Last Concert in Japan

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Last Concert in Japan
Live album by Deep Purple
Released 16 March 1977
Recorded 15 December 1975
in Budokan Hall
Genre Hard rock
Length 43:57
Label Purple Records (Europe)
Warner Bros. Records (Japan)
Producer Deep Purple & Martin Birch
Deep Purple live albums chronology
Made in Europe
(1976)
Last Concert in Japan
(1977)
Deep Purple in Concert
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Last Concert in Japan is an album by Deep Purple released in March 1977. It records the last Japanese concert of the Mark IV-lineup with Tommy Bolin. This album was recorded on 15 December 1975 at the Tokyo Budokan and achieved a gold certification in Japan[2]

This performance set an attendance record for the Budokan Hall, about 14,000 attended. Parts of the concert were also shot on 16mm film and were included in the video Rises Over Japan, released in Japan only in 1985.

The recording was substantially edited to fit a single vinyl release. The whole concert was remastered and restored for This Time Around: Live in Tokyo released in 2001. Aside from including a large portion of the set left out at the time of the original release, the 2001 re-release was also meant to fully restore the sound quality of the show, which was compromised when a hurriedly mastered audio track meant for a potential video release was used to speed up the release.

The original packaging of this release incorrectly stated that the album included a live version of "Woman from Tokyo", when in fact all that was included was a short jam of its main riff performed during Jon Lord's solo. Purple fans were disgusted by the move, which was attributed to record company foul play in order to boost record sales.

In a 1995 interview, Glenn Hughes calls Last Concert in Japan an "awful record," and says that it "should never have been released" because "Tommy couldn't play."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Burn" (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) - 7:05
  2. "Love Child" (Tommy Bolin, Coverdale) - 4:46
  3. "You Keep on Moving" (Coverdale, Glenn Hughes) - 6:16
  4. "Wild Dogs" (Bolin, John Tesar) - 6:06
Side Two
  1. "Lady Luck" (Coverdale, Jeff Cook) - 3:11
  2. "Smoke on the Water" (Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Lord, Paice) - 6:24
  3. "Soldier of Fortune" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - 2:22
  4. "Woman from Tokyo" [Jon Lord Solo] (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) - 4:01
  5. "Highway Star" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) - 6:50

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional Personnel
  • Produced by Deep Purple and Martin Birch
  • Engineered by Martin Birch

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