Deep Purple

Woman From Tokyo

Composed by Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Paice

Song Review by

Although it didn't storm the charts like "Smoke on the Water" did a few years previously, Deep Purple's "Woman From Tokyo" has become one of the band's most recognizable songs over the years (as well as becoming a classic rock radio staple). Since the beginning, most heavy metal bands used distorted guitar riffs to get their point across. And while Purple's guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, was one of the best ever, the band utilized keyboardist Jon Lord's organ flourishes to add to the heaviness -- as evidenced by the song's guitar/organ merger. In the early '70s, Deep Purple was one of the first rock bands from Europe to play in Japan -- where they were just as popular as they were back home and in America. As a tribute to their new Japanese friends, the group penned the song "Woman From Tokyo." Purple's admiration of the progressive side of rock and jamming is heard in the middle of the song, during a dreamy breakdown section, but soon returns back to the song's rocking direction. "Woman From Tokyo" would prove to be one of Purple's last great anthems with singer Ian Gillan, who would leave the band by the end of 1973 to pursue a solo career.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1972 Warner Bros.
Who Do We Think We Are 1973 Warner Bros. 5:49
No Image 1973 Purple Records Ltd. 5:47
24 Carat Purple 1975 EMI Music Distribution 5:49
When We Rock, We Rock & When We Roll, We Roll 1978 Warner Bros. 5:30
No Image 1979 Purple Records Ltd. 4:28
Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple 1980 Warner Bros. 5:50
Anthology 1985 EMI Music Distribution 5:49
No Image 1985 Harvest 5:45
No Image 1985 EMI Music Distribution
Highs of the 70's, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:50
No Image 1991 Atco Video / A*Vision Entertainment 0:00
No Image 1993 Crystal Cat
No Image 1994 EMI Music Distribution 4:21
No Image 1995 Warner Bros. / Purple 5:50
70's Hot Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:57
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 1: Stud Rock - Heart Breakers 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:56
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 70s 1998 Priority Records 2:59
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI 2 Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 5:51
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI Single Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Shades 1968-1998 1999 Rhino 5:50
No Image 1999 WEA International 5:50
The Very Best of Deep Purple [Rhino] 2000 Warner Bros. / Rhino 5:49
Anthems 2000 EMI Music Distribution 5:50
Very Best of Deep Purple [WEA International] 2001 WEA International 5:50
Under the Gun 2001 Polygram 4:01
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 2:56
Smoke on the Water: The Best Of 2001 Rhino Flashback 5:49
Singles Box Set 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Story of Rock: Radio 538 2002
Various Artists
B.R. 5:49
The Essential [2003] 2003 EMI Music Distribution 5:46
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution
Inside Deep Purple 1969-1976: An Independent Critical Review 2003 Classic Rock
Smoke on the Water/Woman from Tokyo 2004 Rhino 5:48
Greatest Guitar Anthems 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:44
Deep Purple in Rock/Who Do We Think We Are? 2004 EMI Music Distribution 6:37
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2005 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:42
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 5:49
Rock Milestones: Made in Japan 2006 Classic Rock Legends
Collections 2008 Sony BMG 2:10
Essential [2011] 2011 EMI / EMI Gold 5:46
The Complete Albums 1970-1976 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros. / Warner Music 5:50
A Fire in the Sky 2017 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Rhino Hi-Five: Deep Purple Rhino / Warner Bros. 5:50
Smoke on the Water: The Best Of EMI
No Image Parlophone
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:49