Deep Purple: Long Beach 1971
Classic Purps line-up take a less-songs-more-jamming approach.
Rock fans have never really bought into the old 'less is more' approach. Turn it up, stretch it out and no sleep til Hammersmith is broadly the attitude we adopt. Don't tell me you've never judged the strength of a song partly on how long it is... Yet even the proggiest of jazz odyssey-loving collectives would find their audience getting impatient if they made four songs stretch over 70 minutes. Especially if they were only the support band.
But the world was a different place in 1971, so when Deep Purple’s classic Mk II line-up opened for The Faces at the University of Southern California on 30 July, a greatest hits medley wasn't on the agenda.