Deep Purple Sporthalle, Köln, Germany April 4th, 1970
"Progressive Pop Festival" (audience)
This is directly taken from a silver CD called "Progressive Pop Festival". It's one of the oldest Deep Purple audience recordings known to exist. There are just three older ones: Inglewood 1968 (with the "Mark I" line up, released officially on Sonic Zoom), Zürich March 4th or 5th, 1970 and Berlin March 30th, 1970. There's one recording claimed to be from Basel March 6th, but this is probably wrong, that should be from June 8th.
The Köln show has the benefit of containing a jam number of which no other recording is known to exist: "Mumbling Thing Blues". And there's another unusual thing: After "Wring That Neck", Ritchie Blackmore
speaks through the microphone to the audience. Just a short sentence, but - as his fans know - it's very unusual that he does something like this at all.
Sadly the sound quality isn't the best. It's what you might expect from a 1970 average audience recording of a band playing very loud.
Line up is Deep Purple "Mark II" consisting of:
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Ian Gillan - vocals
Roger Glover - bass guitar
Jon Lord - organ
Ian Paice - drums
01 - Speed King
02 - Mumbling Thing Blues
03 - Wring That Neck
04 - Paint It Black
01 - Mandrake Root
02 - Black Night
03 - Lucille
04 - Hush (this is from Wien April 6th, 1970)
Original CD artwork are included.