Good day today since the much anticipated Deep Purple release “Long Beach 1976” (part of the ongoing Deep Purple Overseas Live Series) arrived in the mail. I went for both options, the Two CD and the Three Vinyl editions will both find a home where I dwell. Now this has been released a few times before so there is not much to speak of here except the fact that it is really nice to get this recording on full vinyl after all these years. That is obviously a first. Secondly, as far as live albums goes this one is exceptionally great, like “Made In Japan” and “Made In Europe”. It just proves that Tommy Bolin was a great player in Deep Purple and that it worked. It was the darker side of the story (recently blogged about in detail on this blog) that ended it all. But musically, man was it something else!
1970s Purple was astounding, always walking tall and certainly great to the very end.