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IN ROCK

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

4.29 | 827 ratings

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clarke2001
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5 stars The milestone of rock, hard rock and heavy metal. Progressive enough (more than enough) to deserve anyone's attention. Breathtaking. It rocks. Loud. Very loud.

Speaking of loudness...

The album opens with "Speed King", and the intro of the "Speed King" itself is loud, insane guitar cacophony. This noises are smoothly cross-faded with Hammond-organ melody, and then, suddenly, the opening riff of the song starts. Most of the compilations do not contain this introduction of the song. Pity. By the way, there's a single version of this song, it's much slower, much less energetic, utilising piano instead of Hammond. Try to avoid that one.

"Bloodsucker" follows, an excellent hard rock tune that contain Gillan's extremely high-pitched screaming and almost hip-hop vocals. Yes, that's right. This one is so ahead of it's time...only the organ solo sounds dated, otherwise you can easily fit this one into the middle nineties, somewhere between Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers...only much, much better.

Everything is said about "Child In Time" and I won't be repeating another's impressions. But "The Flight Of The Rat" is my personal favourite on this album. Powerful, again very load, with loads of good soloing! Blackmore's wah-wah guitar work is impressive, and Lord's Hammond is...well, I don't know. I NEVER heard any similar organ solo, not even from the Mr. Emerson himself.

"Into The Fire" and "Living Wreck" are two weakest compositions on the album, but weaker only compared to the rest of the "In Rock", an album who set very high standards for DEEP PURPLE and for the genre itself. "Into The Fire" is a good beat, something like THE BEATLES on distortion and screaming vocals. The second part of this duet of weakness contains some nice organ work.

The last track on the album is preeeteeeeeencious "Hard Lovin' Woman"...no. Sorry, wrong album. Hard Lovin' Man it is. Brilliant, ultimate hard-rock riff, epic organ solo, and Ian's voice is again tearing molecules somewhere above 15 kHz.....and nice, long psychedelic/dissonant section. The song is perhaps a little bit too protracted, but I like those kind of things. It's remarkable. Like the album in a whole. Progressive masterpiece.

clarke2001 | 5/5 |

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