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Made in Japan remix

Made in Japan cover artThe old management company has announced that Universal is preparing a (belated) 40th anniversary edition of Made in Japan. Kevin Shirley is finishing remix of the album and actually all 3 Japanese dates are being remixed. Universal ended up owning the band’s back catalogue after in 2011 it bought up what was left of EMI’s recording business.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

55 Comments to “Made in Japan remix”:

  1. 1
    Corey Schmid says:

    isn’t it perfect already?

  2. 2
    Larry Toering says:

    I will never even put my ears to this!

  3. 3
    Mariano Gil García-Rojas says:


  4. 4
    Nick Martinez says:


  5. 5
    Javier Sahagun Frias says:

    Nobody´s gonna take my car and race to… fabulous.

  6. 6
    Louie Villanueva says:

    I hope I get to score one

  7. 7
    Power Metal-Mark M says:

    Never Tamper With A Masterpiece !,

  8. 8
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    I’ll check this out when it comes out, but honestly, what’s the point?

  9. 9
    Rasmus Heide says:

    There’s potentially something really good in a remix of all three nights. The previous 3CD box is very poorly mixed.

  10. 10
    Ulysses Silva says:

    raridade heinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  11. 11
    Yvonne Tölle says:

    “live in japan” is better – space trucking

  12. 12
    Charles Bongiorno says:

    best live album ever the band at there absolute peak

  13. 13
    Salvatore Mentolo says:

    best live album

  14. 14
    David Scott says:

    I didn’t think it needed a remix. Remastering maybe but the mix is so energetic and real.

  15. 15
    marcelo says:

    Es necesario? para mi esta perfecto el sonido y la mezcla, a no ser que quieran que lo compremos otra vez, es una edición para seguir sacándonos dinero?

  16. 16
    Mirek Szymankiewicz says:

    HE BEST live album!! ever.

  17. 17
    Mirek Szymankiewicz says:


  18. 18
    Sven-Christopher Dath says:

    das beste live albumbum aller zeiteiten

  19. 19
    MacGregor says:

    Corey @ 1- nothing is perfect in this world. Made In Japan as you know, is a collection of songs from 3 different nights. Many ‘live’ albums are a collection of the ‘best’ performances from selected concerts. Then there is the one night only ‘live’ concert, which is really the correct ‘live’ performance. We then get to hear it how it was on the night, everything that happens. However, so many concerts are touched up afterwards in the studio, to ‘replace’ mistakes or the sound mix or the proverbial ‘train wreck’ as it is known!
    How many ‘live’ albums are out there from one concert only & not ‘tampered’ with in any way, to make it sound ‘perfect’?
    Made In Japan has a pretty clean record for ‘non tampering’ from what we can perceive! In many ways it would be interesting to hear the ‘other’ songs from different nights. No artist performs the same concert each night, it happens, they are human beings! Cheers.

  20. 20
    Kim Peters says:

    Noooooooooo, not Kevin Shirley!!

    God I hope I’m wrong for doubting the outcome of this project.

  21. 21
    Thorsten Nickel says:

    So we have the old vinyl, the first CD, then we got the triple set and then the remastered one and now another one ok!? Did i miss one ? 😉

  22. 22
    Greg Anders says:

    one of the greatest live albums ….ever!!

  23. 23
    mindcrime says:

    WTF WTF WTF ????
    So, do we REALLY need some brand new shining & glittering and probably expensive HORRIBLE new version of something which was born simply perfect?
    I have a duble lp from the late seventies, and the first print on cd.
    You can hear the echoes in the hall, the fuzz from the Marshalls when the guys are not playing…every single sound and noise, thanks to the really simple and pure recording made by Martin Birch ( if I remember well, he used a mere 8 track recorder!!!)
    And now what?
    Sure as hell we’ll get some over compressed music, just loud’n’FLAT, as Now What?! is.

  24. 24
    Peter Chrisp says:

    That’s good news, i am thinking along the same lines as Thorsten, will that be the same as the 3cd box set that EMI released in 1993 “Live In Japan”, i guess time will tell.

  25. 25
    Dave says:

    What’s the point of remixing it?!!! It’s the worst thing I can think of. I certainly won’t buy it.

