One of the most famous live albums in rock history. Recorded live in Osaka and Tokyo between Aug. 15th 1972 and August 18th 1972
Ritchie Blackmore • guitar
Ian Gillan • vocals
Jon Lord • keyboards
Ian Paice • drums
Roger Glover • bass guitar
00:00 - Highway Star (6m 53s)
06:53 - Child In Time (12m 26s)
19:18 - Smoke On The Water (7m 31s)
26:50 - The Mule (9m 50s)
36:40 - Strange Kind Of Woman (9m 26s)
46:06 - Lazy (11m 1s)
57:07 - Space Truckin' (19m 57s)
Tracks 1, 2, 5 & 7: recorded live, August 16, 1972 Osaka
Track 3: August 15, 1972 Osaka
Tracks 4 & 6: August 17, 1972 Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Made in Japan is a double live album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded during their first tour of Japan in August 1972. It was originally released in December 1972, with a US release in April 1973, and became a commercial and critical success.
The band were well known for their strong stage act, and had privately recorded several shows, or broadcast them on radio, but were unenthusiastic about recording a live album until their Japanese record company decided it would be good for publicity. They insisted on supervising the live production, including using Martin Birch, who had previously collaborated with the band, as engineer, and were not particularly interested in the album's release, even after recording. The tour was successful, with strong media interest and a positive response from fans.
The band arrived in Japan on 9 August, a week before the tour started, to a strong reception, and were greeted with gifts and flowers. Martin Birch was not confident that the recording quality would be satisfactory, since the equipment supplied by Warner Bros. did not have any balance control and that the recorder's size did not appear big enough on sight to capture a commercial quality recording. The band were uninterested in the end result, concentrating on simply being able to deliver a good show. Subsequently, Lord noted that he felt this attitude meant the spontaneity of the performances and interplay between the band members was captured well.
The second gig in Osaka was considered to be the stronger of the two, and indeed this show made up the bulk of the released LP. Only one song, "Smoke on the Water" from 15 August show was used, and this may simply have been because it was the only gig that Blackmore played the song's opening riff as per the studio album.
The band considered the gig at Tokyo on 17 August to be the best of the tour. Glover remembered "twelve or thirteen thousand Japanese kids were singing along to 'Child in Time'" and considered it a career highlight, as did Gillan. At the venue, a row of bodyguards manned the front of the stage. When Blackmore smashed his guitar during the end of "Space Truckin'" and threw it into the audience, several of them clambered past fans to try and retrieve it. Blackmore was annoyed, but the rest of the band found the incident amusing. The gig was not as well recorded as the Osaka shows, though "The Mule" and "Lazy" were considered of sufficient quality to make the final release.