Today is Favourite Album Friday #11 and I am listening to Deep Purple Live in Copenhagen 1972.
Recently had quite an argument with someone on a Deep Purple forum when I said that the only reason we revere Made in Japan so highly is that it was the first, and when you suddenly have a raft of other live recordings to compare it to it's actually pretty mediocre.
Copenhagen 1972 perfectly illustrates what I meant. Six months before MiJ, it's essentially the same set list but you can hear that they're still exploring how to play the new songs, everything is fresh, dynamic, even chaotic as they feel their way through things. You're convinced that Highway Star is going to fall apart in the middle, and it's this glorious unpredictability that makes them (still) the best live band I've ever seen: