Deep Purple in Concert

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Deep Purple in Concert
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Live album by Deep Purple
Released December 1980 (UK)
June 1982 (US)
Recorded 19 February 1970 &
9 March 1972
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 117:00 (Original 2LP)
130:25 (2001 2CD edition)
Label Harvest Records (UK)
Spitfire Records (US)
Purple Records (Ireland)
Producer Jeff Griffin (1970)
Pete Dauncey (1972)
Deep Purple live albums chronology
Last Concert in Japan
Deep Purple in Concert
Live in London
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Deep Purple in Concert is a live album by the English hard rock band Deep Purple, recorded by the BBC for their "In Concert" live series in 1970 and 1972. First released in 1980 in the UK, with the current US edition being made available in 2001.

Album content

Sides 1 and 2 of the LP (later the first CD) feature the live recording from the BBC Studios in London on 19 February 1970; the band stepped in at the last minute for Joe Cocker, who cancelled his scheduled appearance. DJ John Peel introduced the tracks as they were performed. Sides 3 and 4 of the LP (later the second CD) are the gig from 9 March 1972, this time with DJ Mike Harding as compere. The latter recording features the only known live recording of "Never Before" (it was out as a single at the time) and a rare Mk II line-up (Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice) offering of "Maybe I'm a Leo". These two songs were played instead of the usual "Child in Time" to promote the new forthcoming album Machine Head, released at the end of that month (March, 1972).

"Smoke on the Water" (the first ever live performance) and "Maybe I'm a Leo" were not included on the original 2 LP vinyl release in 1980, although "Smoke on the Water" was made available as a single release. The vinyl was housed in a gatefold-sleeve with photo-liners.


The track lengths on many of the 2001 reissues are incorrect.

In 2004, the contents of the 2nd disc were remastered and released on SACD as Live on the BBC, on Audio Fidelity, with two bonus tracks (studio versions of "Hush" and "River Deep Mountain High").

In 2012, the contents of the 2nd disc were remixed and released as In Concert '72, with the original set list in its correct order for the first time.It was not quite the full recording, as some between-song chat was cut, presumably for timing purposes. No music was lost.

Track listing

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

Original EMI double vinyl LP

Side One: 1970
No. Title Length
1. "Speed King" 6:20
2. "Wring That Neck" (Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Nick Simper) 18:30
Side Two: 1970
No. Title Length
1. "Child in Time" 12:12
2. "Mandrake Root" (Blackmore, Rod Evans, Lord) 17:20
Side Three: 1972
No. Title Length
1. "Highway Star" 6:29
2. "Strange Kind of Woman" 8:34
3. "Lazy" 8:57
4. "Never Before" 3:48
Side Four: 1972
No. Title Length
1. "Space Truckin'" 22:14
2. "Lucille" (Al Collins, Richard Penniman) 6:20

2001 double-disc CD and 2012 reissue CD

Disc One: 1970
No. Title Length
1. "Speed King" 7:22
2. "Child in Time" 12:12
3. "Wring That Neck" (Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Nick Simper) 18:59
4. "Mandrake Root" (Blackmore, Rod Evans, Lord) 17:38
Disc Two: 1972
No. Title Length
1. "Highway Star" 8:32
2. "Strange Kind of Woman" 9:17
3. "Maybe I'm a Leo" 6:17
4. "Never Before" 4:34
5. "Lazy" 11:08
6. "Space Truckin'" 21:46
7. "Smoke on the Water" 7:09
8. "Lucille" (Al Collins, Richard Penniman) 7:21
Disc Two: 1972, remixed and re-released in 2012 as In Concert '72
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction" 0:16
2. "Highway Star" 7:41
3. "Strange Kind of Woman" 9:32
4. "Maybe I'm a Leo" 5:35
5. "Smoke on the Water" 7:32
6. "Never Before" 5:18
7. "Lazy" 9:21
8. "Space Truckin'" 22:11
9. "Encore: Lucille" (Al Collins, Richard Penniman) 7:32
10. "Soundcheck: Maybe I'm a Leo" 4:32
No. Title Release date Length
1. "Black Night/Speed King" July 1980  
2. "Smoke on the Water/Bird Has Flown/Grabsplatter" October 1980  
"Speed King" and "Smoke on the Water" are on this CD release
"Black Night", "Bird Has Flown" and "Grabsplatter" can be found on Listen, Learn, Read On


Deep Purple
Sides 1 and 2 of the LP (later the first CD) were recorded on 19 February 1970 at the BBC Studios for "The Sunday Show"
Sides 3 and 4 of the LP (later the second CD) were recorded on 9 March 1972 at the Paris Theatre in London for "BBC Sounds Of The Seventies"
  • Produced by Pete Dauncey
  • Engineered by Adrian Revill
  • Editing by Nick Tauber
  • Mixed from original 8-track master tapes in 1980 by Nick Tauber


Year Chart Position
1980 United Kingdom 30

Re-release (In Concert '72)

Year Chart Position
2014 Belgium (Vl) 142


  1. ^ Deep Purple in Concert at Allmusic
  2. ^ Album liner notes

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