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‘Made In Europe’: Earth-Shattering Rock From The World’s Loudest Band

Recorded while guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was leaving the band, ‘Made In Europe’ nevertheless reveals what a tight unit Deep Purple were.

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Deep Purple’s 1972 album Live In Japan set the bar high for their concert albums, but its successor, Made In Europe, recorded four years later at gigs in Austria, Germany and France, was recorded in trickier circumstances – indeed, the album was released in October 1976, after the band had broken up.

Listen to Made In Europe on Apple Music and Spotify.

Founding member and lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was already in the process of leaving by the time Deep Purple hit the road, and had already started working on songs with singer Ronnie James Dio for their new band, Rainbow. Blackmore said, “I was tired and I just wanted to move along… I had had enough of all the aggravations from knowing people for eight years.”

Despite his new resolve, Blackmore’s playing on the three dates in April 1975 (at Graz, Saarbrücken and Paris) was as passionate and precise as it had been on classic studio albums such as Deep Purple In Rock.

The five-song album Made In Europe opens with a rousing version of ‘Burn’, which had been the band’s concert-opener for the previous two years. Co-written by Blackmore, the song owes something to George Gershwin’s 1924 composition ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, which Blackmore later said must have been subconsciously whirling in his head when he thought up the riff for the song.

Made In Europe, recorded using The Rolling Stones’ mobile studio and produced by Deep Purple’s long-term collaborator Martin Birch, frequently has the feel of an extended jam session. On the nearly 12-minute version of ‘Mistreated’, the band roll in a tribute to BB King’s ‘Rock Me Baby’. The performance also shows off the vocal skills of David Coverdale, who had joined the ever-changing Deep Purple line-up in 1973.

A fast-paced ‘Lady Double Dealer’ is followed by an epic 16-minute version of ‘You Fool No One’ on which Jon Lord plays an accomplished Hammond organ solo introduction. The original song, from the 1974 album Burn, was only four minutes long, but the band have fun playing around on this jam, even bringing in some extended bars of the Jewish folk song ‘Hava Nagila’, to the delight of the crowd. They then step up the heavy rock pace and power – as you would expect from an outfit who had once entered the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s loudest band. Throughout Made In Europe, Deep Purple show what a tightly-rehearsed unit they were.

The album closes with a version of ‘Stormbringer’, which was taken from the title of a Michael Moorcock novel based around the myth of a magical sword. Blackmore, who said he had learned some of his stagecraft as a youngster working with Screaming Lord Sutch, brings a fiery power to the version, ably supported by Glenn Hughes on bass and Ian Paice on drums.

Made In Europe can be bought here.

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Format: UK English
6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jim James

    October 3, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I think you meant to write that Blackmore was working with Ronnie James Dio and not Ronnie Romero…Romero and Blackmore did not start working together until 2015…your writer and editor need to check their facts…

    • Martin Chilton

      October 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Apologies for the two Ronnies brain lapse… that has now been amended. The error was mine, not from the editor side. Martin

  2. Geoff Platt

    October 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

    As pointed out previously, you mean Ronnie James Dio, not Ronnie Romero. It’s important for journalists to check their facts… any chance of updating your piece? You’ll only attract ridicule if you don’t.

  3. Geoff Platt

    October 3, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Oh, and a couple more things: The studio version of Burn was six minutes, not four; and the group shot shows the mark IV iteration of Purple, with Tommy Bolin.

    • David Thomas

      December 2, 2019 at 1:34 am

      Geoff he was talking about ‘You Fool No One’ coming in at 4 minutes, not ‘Burn’.

  4. Michael Jones

    October 3, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Shocking journalism

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