This 1975 Paris concert was a landmark concert in the history of Deep Purple, since it was Ritchie Blackmore's final concert appearance with Deep Purple before leaving the band to form Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio.
This concert has previously appeared on a bootleg release; this is an official Deep Purple release of the concert.
The sound on this 2CD set is good. One of the encore tracks is a version of Don Nix's Going Down, which I haven't heard Deep Purple doing on other concert CDs. It also features some interesting 1970s interviews with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and Ian Paice.
Overall, this 2CD set should be of interest to any Deep Purple fan, particularly those interested in the history of the band.
It struck me that there are a lot of Deep Purple Mk III live products out there. Made in Europe, Live in London, Mk III Final Concerts, Perks & Tit, California Jamming...and that's just Mk III. So with all those to chose from, why chose Live in Paris 1975?
This was Richie Blackmore's last concert with Deep Purple before departing to start over again with Rainbow. This is the final concert of the Deep Purple Mk III lineup of Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord. It is also the final time that any version of Deep Purple played "The Gypsy", "Lady Double Dealer", "Mistreated" and "You Fool No One" live. As an historical document, this is an excellent live album. However as entertainment, it's also an excellent live album.
If you don't like long jams, you won't enjoy Live in Japan. As you might expect, "You Fool No One" and "Space Truckin'" are 20 minutes each, and there's a 10 minute version of "Highway Star" as well. However these jams are powerful and exciting. The band knew that this was an ending of sorts and it really seemed to jazz them up. Blackmore's playing is sublime as always and I loved Jon Lord's organ work as well. Everybody shines on Live in Paris.
Personal highlights for me included the rarely played favourite "The Gypsy", a wicked "Stormbringer", and a playful "Smoke on the Water" (a song I can usually do without).
If you're a Deep Purple completist then obviously you'll want to add this album to your collection quickly. The liner notes, mixing and mastering are up to the standards set by previous Deep Purple releases and you will not be disappointed. If you're only a casual fan, you still can't go wrong if you're looking for some live Purple with Coverdale singing. This concert is as good if not better than the others available, and the inclusion of somewhat rare tracks like "The Gypsy" make it a little more special than some of the others.
This is to me, the finest example of Deep Purple live...well, actually its a toss up between this one and Live In London. Ritchie's last show with the band in the 1970's is flawless and so full of energy. He certainly knew the meaning of the expression of "going out with a bang". Great job. My personal fave here is The Gypsy. Hard to beleive that this awesome version remained in the vaults all this time. Forget about Made In Japan...as i never truly understood the fascination with that LP except it contains more recognisable tunes. For DP live with Gillan go get the In Concert 2 Cd. Thats better than Made in Japan. The only thing i don't like is about this CD is Glenn Hughes coke induced screams that make Mistreated all but unlistenable.