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Made In Japan

Deep Purple

1972

Made In Japan
Album Summary

Made in Japan is a double live album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded during their first tour of Japan in August 1972. It was originally released in December 1972, with a US release in April 1973, and became a commercial and critical success. The band were well known for their strong stage act, and had privately recorded several shows, or broadcast them on radio, but were unenthusiastic about recording a live album until their Japanese record company decided it would be good for publicity. They insisted on supervising the live production, including using Martin Birch, who had previously collaborated with the band, as engineer, and were not particularly interested in the album's release, even after recording. The tour was successful, with strong media interest and a positive response from fans. The album was an immediate commercial success, particularly in the US, where it was accompanied by the top five hit "Smoke on the Water", and became a steady seller throughout the 1970s. A three-CD set of most of the tour's performances was released in 1993, while a remastered edition of the album with a CD of extra tracks was released in 1998. In 2014, a deluxe edition was announced with further bonus material. The album had a strong critical reception and continues to attract praise. A Rolling Stone readers' poll in 2012 ranked Made in Japan the sixth best live album of all time.

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3.31

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Genres
Hard Rock
Metal

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

In 2004, MF DOOM and Madlib teamed up to release Madvillainy, a landmark album in the underground hip hop scene. Its influence in that sphere was immediate, and along with the two other albums he released in that year, Madvillainy cemented DOOM as a singular force in hip hop history. Madvillainy saw DOOM leaning into his meticulously-crafted supervillain persona, aided by Madlib's madcap sampling to become an auditory comic book. The album features appearances from Madlib's rap moniker Quasimoto and DOOM's alter ego (and second namesake nod to Marvel's Dr. Doom) Viktor Vaughn. Over the years, Madvillainy grew broadly esteemed across all genres, and today it is widely regarded as a masterpiece—arguably the pinnacle of both artists' illustrious and individually-impressive careers. But Madvillainy isn't on this list. Instead, we get a live album from Deep Purple. It's seven tracks, and four of the seven we already heard on Machine Head. It's my new lowest rated album, worse than Scott Walker because it's a redundancy. This is my nightmare. Favorite tracks: Mule. Album art: Don't care at all. 0.5/5

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Fri May 14 2021
1

We get it. You’re good at playing your instruments. We literally get it.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

It’s good but then it’s all “play that one bit for 10 minutes” and I got bored

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

Would just prefer the album cuts

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Problem isn't the excessively silly solos and virtuoso prog. Those are the fun bits. But they're also only the trimmings. The rest of the bird--rhythm, melody, gestalt--is alarmingly absent. And whether a song is 12:02 or 02:12 you can't paper over that. However... However, however, however... At least these dorks don't try that stuff and fail miserably. (Yes, I'm being an apologist). They just ignore it completely and bear down on what they can do. In a way, that's better. I guess. I mean, probably not. But I've said it now. Anyway, it means we get unbelievable songs like Smoke On The Water (by which I mean it's unbelievable that such a great riff can be part of such an indifferent song) so it can't be all bad. Except it can. Probably is. But I liked it enough anyway.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
5

The mother of all live albums.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

“Made in Japan” by Deep Purple (1972) As live albums go, this one is excellent, but it still has the weaknesses inherent in all live rock recordings. The 2014 remaster is a great improvement over the original, and the Osaka, Japan audience is generally better behaved than your typical American audience, so it’s not as bad as many other live albums. “Smoke on the Water” is of course, a classic. But even here, the audience clapping on the intro drags against the tempo. Plus, the gain is a little light. Everyone needs to listen to this track especially. Over and over. Hard Rock History 101. 3/5

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Pretty good album, but I feel like the bar should be considerably higher for a live album to make this list. Outside of Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, I'd be hard pressed to think of one that has the significance to be on here. The Quintet's Jazz At Massey Hall?

