Saturday, August 4, 2012

Machine Head: Deep Purple in concert, 1972

Admittedly Deep Purple are a bit of a (slightly) guilty pleasure for me, and one I indulge in from time to time (several times a year). They’re basically a deeply unhip band, of course—I blame David Coverdale—but no matter, I’ll always take Machine Head and a good greatest hits with me on each and every road trip, thank you very much.

In this 94-minute set shot in Denmark in 1972, the proceedings start off right with an amazingly ferocious version of “Highway Star” that sounds exactly the way you want it to. A true barnstormer of a concert in support of the then new Machine Head album (oddly no “Smoke on the Water” performed here). Featuring the classic “Mark II” incarnation of the band—Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums).

I listened to this in the background three times yesterday. It’s the tits, seriously, one of the best live Deep Purple sets you’ll ever hear (notice I wrote “hear” as the camerawork is not great). Available as part of the Deep Purple Live in Concert 72/73 DVD.

I can’t embed the full concert, but you can watch it here.


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