Recorder player Michaela Petri's masterful exhibition of virtuoso intimacy beautifully exemplifies the musical character of Sweden, Denmark and Norway on Scandinavian Moods. The disc comprises music by the 18th-century troubadour Carl Michael Bellmann, his 20th-century apostle and main expositor Evert Taube, and Norwegian violinist/composer Ole Bull-all household names in Scandinavia–as well as arrangements of folk music, folk-inspired composers like Grieg and Nielsen, plus modern examples of folk/jazz show tunes.
This early live set by Purple Mark II, complete on two discs, was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970, and it showcases the band at its most extended. The jams on "Wring That Neck" and "Mandrake Root" clock in at around half an hour apiece. An instrumental version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" leads into the requisite drum solo, and also included is the longest-ever recording of "Child in Time." Some of this (especially "Mandrake Root") can be trying to the patience of someone who wasn't there. But this was the era when hundreds of bands were stretching out every night, and Purple, with the skills and imaginations of Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore to call on, did it better than many, at its climaxes reaching a fiery intensity matched by few others.