3. Deep Purple - 'Made in Japan'
There aren't a lot of casual Deep Purple fans. People are either vaguely aware there's a band called Deep Purple that wrote "Smoke on the Water," or they have a statue of Ritchie Blackmore in their backyard and they light candles at the base of it every day praying he'll come to his senses and return to rock & roll. Many people in the latter category live in Russia, Japan, England or Germany, explaining why they rarely tour America and have yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To the faithful, their 1973 live album Made in Japan remains one of the finest collections of songs ever put down on tape. Like many live albums of the 1970s, it was partially taped at Tokyo's Budokan. Classics like "Highway Star" and "Child in Time" rock much harder than their studio counterparts. It really is the ultimate document of the classic lineup at their peak.