Deep Purple's fifth studio album (and second under the now famous MKII line up) Fireball is an absolute stunner of an album, unfortunately underrated being sandwiched as it is between the classic In Rock and Machine Head albums.
For high quality, energetic and interesting rock music with amazing musicanship, Fireball is a shining example.
The album opening title track 'Fireball,' is a fast and frantic number with brilliant guitar and keyboard soloing from Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord, and a great drum performance from Ian Paice, overall one of the best songs in the band's repertoire.
The album is more varied than its predecessor, investigating various territories, from proggier numbers like 'Fools,' to the almost country 'No One's Daughter,' and the almost psychadelic drum showpiece 'The Mule.' Perhaps this variety is the reason the album wasn't as well received as the focused and direct In Rock album, but it definitely adds to the overall experience in hindsight as the band couldn't simply retread old ground anyway.
Stand Out tracks include the aforementioned title track and 'Fools,' as well as the rocking 'No One Came,' which ends the original album really well.
If you like Deep Purple you will definitely want to try out Fireball, a fine album indeed and more than worthy of a place in your collection.
The 25th anniversary edition expands on the original with a detailed set of linear notes about the making of the album, some remixes and alternative takes as well as the inclusion of single 'Strange Kind Of Woman,' and the very enjoyable album outtakes 'I'm Alone,' 'Freedom,' and 'Slow Train,' all of which expand on the album's rock side.