Deep Purple
Fireball


4.5
superb

Review

by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
June 26th, 2013 | 4 replies | 344 views


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

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Deep Purple's Fireball is an album which seems to suffer the fate of being located between two albums which are pretty much perfection and overshadow this very album. Like most cases where this applies, the album that is in the middle is fairly underrated, but still gets high praise from the fans and in this case, it's deserved, as the quality control level here is nearly just as high as 'In Rock'. It isn't quite on the level of that album though, as there is one song that doesn't quite work...

That song would be 'No No No', which goes on for a tiring six minutes and fifty two seconds. While the base ideas are good, they sound like they could've made a great four or five minute song, but instead just meanders about without retaining and focus. This song still has a decent amount of positive aspects, like how the main verses are actually quite catchy and the instrumental breaks can be fairly relaxing. Also, it's still better than most of the songs off of the first two Deep Purple albums, to give you an impression of their standards at this time.

So that leaves everything else, which is great to fantastic. The two main attractions of this album are the title track and 'Fools. The title track is probably the most speed metal-esque track of the early seventies but is also doesn't reduce the importance, resulting in a thicker texture than what most speed metal would have. 'Fools' is an epic with a similar style to 'Child In Time' but with less focus on instrumental prowess and more on hard-hitting and memorable verses. 'Anyone's Daughter' is an odd track with a country feel to it but despite how it is in contrast to the rest of the album, it's an upbeat, quirky song which is thoroughly entertaining.

The production here sounds much cleaner than 'In Rock' did and even if the fuzz gave that album a raw charm, this is definitely an upgrade production-wise. There is simply far more clarity on the louder songs on the album, which makes it an easier listen than the previous album.

Overall, 'Fireball' is a worthy follow-up to 'In Rock', showing an expansion to the hard rock sound that it started. Even if it has a minor flaw, it is still just as essential as 'In Rock' was due to the maturation and ambition this album shows.



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manosg
June 26th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Another classic. This is the album where Blackmore started using a Fender Strat and it shows on his tone.

Review is cool even though I do not agree with your comments about No No No. The odd song here seems to me that is Anyone's Daughter. Also, I consider this album as Gillan's overall best performance. Pos.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2013



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. Probably my second favourite DP studio album, just behind In Rock.

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facupm
June 26th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album and review

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Friday13th
June 26th 2013



1202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, man. Finally someone acknowledges the boost in production after In Rock. Love "Fireball." People point to "Highway Star" which is also amazing, but this is the song that every speed metal band would imitate for years.

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