Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Concert

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Posted on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:17am
by Ron Wallace

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Album Overview

Deep Purple in Concert is a live album by the English hard rock band Deep Purple, recorded by the BBC for their "In Concert" live series in 1970 and 1972. First released in 1980 in the UK, with the current US edition being made available in 2001.


    1Speed King6:20
    2Wring That Neck18:30
    3Child In Time12:12
    4Mandrake Root17:20
    5Highway Star6:29
    6Strange Kind Of Woman8:34
    8Never Before3:48
    9Space Truckin'22:14

    Written-By: Albert Collins
    Written-By: Richard Penniman

    Album Content

    Sides 1 and 2 of the LP (later the first CD) feature the live recording from the BBC Studios in London on 19 February 1970; the band stepped in at the last minute for Joe Cocker, who cancelled his scheduled appearance. DJ John Peel introduced the tracks as they were performed. Sides 3 and 4 of the LP (later the second CD) are the gig from 9 March 1972, this time with DJ Mike Harding as compere. The latter recording features the only known live recording of "Never Before" (it was out as a single at the time) and a rare Mk II line-up (Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice) offering of "Maybe I'm a Leo". These two songs were played instead of the usual "Child in Time" to promote the new forthcoming album Machine Head, released at the end of that month (March, 1972).

    "Smoke on the Water" (the first ever live performance) and "Maybe I'm a Leo" were not included on the original 2 LP vinyl release in 1980, although "Smoke on the Water" was made available as a single release. The vinyl was housed in a gatefold-sleeve with photo-liners.


    The track lengths on many of the 2001 reissues are incorrect.

    In 2004, the contents of the 2nd disc were remastered and released on SACD as Live on the BBC, on Audio Fidelity, with two bonus tracks (studio versions of "Hush" and "River Deep Mountain High").

    In 2012, the contents of the 2nd disc were remixed and released as In Concert '72, with the original set list in its correct order for the first time.It was not quite the full recording, as some between-song chat was cut, presumably for timing purposes. No music was lost.


      • Ritchie Blackmore – electric guitar
      • Ian Gillan – vocals
      • Roger Glover – bass guitar
      • Jon Lord – hammond organ
      • Ian Paice – drums


      Coordinator: Tim Chacksfield
      Engineer: Adrian Revill
      Engineer: Tony Wilson
      Liner Notes, Concept By, Research: Simon Robinson
      Management [Original Release Negotiated By]: Tony Edwards
      Mixed By: Nick Tauber
      Mixed By [Mono Recording Reprocessed For Stereo]: Nick Tauber
      Producer: Jeff Griffin
      Producer: Pete Dauncey
      Written-By: Ian Gillan
      Written-By: Ian Paice
      Written-By: Jon Lord
      Written-By: Nick Simper
      Written-By: Ritchie Blackmore
      Written-By: Rod Evans
      Written-By: Roger Glover


      Sides 1 and 2 of the LP (later the first CD) were recorded on 19 February 1970 at the BBC Studios for "The Sunday Show"

      • Produced by Jeff Griffin
      • Engineered by Tony Wilson
      • Mono recording reprocessed for stereo

      Sides 3 and 4 of the LP (later the second CD) were recorded on 9 March 1972 at the Paris Theatre in London for "BBC Sounds Of The Seventies"

      • Produced by Pete Dauncey
      • Engineered by Adrian Revill
      • Editing by Nick Tauber
      • Mixed from original 8-track master tapes in 1980 by Nick Tauber

      The songs "Maybe I'm a Leo" and "Smoke on the Water" were included on the 2001 double-disc CD and 2012 reissue CD. The tracklist is also in a different running order.