(U.K 1968 - 1976, 1984 - Present)
This album by Deep Purple was released in March 1977. It records the last Japanese concert of the Mark IV-lineup with Tommy Bolin. This album was recorded on December 15, 1975 at the Tokyo Budokan and was dedicated to Tommy Bolin. Tommy" Bolin was an American-born guitarist who played with Zephyr (from 1969 to 1971), The James Gang (from 1973 through 1974), Deep Purple (from 1975 to 1976), in addition to doing solo work.
In 1975, Bolin released his first solo record, 'Teaser' and plays on Deep Purple's 'Come Taste the Band'. In 1976 he released Private Eyes, his second solo record. The solo work on the songs "Post Toastie", "Shake the Devil" and "Bustin Up for Rosie" showcase his extraordinary skills. Tommy was diverse in his talents, and did not need to play a solo for every song, instead choosing to highlight the song instead of the guitar. He is a perfect example of a guitarist who does not overdo it, knows when to burn up the fretboard, and when to tame it down.
He was found dead from a heroin overdose on December 4, 1976 in Miami, Florida, (the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck), at the age of 25
This album's only real redeeming features are the live versions of "Wild Dogs" and "Soldier Of Fortune" which are not officially available anywhere else. I wouldn't really recommended this album for the casual fan, rather try On 'The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat', when Tommy was in much better form. The song order has been moved around for some obscure reason. See the actual set list below for comparison. One nice thing about this rip is that it has been taken from a Japanese Pressing, so the sound quality is nice and sharp and should sound better than the average pressing.
Actual full set list was:
02. Lady Luck
03. Love Child
04. Gettin' Tighter
05. Smoke On The Water
06. Wild Dogs
07. I Need Love
08. Soldier Of Fortune
09. Organ Solo/Woman From Tokyo
10. Lazy (including a Drum Solo from Ian Paice)
11. This Time Around / Owed to G
12. Tommy Bolin Solo
14. You Keep On Moving
16. Highway Star
I have witnessed many, many live performances from these guys, featuring as early concerts from mark II in 1973. This one was the last Mark IV concert in Japan. There are two versions for this live album. A short version called " Last Concert In Japan" which is the one we are talking about here and an extended one called "This Time Around" (see track listing above).
I can certainly recommend you this shortened one: it displayed less solos and average tracks than the expanded version.
Great tracks such as "Burn" and "You Keep On Moving" are the best that you can expect from this Mark IV live album. The Bolin song "Wild Dogs" is not bad at all, but can't compete with the great and earlier Purple Marks.
Effective and rhythmic version of "Smoke On The Water" is not bad at all. Even if the genuine live versions with Gillan are better (at least the great "In Concert at The BBC", this one is quite good by all means. What I don't like is that some songs are quite emasculated like "Woman From Tokyo". But the band has slowly trained their fans to this "feature": either extended versions of original tracks ("Space Truckin" for instance) or cut down versions like this one.
None of them are of my liking. This one is just a showcase for Jon Lord and is purely instrumental.
Unlike Mark II, "Highway Star" was now mostly closing their concerts. As I have already written some times, this is one of my top three Purple favorites. This Hughes/Coverdale version is rather average.
In all, this short version of the "last" concerts in Japan is quite satisfactory and of better quality than the longer counterpart, but I wouldn't recommend this album to Purple newbies. [review by ZowieZiggy, Progarchives.com 2010]
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This post contains a rip (mp3 at 320kps) taken from my Japanese almost mint vinyl LP. I have also added 4 bonus tracks taken from an extended CD version of this concert. Full album artwork is included from both vinyl and CD releases, along with select photos of Deep Purple MK4
01 - Burn 7:05
02 - Love Child 4:46
03 - You Keep On Moving 6:16
04 - Wild Dogs 6:06
05 - Lady Luck 3:11
06 - Smoke on the Water 6:24
07 - Soldier of Fortune 2:22
08 - Organ Solo featuring Woman from Tokyo 4:01
09 - Highway Star 6:50
10 - Gettin' Tighter 13:34
11 - This Time Around 7:01
12 - Stormbringer 10:31
13 - Georgia On My Mind 3:31
David Coverdale (Lead vocals)
Jon Lord (Keyboards, organ, backing vocals)
Glenn Hughes (Bass, vocals)
Tommy Bolin (Guitar, vocals)
Ian Paice (Drums, percussion)
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