- This outstanding UK pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on all four sides
- Surpisingly clean, undistorted sound for a live album, yet every bit as big and lively as a Hard Rockin’ Live Album should be
- In terms of Tubey Magic, richness and naturalness, Made In Japan might just be The Best Sounding Live Album of All Time
- Rolling Stone: “They’ve done countless shows since in countless permutations, but they’ve never sounded quite this perfect.”
*A mark makes 5 loud to medium pops near the beginning of track 1, Highway Star.
Having just played a stack of copies of Made In Japan I’d put the album right up there with the best of the best. In terms of Tubey Magic, richness and naturalness — qualities that are usually in very short supply on live albums — I would have to say that the shootout winning copies of Made In Japan would be very likely to take Top Honors for Best Sounding Live Album of All Time.
Yes, the sound is that good.
Machine Head Live? That would not be far off, and the fact they brought Martin Birch along with them all the way to Japan in order to engineer a live album that was only supposed to sell to the Japanese market (!) could not have been more fortuitous for us audiophiles. (more…)