Episode #205 – Deep Purple – Inglewood – Live in California (1968)

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Lead up to the Concert:

  • The band was only about seven months old at the time of recording.
  • They had already had a huge chart hit with “Hush” and were preparing to go on tour for “The Book of Taliesyn.”
  • Tetragrammaton worked hard to get them a US tour even though they were barely getting gigs in the UK at this point.
  • Tetragrammaton was looking for a British band along the lines of Hendrix or Cream to push in America and that’s why they latched on to Deep Purple.
  • They had headlining dates as well as this gig opening for Cream who were in the midst of a farewell tour and not getting along very well.
  • The tour was a nineteen city farewell tour starting on October 4th, 1968.
  • An article in Disc reveals Deep Purple will receive £80,000 pounds to perform with Cream on their upcoming farewell tour in the US for the twenty shows
  • Plans were then changed so that Deep Purple could finish their album The Book of Taliesyn. Most of it had been completed but ther was at least one song that wasn’t recorded until the beginning of October.
  • They arrived in Los Angeles on October 15, 1968. Jon Lord, in an interview with Chris Charlesworth: “It was a warm evening and there were palm trees everywhere. It seemed like paradise to us coming from our bedsits in cold England.”
  • Prior to the gig, on the 17th, The band had a famous performance on The Dating Game where Jon Lord was later a contestant.
  • Recorded at The Forum or The “Fabulous” Forum in front of 16,000.
  • Performance was on October 18, 1968. Opening for Cream as part of their farewell tour.
  • Someone at the Tetragrammaton decided to try out this new recording device during the show to record Deep Purple.
  • The show was set to be recorded by Deep Purple’s US record label, Tetragrammaton Records. They recorded a video from the audience with a Sony ½ inch reel-to-reel video and audio recorder with an open aire microphone. The video quality ended up being very low but the audio sounded very good. When Warner Bros. Records took over Tetragrammaton the original video was thrown away. Many years later it was recovered and The Deep Purple Appreciation Society transferred the audio portion for a CD release.
  • This video technology was cutting edge and was not really done properly.
  • There is a restored video available on YouTube though the quality is still pretty poor: DEEP PURPLE – Inglewood 1968 (RESTORED VERSION) RARE
  • There is so little live recording of Mark 1 that this is a rare glimpse into their live act.  The only other real known recordings are are some of the BBC sessions and only one other full show from 1969.
  • This is likely the be the earliest recorded show by Mark 1 and likely the only video of a full show.
  • At this point Deep Purple had performed fewer than 30 live shows. If my calculations are correct this would have been their 27th live performance.
  • Simon Robinson points out in the liner notes that at this point Ritchie didn’t have a lot of experience being in a band being mostly a studio guy and playing some shows with other acts.  It can be noted that Jon Lord tends to take more solos than Blackmore at this point.
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  1. Hush
  2. River Deep, Mountain High
  3. Mandrake Root
  4. Hey Joe
  5. Wring That Neck
  6. Kentucky Woman
    1. Rod announces that Kentucky woman was released on “Saturday” which would have been October 12th.
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  • Reviewers seemed to be surprised by the band though the referred to “gimmicky reworking of known songs” and deemed them not quite ready to be superstars.
  • The rumor is that Deep Purple was kicked off the bill after these first few shows because someone in Cream’s management was afraid of being upstaged.
  • Derek Lawson, being interviewed again by Chris Charlesworth, stated: “Ritchie was the first guitarist to play some light novelty thing in the middle of a hard rock number just for a laugh. Cream didn’t think it was funny but the audience loved it and what with ‘Hush’ being a hit single they wend down very well, probably too well.”
  • Rumor is that Cream may also have been upset by Hendrix coming to an after show party with Deep Purple and not with Cream.
  • Cream went on to finish the tour without Deep Purple and ended at The Royal Albert Hall on November 26th at The Royal Albert Hall.
  • Deep Purple would perform there less than ten months later when they performed Jon Lord’s Concerto For Group and Orchestra for the first time.
  • A cassette version of this show made it out on bootleg in Japan but the official CD issue didn’t come out until 2002.

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