Deep Purple / Made in Europe

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Despite the chemicals and the confrontations, the last live gasp of Deep Purple’s Mark III lineup really smokes, with all due respect to that incident in Montreux!

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All is forgiven regarding the “alleged” overdubs and corrections – which are standard fare on any concert slab. Blackmore, Paice, and Lord exude collective and improvisatory virtuosity as usual. And Coverdale, an acquired taste as usual.

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Mr. Glenn Hughes takes us all to hard rock bass college on tracks which first appeared on the masterpiece Burn (1973) and under-appreciated Stormbringer (1974).

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Glenn’s signature soulful rhythms and adventurous harmonic extensions abound – and in some instances, harken back to Purp’s prog roots.

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His falsettos on "Burn" alone are worth the price of admission. Even in turmoil, and “allegedly” sniffing powdery substances off strippers’ bums, these cats rocked above the rest!