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Deep Purple

© Warner Bros. Records

Year of Release: 1971

track listing
  • Fireball
  • No No No
  • Strange Kind
    Of Woman
  • Anyone's Daughter
  • The Mule
  • Fools
  • No One Came

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    Deep Purple ... One of the greatest hard rock bands to surface from the 1970s ... The year was 1971, and the lineup of Ritchie Blackmore's band was considered its peak. Roger Glover was lead vocalist, and despite hardly any of the songs didn't ring any memory bells for me, it was considered one of their finest shining moments, and to critics and fans, one of their best albums.

    The title track definitely has a great hard rock sound, and being a fellow keyboardist myself, I've always been impressed with Jon Lord's keyboard playing, as it shows once again on this song. "No No No" is another good song, and it showcases how Blackmore was (and still is) one of Rock's finest guitarists. Even the bass playing of Ian Gillian shines on this song, as Blackmore provides the extensive guitar solo/leads. And yes, even Jon Lord has a very cool keyboard solo/lead towards the end of the song.

    Was "Strange Kind Of Woman" a major hit? It seems this song did bring some memory bells, maybe it was because a friend from high school may have played it for me from the band's "best of" compilation (Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple. This song is probably my most favorite from this album.

    In reading the liner notes from this album, it was mentioned that "Anyone's Daughter" was a hit, but this song is quite different than the hard rock of Deep Purple -- It has a somewhat country feel, and the vocals seem to resemble Bob Dylan's in a way. Jon Lord is featured on piano, rather than the traditional organ playing. Fans of Deep Purple will NOT guess this song as by Deep Purple, but it is interesting to listen to, as Deep Purple takes a different approach in their traditional standard hard rock style.

    Ok, back to our original scheduled programming... "The Mule" returns with the hard rock style, Blackmore's guitar work shines on this one. This song almost has a Progressive Rock flavor too. Roger Glover's voice is easily recognized as Deep Purple on the next song, "Fools," a song definitely fitting the traditional Deep Purple sound. And towards he end, the band plays music as they have before, where their music has a Progressive Rock style, yet it could also be classified as Classical. (See the self-titled review.)

    "No One Came" also has the traditional hard rock Deep Purple style, ending the album, as it has a blues edge, as heard from the harder rock songs of Thin Lizzy.

    Growing up in the 1970s, Deep Purple wasn't really followed with their albums with me, as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Eric Clapton. My interest peaked when Whitesnake was popular with David Coverdale, as he replaced Roger Glover as lead vocalist in 1973.

    Deep Purple for me was remembered mostly for "Smoke On The Water." However, Ritchie Blackmore could be considered as part of the Big 3 of 1970s Guitarists -- with the likes of Clapton and Jimmy Page. His works should not be overlooked. Blackmore would form the band Rainbow after leaving Deep Purple, and return to Deep Purple with a few reunions. His latest project/band is Blackmore's Night, which just released a new album (The Village Lanterne, 2006). Their website classifys them as Renaissance style rock, where Blackmore has an interest in Classical Music. Blackmore's post-Deep Purple and post-Rainbow projects have always interested me. It seems his works with his Night band are hard to find, but I'm sure they're out there somewhere, either on or most likely, ebay. (Looking at, Blackmore's Night CDs are mostly high-priced imports.) But Blackmore will always be remembered for Deep Purple, and Fireball is a very good album, for those who enjoy the Classic Rock and Hard Rock of the 1970s.

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