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

It's like being at a concert, without any of the context that makes it exciting! I'm not a huge DP fan to begin with. This wasn't bad, but I can't see myself listening to it again just for laughs.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

yesterday afternoon i wrote a grumpy review asking why a live album by The Who would make the cut, only to be presented with an extra long live Deep Purple album. i’m sure it would have been awesome to be at this concert in person. and the album would probably be great to listen to if you had seen them live, But for me, it takes a lot of imagination to really enjoy this highly indulgent rock with crazy long drum and guitar solos. this is an album for Deep Purple fans, not for everyone to ,listen to before they die.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

One of habitual contenders for best live rock album of all times. And deservedly so.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Now we're talking. One of the greatest live albums of all time. Just listen to to that drumming of Ian Paice. Blackmore on Guitar and Gillan's singing on child in time. EPIC! Five Stars. Jon Lord on organ and Glover on Bass. A classic album, if ever I heard one. Worth it for Highway Star only.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Absolute monster shred fest. Super tight and tuned in. Love all the call and response solos. I think it might be too long for five stars but I'm giving it anyway cause of Smoke on the Water.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

So good! Ritchie Blackmore and John Lord absolutely burning it up on some of my favorite Deep Purple tracks done live with a ton of energy.

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Wed Feb 22 2023
2

This band is known for playing well live but the album has too much navel gazing. The 6 minute intro to Lazy is 4 minutes too long and the 6 minute drum solo on the Mule is 6 minutes too long. Don’t get me started on Space Trucker. I took a pass on the additional songs Spotify offered in the deluxe package including around 17 versions of Black Night. I really don’t get this album.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Mesmerizing, mind blowing how this is a live cd, it sounds so good sometimes it sounds like a studio version. The energy is awesome, they improvised some parts and it sounds so natural and fun. This is my first listen to a deep purple record and I enjoyed it, might have to give an actual studio record a listen. The 20 minute version of space truckin was epic, I love how the audience fell silent for a couple seconds at the end because of the history they just witnessed.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Awesome album. Classic for a reason. Really long tracks but an amazing live album. Shredding guitar solos + great drums make me wish I was there. Fave track is Smoke on the water of course, but also thoroughly enjoyed the drum solo.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Wat een live-band! prachtige drumsolo!

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Deep Purple's records are incredible, and this live album really showcases their ability to both play their stuff with precision, and take the liberties that make a liv show exciting and unique. Ian Gillian and Ritche Blackmore <3

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

Probably the best live they ever did

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

One of the greatest live albums ever and a favourite of mine for years. I love every note, from the hard rocking of Blackmore's guitar to the bleepy, bloopy proggy noodling of Lord's Hammond organ. I prefer the original album to the deluxe version, so for the true experience I only listened as far as the end of Space Truckin'. The tighter 1 hour run time is a much better package and perfectly formed. Anything else is just too much imo.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

One of the greatest live albums of all time.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Fantastic musicians playing classic rifts and great solos. Very good live album, crowd not annoying like in some live albums.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

So good. Not always a fan of live albums, but this is live rock at it's best

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

A great live album. The improvisation is amazing!

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Never listened to deep purple, hell of a live album. A lot of respect for the drumming.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

-Alright this is an impressive live recording so far -Yeah this is fantastic. I'm really into the music, it's super dimensional, and I have a live feel from it. -This could easily be a five-star album. The guitars are insane and this has just been an incredible listen. Invigorating.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Fantastic album from start to finish. Never heard this side of Deep Purple. Incredibly mixed and sounds amazing for a live LP.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Wonderfully excessive. Is it indulgent, absolutely, but the over-the-top elements are what made it great at the time. A seven-minute drum solo. That clearly is a non-existent concept at the time. A double album with seven songs was also a stunner at the time. But putting the excess in context, this is brilliant heavy metal and one of the best rock live albums ever.

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Thu Dec 15 2022
5

I love being reunited with an old song. I thought I only knew one song, "Smoke on the Water," on this album. But as I started this album two moments from my past came flooding back as “Highway Star” blazed out of the speakers. Once when my parents were out of town I jealously listened to it through the door of my older sister’s room where she was holed up with her rock friends. Or the time it was blaring out of her cool boyfriend’s Plymouth Barracuda as he dropped me off at school one day. One of the few moments in junior high when I felt like a badass arriving at school... Listening to this album brought me back to those fleeting moments of cool confidence. Only now those moments weren’t as fleeting and I really enjoy this album from beginning to end. Extended organ, guitar and drum solos? Twenty minutes of “Space Truckin’”? Sign me up! Really enjoyed Made in Japan. This is fantastic - right up there with my favorite live albums.

