Made In Japan (Deluxe Edition) [Live]
The 2014 editions of Deep Purple’s Made in Japan include a remastered version of the original release (which was recorded over three nights in August 1972 in Osaka and Tokyo) and a deluxe edition that includes the remastered original album and six bonus tracks, which were each night’s two-song encores. The album, which reportedly cost just $3,000 to make and was initially only intended for Japanese audiences before it was agreed upon to be released worldwide, was voted in a 2012 Rolling Stone magazine readers' poll as the sixth-greatest live album of all time. It's also considered a landmark of ‘70s hard rock and a key influence on the emerging heavy metal scene, which also has its roots in Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Songs such as “Highway Star,” “Smoke on the Water," and “Space Truckin’” are anthems of the era, while “Child in Time” is a chilling mood piece that shows off singer Ian Gillan’s impressive falsetto and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s signature guitar technique. Organist Jon Lord further augmented the group’s haunting sound.