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Even now in 2015 – with a distance of 45 head-banging years between me and my grey receding hairline – the opening sonic assault of guitar mayhem that greets an aging body as you play "Speed King" on Side 1 of the British original of "Deep Purple In Rock" - is an absolute sonic kick in the proverbials.

Released all the way back in the hairy-assed reprobate days of June 1970 - relistening to "In Rock" again on this amazing Peter Mew Expanded CD Remaster and you're walloped with the sheer hard-rocking, balls-to-the-wall, take-no-prisoners passion of this bloodsucker – Ritchie Blackmore flaying that guitar neck until both it and his fingers go crimson red – destroying all poncey piddly Popsters in their path by beginning the new decade with Hard Rock harder than The Rock’s hard biceps (and that’s a lot of 'hard' for a Tuesday morning frankly).

It had taken England's DEEP PURPLE three decent but admittedly patchy LPs to arrive at this sound – their trademark Mark II line-up. And they'd kind of ignored the public-catching attention singles gave a band too. But all of that changed with "In Rock" and the stand-alone 7” single "Black Night" when they were launched globally in June 1970. The Purps started a wildfire run of albums - following in 1971 with "Fireball" and slamming 1972 with "Machine Head" and the stunning double "Made In Japan" - a live set that practically defined Classic Hard Rock in the Seventies. Hell – what used to trade for four or five quid in a second hand record bin for nearly two decades after its release – now passes hands for hundreds of pounds in vinyl collector’s pursuit of that elusive genuine first British pressing (laminated gatefold outer sleeve, matt black and white photos on the inner gatefold, no EMI logo on the label). Here are the details carved in stone...

UK and US released June 1995 – "Deep Purple In Rock: Anniversary Edition" by DEEP PURPLE on EMI 7243 8 34019 2 5 (Barcode 724383401925) is a 25th Anniversary Expanded CD Remaster and plays out as follows (78:27 minutes):

1. Speed King
2. Bloodsucker
3. Child In Time
4. Flight Of The Rat [Side 2]
5. Into The Fire
6. Living Wreck
7. Hard Lovin' Man
Tracks 1 to 7 make up the UK mix of the vinyl album "Deep Purple In Rock" – released June 1970 on Harvest SHVL 777. It peaked on the UK album charts at No. 4. Also released June 1970 - the US variant on Warner Brothers WS 1877 is the same except that the opening intro to "Speed King" is edited off and begins with the song riff and Ian Gillan's vocals (peaked at 147).

8. Black Night (Original Single Version)
Non-album track issued 5 June 1970 as a stand-alone UK 7" single on Harvest HAR 5020 with the album's opener "Speed King" as its B-side. It rose to No. 2 in the UK charts in August 1970.

9. Studio Chat
10. Speed King (Piano Version)
11. Studio Chat
12. Cry Free (Roger Glover Remix)
13. Studio Chat
14. Jam Stew (Unreleased Instrumental)
15. Studio Chat
16. Flight Of The Rat (Roger Glover Remix)
17. Studio Chat
18. Speed King (Roger Glover Remix)
19. Studio Chat
20. Black Night (Unedited Roger Glover Remix)

With a total playing time of 78:27 minutes – you certainly get value for money and the outer jewel case with its embossed SIGNATURES by the band and ANNIVERSARY EDITION Block print is certainly striking if not impossible to keep clean and minty. And baring in mind just how horrible the 80's "In Rock" CD was - the 24-page booklet makes a real effort this time and is therefore jam-packed with insider info and track-by-track reminiscences from Lead Vocalist Ian Gillan, Drummer Ian Paice, Keyboardist Jon Lord, Bassist Roger Glover and Lead Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. There are black and white photos of the band, pictures of a January 1970 reel-to-reel box and repros of contemporary press reviews from the time. All of it is held together with enthusiastic liners notes from SIMON ROBINSON with involvement from the DPAS (Deep Purple Appreciation Society). Rather oddly though for such a thorough release – UK and American copies of the original vinyl LP artwork aren’t reproduced and there’s no colour photos which gives the booklet a rather dullard feel…

But those niggles get trampled on pretty quickly by the big news for fans - a fantastic new remaster done by tape supremo PETER MEW (with care) at Abbey Road that thrashes the horrible Eighties CD fans have had to live with for years now. This disc rocks with real muscle and clarity. And the plentiful Roger Glover-approved extras are actually worthy of the moniker 'bonus'.

