Deep Purple - Live On The BBC

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Audio Fidelity
Catalog Number: AFZ 017
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

As Yes has their classic lineup so does Deep Purple, and this configuration of Blackmore, Gillan, Paice, Glover and Lord is undoubtebly the overwhelming fan favorite.

Live on the BBC is another one of those superb BBC recordings that got lost in the shuffle over the years. God knows why this material did not surface sooner in the SACD format. Originally recorded in 1972, the album was not released until 1980, yet another tragedy for the band and music as a whole. Well, let bygones be bygones and move on. Now we can enjoy it in all its blazing glory in full surround sound, and with two bonus tracks to sweeten the pie. Was it worth the wait? I think so.

What more can be said about the importance of Deep Purple and their fine contributions to heavy metal and blues-rock based music? Okay then, enough said. Per usual the sound is outstanding, as are all BBC recordings usually are, only this time out the sound is exceptionally enhanced. A relative newcomer, the Audio Fidelity label, is making their mark in the burgeoning SACD market. With powerful releases such as this, they will surely move up a few more notches to compete with everyone else doing the same thing. With the exception of not bringing out the guitar to the fullest in some instances, this is near perfect for an archived live recording.

Wait unitl you hear "Smoke On The Water," it runs more than 20 minutes and there are parts that hardly sound like the original track because of all the improvisation live, its absolutely wonderful actually, and it sounds like more of a progressive rock number than the three chord rock song that you heard forever and a day on AOR stations back in the '70s. It is all refreshing and innovative as hell to be honest and I think longtime fans will gooble this one up while new fans will certainly be garnered along the way. This one is a no brainer and a can't miss pick up for any rock fan worth his or her salt.

Highway Star / Strange Kind Of Woman / Maybe I'm A Leo / Never Before / Lazy / Space Truckin' / Smoke On The Water / Lucille / Bonus Tracks: Hush / River Deep Mountain High

Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Ian Gillan - vocals
Roger Glover - bass
Ian Paice - drums
Jon Lord - keyboards

Shades Of Deep Purple (1968)
Book Of Taliesyn (1969)
Deep Purple (1969)
Concerto For Group And Orchestra With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (live) (1970/2002)
Deep Purple In Rock (1970)
Fireball (1971)
Machine Head (1972)
Purple Passages (1972)
Made In Japan (live) (1972/1998/2001)
The Best Of Deep Purple (1972)
Who Do We Think We Are (1973/2000)
Burn (1974/2004)
Stormbringer (1974)
Come Taste The Band (1975)
24 Carat Purple (1970-1973) (1975)
Made In Europe (live) (1976)
Powerhouse (1978)
The Singles A's & B's (1978)
The Mark II Purple Singles (1979)
Deepest Purple (1980)
In Concert 1970 - 1972 (live) (1980)
Live On The BBC (1980/2004)
Deep Purple Live In London (live '74) (1982)
Perfect Strangers (1984)
The Anthology (1985)
The House Of Blue Light (1987)
The Best Of Deep Purple (1987)
Nobody's Perfect (live) (1988)
Scandinavian Nights (live) (1988)
Slaves And Masters (1990)
The Anthology (1991)
In The Absence Of Pink (Knebworth '85) (live) (1991)
Purple Rainbows (1991)
Knocking At Your Back Door (1992)
The Battle Rages On (1993)
Progression (1993)
The Deep Purple Family Album (1993)
Live In Japan (3cd) (1993)
Come Hell Or High Water (live) (1994)
Child In Time (1995)
Purpendicular (1996)
California Jammin' (1996)
Live At The Olympia (1996)
The Final Concerts (1996)
Abandon (1998)
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra (2000)
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2000)
This Time Around: Live In Tokyo '75 (2001)
New Live & Rare: The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (2001)
In Concert: 1970-1972 (2001)
In Profile (2001)
Singles Box Set (2002)
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Edition (2002)
Listen Learn Read On (2002)
The Essential (2003)
Gold (2003)
California Jam 1974 (2003)
Bananas (2003)
The Platinum Collection (2005)
Who Do We Think We Are (24kt Gold reissue) (2005)
Rapture Of The Deep (2005)

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: March 7th 2004
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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