Live in London

~ Release group by Deep Purple

Album + Live

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Live in London (unknown) 6
Live in London Vinyl 6 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002) 1C 064-64 877
Live in London Cassette 6 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 1C 264-64 877
Live in London CD 6 METAL MANIA (Teichiku sub-label) 18DN-32
Live in London 2×CD 6 + 1 vap (imprint of VAP Inc.) VPCK-85325 4988021853255
Live in London 2×CD 5 + 2 EMI International


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Deep Purple were perhaps one of the biggest bands in the Rock Universe in the early seventies, if not one of its very heaviest. Their early incarnation and classic line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan had built up a formidable reputation with albums Machine Head *and *In Rock, featuring such air-guitar staples as "Smoke On The Water", "Hush" and "Black Night".

However, by 1974 the third line-up of the band seen Gillan and Glover quit due to bad feeling and general rock'n'roll exhaustion the year before, and replaced by David Coverdale (later of Whitesnake) and bassist Glenn Hughes. This live album recorded at the Gaumont State in Kilburn (now a Grade 2-listed bingo hall!) – Recorded for radio - is the only document of that line-up, and now finally makes its way onto CD.

Of course, live albums always strange affairs and very rarely appeal past hardened fans, who themselves would be hard pushed to say they'd play them more than a handful of times, but as an archive release and a revealing fragment of the madness of the Purps, *Live In London *is top notch. Coverdale may've been bricking it, stepping into Gillan's shoes, but certainly doesn't show any sign of it as he makes a good fist of making "Smoke On The Water" his own, alongside more familiar terrain of Burn.

Depending on where you stand, Disc Two's 21 minute version of "You Fool No One" and – good grief – 31 minutes of "Space Truckin'" could seriously test your tolerance levels, but this set is a perfect snapshot of the band at an interesting transitory peak. Blackmore was to leave himself after the following year's album, 1975's Stormbringer, and despite numerous reformations and comebacks, things were never really quite the same again.