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DEEP PURPLE - LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA '96
Nice surprise, coming home from work to find the Deep Purple 'Live at the
Olympia' CD on the doorstep.
The inlay gives us three pages of pictures , two pages songtitles and
credits and two pages thank you. In the crew there's one Mickey Lee Soule,
is this 'the' Elf Mickey Lee Soule?
Ofcourse songcredits also go to Ritchie Blackmore and it's nice to see his
name on a Deep Purple disc. Although Steve Morse is great it's still very
familiar to read: Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice. That was then and now
is now..... !!
The album cover concept is by Roger Glover and he did a great job, the
whole thing especially the front cover looks terrific.
The sound of the two discs is superb. I very much like the way the drums
come through. As we all know some tracks had to wait a long time before
appearing on a live album but now they're here: 'Fireball', 'Maybe I'm a
Leo', 'No one came' etc. The only one I miss is 'Bloodsucker', that's one
of my own favourites, but no complaining with this cd please.
The music on the cd is really stunning. Listen to Lord's wonderful work on
'Cascades: I'm not your lover'. Halfway the song vanish into silence only to
reappear softly with beautiful sounds coming from Steve's guitar. Nice
interaction between Steve Morse and Jon Lord. Just when you think they can't
top that one it's time for 'Sometimes I feel like screaming'. Going back in
time with 'Woman from Tokyo' - difficult to sing this one but Gillan not
only shows what once had been but also what still is, he still has the
voice. 'No one came' grows and grows everytime I hear it. A nice version of
'The purpendicular waltz' closes disc one. Quick, quick the next one...after
some keyboards Roger's bass line leads us into 'Rosa's cantina'. 'Speed
king' is...well it's 'Speed king'...need I say more? One highlight is
followed by the next one. Glad that 'Hey Cisco' is here, love that
one. Steve's again doing amazing things, he's so good! After hearing
'Highway star' and more then two hours Deep Purple there's only one thing to
do, start all over again.
And remember the saying: 'This record sounds best when played for your
- Fireball 4:48.
- Maybe I'm a Leo. 5:18.
- Ted the mechanic 4:21.
- Pictures of home 5:58.
- Black night 6:28.
- Cascades : I'm not your lover 10:08. (With horns).
- Sometimes I feel like screaming 7:03.
- Woman from Tokyo 5:34.
- No one came 6:03. (With horns).
- The purpendicular waltz 5:02. (With horns).
Total playing time 65:32
- Rosa' cantina 5:53.
- Smoke on the water 9:00.
- When a blind man cries 6:54.
- Speed king 9:22.
- Perfect strangers 6:11.
- Hey Cisco 5:50.
- Highway star 8:50. (With horns).
Total playing time 57:02
Buy this one and discover again how good they are.
Hans van der Meiden
2201 WV - Noordwijk