  26. 26
    Danilo Galli says:

    I don’t like ,personally, the way KS mixes …the only one who must have been involved would have been MR. Martin “The Master ” Birch …and not Kevin “Overrated” Shirley…He ruined CTTB 2nd CD.

  27. 27
    Ingo Scholz says:

    einfach nur affen geil

  28. 28
    Rene Wendler says:

    mit das beste was es gibt.

  29. 29
    Rene Wendler says:


  30. 30
    john victor says:

    I already bought LIVE IN JAPAN 3 CD set …why again?

  31. 31
    Sven-Eric Oehrling says:

    best album ever ! Long live Rock’n Roll !

  32. 32
    Hiza says:

    The clips of the film will be interesting to see, of course.

    But, there is no sense or need to remix those tapes!

    I have the original LP version from 1972, the Anniversary version AND Live In Japan (3CD) which is, I must
    say, very enjoyable indeed.

    Who cares if there´s some possible “missing parts” ? Come on! It IS a DOCUMENTARY of the Band at it´s ultimate peak. Cheers to all !

  33. 33
    MSM says:

    I’m all for a remix of both the original and 3 CD versions. The original Made In Japan has a superb mix but I’ve listened to it a million times so anything that brings something new to the experience is welcome.

    The 3 CD Live In Japan I rarely listen to because of the poorly balanced mix. The drums are great but that’s about it. Bring on the remix (and bring up the guitar!).

  34. 34
    Arthur Smith says:

    Oh they really need to be careful here, the original LP is still stunning!

  35. 35
    Orlando Liguori says:

    Yeah It’s A Wild Hurricane
    All Right Hold Tight
    I’m A Highway Star

  36. 36
    Gillan says:

    Kevin Shirley????
    It was preferable that the remix of the album to be made by a deaf man
    Well, there is not much difference…

  37. 37
    Christer says:

    But why?

  38. 38
    ltia says:

    @9, The original MIJ is not entirely from one concert – iirc Lazy is from the 3rd night.

    I agree with what everyone is saying here – the original mix is awesome, but the mix from the 3 night release isn’t. So getting a better mix of nights 1 and 3 is definitely worthwhile as well as (hopefully) having complete shows for the first time in one place.

    I’ve always preferred the 3rd night to the 2nd. The only exception for me being the call and response section of Strange Kind of Woman, which is better on the 2nd. Controversial?

  39. 39
    Jeff says:

    If it is now in 5.1 it will be incredible. It is my favorite Purple performance and it is pretty much perfect as is…especially the incredible analog warmth to it. BUT, I always felt as though the vocals were about 5-10% too low in the mix. Hopefully Shirley agrees. Why are people so nostalgic about the possibilities of a remix? We already have the great mix so what harm is there in hearing it in a new way? If you don’t want it don’t buy it. There’s no need to discourage record companies from offering things such as this, especially when people outside of the record companies are doing the work. For every botched re-mix/remastering effort there are 5 killer upgrades. To the person above who states that Shirely ruined “Come Taste” are you kidding me? Shirely did not produce BCC very well but he did a great job on Come Taste The Band! Side note:… if Martin Birch wanted to do these things he would make himself available, so apparently that is not the case. Looking forward to this! *Wish Steven Wilson had done it though.

  40. 40
    purpledaniel says:

    People, people, there in no point in complaining about a release that has not been released. Yes it is true that the Live in Japan 3CD set had a poor mix-and that makes perfectlky sense for a new mix. I´m no audiophil, but I have enjoyed the previous works of Kevin Shirley a lot: the Led Zeppelin DVD, BCC and the CTTB remixes were all great to me. Let´s just wait until this stuff gets released and then we can complain freely.
    I guess this will see the light only next April-July, there are a lot of upcomming DP releases right now.

  41. 41
    LRT says:

    If that is true that it’s just the other stuff being remixed, then I might digress. Thanks for the infos.

  42. 42
    saso says:

    I have photo of Machine Head recording session in the corridor of the Grand Hotel in Geneva in my office at university. And always tell to the my students: it is not technology, it is not luxury, the idea is what it’s count (just look this tiny space where best rock album was made !!)

