Deep Purple
Live in Stockholm


4.5
superb

Review

by manosg USER (36 Reviews)
November 8th, 2013 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For fans of Deep Purple, long jams and improvisations.

Whenever the discussion goes to the best live bands of all time, Deep Purple is a name that always appears. The main reason is the legendary Made in Japan which is highly regarded as among the finest live albums ever recorded. Deep Purple, when they perform live, is a harder, heavier and louder band than on studio and thankfully there are numerous live albums that prove that.

Live in Stockholm was recorded in the capital of Sweden on November 12, 1970 in support of their breakout album In Rock. It was initially released as Scandinavian Nights in Europe and Live and Rare in the US. However, the 4-track master tapes were later discovered and are remixed for this release. Live in Stockholm features the setlist in the correct order whereas in Scandinavian Nights it had to be adjusted due to vinyl time restrictions.

One of the best Mark II live recordings, Live in Stockholm features rawer, louder, more energetic and generally improved versions of the band’s studio recordings. The setlist is representative for a Deep Purple concert at the time. The album clocks at 116 minutes and half of the set is taken over by “Wring That Neck” and “Mandrake Root” which last for half an hour each. Considering that the sum of the studio versions for both songs is 11 minutes, the rest is soloing and improvisations. Music fans who look for improvisations will certainly find some very exciting moments within those 50 minutes. Being the main soloists, Blackmore and Lord take up most of that time which is a joy to their admirers. Even though both of them are renowned for their soloing ability, Ian Paice proves on this live album once again that he is among the best hard rock drummers by providing us with an overall exceptional performance. “Paint it Black” is basically used as a platform for a drum solo as the band inserts parts of the Rolling Stone original in the beginning and at the end of the track. Not being a drummer myself, I found this track a bit tedious, as a Deep Purple cover closer to the original song would sound more interesting. Naturally, Live in Stockholm includes a few tracks from In Rock. “Speed King” and “Into the Fire” are both very energetic while they also feature extended solos by Ritchie Blackmore and excellent performances by Ian Gillan. However, the most outstanding moment of the album is the astonishing performance of “Child in Time”; a heavier rendition of the song with an extended mid section, stretching to almost 20 minutes. “Black Night”, the highly successful single that was used as a promo for In Rock at the time, closes the album in the same vain it was opened; with extended soloing and a duel between Blackmore and Gillan not even close to Made in Japan though.

On the other hand, not everyone will be that tolerant to long jam sessions or improvisations taking up so much time and naturally there are moments that are less exciting. Both “Wring That Neck” and “Mandrake Root” could have been easily cut by 10-15 minutes each and be more efficient. In addition, this album might not be proven very popular among people who are not familiar with the band’s music. The album contains very few tracks and it’s possible that they won’t be in a position to fully appreciate the extended soloing in case they’re not familiar with the original versions of the songs.

To sum up, this album is a fine example of high chemistry combined with virtuosity and solid song writing. Deep Purple were improvising in their attempt to discover the limits of their music rather than just to show off. As a result, this album is definitely more experimental than the colossal Made in Japan. Is it better overall? No, because by the time Deep Purple recorded Made in Japan they had a deeper and better catalogue which resulted in a more diverse setlist. However, two points where Live in Stockholm surpasses it are improvisations and the fact that this recording comes from just one concert instead of best moments within a tour. For fans of the band, this is a must.



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manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Full album here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unm7WtLZ3MY&list=PLcsDJS95FMsygNYrRlUbOqy5MmpvaMeuA

Your communication is key as always.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


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I've got Scandinavian Nights but not this version. Scandinavian Nights is one of my favourite Deep Purple live albums (behind Made in Japan of course) so I know this rules seeing as it's the same recordings. Would be good to have it with the correct running I order I guess although I hardly think it will be worth me getting this seeing as I already have the original release.

Nice review, pos'd.

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manosg
November 8th 2013


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Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man. For someone who already has Scandinavian Nights this isn't very essential. If I have to choose one of the two though, I'd go with Stockholm due to the running order thing.

On another note, Deep Purple have so many awesome live albums, especially Mk. II,III and IV.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


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Deep Purple have so many awesome live albums, especially Mk. II,III and IV.


Agreed hard. California Jamming, Live in London 1974 and Concerto for Group and Orchestra are some of my other favourite DP live albums. There's loads more great ones too.

TheNotrap
November 8th 2013


8067 Comments


Nice review.
Will check this out.

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manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man, hope you'll like it.

deslad
November 8th 2013


356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review manosg, POS. As a Deep Purple and improv fan, I will definitely listen to this soon.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


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: D

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


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The versions of Wring That Neck and Mandrake Root on here are some of the best extended jams Deep Purple have ever done (or at least some of the best that were ever recorded).

manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Atari
Always a pleasure.

@Jamie
Agreed. This album has some incredible long jams and improvisations.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


19744 Comments


well-written and informative review man. Deep Purple rules but I still haven't checked all their stuff out. I still need to hear Fireball

manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man! Fireball is awesome, quite underrated too. It's bluesier than In Rock and Machine Head and includes Fools which is probably top-3 on their best tracks.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


19744 Comments


I'm actually listening to fireball right now and I already dig it. I'm curious to hear their live stuff now but want to familiarize myself with them more first

manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Glad you dig it man. If you listen to one of their live albums, you might wanna go with Made in Japan. It's one of the best ever, if not THE best ever.

deslad
November 8th 2013


356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Imo, Fireball is equal to Machine Head; also their live performances rule.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


20649 Comments


Atari just wait til you hear Made in Japan. Seriously one of the best albums ever (not just one of the best live albums).

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


20649 Comments


Also, Fireball is becoming my favourite Purple studio album.

manosg
November 8th 2013


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fireball rarely gets the love it deserves. When I'm in a bluesy mood, it does more for me too but it's hard to distinguish among their big 3.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


19744 Comments


sweet i'm stoked to hear made in japan.

and I feel like fireball could be my favorite too but I've only heard it once (just now) lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


19744 Comments


good god they have a LOT of live albums



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