"Concerto For Group And Orchestra" on Harvest SHVL 767 rose to the dizzy heights of No. 26 on the UK LP charts in late January 1970 and stayed for only 4 weeks. Hardly the greatest start to the new decade. But from October 1969 right up until April 1970 – Deep Purple found what they were looking for and embraced the riffage. As I’ve already pointed out – "In Rock" opens with a true statement of intent - the wild "Speed King". Pow - and you're hit with guitar strings being thoroughly abused by Ritchie Blackmore – ripping up and down the frets like Eddie Van Halen without the structure - screeches and howls of notes - until it eventually settles down into a lone organ solo from Jon Lord who sounds like he’s been practising on one-too-many Church Sessions about Hell and if you're lucky Purgatory (all doomy and menacing). And then suddenly a huge and fast riff and Gillan’s archetypical screech Rock vocals. The effect is mind-blowing. Hard Rock has arrived. It kind of did with Zeppelin’s first albums anyway – but these guys made the decade wake up. "Bloodsucker" has always been a fave of mine – a properly great Rock track that has that Deep Purple funky swagger in it. I've never liked "Child In Time" in truth – it’s stagy stop-start slow drawl – but it became a live staple and came to full manic extended fruition on the live double "Made In Japan".

Side 2 opens with the truly fantastic "Flight of The Rat" – a guaranteed crowd-pleasing rocker where everything sounds fabulous – that churning riff – the thrashing drums – the huge organ sound complimenting the guitar pyrotechnics - even Gillan’s deliberately backgrounded vocals don’t sound too far back in the mix. Major grunge riffage comes at you with the impossibly good "Into The Fire" – a very Deep Purple Rock song with Gillan straining that larynx for the whole duration (the pushed into the left speaker guitar solo sounds so much clearer now). There's huge presence to the drum opening of "Living Wreck" – Ritchmore's treated guitar chugging along while Lord's organ playing finally gets given pride of place. It ends of another seven minutes of wild guitar carnage – the fast and racy "Hard Lovin' Man" – a small wonder when played live – ripping along at a pace that’s so DP at its best (that Organ solo is awesome – followed quickly by doubled-Ritchie on guitar - brilliant).

Even now the stand-alone 7" single "Black Night" thrills – a genius 45 with a B-side ("Speed King") that undoubtedly made the curious and excited run out and buy the album throughout the later half of 1970.

The six Studio Chats serve as a clever way into the BONUS TRACKS – 30-second goofs in the studio – breakdowns of takes – giggling – snippets of organ cover versions – it makes the whole Extras thing a little less formal and a whole lot more fun. The 'Piano Version' of "Speed King" loses the slashing guitars intro and goes straight into the riff (like the American LP version) but is anchored by a piano background instead of that huge organ (slightly different vocals too). It’s easy to hear why the weedy piano was ditched for the power of the organ but at 4:16 minutes - it’s a fantastic addition anyway. The real meat for fans begins with "Cry Free" – a fab outtake rocker that could easily have fitted on Side 1 of the LP. Although it’s only 2:32 minutes long – the Previously Unreleased Instrumental "Jam Stew" is just great – fast-paced guitar-chugging like "Hard Lovin' Man" complete with a wicked Jon Lord solo. The last three are essentially Roger Glover remixes – audio reconstructions of "Flight Of The Rat", "Speed King" and an Unedited "Black Night" that overruns the single mix from 3:25 minutes to a more chunky and better stereo-imaged 4:48 minutes. All three especially the longer and chunkier "Black Night" are brilliant and in some ways feel like what the album takes could have been with more bottom end and audio muscle. Bit of a barnstormer frankly.

They would follow in 1971 with "Fireball" (a UK No. 1) - then with the accomplished "Machine Head" in 1972 and end that year with the magnificent specially-priced double live album "Made In Japan" – a virtual milestone in Rock and up there with Humble Pie's "In Performance" and Thin Lizzy's "Live And Dangerous". But 1970's "Deep Purple In Rock" is where that 'Rawk' journey properly began.

It’s trite I suppose to refer to Deep Purple's "In Rock" as iconic, legendary, seminal and all that – but actually it was and still is. Much like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath changed the face of music so much in those halcyon years – Deep Purple were right up there with them – breaking down barriers, trashing hotel rooms (as any good Rock band worth their salt must) and creating a sound we know and love to this day.

