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The Most Underrated Rock Act Produced the Best Live Album
on June 19, 2003
Deep Purple is the most underrated rock group. With that said, "Made in Japan" is the best rock live recording ever. I usually shy away from statements like that, but if one analyzes each song and the players, one might understand why I made this statement.
Firstly, "Highway Star" is a grab-your-attention explosion that grips you from beginning to end. "Child in Time," on the other hand, is like the slow build-up of magma before the volcanic explosive ending. "Smoke on the Water" is what it is - one of the best and most imitated songs of all time. "The Mule" showcases Paice's unbelievable drumming capabilities. "Strange Kind of Woman" begins great, but I could do without Gillan's whooping at the end of the song; it goes on for about 3 minutes too long. "Lazy" is an example of Blackmore's spontaneity. "Space Truckin'" is, however, the premier song on the album. Twenty minutes of interaction between Lord and Blackmore is mind-blowing.
Finding this album was like discovering a rare gem for me. The musicians are all on top of their game. Ian Gillan is the top vocalist from that era. Blackmore is intense and intensly creative. All of them give their best. If you have never listened to Deep Purple before, this is the album to introduce yourself to them. That's how I did it.