Till now, Deep Purple has never made any live album that can outlive the ecstasy and power of their record “Made In Japan”. The most famous live album for Deep Purple, this record captures Deep Purple in their prime where the electric force of Ritchie Blackmore, the siren screams of Ian Gillan, the steady vibes of Roger Glover, the bombastic beats of Ian Paice and the melodic madness of Jon Lord conquered Japan in the 70s, the age of Hard Rock and true Metal.
Late at night when it’s dark and quiet, listening to such tracks as Child In Time, Highway Star, Spacetrucking, Smoke on the Water and more would give me goosebumps where you can truly hear the rawness of the recording and the natural interaction between the fans and the band. Sadly, such a record can never be generated again since this particular line-up never seemed to be functioning in the same spirit it was back then on many reunions and will never be again. What you can do is get this record and travel back in time where everything was free, cheap and awesome!
On this same day, three months ago, I learned about the death of the greatest rock’n'roll and metal singer of all time, Ronnie James Dio. I cried and cried. But we haven’t forgotten you, Dio. I keep listening to your music everyday. You’re alive in my heart and life. God bless you Dio and this is for all Dio fans, right from the greatest Rainbow tour in Europe! God I loved that electric rainbow!
Another immortal record send me down in time back in 1996 when I bought this musical gem. Anyone with a true taste for original metal and got hard rock running down his/her vein will know that owning this album is a must. Recorded at the prime-time of Rainbow with the greatest lineup when Cozy Powel (RIP), Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Bain and Tony Carey graced the European stages with a life-sized Rainbow on their sets, continuous melodies, and purely old-school hard rock. Blackmore and Dio gave every listen the chance to be a shiny knight fighting off a dragon or an evil mage through the beautiful lyrics and the harmonic guitar riffs. Originally recorded on two LP’s, two tracks were omitted on the CD version for time constraints. The remastered version got it all baby! and surely Blackmore and Dio still rock like it was yesterday! I would sell my soul just to listen to that glorious lineup with Cozy playing ”Stargazer”. As I’m writing this post, and listening to this record, I remember buying this from Best Buy on my way coming back St. Louis, located on the highway going back to Carbondale. I surely spent money like crazy back then, but this was worth it!
Cozy Powell, this is my tribute for you, one of the greatest drummer in history. Rest in Peace, Cozy! We’ll always remember you!