Deep Purple" Made in Europe " (1976): interesting facts about the live album

They rocked this concert. Bright and unique, departed from traditional genres, Deep Purple gave it their all before putting an end to the Mark III. About how conflicts within the group and new trends in music became the result of the release of "Made in Europe", read our article.

Last recording of the band as part of the Mark III

These hard rockers are perhaps the most famous band in the genre. No matter how many compositions of Deep Purple existed, the most interesting to us seems to be the composition Mark III, which undoubtedly competes in honor with "classic" Mark II. On how the musicians released a live album comparable in scale to Made in Japan, in our article.

From Mark II to Mark III

By the time the composition was formed Mark III Deep Purple's music was already world-famous, their names were on the front pages of magazines. The circulation of records so much exceeded the success of other rock bands that were on the same wavelength as deep purplethat in 1972 they became the most famous band in the world, preventing groups from receiving this unspoken award Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.

The event marked a new round in the development of rock music - it became obvious that now music fans and people somehow connected with it are interested not in classic, not blues rock, but in real hard music. The progressiveness of the public was evident, and this played into the hands of the musicians.

However, not everything was so simple. Mark II fell apart after the departure of the vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover - this was a blow to the group's fan base, and the musician had to restore his good name.

Mark II
Mark II

David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes - The Lost Elements

The vocalist is the nucleus of a musical groupespecially in such a strong team as deep purple. The participant who sang was the main conductor of the whole process, because he, guiding everyone with his voice, contributed to the fact that the sound became fuller and more alive. In addition, filling the composition with a semantic load is also the merit of the vocalist, even if he does not always write the lyrics. And the bass guitar is an integral part of the rhythm section. Thanks to the bassist, it is created movement in music. So without filling these positions, Deep Purple would not have been able to develop further and continue to win new musical trophies.

Mark III photo shoot
Mark III photo shoot

In December 1972 the guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Pace first saw the bass guitar Glenn Hughes - he was the leader of the group Trapeze. The musicians also appreciated the vocal capabilities of the future colleague. Despite an offer from Electric Light Orchestra, Glenn chose exactly deep purple, already then recognized rock stars, because he believed that he could fulfill several roles - to be both a bassist and a vocalist.

The search for a soloist seemed to be doomed to failure: no one could overshadow the voice and manner of performance Ian Gillan. Blackmore was so desperate he had to place an anonymous ad in a music magazine. Melody Marker, which had a "search for musicians" column. So, from the many demos sent, attention John Lord attracted the one where the man performed the hit of Harry Nilsson "Every body's talkin". It turned out to be David Coverdale with a unique voice. He became the new vocalist of Deep Purple.

David Coverdale spoke about the first show:

“I hid in the dressing room from the rest of the group. Each of them was looking for me to support. Later I noticed that they themselves were worried. We tried to make each other laugh before the concert. Everyone trembled."

"Burn" and "Stormbringer"

As part of Mark III two studio albums were recorded. Burn turned out to be the result of bright ideas and the influence of newcomers - they gave the sound a more bluesy tone, inherited from Coverdalemixed with funcom and soulwho so adored Hughes. At the same time, hard rock still remained, especially it manifested itself in the title "Burn", the riff of which was recognized by everyone. Subsequently, this composition will open all the live performances of the group, since big bets were made on it.

Stormbringer (translated from English - petrel) really led to the staggering of the friendly atmosphere in the group, after which the musicians silently began to prepare for the beginning of the end. This album can be called "hellish mixture" - everything is shown here. In fact, as was repeatedly noted later, the record could be divided into four unequal parts: Coverdale's blues notes, Hughes' haunting funk elements that were close to Hughes, Blackmore's traditional Deep Purple hard rock guitar riffs and, most importantly, Lord's classic organ keyboards. . All this nonsense has created disagreement in the group.

Deep Purple as part of the Mark III
Deep Purple as part of the Mark III

Made in Europe» - Ritchie Blackmore trail

This spring European tour of the band made history - latest recording of virtuoso Ritchie Blackmore playing, who will eventually leave the team and create his own group Rainbow, subsequently also quite famous.

The idea for the live album came from the label, who wanted the songs from Stormbringer to also be recorded in live versions. Even before the start of the tour, Blackmore announced to his inner circle that he would no longer be associated with Deep Purple, however, the contract stated that he should play in Europe, which he did with brilliance. The entire album was recorded on magnetic tape for stereo sound recording.

The last concerts, which got on the record, took place in Graz, Saarbrücken and paris. These performances were reported to have been recorded Rolling Stones mobile studio with the aim of securing the possibility of a double album being released if Blackmore did not decide to stay.

Deep Purple in concert
Deep Purple in concert

Natural sound, incredible instrumentation and the knowledge that Ritchie Blackmore will leave the band - all this creates an incredible atmosphere when listening. The disc consists of the following tracks: Burn, Mistreated/Rock Me Baby, "Lady Double Dealer", "You Fool No One" and final Stormbringer.

The album clearly shows how each musician contributes to this wonderful work. Even those songs that sounded completely unremarkable on studio releases gained new energy and power in concert, mainly thanks to Blackmore. He really shone, and it is felt while listening to the compositions: bright, incendiary solos and crushing riffs sound in abundance. It was a worthy farewell that fans were able to feel on this music deep purple only in October 1976when the release took place.

Deep Purple Mark III on the last tour
Deep Purple Mark III on the last tour

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