Deep Purple release Deep Purple in Concert
Deep Purple in Concert is an album by British hard rock band Deep Purple, of two concerts recorded by the BBC for their "In Concert" live series, recorded in 1970 and 1972.
First released in 1980 in the UK, with the current US edition being made available in 2001.
The first CD features the live recording from the BBC Studios in London on 19 February, 1970; the band stepped in at the last minute for Joe Cocker, who cancelled his scheduled appearance. DJ John Peel introduced the tracks as they were performed. The second CD is the gig from 9 March , 1972, this time with DJ Alan Black as compere. The latter recording features the only known live recording of "Never Before" (it was out as a single at the time) and a rare Mk II offering of "Maybe I'm a Leo". These two songs were played instead of the usual "Child in Time" to promote the new forthcoming album Machine Head, released at the end of the month (March 1972).
"Smoke on the Water" (the first ever live performance) and "Maybe I'm a Leo" were not included on the original 2 LP vinyl release in 1980, although "Smoke on the Water" was made available as a single release. The vinyl was housed in a gatefold-sleeve with photo-liners.
The track lengths on many of the 2001 reissues are incorrect.