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Live at the Olympia


Have not heard this for awhile. Popped it on during my workout and have to think it might be the most under rated DP live album. Paice is great throughout. Nice to hear long versions of Black Night and Speed King(made for a great closing song). The newer songs fitted in fine with the older material. Any thoughts?
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Love the brass section too. gave some tracks a new twist.
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It was a great live tour around that time, band full of energy and Steve Morse was fresh and jaw dropping! I saw at least 4 shows in this period.

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Must admit not liking Morse in Purple that much, however, having said that I do enjoy this albumemoticon
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I have to admit this is one of my fav live albums. Although I enjoy a lot of other Purple LPs recorded before Olympia '96, I think this is the one I listen to most often.

The band sounds so very energetic on that one. The rhythym section is so powerful. Paicey's at the top of his game. Gillan's performance is very solid, he chats with the audience, he seems a very happy man. Also Jon shines. His solos are always spot on, dramatic, lyrical. Actually, it's the lirycism that I miss most in current DP. Don Airey, although he's very skilfull, can't reach that level of playing. And it's not about virtuosity. It's more of creating a mood, knowing which tone is the best, how and when to kick ass and how and when to be quiet and concentrated.

Now, Steve Morse, a new boy, a very new boy at that time. I'm often critical about his adequacy for the band (to me he belongs to a totally different musical sphere and often simply struggles with Purple), but both Purpendicular and Live at the Olympia prove him a fantastic choice for the band, at least for a short period of time. His level of virtuosity ads a lot to the music. He definitely pushes the rest of the band into new yet to be explored territories, both in studio and live on stage. Even his solo spot, which nowadays I simply move forward as quickly as it's possible, works well and sounds really fresh and interesting during that show.

One more thing. The setlist. I think it's the best Mk-Morse live LP because new songs work extremely well with the old ones. I can't say the same thing about the most recent releases. Although one thing has to be noticed. The old songs are all upgraded, or modernisd, if you will. If not by a new arrangement (like When A Blind Man Cries - I definitely prefer that arrangement to the original; or by adding horns in some of the numbers), then by Steve's guitar, which is obviously something totally different to Blackmore's way of doing things.

Back in 1996/97 it was new, it was so very different, fresh and fascinating. Yes, it was a bit of a shock. You either embraced it and loved it from the first listen or you hated it. I loved it.
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I agree 100% SPL!
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One of the definitive live releases by the band (along with MiJ and MiE). Everything works there, even the horn section.

The performance at the House of Blues a few years later is also top-notch and highly energetic.
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Its a great live album as is Total Abandon IMHO, emoticon it was all new fresh and exciting, but sadly that excitement didn't last and it all went rapidly downhill after the Abandon tour and they soon became the tribute act we all know today.

SM never really recovered from Jon leaving IMHO and his standards dropped dramatically ,the onstage relationship with SM and DA never got close to what he had with Jon IMHO.

A DP concert was always an exciting and much anticipated event for me ,that wasnt the case anymore shortly after the start of the new millennium, i attended out of some sort of loyalty rather than actually really wanting to and then eventually just didn't bother.
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Right you are LITB. Jon seemed to push Guitarists to be their best and bring excitement to a show. Of course, RB was good at pushing Keyboard players to be at the top of their game. Maybe that's why Jon and RB were unbeatable together!
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I listened to it this morning and it is a mighty impressive performance.
I echo the comments from LITB and doggone, JL pushed SM and he responded magnificently. The old songs that hadn't been played for years (or ever) sound great and the new stuff sounds fresh.
With hindsight DP have missed JL more than RB.
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