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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001CBW13A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The band's diverse 1971 release. Includes The Mule; No One Came , and more!

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As brand new at a fraction of the price what not to like!
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By Chris on 26 July 2015
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Brilliant should be in every ones music collection.
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By Mrs P A welsh on 24 Feb. 2015
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very good
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. ANDREWS on 16 July 2013
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just lazy and wanted the music to listen to in the motor and was too impatient to wait for burning.
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Excellent 21 Oct. 2004
By June McDonnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you see an album with the words "Deep Purple" on it, you can be pretty sure it will consist of no less than 4 star material, and will most likely consist of 5 star material. Fireball is not my favourite Deep Purple album, although it has some great songs on it. "Anyone's Daughter" stands out the most, to me anyway. Maybe its just taken me longer to get into Fireball, but I'd have to say, to my personal taste at least, Machine Head, In Rock, and Made In Japan are THE essential Deep Purple albums, at least from the MK 2 line up. Still, Fireball will make an excellent addition to the CD collection of anybody who appreciates good rock music.

Incidentally, this "thinking persons rock music" idea (which I noticed in another, otherwise very fine review) doesnt really sit with me. Deep Purple were certainly one of the better rock bands of the 70's, but Zeppelin and (in my opinion) Sabbath in particular were certainly strong rivals. A holy trinity of rock, with three very different sounds and a strong sense of identity. I'm not sure that still exists in bands today.

What a nice surprise it would be to hear an album this good released by a mainstream "rock" band nowadays. Buy this CD, plug in the 'phones, and be transported back to a magical time when strong musicianship, individuality, and innovation (as opposed to image and packaging) were considered actual priorities in the music world. Hard to imagine, I know.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Mark II line up shows the signs of hitting it's peak 6 Feb. 2005
By Nom DePlume - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the LP that came betweeen 1970's In Rock, a mostly power chord metalfest and 1972's Machine Head, which was the Mark 2 line up's golden hour. Fireball, released in 1971 shows a band finding it's direction but not afraid to experiemnt with different musical genres, as shown on Anyone's Daughter with Jon Lord's ragtime piano and The Mule's psychedelic freakouts. Every song here is highly competent and enjoyable for fans of the previous LP (Fireball, Strange Kind of Woman, Fools) as well as fans of the hallmark LP to come (No No No, No One Came). I first heard this LP when I was just a kid and it has remained one of my favorite LPs!!!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Album No. 2 from Mark 2, probably that line-up's best. 2 Jan. 2000
By "arioch-thoth" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What an album.With the exception of "Anyone's Daughter", which is amusing but not really a hard rock song, this album is flawless. Every thing works on this album, from the organ melodies of Jon Lord (which are never over-bearing), to the guitar acrobatics of Ritchie Blackmore, the musicianship on this album is exceptional; raw, yes, but still exceptional. You have got to give it to Ian Gillan for his performance here. His singing is quite charismatic, and the lyrics are often irreverent and hilarious. The whole band seems to have a really cocky attitude on this album, and that attitude is exemplified with Gillan's over-the-top vocals.All I can really say is... Goddamn the Mark 2 line up put out great music.Buy this album, or steal it if you have to.On a side note, the UK version of Fireball has the track "Demon's Eye" instead of "Strange Kinda Woman", which is included on the US and Japanese releases. This track is awesome, and worth having, so if you are planning on buying either domestic version of this CD, I would suggest also purchasing their best-of, "Deepest Purple", for that track. Or you could always get the 25th anniversary edition....
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is not for the weakminded... 14 Jan. 2005
By skyfoxx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is again a real hard-rock classic but it is quite different from both In Rock and Machine Head. This is where they tried to add a lot more progrock to their heavy metal drive and the result is brilliant. My personal faves are "Strange Kind of Woman", "No No No" and "Fools" but "The Mule" also kicks ass (pun intended), while "Anyone's Daughter" seems like the only deviation from the formula with its country music styled tune... but a nice one, still.
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Look Out ........ a Fireball just blasted into town! 15 Mar. 2005
By howzat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fireball (1971.), Deep Purple's fifth studio album

Deep Purple, with Fireball shows the band producing hard rock at a much more refined level than their efforts with their previous album 'Deep Purple In Rock'. 'In Rock' was an powerful, underrated classic which was one of the heaviest albums you could listen to at the time. 'Fireball' is perhaps not as heavy as its predecessor, nor is it quite at the peak that Deep Purple reached with Machine Head, but none the less it is a hard rock masterpiece with 7 tracks that all give you something different, whilst still maintaining that classic Deep Purple sound that listeners have become accostomed to.

Fireball was Deep Purple's first major album success on both sides of the Atlantic, having good success in the States and peaking at #1 in the UK. This is success well earned for Deep Purple, especially when you see how far they had come since they formed in 1968. Since discovering their true sound in the c.1970 period with the new Mark II line up, Deep Purple were ready to take on the world with their music and produce some, sometimes unparalled classic hard rock. There are some stellar performances from the band members with 'Fireball'. Ian Gillan's ability as a vocalist had certainly matured since 'In Rock' and his amazing vocal range is at its best in parts of this album. Ian Paice's powerful and gutsy work on the drums is also a feature of Fireball - especially on the track 'Mule' where the fast beat he produces underpins a great track (Paice actually played drums outside the recording studio in parts for this album as remarkably it produced a better sound on the recording!!). Roger Glover again gives us some heavy bass lines and John Lord gives us some very nifty perfomances on the keyboard. In many ways it was these two just mentioned who gave DP their real heavy edge in their music as the thick lines of sound they produce so often gives DP's music that extra emphasis and power and paved the way for guitar genius Ritchie Blackmore to riff like a madman!

So onto the album itself. The great cover to the album leaps out at you at tells you instantly that a powerful musical journey awaits and this is one that is certainly not for the feint of heart. I must admit that probably 'Fireball' is a little bit less accessible that perhaps a 'Machine Head' or 'In Rock' but that by no means weakens the work - its all the more better that this album grew on me the more I listened to it. Alongside this, the edition to buy is the 25th Anniversary Rhino Edition which has given the album an even better facelift and is well worth the investment. With the anniversary edition, you get versions of both 'Demon's Eye' and 'Strange Kind of Woman' - as these tracks inclusions vary with US and UK versions. You also get some remixes, which are excellent and some extra tracks - 'Slow Train' is an undiscovered Deep Purple gem and 'Freedom' and 'Im Alone' are well worth the listen. Overall then, my advice is to get this edition although if the standard issue is the only version you can get, do not despair as you are still getting an album which truly rocks.

The album tracks themselves give a great variety. 'Fireball' the opener is a crashing 3 minute starter with some clever guitar work from Ritchie Blackmore and some heavy keyboards from Jon Lord. 'No No No' is one of the more underrated works on the album with a catchy riff and some powerful vocals from Gillan. 'Demon's Eye' is a bit more aggressive but blends again that Deep Purple sound. 'Anyone's Daughter' is a bit more acoustic sounding with plenty of rambling story telling vocals. 'The Mule' is a drumming masterpiece in parts with crashing guitar work over the top. 'Fools' is a slower paced 8 minute epic which blends some quiet thoughful sections with some killer verses that blast out in style. 'No One Came' is a great rocker to close out the album and, depending on which versions you have, 'Strange Kind of Woman' a well known Deep Purple classic track which rounds off with an amazing Blackmore solo.

Overall, another gem from Deep Purple. The Machine Head classic of classics was approaching and this great 5* effort shows this. This hard rock gem is well worth obtaining - and, if you can lay your hands on one, make it the anniversary edition.
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