The two hundred and fourty-ninth album: #249 Deep Purple - Made in Japan

I listened to Deep Purple a few weeks ago with their album Machinehead and this album duplicates quite a bit of that. Recorded live at a few Japanese concerts, it seems the draw isn't necessarily the songs (a lot of those we've heard before) but the live performance in a double length album. As you'd expect, this leads to more extravagant solos, but also a lot of energy that comes from the feeling of having the live crowd there.

It doesn't resolve the issue I had with the album a few weeks ago though - at songs of this length, you need something that holds them together, and here it even more feels like they drift too much - the live interaction making that worse. In the end, it feels like there's some good rock in here, but it lacks a real identity to hang it from.