Sunday, 13 November 2016

Deep Purple [1969.08.24] Ritchie's Blues (The Paradiso)

Deep Purple
'Ritchie’s Blues'
(Living Legend : LLRCD 035)
The Paradiso, Amsterdan, Netherlands
August 24th, 1969

Excellent Audience Recording
(Although it had been listed as a soundboard)
Encoded: 224 Kbps MP3

Track List: (Artwork Included)
01. Kneel And Pray
02. Child In Time
03. Mandrake Root
04. *Wring That Neck *REMOVED
05. Ritchie’s Blues
06. Paint It Black (Intro) / Drum Solo

Considered to be the best sounding Paradiso boot, this is considered to be one of the essential DP boots, as it’s the earliest known Mk II performance in existence. Ritchie’s Blues is infinitely better than Crash Landing. It’s a superb look at early Mk II and surprisingly clear considering the age of the recording. Mandrake Root is cut shortly into Lord’s solo and fades out, but other than that it’s a fantastic show. Kneel And Pray shows the band had a fairly clear vision of what they wanted Speed King to sound like from the beginning. A little fine tuning on the lyrics and a tightening of the arrangement and a year later it appeared on In Rock in all its manic glory. It’s kind of odd hearing the band play a blistering set and not hear any audience response though. Gillan makes reference to the nice smell coming from the audience, so apparently the crowd was pleasantly sedated. -Original

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