Last Concert in Japan

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Last Concert in Japan
Deep purple last concert in japan.jpg
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)Made in Europe1976
Last Concert in Japan
Deep Purple in Concert
(1980)Deep Purple in Concert1980
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 in Japan (and in 1978 in Europe). It was dedicated to Tommy Bolin. 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 record's 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 organ solo. Purple fans were disgusted by the move, which was attributed to record company foul play in order to boost sales.

In a 1995 interview, Glenn Hughes calls Last Concert in Japan an "awful record". He says that it "should never have been released" because "Tommy couldn't play", owing to an incident where Bolin had taken drugs the night before and fallen asleep on his left arm for eight hours.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Length
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 2
No. Title Length
5. "Lady Luck" (Coverdale, Jeff Cook) 3:11
6. "Smoke on the Water" (Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Lord, Paice) 6:24
7. "Soldier of Fortune" (Blackmore, Coverdale) 2:22
8. "Woman from Tokyo/Jon Lord Solo" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) 4:01
9. "Highway Star" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) 6:50
Bonus CD
No. Title Length
1. "Gettin' Tighter"  
2. "This Time Around"  
3. "Stormbringer"  
4. "Georgia on My Mind"  


Deep Purple
Additional Personnel
  • Produced by Deep Purple and Martin Birch
  • Engineered by Martin Birch
  • Assistant engineer: Shigeo Matsumoto


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[4] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone