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
|Label||Purple Records (Europe)
Warner Bros. Records (Japan)
|Producer||Deep Purple & Martin Birch|
|Deep Purple live albums chronology|
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
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 fell asleep on his left arm for eight hours.
- Side One
- "Burn" (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) - 7:05
- "Love Child" (Tommy Bolin, Coverdale) - 4:46
- "You Keep on Moving" (Coverdale, Glenn Hughes) - 6:16
- "Wild Dogs" (Bolin, John Tesar) - 6:06
- Side Two
- "Lady Luck" (Coverdale, Jeff Cook) - 3:11
- "Smoke on the Water" (Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Lord, Paice) - 6:24
- "Soldier of Fortune" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - 2:22
- "Woman from Tokyo" [Jon Lord Solo] (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) - 4:01
- "Highway Star" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) - 6:50
- Deep Purple
- Jon Lord - keyboards, Hammond organ, backing vocals
- Ian Paice - drums, percussion
- David Coverdale - lead vocals
- Glenn Hughes - bass, vocals
- Tommy Bolin - guitar, lead vocals on "Wild Dogs"
- Additional Personnel
- Produced by Deep Purple and Martin Birch
- Engineered by Martin Birch
- Assistant engineer: Shigeo Matsumoto
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Allmusic review
- Warner Pioneer Japan - Deep Purple - Last Concert in Japan, Certified Gold http://images.goldbergauctions.com/php/lot_auc.php?site=1&sale=43&lot=733&lang=1
- Deep Purple - Rock Family Trees - 1995
- "Japanese album certifications – Deep Purple – Last Concert in Japan" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.