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Deep Purple: “Woman from Tokyo”

The Hook: Recorded during a month-long stay at a villa outside Rome, in which they completed just two songs.

Album: Who Do We Think We Are

Year:
1973

Writers: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice

Stats: Peaked at number-60 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice tells us that when he hears “Woman from Tokyo” he thinks of the place they initially went to record their Who Do We Think We Are album — though they ended up doing most of it in Frankfurt, Germany a while later.

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice on recording “Woman from Tokyo” for 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are album. OC:…from Tokyo. :29

“We rented a villa just outside Rome to make that record. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. The equipment was late getting there. We found out when the recording truck got there [that] there was an archway over the gate – the truck was too big to come through the archway, so we had to walk like a hundred yards from the recording to the truck. To go and listen to a playback was like a three day even, trudging across these fields. The weather was lovely and there were lots of nice places to eat and go out, so we sort of forgot we were there to work. We were there about a month and we did two tracks. One of them was ‘Woman from Tokyo.’”