”…making this a definitive treatment of the band’s catalog and its most impressive album.”
- William Ruhlmann (All Music Guide) -

Made in Japan is a double live album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded during their first tour of Japan in August 1972. It was originally released in December 1972, with a U.S. release in April 1973.

The album was recorded live over three nights during 15–17 August 1972 at Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka and at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, hence the name of the album. The tracks mostly come from their studio effort, Machine Head.

The three concerts recorded were later released as Live in Japan 3-CD box set (1993). According to the liner notes for that set, unlike many live albums, there are no overdubs or studio additions to the original album.

“The Mule” includes a 6-minute Ian Paice’s drum solo. Every night, the song had included a drum solo, available on Live in Japan.

The release in the US was delayed because Warner Bros. wanted to release Who Do We Think We Are first.

The album was at first seen as somewhat unimportant by the band members, and only Roger Glover and Ian Paice showed up to mix it. It is organist Jon Lord’s favourite Deep Purple album, and he describes the release as follows:

“That double album was the epitome of what we stood for in those days. It wasn’t meant to be released outside of Japan. The Japanese said, ‘Will you please make a live album?’ We said, ‘We don’t make live albums; we don’t believe in them.’ We finally said okay, but said we wanted the rights to the tapes because we didn’t want the album to be released outside of Japan. That album only cost about $3,000 to make. It sounded pretty good, so we said to Warner Bros., ‘Do you want this?’ They said, ‘No live albums don’t happen.’ They wound up putting it out anyway and it went platinum in about two weeks.”

Track listing

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice except where indicated.

Side one

“Highway Star” – 6:50
Recorded in Osaka on August 16.
“Child in Time” – 12:24
Recorded in Osaka on August 16.

Side two

“Smoke on the Water” – 7:31
Recorded in Osaka on August 15.
“The Mule” – 9:49
Recorded in Tokyo on August 17.

Side three

“Strange Kind of Woman” – 9:35
Recorded in Osaka on August 16.
“Lazy” – 10:50
Recorded in Tokyo on August 17.

Side four

“Space Truckin’” – 19:41
Recorded in Osaka on August 16.

Personnel

Ritchie Blackmore – lead guitar

Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica, percussion

Roger Glover – bass guitar

Jon Lord – organ, keyboards, electric piano

Ian Paice – drums, percussion

Additional personnel

Produced by Deep Purple
Engineer – Martin Birch
Equipment – Ian Hansford, Rob Cooksey, Colin Hart, Ron Quinton
Cover Design – Roger Glover
Original album mixed by Ian Paice and Roger Glover

Edited by MusicMagic7 on 14 Aug 2011, 23:28

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