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Inglewood 68


Boy, I always thought I was really into Deep Purple, but some people on this board make me look like a novice. By the way, did anyone finally determine whether Ritchie played a Gibson or a Strat (or both)on In Rock?

Anyway, I just ordered a cd of MK I's live performance at Inglewood, California in 1968. I've always wanted to hear a live concert of MK I, so I'm looking forward to receiving it.

I read a few reviews on the cd, so I've got some idea what to expect. I gather that the sound quality isn't very good in places and some of the playing is a bit rough, but I'm willing to overlook such things just to have the opportunity to hear how the band sounded live in its early stages.

Now I know that some of you Deep Purple fanatics have heard the cd (or the previous bootleg of the concert), so I'd like to get your opinion of it. What do you think?
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it's a great gig. i would like to have more free time to hear it more times.

about In Rock question i believe that RB played with both guitars.

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He definately played both guitars!
CIT is the 335, speed king is the strat, I cant think of the others right now, but if you listen and here and tremolo then its likely the strat (i know he had a bigsby on his 335 but didnt sue it really).

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Inglewood was the first boot I ever got!

As a result, it remains one of my faves, for sentimental reasons, and I have decided not to upgrade it with the official release!

Aw bless!

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quote:

barneyfife wrote:

a)Boy, I always thought I was really into Deep Purple, but some people on this board make me look like a novice.

b)By the way, did anyone finally determine whether Ritchie played a Gibson or a Strat (or both)on In Rock?

c) Now I know that some of you Deep Purple fanatics have heard the cd - "Inglewood 68" - (or the previous bootleg of the concert), so I'd like to get your opinion of it. What do you think?





a) Me too,Barney, me too! emoticon Just don't get nervous and unholster that service revolver that Andy provided you with. I know it only has 1 bullet in it, but sometimes 1 is all it takes! emoticon ( emoticon / emoticon )

b) Well, I certainly can't differentiate between the two...all I know is I can "air guitar" to whichever quite flawlessly! emoticon

c) You're going into it with the right frame of mind, Barney. If you were to listen to it the 1st time with "Made In Japan" - like expectations, you'd be sorely disappointed. It's not as 'polished' or as 'seamless' as the performances the band was to become famous for in the coming years, but it's still a wonderful recording - from a historical, if not 'recording quality' standpoint. Just a great 'snapshot' of musical legend in it's genesis stage. emoticon

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quote:

barneyfife wrote:

1. Boy, I always thought I was really into Deep Purple, but some people on this board make me look like a novice.
2. Anyway, I just ordered a cd of MK I's live performance at Inglewood, California in 1968. I've always wanted to hear a live concert of MK I, so I'm looking forward to receiving it.
3. Now I know that some of you Deep Purple fanatics have heard the cd (or the previous bootleg of the concert), so I'd like to get your opinion of it. What do you think?


1. Welcome to the club, dude. emoticon Never be afraid to ask questions, there are always more ppl wondering about the same thing.
2. Well done!
3. I think it's both interesting and entertaining. Soundquality ain't bad for the circumstances. Musically it's as fresh and lively as you can hope for.

One tip, for free: if you ever stumble upon the Inglewood video, stay clear. It's so poor it's really not worth it.

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barneyfife wrote:

a) By the way, did anyone finally determine whether Ritchie played a Gibson or a Strat (or both)on In Rock?

b) Anyway, I just ordered a cd of MK I's live performance at Inglewood, California in 1968. I've always wanted to hear a live concert of MK I, so I'm looking forward to receiving it.






a) I think the audio experts determined it was a combination of the two. Check around though, I might be wrong.

b) So, BarneyFife, did you get the concert yet? If so, what do you think?



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To MrEd45:

Yes, I received the Inglewood cd about a month ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

As I mentioned above, I knew beforehand that the sound quality wasn't the best, so I expected the cd to sound like a typical bootleg from the period, and in many respects it does. The overall sound lacks fullness, and the mix is uneven. On the whole, however, the sound quality is actually better than I had expected, and it is certainly adequate for any diehard Purple fan who is curious to hear a live performance from the band‘s original lineup.

As for the band's performance on that night, it is revealing in many respects. The fact that most of the concert consisted of cover versions indicates that at that early stage the band was not yet comfortable writing its own material, although Mandrake Root and Wring That Neck showed the band’s potential in that regard. (Jon Lord has also said that another reason the band played so many covers was that they toured so often they had little time to create their own material.) To the band’s credit, however, they usually gave their covers the “Purple treatment,” which means they played them in such a way as to show off their considerable virtuosity, which was well evident that night in Inglewood.

To begin with, the crowd must have been blown away by Lord’s organ playing, which was revolutionary for the time -- no other rock organist played with such intensity, flair, and creativity. His performances on Mandrake Root, River Deep, Mountain High, and Hey Joe were particularly impressive.

As for Ritchie, I’m not sure what the crowd thought of his guitar playing. The sound he squeezed out of his Gibson was unique for the time, but he clearly had not yet found the groove he later displayed on In Rock. At times his playing lacked vigor; it seems that he was trying too hard to stick to the LP versions of the songs, which limited his spontaneity and creativity. However, when he did cut loose, such as he did on Mandrake Root, he produced sounds on his guitar that had never been heard before (with the possible exception of Hendrix, who Ritchie emulated). The only thing I can compare his performance on that song to is a herd of wounded, stampeding elephants accompanied by the roar of heavy machinery. I’m not sure the laid back L.A. crowd was ready for that, but it must have been something to see, with Ritchie flailing away at his guitar like a wild man. In my opinion, however, his best work that night was on Wring That Neck and Hey Joe, both of which were more bluesy, melodic, and accessible.

Holding it all together, of course, was Ian Paice’s tight, aggressive drumming, which even at that time was outstanding. No matter how far out Lord or Blackmore drifted in their solos, Paice kept a steady beat, making it easy for the two virtuosos to keep on pace (pun intended).

I imagine that Simper also played well that night, but his bass is so muted in the mix that I had to strain to hear it. This is part of the reason that the band’s performance sounds so thin at times.

Finally, Rod Evans’ vocals were adequate for the time, but you can clearly hear why the band eventually chose to replace him. On some of the more pop-oriented songs, such as Hush and Kentucky Woman, his singing sounds fine, but on some of the “heavier” songs, such as Mandrake Root and Hey Joe, he lacks the rough edge needed to complement Jon and Ritchie’s work. And if you want to hear Evans at his worst, listen to his performance on Help, which sounds like a lounge singer at your local Holiday Inn!

In conclusion, the sound quality on Inglewood ‘68 is uneven at best, but the cd is of great historical significance to hardcore Deep Purple fans. It affords the listener a rare glimpse of the band in its infant stage, and for that reason alone it is worth the price. In addition, it also gives DP fans a chance to hear live versions of songs (Kentucky Woman, River Deep Mountain High, Help, and Hey Joe) that have not appeared on many of their live recordings since. I recommend it for any DP fan who doesn’t think that Smoke on the Water was the band’s greatest song.
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 Great review, Barney! Would you mind reprinting that on the "Reviews" board?
 We told ya you'd like it, didn't we? emoticon

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