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FIREBALL

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.77 | 823 ratings

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Bonnek
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3 stars Fireball is a good album and marks a big sonic improvement over In Rock. It is too inconsistent though to be playing in the same class.

The opener is a great rocker, no more no less. No No No just make me frown though. I can't imagine how such mediocre tracks could end up on albums in those years. The only positive thing I can point out is that it at least indicates that bands wanted to try something different once in a while, a bit of a lost art these days.

Demon's Eye gets my diminishing attention back to the album. It's basically just a great blues groove played with the dirtiest possible sound you could get out of an organ and a guitar in those days. It inspired the band to tight rocking and Gillan to great emotive singing.

Anyone's Daughter is just a bit of fun really but I like the slide guitar here. The Mule goes into spacey territories. It is the only song on the Made In Japan album where I prefer the original. Fools has great instrumental parts but the vocal lines sound a bit strained and predictable. No One Came isn't very remarkable neither.

Overall, this is the weaker album of the Deep Purple's strong 1970-1972 output.

Bonnek | 3/5 |

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