Deep Purple
Made In Europe


2.0
poor

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
October 17th, 2009 | 17 replies | 8,854 views


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Europe just got owned by Japan.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Deep Purple: A Retrospective

Episode XII: Made in Europe

Post-breakup, Deep Purple still released another live album, this time Made in Europe instead of Made in Japan. Though the band broke up in 1976 after the one album-lasting Mark IV, this second live album was recorded earlier with Mark III, in 1975, on the very last dates Ritchie Blackmore was still playing with them. Needless to say, this was obviously a nice cash-in for EMI.

Deep Purple Mk. III was:

- David Coverdale ~ Lead Vocals
- Richard Hugh Blackmore ~ Lead Guitar
- Glenn Hughes ~ Bass Guitar, Vocals
- Jon Douglas Lord ~ Keyboards
- Ian Anderson Pace ~ Drums

Solely due to its title, it is impossible not to compare the album to the great Made in Japan. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this never equalled it, but Europe is an even less than good representation of live Deep Purple. Cash-ins are almost never great or excellent albums, and this is no exception. A mere 5 tracks from the Burn and Stormbringer albums (although spread over a length of 45 minutes), make for a not particularly satisfying collection of tracks. Mark III had, especially on Burn, produced far more strong material, and although it cannot be said that the best have been left out, (as we get You Fool No One, Mistreated, Lady Double Dealer and the both the title tracks of their two studio outputs) the likes of Sail Away and What’s Going on Here counted among the line-up’s very best material. The absence of Mark II material is another dissapointment. It is always interesting to see a new interpretation, especially when there’s a new singer on the fold (or, in this case, singers). In short, extensive is not what EMI went for. Picking the 5 more or less most successful tracks was not the way to do it.

Perhaps a strong critic would once again refer to Made in Japan, which also happened to have a rather small amount of tracks. But then again, there are a few rather large differences. First of all, Japan had the humongous Child in Time, and also featured interesting extensions of the original studio versions of its tracks. That doesn’t mean Europe does not have extended songs. In fact, You Fool No One runs at a stunning length of more than 16 minutes, instead of it original near 5. But then a problem arises. The improvisations on the previous live cuts were interesting, impressive, wondrous, pick your choice. Words that would be wisely chosen for the ones heard on this record are rather dull, generic or boring. Deep Purple, and especially Blackmore don’t sound like they’re going for it. No surprise there, because there must have been a reason why the guitarist chose to quit. His very last shows with the band are not likely to have been his best.

And next to the few amount of songs and boring improvisations, the worst of issues has not even been addressed. Deep Purple used to take such pride in the pure-hearted live performances on Japan, which were left completely unedited. But then again, it was not really Deep Purple who released this, was it? EMI has been messing with these tracks, and that is beyond obvious. The crowd applause is partly added, the vocals do not sound anywhere near natural, and it’s pretty sure there were some overdubs in the instruments on top of it. Seeing all that, Made in Europe is a very, very lacklustre live release.

The warning will probably not be of need, but leave this record on the shelf. Go for Made in Japan, go for the Mark II and III studio records, but do not consider this. This is far under the level that is Deep Purple. Ye Be Warned.



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Nagrarok
October 17th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Maybe sputnik will one day thank me for my dedication towards Deep Purple. Maybe.

FadeToBlack
October 17th 2009



10913 Comments


good review man, artwork broken?

Nagrarok
October 17th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Tried to upload, but doesn't seem to work. Says that the image was successfully created, but I no see cover art.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2009



8223 Comments


the artwork uploader is fucked. It doesn't work. You can ask the mods to upload the cover, but it's a 50:50 chance they care enough to do it.

Ok review, but it's nowhere near your best, quite many small mistakes and some awkward sentences throughout the review. If you would like me to, then i can bring some examples, but on the other hand, you can just work through this again yourself.

LepreCon
October 17th 2009



3545 Comments


Good grief, Deep Purple has a frak-load of live albums. I trust you're not going to review all of them

Nagrarok
October 18th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is the last I'm going to. I learnt my lesson with Priest, don't worry.

And yeah styles, you're right about that. I had this all properly written up before when I lost the document. Didn't feel like taking too much time writing it again. But will fix it later today probably.

Nagrarok
October 18th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Should be a bit better now. And it seems my uploaded cover now finally made its way here. Good.

Taoboxer9
October 18th 2009



163 Comments


The version of Burn on this disc is worth purchasing alone.If the production on this album was better, like on MIJ , it might have been a classic.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2009



8223 Comments


The improvisations on the previous live cuts were interesting, impressive, wondrous, pick your choice. Words that would be wisely chosen for this record are rather dull, generic or boring.
this still doesn't run correctly. You make it seem like THE WORDS are rather dull, generic or boring, not the record. Put this part: rather dull, generic or boring. into quote marks.

Still, the other edits were good, and i'm happy to give a pos now

manosg
October 12th 2012



4717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you're looking for a really good Mark III live album you should listen to Live in London. Don't even bother with Made in Europe.

Digging: Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel

ViperAces
October 12th 2012



12358 Comments


Set list is much weaker than Japan's.
I dont get it though do they actually play only 6 songs a concert?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012



18292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"If you're looking for a really good Mark III live album you should listen to Live in London."

Agreed. California Jam is also a really good Mk. III live album.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012



18292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I dont get it though do they actually play only 6 songs a concert?"

The reason they don't play that many songs is to allow the band to stretch out. Sometimes they extend songs by about 20 minutes or so. They're live jamming is one of the best things about Deep Purple imo.

manosg
October 12th 2012



4717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is such a ripoff. EMI created something similar to Made in Japan as far as appearance is concerned. Nevertheless, the content is severely lacking in quality for a group such as Deep Purple.

ViperAces
October 12th 2012



12358 Comments


Yea a 20 min verision of Space Truckin still gotta check.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012



18292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They've done live songs that are over half an hour as well before. Check out the Mk. II live album, Scandinavian Nights for some of their best live jamming/improv.

manosg
October 12th 2012



4717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Deep Purple was forced to tour intensively and record albums each year. That's why Gillan and Glover left the first time and that's why the band finally decided to break up after Come Taste the Band. They should have left EMI and continue on their own terms.



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