  43. 43
    Peter Chrisp says:

    On second thoughts, with a number of deluxe editions and and upcoming releases, Yes, Humble Pie, The Who, a good suggestion whether it will be similar to the “Live In Japan” 3cd box set, or the original album,
    with their recent anniversary editions, how about a cd/dvd/bluray edition{s} and perhaps vinyl, what ever the extras to me 5.1 would be the ultimate in “sound. Jeff i am with you, with some classic albums that have now “got” the dvd/bluray 5.1 mix, can you imagine if Steve Wilson took over the “helm”.

  44. 44
    purplepriest1965 says:

    For some time now I ve been reading statements along the lines that the 1993 version was poorly mixed.

    Maybe it is my mental health going down because I m getting old or that I ve missed out on something but…..

    I always felt/heard/perceived that version to be a vast improvement on the classic mix.

    I was certainly not the only one that had that opinion.
    Read Simon Robinson’s words in the booklet, for example.

    What happened inbetween that shifted the views on this?!

  45. 45
    big al says:

    I dont rate shirley at all, the black star riders cd sounds cack compared to now what! having said that I will still buy it!

  46. 46
    Moreblack says:

    Ohh at last!!!!!My day to day album is back again!And the crowd yeld Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple…

  47. 47
    Scott says:

    Made In Japan is Indeed a 100% Live album. Yes the songs are from different nights and not all from one show. But the songs that were choosen are Live. I have the audience recordings all 3 shows and they match perfectly to the album versions.

  48. 48
    Stephen Lim says:

    20 minutes plus extra footage of that mercury live ALBUM – MADE IN JAPAN – pure POWER & AWESOMENESS of a band duirng their PRIME YEARS back in 1972. Will definitely wait for it to be released and added on the others great music titles by Deep Purple in Vietnam – Eeeeaaaooouuwww!
    Sunday, October 6th, 2013

  49. 49
    purplepriest1965 says:

    In the future they might be able to give the fans a DVD with images of that night built on DNA of the 5 members kept on ice.

    I hope they thought about that when they buried Jon.

  50. 50
    Scott says:

    Who is Kevin Shirley and why is he in charge of remixing an album he had nothing to do him in the first place.

    Why don’t they just wait and get Roger to remix all 3 shows. He was there he knows how it should sound.

  51. 51
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Maybe they asked RG and he didn’t want to do it, just as he doesn’t want to produce the new albums anymore?

  52. 52
    gareth says:

    Ithink the original Made in Japan is fine.The only problem that needs fixing is the packaging.Its one of the best live rock albums so could do with a nice booklet with new photos and liner notes about the tour and recording of the album.Maybe DP management will take this up.

  53. 53
    Marshall Major says:

    NOT Kevin Shirley, please for the love of Christ and all that is holy!
    Where is the UNLIKE button?
    Shirley’s approach is the audio equivalent of using a meat cleaver to perform a vasectomy.
    He over-compresses each instrument individually, then further destroys the mix by brick wall limiting the master bus until there’s no dynamic range left.
    Shirley DESTROYED Led Zeppelin: DVD and How The West Was Won.
    He MANGLED Black Country Communion.
    He DESECRATED Come Taste The Band.
    Everything he touches turns to a cacophony of muddy crapulence.
    DO NOT let this man near Made In Japan!

  54. 54
    oldschool says:

    If this means we will finally get a box set of all three shows complete that made up the “Made in Japan” album I am all for it! I still enjoy the 1993 3CD set poor mix and all and always wished they would put out all three shows complete.

    I just got the new Humble Pie complete Fillmore concerts and it is brilliant so hopefully The 1972 DP Japan shows will get a similar treatment.

  55. 55
    }{eywood says:

    Well I personally have no complaints about the mix on the Live in Japan set. The problem I have is the 3 CD restriction. Remixing the tapes again will at least give the opportunity for a 6 CD release with all three shows complete and in the correct order.

    That being said, with the bonus disc in the remastered MiJ all the songs ARE available. Anyone who knows how to make a playlist can assemble the shows in their correct order, and anyone with a little skill with digital editing can make that playlist seamless (I myself have done this. It is available on Pirate Bay as Made in Japan: The Complete Concerts).

    So why remix it again? A couple of people said it above. 5.1. THAT is a fantastic reason to do it all by itself. Add to that the recent trend to offer high resolution audio on a bluray disc and I think it’s a worthy idea. And the dynamic range of the high res will keep Shitley (you read that right) from having to brickwall the thing.

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