Album review: Deep Purple, Come Hell or High Water (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 24, 1995

By Steve Newton

They’ve had plenty of time to rehearse, but Deep Purple still can’t improve on Made in Japan, the live double album that captured the hearts and minds of hard-rock hooligans back in ’73.

Still, you won’t hear me complain when the band rips into “Highway Star” for the 4,000th or so time. More recent tunes such as “Perfect Strangers” and “Anya” stand out among these nine tracks (recorded live in England and Germany during late ’93), and there’s some sparkling guitar work by the typically erratic Ritchie Blackmore.

The world could probably do without another 10-minutes-plus version of “Child in Time”, though. I’d have preferred a 10-minutes-plus version of “Space Truckin’ ”, but for some weird reason that concert fave didn’t make the cut.

Pity.

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