Come Hell or High Water

Deep Purple

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Come Hell or High Water Review

by Roch Parisien

In 1993, the reunited "classic" lineup of Deep Purple toured just long enough to record this live album, before guitarist Ritchie Blackmore remembered why he hated the other members in the first place and bailed again. As the aging Deep Purple machine continues to chug away, fans are thrust this leaky live-preserver. Do we really need to hear this once-proud lineup again going through the tired motions of "Highway Star," "Speed King," and "Child In Time?" To be fair, the group turns heads with what appears, at first, to be a rejuvenating revision of "Smoke On The Water." Blackmore launches into a mean, dirty riff, but the whole mess degenerates into a 10-minute jam complete with audience call and response.

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