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Made in Japan documentary on BBC

An hour long documentary on Made in Japan will air on the UK TV channel BBC4 starting at 9:15pm this Friday, September 12. The film was directed by Ian Carmichael and produced by Drew Thompson. Judging by the BBC’s promo blurb, our guess is that it’s the same documentary that was released on the 4CD+DVD edition of the 40th anniversary remaster.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple’s groundbreaking double live album Made in Japan, this documentary explores these recordings and Deep Purple mark 2, the line-up between 1969 and 1973.

The film highlights the mark 2 period of this classic British rock band featuring the classic line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice with a focus on the recording of the album Machine Head in Montreux, Switzerland in late 1971; the friction that developed within the band as a result of this recording and their incessant touring of the world in general and North America in particular; and the live recordings of the band’s first Japanese tour in August 1972, released that December in the UK as Made in Japan, a Number 1 UK album. Lars Ulrich of Metallica has cited Made in Japan as his favourite album of all time.

Featuring previously unseen exclusive footage, this film promises to uncover the meaning behind the song Smoke on the Water, known for one of the most iconic riffs in rock history, and to reveal the background to the mystery that lies behind the three nights in Osaka and Tokyo during the recording of the live Made in Japan album from 1972.

The showing will be repeated on Saturday, September 13, at 0:15am, and Monday, September 15, at 1:00am.

Thanks to Jonathan Earnshaw and Garry Mccormack for the info.

15 Comments to “Made in Japan documentary on BBC”:

  1. 1
    Hendy Hidayat N says:

    Real… Highway star !

  2. 2
    Charles Bongiorno says:

    At there peak no band better at that point top five live album ever

  3. 3
    Stephen James Smith says:

    When will it be shown in USA and will it be avail via YouTube, Netflix?

  4. 4
    Gwain Pineda Maranon says:

    i love that adlib by blackmoore…nice band….

  5. 5
    Drdp says:

    Is there a new hidden unknown meaning to SOTW that we don’t know about?

  6. 6
    Les Hedger says:

    Place your bets. I’ll bet there is nothing new on this.

  7. 7
    davedp says:

    You know there are lots and lots of people out there who have no idea that the best band in the world is DP and some have never even heard of them. So whatever is shown in this tv programme will be very new to quite a lot of people and I’d hate to see them deprived of seeing the very best even at this late stage in the bands career.

  8. 8
    Scott says:

    Maybe Blackmore explains how he came up with the riff.

  9. 9
    Lajos says:

    @ 7
    Can´t agree more……that´s the difference between diehards and common people


  10. 10
    Daniel Miller says:

    Well it certainly inspired a lot of people to buy some albums.
    Made in Japan is currently No.1 on both Amazon’s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Charts.
    In fact Deep Purple currently have 7 albums in Amazon’s Heavy Metal top 20 – Made In Japan has 3 separate entries!

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I missed both broadcasts and did not buy the Now what edition in which this DVD was supposedly included 🙂

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Why is there no thread on the release of ” Graz” ?

    I am listening to it for some days now.

    On other fora it is already discussed.

  13. 13
    purpledaniel says:

    Apparently, there is much more footage from the Tokyo 72 show that was included in teh MIJ documentary. Not around 20 minutes, but seemingly 40. DP (O) hinted that the whole footage is being prepared for a full release later on.

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I see that one of my replies was in the wrong thread.
    Ofcourse the MIJ doc is NOT included in the Now What boxedition. 🙂

  15. 15
    Scott W. says:

    purpledaniel @13
    I would be very interested in more of this footage. The 68/76 period of the band is the holy grail (at least to some of us!) !! Where did you get your info?

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