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Mon Feb 06 2023
5

5/5. The best live album I know. Every song is enhanced live and the solos and instrumental work is so much better than studio. Truly amazing.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

If any band was meant to have their live versions heard, it's Deep Purple. Highway Star and Smoke on the Water Alone.

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Mon Apr 24 2023
5

One of my favourite live albums, love how bands used to do these long versions of songs they already had studio versions for. The live part really adds something to the songs instead of it just being the same version with some applauding

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Thu Aug 03 2023
5

In terms of 70’s hard rock bands whose best-known works are arguably their live albums, I’ve always rated Made in Japan higher than Live and Dangerous (I think the overdubbing allegations have hurt my impression on it) but lower than Strangers in the Night (still not convinced that anyone’s guitar tone can match Schenker’s here). I can understand how this will turn listeners, especially those who don’t like drum solos, but on this listening everything clicked for me. Gillan’s manic vocals are perfect, the band is in top form and the songs feel alive here. I think I need to give it an A. Side note- my uncle saw Purple on this tour and said that the setlist was exactly the same as this album, down to the “Space Truckin’” drum solo

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Sat Aug 05 2023
5

Masterpiece. Loved it. I'll be listening to this album a lot now.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
5

Arguably the greatest live album of all time.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

What a great album from the height of the MK II lineup. Just such a well recorded live album, the sound is quite heavy and fat, something that didn't get captured on Fireball and In Rock as much. Sure there might be some over indulgence on the solos esp the Mule but that's the 70's man.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

What a banger of a live album. If only I could have been at a show like this back then. I'm over me "born in le wrong generation" high school cringe days, but I still wish I could step into an older time and place to have been there for this.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

Can’t believe I thought smoke on mirror was just a one off This whole album was insane, and I thought I usually dislike live recordings. The solos and vocals and drums are all amazing. I wish that the songs were a little shorter, but I guess it allows for more solos Wasn’t really listening to the lyrics

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Deep Purple kills it. All classic tracks, all expanded and harder than ever. Not to mention an absolutely amazing drum solo.

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Tue Dec 12 2023
5

One of the classic live recordings of the 70s. The energy is still very high and the band is simply on fire.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Good time seventies rock fun! The right side of prog. Feels electric, and makes me miss playing live music. I love how wild and untamed it is.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

I once played soccer with Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, this was almost as good.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

I really enjoyed this live album, for some folks considered the best live rock album of all time. Lengthy interpretations gave artists many opportunities to shine throughout the set. I was amused by the energy from the band - their enthusiasm and fun during the gigs might be the reason some put it in the best. I wouldn't go so far as to follow this statement but, nonetheless, it's a pleasant musical experience to know.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Hoo boy the band is on FIRE here! I just changed my opinion on them having heard this album tonight.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
3

Seems like a pretty epic show to have attended. You can definitely feel this band’s soul. Puts me in the mindset of a flower child of the 60s on acid. Dig the beginning of the show, started to fall off a bit for me at Space Truckin…great instrumentation but the jams get really long and drawn out. I’m also a little confused by the end because there are a couple repeat songs. Solid show overall!

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Sun Jan 14 2024
3

Great album from a great band. The only thing that bothered me were the length of the tracks. I get that it's a live album but still

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Fri May 14 2021
2

I used to rather like Deep Purple as a lad. So I do have some residual fondness for them hanging around. On this occasion I struggled to muster up the strength to get past a couple of songs. I would’ve been on board had it been a more concise studio album. (Why do I think that album should have an N on the end??) I guess some bands really live and breathe the live show and this is true enough for....ah who am I kidding, I didn’t listen to it.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Obviously incredibly talented instrumentalists. And I enjoyed listening Child in Time and The Mule. But I felt the album as a whole was underwhelming and I'm not sure why. Maybe I just expected everything to sound like Smoke on the Water.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Smoke on the water is classic. Rest of it was decent rock music.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Lovely recording, inspiring me to start looking for some more Deep Purple music.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Wow. I didn’t expect much, but found this early metal album to be exceptionally good.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

