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Deep Purple in Rock

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B002BEXFW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. on November 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the spring of 1970, Deep Purple released a milestone in the history of hard rock/heavy metal with their fourth studio album 'In Rock'. Except for the first two Black Sabbath records that sandwiched the release of this one, there was no more important lp in the history of metal then this momunment to aural destruction. This album changed the future of heavy music and defined the difference between late '60's hard rock and '70's metal. Purple's new lineup with singer Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover had particpated in the previous year's recording with the Royal Philharmonic so this was their debut proper with the band. And what a debut!!!! Demolishing what was an eccentric classical-psychedeilic sound into a guitar dominated sonic assault, Ritchie Blackmore effectively took musical control of the band and cemented his name among rock's guitar immortals. Highlights include the album opener "Speed King" and for some bizarre reason the opening minute and a half of the song was edited out for US release. Are you kidding me??? Thank God it's now available on this edition. The crash and burn into followed by Lord's piece set you up for the dynamics of the song and the entire record! "Child in Time" is a flawless display of virtuousity as both Gillan and Blackmore pull out all the stops. "Hard Lovin' Man", "Into the Fire", "Bloodsucker", "Living Wreck" and "Flight of the Rat" (great solo from Ian Paice!) fill an album with no filler! Seven cuts and they all count. Purple would conquer their homeland with this record and pre-release single "Black Night" which appears along with several bonus cuts on this 25th anniversary issue. Many people feel that 'Machine Head' is better but I think that's nonsense!. 'In Rock' rips your head off and stomps it into the ground! Mercy!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on August 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (1970) Originally 8 tracks long clocking in at approximately 47 minutes. This digitally remastered (UK) version released in 1995 adds 12 bonus tracks bringing the total listen to just over 78 minutes. This is the band's 4th album. Included with the disc is a 22-page booklet containing song titles/time/credits, numerous photos (some unreleased); a brief insight to the making of and happenings during the time the album was made - by Roger Glover and (writer) Simon Robinson (with quotes from Gillan and Lord as well); and the discography of "In Rock" in various countries. Label - EMI Records.

COMMENTS: After purchasing the "Machine Head" and "Fireball" deluxe anniversary packages... I couldn't wait to get my mitts on "Deep Purple In Rock". Every song is a fast paced rocker here with the exception of the ten minute "Child In Time" - one of my favorite slow rockers... and one of Gillan's many highlights vocally, as well as Lord's wonderful slow intro and Blackmore's guitar solo once the song picks up. For some reason, I was thinking Roger Glover cold fix the original tapes and make these songs sound like they were recorded last year. Not so. The sound is still as muddy as ever. In many places, Ian Paice's cymbals & hi-hat are non-existent. Lord's organ/keyboards are mixed so poorly at times it's tough to distinguish between his high notes and Blackmore's high notes. Disappointing to say the least - it still sounds like a.m. radio. I grew up with Deep Purple and I have 17 of the discs.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By The Woj on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"In Rock" is arguably one of the first true "heavy metal" albums. It still stands as one of Deep Purple's best & "heaviest" works. The sound on this cd version, however, leaves much to be desired. I will swear my old lp sounds better. So 5 stars for the music, 1 star for the sound. Your best option is to spend a few extra bucks on the Import "25th Anniversary" edition. Unlike many "limited editions" & "remasters" the bonus tracks on the "In Rock 25th Anniversary" kick @ss thanks to some remixing by Roger Glover.
Again, pass on this one in favor of the better sounding and expanded Import version.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By W. Belanger on August 29, 2009
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I ordered this with great anticipation, largely on the basis of the Amazon description of Speed King as the US album version - I took this to mean that I would finally get a remastered version of Speed King without the UK version's "shred" guitar intro (which was cool for one or two listens but now I find just irritating). I receive the cd, unwrap it, put it in the player, and what is the first thing I hear? The cacaphonous shred beginning of the UK version! OK, fine - this is not a disaster as long as the remaster sounds good. Well, no dice there either - while listening to it I found myself vaguely dissatisfied, and when I A-B'd the gold cd with the Anniversary Edition, I realized why: the Anniversary Edition has much more presence, is louder and has more bottom end than the gold cd. The gold cd pales in comparison. If you don't yet have the Anniversary Edition, buy that instead (it's much less expensive, as well). If you already have the Anniversary Edition, skip the gold cd and save your money; you already have the best version of In Rock.
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