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Deep Purple – Made In Manchester (Bondage BON345/346)

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Made In Manchester (Bondage BON345/346)

Bell Vue Kings Hall, Manchester, England – May 15th, 1974

Disc 1: Intro., Burn, Might Just Take Your Life, Lay Down Stay Down, Mistreated, Lazy – Smoke On The Water, You Fool No One – guitar solo – blues – drum solo – Mule

Disc 2: Space Truckin’, Going Down, Highway Star

Made In Manchester contains a brand new audience recording of Deep Purple’s May 15th show at the Belle Vue King’s Hall. It is distant and disturbing with the loud passages sounding more clearly than the quiet. The between song introductions are difficult to make out most of all.

All the songs are mostly complete with a tape flip at 25:14 in “Space Truckin’” with insignificant amounts of music lost. Bondage tried to improve the quality of the tape by boosting the treble maybe too high. The higher frequencies are surrounded by a slight crispy sound although nothing too bad and are easy to ignore.

It is a somewhat enjoyable tape that will appeal more to committed Deep Purple fans who are interested in hearing more from the early days of the MK3 lineup with Coverdale’s and Hughes’ contributions to the band. This show is about six weeks after their defining live appearance at the California Jam on April 6th and recorded in the middle of their first proper tour of the United Kingdom. Of the twenty-five dates only three tapes currently circulate. They are the May 6th concert at City Hall in Sheffield, May 9th at the Hammersmith Odeon, London and this one.

This particular line up of Deep Purple has always perplexed some people because David Coverdale was hired to replace Ian Gillian and not only is he weaker than the man he replaced but is weaker than the new bass player who replaced Roger Glover.

Glenn Hughes has the better voice, stage presence and takes most of the song introductions. “It’s good to be in Manchester. We’re going to play some new songs from Burn. And then we’re gonna get down to some songs…from Machinehead” Coverdale says early on in the set as the band wisely chooses to emphasize the newer material first.

Purple play a very good show for the era in front of a receptive yet vocal Manchester crowd. There are the misplaced comments by some people in the crowd like the one guy who shouts out “Highway Star” during the “gospel” coda to “Smoke On The Water”.

The tape begins with the lights going out and the people by the recorder chatting before the band begin with the instant classic “Burn”. “Lay Down, Stay Down” is introduced by Coverdale as a “rude” song but the highlight from the first part of the set is “Mistreated”. It seems to be the MK3 equivalent of “Child In Time”, a slow and meditative number that has the audience on the edge of their seat.

“Smoke On The Water” begins with a bit of “Lazy” and includes the long organ coda. Hughes goes into a long explanation about guitar strings going out of tune under the lights before introducing the first long set piece of the evening “You Fool No One”.

The faux-funk tune lasts twenty minutes and contains a long Richie Blackmore solo followed by a long slow blues which runs into Ian Paice’s drum solo before a return to the older song “Mule”. This is followed directly by the second long improvisation of the night, a thirty-one minute version of “Space Truckin’”. It begins with the Strauss theme played on organ and contains “Greensleeves” in its myriad improvisational fury.

Going Down Slow” is a cover of the St. Louis Jimmy tune that was also covered by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin in their “Whole Lotta Love” medleys. “Highway Star” is the final song of the night, something recognizable for the crowd to leave by.

Made In Manchester is the first Deep Purple release by the Bondage people in quite a long time and is very good despite the “just listenable” sound quality. They include several publicity shots of a very somber looking band with a photo of the tour book on the inside cover and a live shot on the back superimposed over flames to preserve the Burn motif. There are not many documents circulating from this tour or from this line up on silver discs making this a title worth having.

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