Axel Rudi Pell has had four solo albums so a live album was long over due. As a result, during two shows on February 4th & 5th of 1995, they were recorded so a live album could be released. They were recorded in Markthalle, Hamburg and Zeche, Bochum. There were three songs from the Markthalle show and five from Zeche. The band was of course Axel Rudi Pell on guitar, Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Jorg Michael on drums, Volker Krawczak on bass and Julie Greaux on keyboards. It was the same band that recorded the previous album ‘Between the Walls’ for which they were now touring for that album, and it is a great, solid band.
1994 was an extremely busy year for Jeff Scott Soto and by the looks of it, 1995 was not going to be any different as we have 3 releases for this year and this being the first. For this album, Jeff felt the biggest fault was it was too short and he would’ve liked to have included a few more of the older tracks. With that being said, if that is the only fault, then we are in for a real treat. The show captures how much Jeff enjoyed working with Axel and it shows in his performance and everyone’s performance for that matter. The album came out around May 22, 1995 and is a great time capsule of a great period of Axel Rudi Pell.
The show kicks off with some riffing by Axel and then they go straight in to “Talk of The Guns” off their most recent album ‘Between the Walls’. Here is the song is sped up even faster and a lot heavier. It seems faster than speed metal here. The drums are pounding and relentless and Pell’s solo is pure Axel. Jeff does a great job keeping up with that pace and not losing his breath, but it was close.
In 1982, Deep Purple didn’t exist, no new music was coming for a few more years, but the world needed a brand new Live album by the band. Or at least that is what the record company thought. This live album was really not new, it was only newly released. It was recorded back in 1974 with the Mark III line-up of the following:
Richie Blackmore – guitar
David Coverdale – lead vocals
Glenn Hughes – Bass and vocals
Jon Lord – keyboards
Ian Paice – drums
The album was recorded on May 22, 1974 at the Gaumont State Theatre in London, England and was used a BBC Radio Broadcast but never actually saw the light of day on a physical release until 8 years later. The tour was for the album “Burn” which is where a majority of the songs will come from.
Like with most Deep Purple Live albums, there are only a handful of songs as some of the songs last an eternity. You get 6 whole songs on the original release and when they do the re-issues years later you are blessed with getting a whole other song that adds over 30 minutes to the time…yep…one song at 30 minutes. Wow!!
Now that Deep Purple was defunct, the record company needed to release something I am sure so why not a live album. In October 1975, ‘Made in Europe’ was released. The recording from April 3rd – April 7th on some of the final dates that Ritchie Blackmore would play as he left the band shortly after. So, with that being said, the line is the Mark III lineup of the band consisting of Ritchie, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
The show was recorded from 3 different shows that took place on April 3rd, 1975 in Graz, Austria, April 5th in Saarbrücken, Germany and finally on April 7th at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. According to the album jacket, the album was recorded using the “Rolling Stones” mobile truck. And it has also been discussed that there were some heavy overdubbing and cleaning up of the set including the audience with the crowd noise and applause…but this is the 70’s what live album wasn’t retouched (ahem…Kiss).
The album is only a single LP and only includes 5 songs with a total run time of 45:47 which means the average song length over 9 minutes so the band plays the heck out of these songs which is really what a Deep Purple live album is all about. The band had huge success with the prior live album ‘Made in Japan’ and although this is a good release, it isn’t as good as the Japan release.
Welcome to the new series covering the career of the great David Coverdale. We will start off with Deep Purple and then cover his solo work, his work with Jimmy Page and of course, Whitesnake. We have a long journey ahead as we have around 33 albums that we will cover. Sit back and I hope you enjoy the ride…Let’s get started!
Deep Purple – ‘Burn’ (1974):
In 1973, Deep Purple went through yet another line-up change. This one saw the band lose the lead singer, Ian Gillan, and bass player, Roger Glover. And for this time around, Ritchie Blackmore wanted to take the band in a new direction and it was the start of Mark III.
First up he brought in bass player Glenn Hughes and damn the man can sing as well so not a bad pick. Glenn had come from the band Trapeze where he had made a name for himself. But Ritchie wasn’t done.
Ritchie found a pretty unknown singer whose voice he really loved as it had a blues tone to it that spoke to him. That gentleman was none other than David Coverdale. We would all grow to love him from Whitesnake, but every story has a beginning and this is his. With the powerful vocals of Hughes and Coverdale, Deep Purple were set up to do great things. Not only those two great singers, Ritchie still had the amazing Jon Lord on keyboards and Ian Paice on Drums. It is a pretty impressive line-up!