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  • By the time this recorded was being recorded, this great band was coming apart at the seems. With Ritchie Blackmore & Ian Gillan not on speaking terms, Roger Glover, about to be shown the door and Jon Lord & Ian Paice trapped right in the center of all of this, tensions ran high as Deep Purple was imploding from it’s very center.

    It was the biggest year of the band’s history {1972} and Machine Head was their most popular record. “Smoke On The Water” was riding high world-wide as the biggest single from the group. Now it was July, and Deep Purple were in the recording studio once more, this time in Rome to begin working on the follow-up to: “Machine Head”. Tired from way too much touring, Ritchie had begun voicing negative opinions about Ian Gillan’s vocal performance. After almost a month in Rome, only Two Tracks stood completed: “Painted Horse” and “Woman from Tokyo”. It was the Begining of the end for this version of the purple monster.

    After the famous shows in Tokyo and Osaka in August 72, Ian Gillan, stated in a letter to Deep Purple’s Management of his intentions to quit the band. After a long tour of The UK in September, the following month, the band flew to Frankfurt to complete the recording of the new album. For a group, under this much strain, the results should have been dire and depressing, instead for some of us, this would be the finest studio release by Purple Mk.2.

    “Woman From Tokyo”, captures the spirit of the August 1972 Japan Shows in fine fashion {and it all must have been a vision, because it was recorded BEFORE those shows!}.”Mary Long”, is straight-up rock and transfered well to the Deep Purple concert stage. “Smooth Dancer”, is famous because of Ian’s lyric references to Ritchie that just begin to describe the tensions between the two of them.

    Side Two for me was the prize, as it contained my two favorite Purple tracks: “Rat Bat Blue” & “Place In Line”. The first is one of DP’s best firery rockers and the fine blues of: “Place In Line” is a keeper with Ian’s gruff vocals….both are under-regarded classics.

    As for the bonus cuts, some Remixes are offered: “Rat Bat Blue”,”Woman from Tokyo”,”Our Lady”. “Painted Horse” is now here where it belongs at last. “First Day Jam” features, Jon Lord, and this is just about as loose as these guys have ever been on record.

    Now you can purchase this gem, re-mastered and expanded {72 Minutes}. The best one just got a whole lot better!
    Four Stars !!!

    Posted on February 16, 2010