(U.K 1968 - 1976, 1984 - Present)
This double live set also contains a new studio (Live Jam) version of "Hush" to commemorate their 20th anniversary. (Note: "Black Night" was also re-recorded but never released).
The album represented Deep Purple's setlist at the time, which consisted
much of the typical Made in Japan set, combined with newer material
from the 1984 reunion album Perfect Strangers and The House of Blue
Light. Songs such as "The Unwritten Law" and "Difficult To Cure" (which
included an extended-riff from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 4th Movement)
were played every night on the tour, but were not included on this
"Hard Lovin' Woman" includes parts of "Under The Gun" during Blackmore's guitar solo. "Strange Kind of Woman" includes the "Superstar" chorus from Jesus Christ Superstar. "Woman from Tokyo" changes into "Everyday" (Buddy Holly) halfway through. [extract from Wikipedia].
Recorded during the tour to promote "Perfect Strangers" and the then forthcoming "House of blue light", this is a fine live album by Deep Purple. With the classic line up having reformed for those albums, all the energy and virtuosity, not to mention personality clashes, returned.
The new songs are introduced by a spirited rendition of the title track from "Perfect strangers". This wonderful Zeppelinesque song which transfers well to a live environment, concludes with a blink and you'll miss it coda of "Gethsemene" from the aforementioned "Jesus Christ Superstar".
We then dip into the disappointing "House of blue light" for two songs (three if you have the extended CD) of which "Bad attitude" is the most appealing. "Perfect strangers" then contributes another number which made the album such a pleasing return to form, with "Knocking at your back door". The extended intro to the song here, which includes some classical and ragtime piano, only serves to embellish the tension of the studio version.
It's good to hear "Woman from Tokyo", the only really memorable track from "Who do we think we are" getting an airing, although it does end with a rather strange Buddy Holly interlude for no apparent reason. The album concludes with a "live jam" in the studio of Joe South's Hush, a cover of which appeared on Deep Purple's first album. The rendition of the verses here sounds surprisingly like Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" until the familiar "Na na na" chorus cuts in.
In all, a fine live album by the legendary line up of Deep Purple. It may have its shortcomings in terms of both the tracks performed and sometimes in the performances themselves, but hey, "nobody's perfect". [review by Bob McBeath from Progarchives.com]
This compilation of live performances by Deep Purple was released in different versions and labels. In the UK and Australia, it was released under Polydor in 2 LP formats while in the US under Mercury with the same format. The CD versions also two kinds: double CD as well as single CD (with some track omissions) both released by Polydor. Mine is the single CD version and I am satisfied with the CD, including the sound quality which is much better than "Made In Japan". It's probably the technology used is significantly different. The band's performances recorded here vary with four tracks (Highway Star, Strange Kind of Woman, Perfect Strangers, and Woman From Tokyo) were taken from the same concert in Irvine Meadows, California on 23 May 1987. Four other tracks (Hard Lovin' Woman, Child In Time, Black Night, and Smoke On The Water) were taken from concert in Oslo, Norway on 22 August 1987. Two tracks (Knocking At Your Back Door and Lazy) from concert in Phoenix, Arizona on 30 May 1987. The remaining track (Hush) was taken from live jam recorded at Hook End Manor on 26 February 1988.
As far as live album, this is a very good one to enjoy as the members of the band demonstrate their full effort for the performances. Ian Gillan still can sing high register notes on "Highway Star" as well as "Child In Time". The famous "Strange Kind of Woman" which was best recorded during "Made In Japan" live record with its great break featuring great shout of Gillan responded wonderfully by Ritchie' guitar solo.But with this version Gillan performed differently even though it still have similar style. There is a good insert of "Jesus Christ Superstar" during the performance of this track. Jon Lord provides great classical music keyboard / piano solo during the opening of "Knocking At Your Back Door" (11:26). "Lazy" is also not performed as "Made In Japan" style but it's still an interesting live track.
Overall, this is a very good compilation of Deep Purple live performances in 1987. Fans of hard rock music who enjoy live record must have this CD [review by Gatot Widayanto from Progarchives.com]
This post consists of FLACs and MP3 (320kps) ripped from my Polydor double vinyl set - acquired from one of the hundreds of garage sales I've picked on countless Saturday mornings. The condition of the vinyl is pretty damn good, but it was a hard one to record with its fluctuating volume throughout many of the tracks. Full album artwork for both vinyl and CD releases is included. I liken this double live set to their earlier 'Made In Japan' and it almost matches this classic live release by the Mark II reunion group. Gillan's vocals are still as strong as his 1972 efforts and Blackmore still reproduces some of his guitar magic on this one.
As the album says Nobody's Perfect but this double set comes pretty damn close.
01. Highway Star (6:10)
02. Strange Kind Of Woman (7:34)
03. Perfect Strangers (6:25)
04. Hard Lovin' Woman (5:03)
05. Bad Attitude (5:31) (Not on original CD release)
06. Knocking At Your Back Door (11:26)
07. Child In Time (10:35)
08. Lazy (5:10)
09. Space Trucking (6:03) (Not on original CD release)
10. Black Night (6:06)
11. Woman From Tokyo (4:00)
12. Smoke On The Water (7:46)
13. Hush (Live studio jam) (3:50)
Ritchie Blackmore - lead guitar
Ian Gillan - vocals
Roger Glover - bass guitar, vocals
Jon Lord - organ, keyboards, vocals
Ian Paice - drums
Nobody's Perfect MP3 Link (203Mb)
Nobody's Perfect LP1 FLAC (298Mb) New Link 01/02/2017
Nobody's Perfect LP2 FLAC (300Mb) New Link 15/08/2016