Horst : This is a nice question for a matal quiz: "What's the number of live albums Deep Purple have put out through the years?' Well, quite a lot actually. While looking up the exact number several figures emerged from different internet sources, but if you would say the answer is somewhere around 40 official ones I'd say your guess is quite accurate. Though it is quite bizarre of course that a band that is still alive and recording has more live albums in its back-catalogue than studio ones. I mean, how much more live versions of 'Smoke On The Water' does one need?
To be honest, for a fan it can never be enough, but may I ask for 'fresh versions' instead of the same old recycled bits and pieces from records already put out ages ago? And just that is the main problem with this registration from the show in Graz (Austria) back in 1975. Not only is this an incomplete version (it lacks the encores), but also the album is put out with the marketing slogan "70 minutes of previously unreleased material". Yeah right, pull the other one. Only 'The Gypsy', 'Lady Double Dealer' and 'Smoke On The Water' haven not been released earlier, the other five tracks can be found on 'MK III The Final Concerts' (1996).
Does this swindle make it a bad record? Hell no. This particular show was one of the last ones with Ritchie Blackmore still in the band, who would resign from Deep Purple after the tour to start Rainbow. With this and other tales in the back of my mind you can almost taste the tension on stage, but still every now and then the band shows fantastic musicianship. You can best compare this with 'Live In Europe' (1976). The same tour, the same people and very strong material played under a lot of personal stress. Fot the fans and other interested ones with too much money an interesting addition to their collection.
03. The Gypsy
04. Lady Double Dealer
06. Smoke On The Water
07. You Fool No One
08. Space Truckin'