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Fireball: Deep Purple - Proving that these guys were no fools,
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This review is from: Fireball - 25th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
When you've recorded the album that will stand as a classic that defines the heavy rock sound for generations to come, how do you follow it up? Some bands really struggle to make an impression after a seminal record, but Deep Purple Mk2 followed In Rock with a second masterpiece, which continued the Rock theme and started to subvert it a little so as to keep it fresh and prevent it sounding boring.
Fireball is one of my favourite records in the Purple canon. It has that heavy dense sound the the MK2 band were famous for, but with an interesting dynamic lying behind it that goves it a definite edge. Gillan in particular was on fine form, delivering a vocal much more impassioned than anything on In Rock, letting loose with that full throttle howl on a regular basis. The rhythm section of Paice and Glover holds it all together, allowing Blackmore to deliver a classic guitar, and Lord to wander off on his own with his usual exciting organ solos.
I know the band were never happy with the result, feeling it rushed and not well thought through, but I beg to differ. There is a feeling of spontaneity that helps the album along, and I have to say I love Anybody's Daughter, a slightly more lighthearted track that has a permanent place on my MP3 player.
It's another classic of the hard rock genre, a must for anyone's music collection.
The 1996 25 year anniversary 25 anniversary is a pretty classy affair with a great job having been done of the remastering. There is a host of bonus tracks; in the most part these are interesting but to be honest I tend to programme these out and listen to the album in its original form.
5 stars for an excellent release of a stone cold classic.