El mejor álbum en directo de la historia

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Es de esas cosas que suenan muy técnicas, eclécticas y altamente comerciales a la vez. Jazzy kids en el rock, o niños rock intentando un toque de jazz. Deja tú si es rock o metal, pudieron haber inventado el metal for all I know, vaya a saber Dios. Por otra parte, Deep, Purple. what are you trying to prove? que eran (son?) re expertos en vivo, pero también dan ganas de decirles que le bajen dos rayitas de try-hard. Siento que los diferentes musicos de metal subsecuentes estaban como "Deep purple!", y los del trash metal dijeron, menos jazzy vibes y más como que estamos enojados con el sistema politico y la sociedad. Otros dijeron más ecléctico, más! y surgió el Avant-garde metal pa sacar de pedo. Los del heavy metal dijeron menos experimentos y más musica heteronormada. Los del metal sinfónico dijeron Deep Purple pero con más orquesta y también métele opera alv. Luego llegaron los psicopatas y dijeron Deep Purple pero con letras homicidas, chingos de solos y distorisones y la voz de la maldad y nació en Death Metal. Los del Black Metal dijeron Deep Purple pero satánico y que suene bien culero a propósito, y quemamos iglesias por los lols. Luego un grupo de ansgty teenagers dijeron y qué tal si Deep Purple pero político, y los del trash dijeron "no, eso ya lo hicimos nosotros", pero les valió verga y lo hicieron y así surgió el metalcore, pero otros adolecentes con guitarras dijeron "weba la política, estoy depre" y surgió el nu-metal y los del Doom metal dijeron "esos weyes, no está ni la mitad de deprimidos que nostros" e hicieron Deep Purple pero como si estuvieran solos en el invierno de un pais nordíco porque llevan dias sin ver el sol, luego llegaron unos hipsters que habían estudiado en Julliard y en Berklee , y dijeron Deep Purple pero conceptual y más técnico, y así sucesivamente. Mood: Un japonés diciendo: "Yo pensé que venía a ver a Mariya Takeuchi, no sé que es esto, pero me gusta". y años después hace una banda de metal gótico, hace votos de silencio y se viste de lolita demoniaca.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

bonkers good funky hard rock. the mixing sounds great. slows down a bit in the 2nd half but that's what intermissions are for

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Viagem para um concerto de metal na plenitude.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Classic/10 One of the best live albums.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

5/5 - I own this for a reason :D

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Amazing album. One of my all time favorite live albums. And it was recorded 4 years before I was born!

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

Amazing live rock performance

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Uma obra prima esse show. Versões extensas, muitos solos incríveis.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

No Productivity On The Project, I Went To Nabeul, Famma Wa7ed Jeni W Chta7 M3aya W Houwa Y8ani Fy 7lili Na. Gave Ten Dinars W Sra7. That's What Made My Day. BTW, I'm Fully Vaccinated.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

one of the greatest live albums ever made by one of the greatest hard rock bands ever

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Who cares that Space Truckin' takes up 20 minutes of the album's 77 minutes running time? It's bloody marvellous! Add in epic versions of Child in Time and Lazy and you've got well over half the album! This is such a great live album that I ended up digging out the CD version which gave me Black Knight and Speed King and a storming version of Lucille. They don't make rock bands like this anymore.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

One of the first bands that Ive listened in the '70s. This one and Led Zeppelin. Listened when I was thirteen.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Great version of “Smoke On The Water”. This is a great album if you are a fan of classic rock!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

I had heard some of this over the years, but never listened to the album all the way through. What a tight group live! Impeccable performance. I wish I would have had the chance to see Deep Purple live if this is what the shows were like.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Awesome, absolutely loved this

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

Very biased due to this being the first album I ever purchased, but regardless, an epic live album.

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Sat Feb 04 2023
5

hey its the song from school of rock

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

Good! Dat waren nog eens optredens, maar gelukkig mooie opname waardoor het lijkt alsof je erbij was. Ook vette druk solo tussendoor, 5 sterrren. Favoriete nr.: Strange kind of Woman

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

Jaaaaaa, opgegroeid met dit album! Beste album van de beste hard-rock band aller tijden.

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

Bewerte nur das Original Album und nicht Deluxe (erste sieben Songs). Aber Wow hab selten nen album gehört was mich sofort so beeindruckt hat. Songs sind zwar sehr lang aber lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Mit das beste Live-Album und evtl sogar eins der besten Rock Alben die ich je gehört habe. 9-10/10

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Sat Jun 10 2023
5

Amazing live album, Deep Purple at its peak! This album brought a greater appreciation for the band to me. Their songs really come alive on stage, and this album really showcases it! 9,5 out of 10

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