mk II was the "classic" lineup, Mk III and Mk IV have a lot to offer, as this overdue official bootleg proves. Featuring only two lifetime members in Lord and Paice, Mk IV also features a solid singer in Coverdale, an equally solid singer and bassist in Hughes, and a great bluesy guitarist in Tommy "make sure I keep the heroin mixed right so I can play tonight" Bolin. Blackmore is and was a perfectionist and technical virtuoso -- not suprisingly he was Yngwie's hero as a boy. But like Yngwie, Ritchie tended to err on the side of technique rather than feel. Bolin was American, young, and on a lot of drugs. He also came from the blues (as party) as opposed to the blues (as the modern classics). Like Jimmy Page, Bolin makes a lot of mistakes and is more about vibe than precision -- but the result is a unique Deep Purple experience which remolds songs you know in a new, urgent, and somewhat funky way, and introduces a few you might not know. If you don't know Purple, this is about ten tenth or fifteenth album you should think about, but if you're tired of listening to Deepest Purple, Machine Head, In Rock, or MIJ for the eight-billionth time, check this out. Also, this (the Euro/DPAS version) has MUCH superior packaging to the (US) King Biscuit release, as well as a better track arrangement.
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This is certainly Deep Purple MKIV at their best when you compare this record to "the other record" (Last Concert In Japan). The problem with MKIV was, IMO, first of all that drugs were at this time playing a big part in the band. Bolin and Hughes drug abuse is well documented, and I think that their behavior did much harm to the band. Hughes voice is not on top form here like it was in '74, but he gets the job done even though he, at times, sound a little "tired". Great bassplaying as always! Tommy Bolin gives a very good impression here, but at times it sounds like he is afraid of even trying to fill Mr. Blackmores shoes. On his own solosongs and the songs from Come Taste The Band (a truly great Purple offering) he is amazing, and shows why Billy Cobham chose him to play on his Spectrum album.
Lord and Paice is great as always. Paice is at his peak here, and Lord is...well, Lord!! Coverdale sounds a little "tired" at times, but does a fairly good job.
All in all a great Purple record that shows that the MKIV line-up had potential as a liveband. The band sounds really funky, and shows a new side of Purple that I like very much. To bad that someone blew it by living the rock'n roll lifestyle...
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This is A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Great Concert. Buy it, enjoy it, love it.
"Burn" starts the concert with great enthusiasm. "Lady Luck" & "Love Child" at their best moment. "Getting Tighter" by then is a great chance for the band to jam, including parts of songs that Glenn Hughes was going to record on his first solo album, like "It's About Time", magistral verion. An incredible version of "Smoke On The Water" that ends up with "Georgia On My Mind" and Glenn Hughes singing his best ever vocal performance. Specially the first version on CD1. "This Time Around" is delightful. "Stormbringer" is superb and stands strong. The verion of "Highway Star" is a re-newed great one. This is a MUST HAVE for DP fans and very enjoyable for people who enjoys a great & loud rock and roll show.
One thing I notice in reviews is that people overlooked the performance of the "WHOLE BAND". They just go to the guitarrists and then it's a "BAD ALBUM 'cos Ritchie Blackmore is not here" or "GREAT ALBUM 'cos Tommy Bolin is awesome". The GREATEST of Deep Purple is having so much talent to offer. For drummers, Ian Paice; for Hammond Organ lovers, Jon Lord; for singers, Glenn Hughes & David Coverdale... and so on. So stop it with making focus on the guitarists and enjoy the whole music that each member has to offer ;-)
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1975/76 wasn't Purple's finest hour. A shame, that „Last Concert in Japan" was ever released (albeit only in Japan and the States). However, „In concert" (or „On the wings of a Russian Foxbat" at it is named in Europe) is a good chance to witness some brighter moments of the Mk 4 incarnation. On these good early 1976 recordings Blackmore replacement Tommy Bolin is for once in relatively good form and delivers some stunning guitar work at times (though his lenghty guitar solo on disc 2 is rather unnecessary). Sadly David Coverdale can't keep up with that: his voice is in very short supply. Glenn Hughes suffers from his Cocaine addiction but together with Bolin makes it for a stupendous 13-minutes version of „Getting tighter". Drum fanatics will be exited by the frantic Ian Paice solo in „Lazy": Even rating „world class" seems to be an understatement. It certainly makes this one worth buying for these two facts alone but there are also solid versions of „Going Down" and „Stormbringer" as well as 4 selections from the often overlooked „Come taste the band" album (with a great Jon Lord solo in „Love Child") and one from Bolin's 1975 solo album „Teaser". So in many terms „In concert" is certainly a different Deep Purple live album. It's nothing for Made in Japan purists but for all the rest simply a must have.
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