"...Sweet Child In Time..." indeed – and what a time it was...
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After three competent but unremarkable albums recorded with Tertragrammaton, three founder members of Deep Purple (guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboard player Jon Lord & drummer Ian Paice) secretly recruited a new lead singer and bass player from the band Episode Six, then fired their existing singer and bassist in the summer of 1969. So the classic line-up of DP2 was born, and the young band – almost completely broke and with no new material – started rehearsing at the run-down Hanwell Community Centre in West London near Heathrow Airport.

The songs resulting from these Hanwell rehearsal sessions were released in June 1970 by Harvest Records as ‘Deep Purple in Rock’, a defining moment for DP2 and one of the landmarks of early-1970s riff-based British hard rock music. A hard-rocking single ‘Black Night’ which showcased the talents of the band and particularly Ian Gillan’s distinctive, powerful and urgent vocal delivery, was released simultaneously with the album and served to promote it through radio plays, becoming in the process the band’s best-known song and a perennial concert favourite. The album title was an oblique swipe at contemporary releases of this and that band ‘In Concert’ which DP2 felt were too pompous, and the distinctive cover featured the five band members’ heads ‘in rock’ like those of the four US presidents carved into the face of Mt. Rushmore.

In retrospect, the songs on DPIR are less polished and developed than DP2’s later work, especially the ‘Machine Head’ album. However, what they lack in sophistication and subtlety is amply compensated for in sheer power of delivery. This is British 1970s stadium rock at its finest, for many critics the apotheosis of what was to become known as ‘Heavy Metal.’ The influence of this album cannot be overstated: the soundscape laid the foundations of the 1970s British rock music genre and spawned a thousand imitators, though few stand up well against the original. Sales made the band solvent for the first time and catapulted them to international A-list rock music stardom.

The 1995 25th Anniversary edition is a great remaster of the original analog tapes by Peter Mew, and presented on a single disk in a classic jewel case. The original album content is beefed-out by two versions of ‘Black Night’ and plenty of hitherto unreleased bonus material from the recording sessions, and topped off by a long and engrossing 24-page essay about the genesis of the album penned by Simon Robinson.

Listening to ‘Child in Time’ at full volume still sends shivers down the now-ageing spines of those of us just young enough to remember the impact this album had on our lives as young teenagers in those high energy-fuelled times, when the world seemed full of youthful optimism. Enjoy, and remember.
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on 1 April 2016
Doesn't everybody know? - If one or two don't - well, this is one of the greatest hardrock/proto-heavy metal albums of the early seventees, with such classics as "Speed King" and "Child In Time". Contains some truly magic moments from the two main solists Blackmore and Lord. And it is suprisingly wild and rough for its time. This was long before Iron Maiden and Motorhead. But Purple really bangs away on this album. It might be the hardest, wildest album they ever made. That is also its weak side. It is not as melodic as some of their other albums. Except for the beautiful "Child In Time" it is really rough, tough and thunder all the way through.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 April 2012
Following their three previous albums with Tertragrammaton, which provided an initial breakthrough with Hush but mainly found them struggling to find a direction with wild swings between psychedelia and prog rock, Deep Purple changed label, singer, bass player and style to produce the classic album that would define them, and heavy Rock.

Moving away from the prog and hippie trippy stuff of earlier albums, they finally committed themselves to the heavier rock sound that they had been occasionally toying with, but never fully realised. Their vision of a new sound finally sublimated itself into this stunning, never lets up, heavy rock album which still thrills over 40 years later.

At the heart of the album is the epic Child in Time, a track that just sums up what the band were about at the time. It's a dense sound, you get caught up in it and almost have no room to breathe. The bass of Roger Glover and drums of Ian Paice provides the skeleton around which Ritchie Blackmore plays some coruscating guitar and Ian Gillan delivers a full throttle howling vocal.

The rest of the album is just as good, with several tracks such as Speed King that have become enduring classics. It's a classic of the hard Rock genre, and as essential to your collection as Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin's Signs.

