DEEP PURPLE - BERLIN 1973

September 21, 2011 – 6:19 pm

JON LORD R.I.P. 1941-2012

Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with heavy rock band Deep Purple, has died aged 71. Lord co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the group’s songs including Smoke On The Water. He also played with bands including Whitesnake. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August. He died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by family, a statement said. “Jon passes from Darkness to Light,” it added. Lord broke the news of his cancer diagnosis on his website last year, telling fans he would continue to write music as part of his therapy. - BBC

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DEEP PURPLE
Purple Blitz [Demon’s Eye, 2CD]

Live at Sporthalle, Berlin, Germany; January 16, 1973. Good to very good audience recording.

The tape for this show first surfaced in 2001 and was released as Purple Blitz on the Demon’s Eye label. Subsequently, it appeared as Berlin 1973 from Darker Than Blue. This is what wgpsec from collectorsmusicreviews.com commented:

One fan site describes this as “surprisingly good quality, slightly overloaded and powerful sound.” It is a bit overloaded on the low end but the upper frequencies are clear allowing guitar, keys, and vocals to cut through but the low end lacks some definition. It does seem to improve slightly after the first track and luckily crowd noise isn’t a factor…

Ian gives the usual Montreux story introduction before “Smoke On The Water” and Ritchie noodles around for a bit before starting the song. The quality improves some and by the solo is very clear and better balanced. Blackmore features some awesome guitar work in “Strange Kind Of Woman” which contains very friendly guitar/vocal interplay…

The intro for “Lazy” is pushed to the limit and is almost seven minutes before the vocal even enters. There is a harmonica solo played by Gillan and eventually the song breaks down into Ian Paice’s drum solo… A great night gets even better during the encore section. Blackmore again is burning things up during “Black Night” and they finish off with a fired up version of Little Richard’s “Lucille”. A great performance for the start of the [1973] European Tour but sadly this lineup would split later in the year… Anything from the [Deep Purple] Mark II lineup is worth investigating…

Thanks to balla who shared the tracks in 2004. Balla added: “Gillan is possibly a bit lost in the mix, and there are some cut and doctored peaks here and there, but all of you Richie freaks will have a ball with this one.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Highway Star (12.5MB)
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Track 102. Smoke On The Water (14.2MB)
Track 103. Strange Kind Of Woman (15.8MB)
Track 104. Mary Long (8.4MB)
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Track 105. Lazy and Drum Solo (21.0MB)
Track 106. The Mule (3.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Space Truckin’ (37.0MB)
Track 202. Black Night (11.8MB)
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Track 203. Lucille (11.9MB)
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Lineup:
Ian Gillan - vocals
Jon Lord - keyboards
Roger Glover - bass
Ian Paice - drums
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar

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  1. 16 Responses to “DEEP PURPLE - BERLIN 1973”

  2. hey bigo, rad!!! i’ll get this. you answered my request. ian gillan was, is their best vocalist, to me.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 21, 2011

  3. never was much of a deep purple fan and I will probably get trashed for saying so ..my fave purple tunes have always been the two covers they did, Hush and Kentucky Woman..

    By sluggo on Sep 21, 2011

  4. i got into deep purple in junior high school, sluggo. i always liked perfect strangers and machine head. those are full of hits. my brother still has his lp’s of both and both on cd.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 21, 2011

  5. My older brother had purple passages, on 8 track tape! I gotta say, I never tired of listening to this great tape. Like that other post stated. hush, kentucky woman, it,s all there.

    By kevin doyle on Sep 22, 2011

  6. Guess I’m in the minority here, as I’m a die-hard DP fan, and have been since the 70’s.
    Thanks BigO for posting this concert

    By Hulkzilla on Sep 22, 2011

  7. Many thanks for this - hopefully those who have never experienced DP will find something of interest.
    I first saw them just a few weeks before the release of In Rock where they were on a tiny stage, a bare lightbulb hanging above Blackmore’s head (later destroyed with a swing of his guitar) and standing a matter of 3-4 feet away from them - incredible then as they continue to be. Enjoy their music for what it is.

    By Terry on Sep 22, 2011

  8. This was my first favorite band, and I picked up the bug at just about this time. Many thanks, looking forward to checking it out.

    By drkrick on Sep 22, 2011

  9. I always liked original singer Rod Evans, but this is Deep Purple at their best. Even if the recording has some distortion, their performance more than makes up for it.

    Please sluggo, if you can’t say something positive then don’t comment.

    By George Martini on Sep 23, 2011

  10. why arent negative comments welcome george? theres no rule about there only being positive comments allowed or welcome. this is for all to express their thoughts not just those who have praises and happy thoughts.
    your own comment has a qualifier in it. ‘even if the recording has some distortion’?? thats not a positive comment. who are u to tell someone not to comment? id rather read one of sluggo’s comments than two of ed’s on each side of it.

    By darth on Sep 23, 2011

  11. hey george, bigo offered a show by captain beyond last year that featured rod evans on vocals. it’s good. get it, if you don’t have it already. here’s the link:

    http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=612

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 23, 2011

  12. thanxxx for all the great stuff, bigO! the more deep purple the better! this era rules…made in japan is one of my top 10 “desert island” releases…JAM ON!!!

    By metaljohn on Sep 25, 2011

  13. GOD BLESS YOU, JON LORD!

    You truly made a difference!
    You were the best metal/hard rock keyboard player… the only one in your class and at your level was KEN HENSLEY of URIAH HEEP and BLACKFOOT.

    I was fortunate to meet Jon Lord…. on SUPERBOWL SUNDAY 1985 in Wichita, KS, It was teh 2nd date of the PERFECT STRANGERS tour. He was an absolute gentleman and signed anything you put in front of him.

    And to see him rock that HAMMOND ORGAN during HIGHWAY STAR was such a treat.

    Thank you, BIG O….my condolences to your family and God Bless you, Jon Lord

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jul 17, 2012

  14. darth, it’s so interesting to read your comments on this thread! You approve of negative comments, and you seem to be attacking Ed Saad.

    “why arent negative comments welcome george? theres no rule about there only being positive comments allowed or welcome. this is for all to express their thoughts not just those who have praises and happy thoughts” “id rather read one of sluggo’s comments than two of ed’s on each side of it.

    Could you please explain what led to your recent change of heart?

    Thanks for the show bigO, I’m a big early DP fan.

    By dingus on Jul 17, 2012

  15. i didnt attack him. i just said id rather read someone elses comments than his. thats not an attack. its a stated preference. i did not attack him. u on the other hand do attack me. its what u do. its all u do. u have nothing better to do. thats why u are doing it 10 months after my posting. because u have nothing better to do. its not that i approve of negative comments. its that i approve of criticism on the music itself. what u are doing i dont approve of. there was no recent change of heart. is this harassment ever going to stop??

    By darth on Jul 18, 2012

  16. Asking a question isn’t harassment.

    By dingus on Jul 18, 2012

  17. sometimes it isnt. in your case.. if its to or about me..100% of the time.. it is. without exception absitively posolutely. guaranteed.
    stop it. either discuss the music at hand or dont post at all. those are your options. period. leave me alone.

    By darth on Jul 19, 2012

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