Deep Purple's - Live In Paris 1975 was originally released by Purple records several years, but now has been digitally re-mastered and sounds better than ever. This show was recorded on April 17, 1975 at the Palais des Sports in Paris, and was the very last concert to feature guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, before he left to form Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio. This was an interesting time for the band, because Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were out, and new comers David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bassist/vocalist), were in.
Live In Paris 1975 represents a significant moment in the band's history, which makes this package a must, for any die hard Purple fans. This was an era that is often overlooked from the band's history, due to the fact that Gillan and Glover weren't in the band at that point. Funny thing is, is that this is this line up, recorded some of the more memorable tunes from their vast catalog.
All the classics are represented on this 2 disc set. The show was taped during the Stormbringer tour, so there is a fair amount of material on here from that album, as well as Burn. The band sound great and the recording is crisp. Everyone is on top of their game and even giddy at times. Coverdale and Hughes command the audience, and come off sounding a little goofy, but that is what make this CD great. It is pure, raw and Purple.
Bottom Line: A stellar line up that doesn't get the praise it should. It is hard hard to imagine how many great things these guys would have done had they stayed together. One of the better live releases from the band.
Standout tracks: Burn, Mistreated, The Gypsy, and Stormbringer
-Ragman wishes this one was on DVD as well....