|1. Speed King (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|2. Bloodsucker (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|3. Child In Time (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|4. Flight Of The Rat (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|5. Into The Fire (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|6. Living Wreck (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|7. Hard Lovin' Man (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|8. Black Night (Single Version) (1995 Digital Remaster)|
|9. Studio Chat 1|
|10. Speed King (Piano Version)|
|11. Studio Chat 2|
|12. Cry Free (Roger Glover Remix)|
|13. Studio Chat 3|
|14. Jam Stew (Unreleased Instrumental)|
|15. Studio Chat 4|
|16. Flight Of The Rat (Roger Glover Remix)|
|17. Studio Chat 5|
|18. Speed King (Roger Glover Remix)|
|19. Studio Chat 6|
|20. Black Night (Roger Glover Remix)|
Recorded in snatches between relentless gigging over a six month period, In Rock, released in June 1970, did just that. In some respects the material was a skilful synthesis of what was already in the air. “Into The Fire” simmers some of the juice left over from Hendrix (“Purple Haze”) and Cream (“Politician”), “Black Night” (not originally on the album but included on the anniversary edition) is a steroid-enhanced augmentation of the Blue Magoos’ “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet.” Even the album’s rhapsodic stand-out centrepiece, “Child In Time” was itself adapted from “Bombay Calling” by US psychedelic folk rockers, It’s A Beautiful Day. In lesser hands a sculpting of such unlikely raw materials might not have worked.
That it did is evidence of their strident confidence that the new line-up had found. Deep Purple raised the bar thanks to the water-tight rhythm section of Glover and drummer Ian Paice, who together underpinned the diamond-hard riffing from which Ritchie Blackmore’s fast-moving excursions would go head to head with Jon Lord’s neo-classical noodlings, like a couple of cranked-up kamikaze. That we take the seam-splitting cod-operatics as the norm for today’s heavy metal tonsil-torturers is due in no small measure to lead singer Ian Gillan’s work here. Not even Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant had the range of shrill theatrics or glass-worrying octaves achieved by Gillan on this record.
Their collective chutzpah was captured via the album sleeve; rarely has a cover so presciently reflected the monumental influence its contents would have in the years that followed. Reaching number 2 in the UK charts in 1970, it made the band and pretty much carved out the template for heavy rock. --Sid Smith
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If it's riffs, solos, bass lines, lyrical genius you're looking for, it's written everywhere, all over this album. Not much more to say than a truely great sound.....one to have for sure.
Into the Fire and Bloodsucker are big as a house and showed many groups the way to Metal.
Speed King, Child in Time, Flight of the Rat and Hard Lovin' Man are superb adrenaline-fuelled bouts of hard rock/rock 'n' roll on speed.
Living Wreck is lighter than the others, but really grooves, and still hold power.
No weak tracks, plenty of variety within the album, and yet it seriously ROCKS throughout.
If you really like this, and want to hear more of Deep Purple from this era, look out for 'Live in Stockholm', for similar tunes, but further soloing and Deep Purple character
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