Deep Purple:
This Time Around—Live in Tokyo (Sanctuary/TBA)

Album cover

Japanese concert poster

Deep Purple

In 1975, legendary guitar player Tommy Bolin was invited to join Deep Purple. Deep Purple have always been an evolving entity. Throughout their career, the band have relied on incoming talent to revitalize them and to change the direction of the music .It was the recruitment of Gillan and Glover in 1969 that acted as the catalyst to lift the band from their rather directionless original line up (formed in Spring 1968), resulting in the crucially important "In Rock" and "Machine Head" albums. In 1973 the same pair departed, leading to a more blues based direction on the blues-based "Burn" LP, recorded with new recruits David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. By 1975, further musical evolution with clearly on the cards as funk and even soul elements crept into their new album "Stormbringer". Feeling these to be alien to him, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore decided to leave the band and set up a new group. So once more a change of personnel would bring about the change of identity to the band.

The new line up (Coverdale, Hughes, Lord and Paice plus new guitarist Tommy Bolin, who had got the gig some twenty minutes after shambling into the rehearsal room and strapping on his guitar) assembled at Pirate Sound studios in Los Angeles during June 1975 to write and rehearse material for the new album. Some tapes of those rehearsals survived, forming the basis for the "Days May Come And Days May Go" album (also released on the Purple Records label), and go some way to demonstrating just how much potential the new line-up had.

In Japan, they were still riding high, though. The band's tour itinerary reflected the growing importance of the far Eastern markets. The band’s new lineup made their world debut in Honolulu (preceded by full on-stage rehearsals). It was a convenient place to commence the tour before they flew to Australia (with two gigs in New Zealand en route) for eight shows in five cities, the second time that year they had played 'down under'. To some extent these dates must have been viewed as a chance to play the set in and knock the rough edges off the performances in territories where any problems would cause few ripples back home.