This 1995 25 anniversary is a pretty classy affair with a great job having been done of the remastering. There is a host of bonus tracks, consisting of studio chat and remixes by Glover of the classic 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 all round. A real must have album in anyone's music collection.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 April 2013
I regard this album as a landmark. It was the first Deep Purple album with the classic 'Mk 2' line-up and it was their breakthrough album. More than that, it set the scene for much rock music to follow: Ian Gillan's impossibly agile vocals fronting instrument playing of the highest order.

Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin led the way in this respect: this album was a contemporary of Led Zeppelin II and together they set the standards for a decade of heavy rock music.

I use the word 'heavy' deliberately. This is one of those albums where, in Gillan's later words, 'everything is turned up louder than everything else'. It comprises chunky riffs and is designed to be played at high volume.

I won't list all the tracks but some are now justly famous: Speed King, Child In Time, and Hard Lovin' Man especially. And, though not on the original album Black Night, which was recorded especially to be a single: more accessible and easier to listen to, but still very good.

The sleeve notes in this package provide a very good insight into the formation of Deep Purple Mk 2 and how the tracks were written. They are interesting and add value.

This album set the scene for much that was to follow. Four decades later it is still an exciting listen. Close the windows, sit down, ramp up the volume and enjoy! Five stars.
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on 6 July 2011
Deep Purple In Rock, the band's fourth studio album (and first under the MKII line up of Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ritichie Blackmore) is one of the all time classic rock albums, streets ahead of its time and full of absolutely classic material.

The album starts as it means to go on with energetic opener `Speed King,' a furious and surprisingly heavy song that perfectly illustrates both what the album has still to come and what the MKII Deep Purple line up has to offer. The album is hard, direct and thoroughly captivating throughout, treading the line between reckless energy and expert musicianship really well.

Tracks like `Blood Sucker,' `Flight Of The Rat,' and `Living Wreck,' are some of the best rock songs you are likely to hear in your lifetime, and perfectly demonstrate why so many people still love this band, line up and album.

In Rock also contains the ten minute moody epic `Child In Time,' which features one of the best vocal performances anyone has ever recorded and which is one of the best Deep Purple songs period.

If you have any interest in rock or metal music at all, at some point you really ought to try Deep Purple In Rock. You'll find a very enjoyable listening experience if you do.
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on 14 February 2012
I grew up with this album so I grew up listening to this kind of music so I am probably slightly biased my mum used to playall her vinyls to me when I Was just a young.

this album opens up with the climatic and dynamic Speed King and album of such volumne when I was reintroduced to it I was slightly worried that my mums vinyl version was actually busted but it wasn't, the song has some great guitar playing and bassing in it which is VERY LOUD, and then it quietens down for a little keys interlude before gradually getting louder and Faster before storming back into the song with some excellent classic Screaming by gillan and awesome lyrics and vocal performance, everything is so very loud and you can tell it is loud in the old fashioned marshall 11 type of way rather than the fake compression way. the same goes for most of the album which is arip roaring hard rock volumnistic joy ride.

Child in time is great song it is also a long one but the ahh ahhh singing is so ver ycatchy and has some very long keyboard and guitar soling and is mightily impressive.

all in all an excellent album with a classic cover as well
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on 13 February 2017
This is the album that set the template for thousands of other hard rock bands to follow. With a thunderously tight rhythm section, Gillans top notch vocals and guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, they couldn't really fail! Anyone new to hard rock music should get this album before anything else! An essential purchase!
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on 6 October 2011
I same as a lot of people probally have most of the Deep Purple albums stored in a cupboard gathering dust and with a few scatches, and a tennis racket, but no record player, so I have started buying the remastered series of my favorite bands.
This CD does not disappoint the tracks are remastered really well and the sound quality is brilliant in fact am writing this review while listening to the CD through head phones, I wont go through all the tracks because we all have our favorites, but Speed Kind, Black Night stand out and the studio chat is interesting. Richie Blackmore is on great form as is the rest of the band, even though he is no longer in Deep Purple.
Go on do your self a favour and order a copy from Amazon.
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on 14 May 2013
After 'Machine Head' this is probably the best Deep Purple album. From the manic "Speed King" to the legendary "Black Night" this album is just one rock rush after another. Whilst at school every true rock fan had a copy of this album under their arm, it was virtually mandatory. As for "Child In Time", this was the masters at their best. Pure, breath-taking brilliance.
I can recommend this to any lovers of the rock genre. Definitely an album to be played LOUD! Enjoy.
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