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FIREBALL

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.72 | 550 ratings

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Sinusoid
Prog Reviewer
2 stars Fizzle

Stuck in the middle of two hard rock monsters, FIREBALL doesn't get the glory or recognition as older brother IN ROCK or little sister MACHINE HEAD. The archetypical Deep Purple rock sound is still here, but I've never found much that have ties to progressive rock.

My rule of thumb is that if ''No'' appears in the title, I won't care for the song; ''No No No'' and ''No One Came'' never really start or go anywhere. ''The Mule'' falls into the same category of rocking but not really doing anything interesting. Deep Purple know how to write rock riffs (listen to MACHINE HEAD for proof), but this must've been an off album for them. ''Fireball'' manages to sound decent here, but ''Highway Star'' blows that track out of the water.

There's one boogie song that is the album highlight, ''Demon's Eye'' or ''Strange Kind of Woman'' (depends on which side of the Atlantic you live on). I prefer ''Strange Kind of Woman'' since I'm more used to it. ''Fools'' has somewhat of a prog rock structure, but aside from the beautiful guitar solo in the middle, it's just another Deep Purple rock song (even if one of their better ones). This leaves ''Anyone's Daughter''. All I do is ask ''Why?'' whenever I hear the song. It is essentially Deep Purple doing a country jig, but this is absolutely out of place and not needed (and annoying on top of it).

Much of FIREBALL never made a good impression with me and didn't convince me there is much progging going on here. One only for the prog fan that obsesses over Deep Purple.

Sinusoid | 2/5 |

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