Episode #47 – Dream Theater – Made in Japan

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  • Interview with Roger Glover and Roger Glover’s Banana Bread recipe!
  • Bonus: Roger’s banana bread recipe1.25 dl butter
    • 2.5 dl sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 3-4 ripe bananas
    • 3.5 dl wheat flour (he used whole wheat)
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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  • Jorg writes in to inform us that Ritchie got the guitar back that we mentioned was stolen on epiosde 44.
    • https://www.purple.de/dirk/purple/tours/1970/70-02-28.php
    • The UK tour ended on the 28th February at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on a bit of a sour point as Ritchie’s guitar was stolen by an over enthusiastic fan. Ian Hansford tells the background to this event: “During ‘Mandrake Root’ Ritchie would sometimes smash up an old guitar which, if there was even left, would be put back together and used next time. That night Ritchie was at the front of the stage rubbing the guitar up and down during the strobe section, it was in his hands not around his neck and the lead came out the jack plug. He came running back towards me as I ran towards him with the strobe lights flashing and we crashed into each other. By the time he had picked up his other guitar and I had gone to the front of the stage for the other guitar it had gone. We tried to find it at the front of the stage and even in the streets outside but it was gone. After that we had a couple of days off and then went onto Switzerland. The lad who had the guitar had taken it home and when his parents they got in touch with the hall who then got in touch with the promoter who got in touch with the office and eventually the guitar found its way back to Ritchie who was then very happy.”
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Lead up to the Album:

  • Dream Theater made a habit of performing entire albums
  • This album was recorded in Osaka at the very same venue where Deep Purple recorded Made in Japan in 1972.
  • Mike Portnoy in the liner notes:
    • Of course, the other reason I thought of doing this particular album is because of the significance of where we were going to be doing the multiple night stands (which is the rule for this cover tradition).  By sheer coincidence, our two multiple nighters were in Tokyo and Osaka . . . which is exactly the 2 cities that Made in Japan was recorded in back in August of 1972! So . . . it was a natural!
    • Often we are asked, why do we do these complete album covers?  I think there are 3 reasons: First (and most selfishly), we have a lto of fun doing it.  IT breaks up the traditional touring setlists for us and gives us a chance to just have some fun paying tribute to the bands and the music we grew up with.
    • The second reason is for you — the fans.  Although there are inevitably “fans” who complain about this tradition (they don’t want to sit through another band’s music, they didn’t like the choice of album, etc.) the majority’s reaction is that of enjoyment and excitement.  (and the fact is, we ONLY do this on 2 night stands and at “Evening with” shows — so the fans are already getting many, many hours of DT music in addition to the classic album)
    • But the Third reason, and one that we did not initially anticipate, is that doing these albums have often been a great learning experience for us.  STudying and playing other arist’s writing and performance has really given us the chance to try some different things and get inside these musician’s heads.
    • Every song is loose and spontaneous.  And it was a fun challenge to try and capture that vibe.  From JAmes’ scatty Ian Gillan improv in STrange Kind of Woman to John’s wreckless whammy-bar Ritchie Blackmore impersonations to Jordan’s over the top solo spots and Jon Lord tributes in Lazy and Space Truckin. And of course, my drum solo in The Mule, is not *me* at all . . . but my very best Ian PAice solo.
    • To top it all off, it is an absolute honor to have none other than Roger Glover mixing these tapes for us.  Of course, in addition to Roger being the bass player and key creative force behind Deep Purple for almost 40 years now, he also happens to be the man who mixed the original MAde in Japan!  So it is a great honor to have these tapes in the hands of the only man that could’ve possibly mixed this show for us.
  • Roger Glover in the liner notes:
    • When I heard that Dream Theater had performed MAde in Japan (in Osaka, the site of our recording thirty five years ago) I was somewhat skeptical that they could pull it off since it was a stage performance that included a lot of spontaneity, and how can you plan spontaneity?  So, when Mike Portnoy contacted me and invited me to mix the recording, I was intrigued enough to agree.
    • I sat in the studio with PEter Denberg, the sound engineer with whom I’ve worked for many years, and was amazed by what I heard.  Not only had they captured the essence of the performance but had injected their own brand of fireworks into the process. IT almost goes without saying that they are all top shelf musicians, but I’ll say it anyway because I was thoroughly impressed by their dedication and their obvious respect for the original show — they had picked up many of Deep Purple’s musical idiosyncrasies and reinvented them for Dream Theater.  The energy of their performance is impressive and I felt honoured to be a part of it. I also thank them for tipping their hat to what was for us in Deep Purple one of the most important defining moments in our career.
    • Roger Glover, March 2007


Album Art & Booklet Review


Album Tracks:

  1. Highway Star
  2. Child in Time
  3. Smoke on the Water
  4. The Mule
  5. Strange Kind of Woman
  6. Lazy
  7. Space Truckin’

In The News . . .

  • Trinkelbonker – Whoosh!
    • Produced by Bob Ezrin, it is said to feature only seven new songs, all of them quite lengthy. In fact, you need to go back to “Machine Head” (1972) and “Who Do We Think We Are” (1973) to find that kind of format, so in a way this is pretty exciting news.
  • Whoosh Track Listing Song Titles:
    • Throw My Bones 
    • No Need to Shout
    • Nothing At All 
    • The Long Way Round
    • What the What!
    • Man Alive
    • The Power of the Moon

This Week in Purple History . . .

March 16 through March 22

  • March 19, 1971 – first official release of Green Bullfrog (covered on episode #43)
  • March 18, 1995 – Steve Morse’s first official show as guitarist in Seoule, Korea
  • March 17, 2002 – Mark 10 lineup plays its first gig in St. Petersburg, Russia at the New Ice Arena
    • setlist
    • Woman From Tokyo
    • Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
    • Mary Long
    • Lazy
    • Child In Time
    • The Aviator
    • No One Came
    • The Well Dressed Guitar
    • Fools
    • Keyboard Solo
    • Perfect Strangers
    • When A Blind Man Cries
    • Guitar Solo
    • Smoke On The Water
    • Speed King
    • Hush
    • Black Night
    • Highway Star
    • bootlegs
    • An Evening With The Locals – DVD … GMV-007
    • St Petersburg – 2 CD
  • Review of GreatKat.com website

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