all tracks are regular album versions except where noted
1. Mandrake Root (Stockholm
Nov 11 1970)
The band charges into the song like there's no tomorrow,
and Blackmore handles most of the very inspired lead work. First released on
Scandinavian Nights in Europe
(and Live And Rare in the States),
this version is taken from a newly found four-track master, remixed in June
2002. The sound improvement is marginal, with Ian's vocals a bit more prominent
on the new version.
Next are four of Deep Purple's much lauded BBC
sessions, plus a short interview with Jon Lord discussing the merits of then
current hit single Black Night. There's fire and brimstone excitement in these
recordings which in some instances surpasses even the original studio versions.
2. Grabsplatter (BBC session Sep 23 1970)
Grabsplatter was first released as a single
b-side in the 1980s, and it features the song structure and riff that eventually
evolved into I'm Alone (off the Fireball
3. Child In Time (BBC session Sep 23 1970)
4. Jon Lord Interview (BBC session Sep 23 1970)
5. Black Night (BBC session Sep 23 1970)
6. Into The Fire (BBC session Sep 23 1970)
Hearing such an energetic new version of Into The Fire after 32 years is a treat
- and Gillan's double tracked vocals are scary for their clarity.
7. Fools (Fireball
Featuring the whole band rehearsing an
early version of Fools, this high quality recording reveals Ian Gillan improvising
over unfinished lyrics. The naked power is staggering and the track provides
a fascinating insight into how songs would evolve through jamming. A rough version
of the quiet middle section features Ritchie's embryonic 'cello' section, before
Ian starts ad-libbing and the tape ends as they get ready to build the song
back up again. An absolute highlight of the box set.
9. No One Came
10. Demon's Eye
Three tracks off the Fireball album. The remastering doesn't really reveal anything
new - and Demon's Eye was faulty on my first disc.
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