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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Hard Rock
If you like Deep Purple but don't own Fireball, you are in for a real treat. This album is a hard rock masterpiece and Ian Gillan would totally agree with me. It's a shame that Fireball has been kind of forgotten about, it clearly holds up against In Rock and Machine Head. One nice thing about this album is, besides the great material, you won't be sick of ANY of the...
Published on 16 Oct 2006 by music lover

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the highlight of Purple's back catalogue
Having bought the anniversary editions of Machine Head, In Rock, Burn and Stormbringer, I added this to the collection as the other albums contained 1) a great original album 2) interesting re-mixes and/or 3) bonus tracks. Apart from "Fireball", "The Mule" and "Strange Kind of Woman" I'd not heard any of the rest of this album before - and I'd not...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little different but still the 3rd best album, 11 Mar 2013
Sandwiched in between Purples' (IMHO) two best albums, In Rock and Machine Head, this album does not seem to be over popular with many die-hard Purple fans because its 'too funky' and doesn't have the great Richie Blackmore guitar riffs of the other two albums. The only really funky track is 'No No No', which is actually quite excellent. 'Anyones' Daughter' and 'Fools' are both quite a departure from the usual Purple style , but both are great in their own way--the first being a country style song and the other a very atmospheric piece cut through with heavy rock verses. There isn't really a bad track on the original album, but the bonus tracks on this 25th anniversary edition are well.....just typical bonus tracks really,although its nice to have the single 'Strange Kind of Woman' on an album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant..., 2 Mar 2013
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Had a copy on cassette when I was 13, replaced that when Dad's car radio-cassette chewed it with vinyl.
CD copy got scratched before I had a chance to rip it into iTunes so I've bought my 4th copy.
It sounds as fresh and energetic as it did when I was 13.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fireball, 1 Mar 2013
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This classic rock album was as awesome as when I bought it on Vinyl the first time around I fully recommend its classic tracks to anyone who is looking for Rock music in the old vein
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remember - with additions, 29 Jan 2013
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Love Purple & this is remastered so it sounds far cleaner than Vinyl - not to say I don't still play the old disc every so often though
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4.0 out of 5 stars memories, 11 Nov 2012
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I had this on vinyl originally so was pleased with purchase. Didint really need the extra tracks as original tunes were good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected classic from the true Masters of Rock, 28 Aug 2012
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I have recently reurned ton this album after many years and although 'In Rock' and 'Machine Head' are recognised classics of the genre this album has been a much delayed revelation...and if you are looking for a tributr to the work of Jon Lord then this is the place to find it...
From start to finish there is not a dud track on this album...forget all the extra tracks as they are but a distraction from the original material released on this album...do as I did and take the dog a long walk with you earphones turned up loud and just marvel at the masterpiece...and remember just how good this band was...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has leaflet., 3 Jun 2012
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This is the middle album of the trilogy which "made" Deep Purple.
I purchased this for the very interesting lealet written by Simon Robinson and Roger Glover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars EXcellent album, 14 Feb 2012
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I agree this one is a stonker and it seems to be ignored for some reason which is a shame it even has country style song on it

and some really catchy riffs in it and some great bass playing and excellent piano specially in the country style song

it is really an compelling addition to your collection if you get it is fite perfectly in between INrock and Machinehead, and it also has a few earlier album elements like the experimentation, and It really should be up there with the previously mentioned albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pure nostalgia, 17 Nov 2011
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Again ,got this on vinyl when Iwas 18 together with Steve Hillage Van der graff Genisis etc but this one has a special place in my heart.Fireball is my favourite and as another reviewer stated "Mule" and "No one came" are the others .
Unfotunately the songs become a little boring further on.
However having seen them in all their glory at Wolverhampton civic decades ago that memory will stay with me forever so Ireckon it's worth getting for whatever you can get out of it.The original line up were top drawer.........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fireball - Best of Mark 2 Purple?, 20 July 2005
Most people cite "Machine Head" as the best Deep Purple album but "Fireball" is my favourite. Jon Glover's bass is minimalistic on "Machine" whereas here it is inventive - one of his best performances. The songs are as good as any; "Fireball" the archetype of all heavy metal rock singles and the others songs of Gillan-penned substance - even "Farmer's Daughter", though humorously witty, is a great song. Gillan sings, unfailingly, as well as ever, with that great rock voice. Blackmore explores his fretboard imaginatively, sometimes funky, sometimes bone crunchingly heavy and sometimes jazzy and flowing. Pacey's drumming is characteristically tight and powerful. Jon Lord's musical imput with his classical and rhythm and blues leanings, is, as ever, matchless.
Accused of formula playing, the band tell a differant story on this album and the extra tracks on this new edition are a real bonus - well worth buying it for.
Related or recommended records? Well get "In Rock" and "Machine Head" by Purple. Also other Heavy Metal albums comparable in quality such as "Led Zeppelin 4" and "Prescence" also by Zep.. Also any Hendrix live album. If you want Purple's prog. rock equivalent - Yes' "Close to the Edge" presents a good parallel as in the way a band can play together when they have the right chemistry.
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