Deep Purple - Live in Paris 1975

Published: Mar 30, 2013 Filed under: Rock & Heavy Metal

Live in Paris 1975
by Deep Purple

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release Date: January 29, 2013

Rating (out of 5):

Deep Purple At Their Best In 1975

Released in early 2001, Deep Purple's "Live In Paris 1975" was long overdue. The album was supposed to preempt the release of "Come Taste The Band," but the world was denied this fantastic record for over thirty years. The new remastered version released this year improves that record immensely. We are given Ritchie Blackmore (the last concert to feature him), David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice powering through ten tracks that span almost two hours. This is band at their best.

The band was on the verge of collapse by this point in their history, which makes the record even more astonishing. They tear through songs like "Burn" as if their lives depended on it. By the second half of the concert they are filling up over an hour with only a handful of soaring, sweeping, and energetic songs. Self indulgent solos fill the second half, but with talent like this can you really complain? They always sound in control, or give off the illusion that they are. An orchestrated restraint of chaos was on stage and you were there to watch it.

"Live In Paris 1975" lacks some of the polish of more recent live albums, even in its remastered form. "Whoah"s and "Oh Yeah"s fully intact it invites you in to experience it as a concert, not a live record. For anyone that has ever enjoyed hard rock from this era you simply can't go wrong with Deep Purples long delayed "Live In Paris."

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