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Classic 70s Rock from THE classic DP line-up.,
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This review is from: Fireball - 25th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
The first rock album I ever bought was Disraeli Gears by Cream. The second was Fireball. I have never fallen out of love with it. I have every Deep Purple, Rainbow, Gillan, Coverdale, Jon Lord album either on Vinyl or CD but for most i have both.
The first release of Fireball on CD (in common with the other Purple albums) had not been remixed, and sufferend from a muddy and dead sound.
Critically at the time of its release it was somewhat maligned, but personally i much prefer it to Machine head, which is generally regarded as a classic. For me, Fireball displayed a higher degree of musicianship and innovation than "In Rock" or "Machine Head", although I know that is not a widely held opinion. However Ian Gillan has let it be known that this was one of his favourite Purple albums.
This release is SO enjoyable. The sound-mix is simply excellent, you would not think the recording is from 30 years ago. All the instruments and Gillan's vocals are there, clear,well balanced and you can hear the interplay between Paice and Glover (drums and bass) and between Lord and Blackmore (organ and guitar). Gillan's Lyrics and vocals were simply never better than on here.
I am not normally a fan of adding additional tracks to an original album under the guise of an "extended" or "enhanced" release - after all, out-takes were usually not included on an album release for a very good reason. But here - it is so great to have "Strange Kind of Woman" and "I'm Alone" packaged here.
The out-takes "Freedom" and "Slow Train" are clearly not to the same standard as the main tracks either musically or sonically, but I can forgive the inclusion for the sheer joy and excitement generated by hearing the main album in its remixed format.
I would be struggling to select just one album as my favourite Purple album of all time, but this would be in the top 3 definitely, along with "Made in Japan" and.......oh - only one more?....can I make it a top 5 instead?
Die young and live much longer, spend your money and sit and wonder..............It's only the glitter and shine that gets through, where's my Robin Hood outfit?