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FIREBALL

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.77 | 827 ratings

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BigDaddyAEL1964
3 stars Tough task to follow In Rock, did the succeed? No, but they did some really good stuff here.

That's my opinion track-by-track:

Fireball: Much like Speed King did for In Rock, this is a fast song to excite the listener and prepare him for a very good hard rock album. Fireball is better than Speed King, more melodic, and perfect for the radio with .

No No No: Bluesy hard rocker, with playful vocals, a catchy guitar riff and a very nice groove. Pretty enjoyable song, maybe a bit longer that the ideal.

Demon's Eye: Instant classic blues rocker, with a simple but brilliant riff and excellent groove. Arguably the best song of the album.

Anyone's Daughter: Folk - Country rocker, the first of the kind by Deep Purple. Could easily be a Johnny Cash song I guess! It's a fun song, but not special.

The Mule: The Ian Paice magnum opus. He builds the song in the steps of the great John Bonham, who was doing spectacular things with Led Zeppelin at the same period. It lasts 5:12 but it could continue for ever... Unique!

Fools: Really good song, with a classic riff and a very nice vocal line, but what was that 2,5 minutes long trippy bridge for? In my opinion it's anti-climax, and I'd like to edit it out to enjoy the song better.

No One Came: Typical long Deep Purple song with improvisations, mostly by Jon Lord. Definitely a good song, but it gives me the feeling that I have listened to stuff like this many times by them. Thus, it lacks significance.

RATING: It tries to follow In Rock, but it fails. It's a step back, but it's a really nice album with three classics: Fireball, Demon's Eye and The Mule. Solid 3 stars!

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |

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