- Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
- Original Release Date: 1971
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00004TIOI
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Fireball Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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As is always the case, a follow-up was in demand, but Deep Purple were plagued with a hectic touring schedule, thus the several start-and-stop visits to the recording studio, which certainly influenced 1971's "Fireball." Sometimes, Deep Purple pulled together musically better than they did personally, which gave their albums their luster, and the songs here are no exception. "Fireball" made one of this band's most unique traits even more obvious; it was here that DP (lyrically and musically) took the obligatory themes of fast-paced, hard-living rock and roll lifestyles, and placed them in dramatic structures that gave these seemingly cliched topics a unique perspective. 'The Mule' is the best example of this; it is a dense, heavy, and dramatic piece that features a brief but poignant and well-sung verse from Gillan, topped off most notably by Paice's disciplined and raging percussion.Read more ›
THE DISC: (1971) Originally 7 tracks clocking in at approximately 39 minutes. This "Fireball - 25th Anniversary Edition" (1996) contains 16 total tracks (coming in at just under 79 total minutes). Included with the disc is a 26-page booklet containing 11 pages of written band history, numerous band photos and memorabilia, and thank you's. This is the band's 5th studio album. Recorded In London's De Lane Lea and Olympic Studios. Originally on Warner Bros (U.S.) and Harvest (UK) labels, this "Anniversary" edition is on the HEC Enterprises / EMI label.
COMMENTS: I always remember "Fireball" as the infamous album that preceded the band's high-water mark, "Machine Head" (1972). There were some good tracks here - especially the boogey-fused and lone single "Strange Kind Of Woman", "The Mule" (with Paice's drum solo), "Fireball", and perhaps my favorite deep album track here, "No One Came" (with Lord's ultra smooth solo). As good as "Strange Kind Of Woman" and "The Mule" were in the studio, they really came alive on their live "Made In Japan" (1972) - both songs became concert staples. Interestingly, Japan and US albums contained the hit "Strange Kind Of Woman", where the European copy had "Demon Eyes" in its place - I hadn't heard this track before, and man is it cool (it's got that same bar-room boogie feel to it as "Strange Kind Of Woman"). Bonus track highlights - hard to find songs like "I'm Alone" (issued as a 45 B-Side only), 2 album outtakes that were cut from the original LP "Freedom" and "Slow Train", and the instrumental version of the title track - what a jam! "Backwards Piano" and "The Noise Abatement Society Tapes...Read more ›
The diverse highlights include: Fireball, Strange Kind of Woman, Anyone's Daughter, Fools and No One Came. (The 25th anniversary edition also includes additional highlights: Demon's Eye, I'm Alone and Freedom) I'd easily take this album over any Sabbath or Zeppelin album. Gillan sings far superior to Ozzy or Plant, Ritchie Blackmore plays a more classically tinged and intense guitar, Roger Glover plays a more hard driving aggressive bass, Ian Paice plays a more sophisticated style of drumming, that swings and Jon Lord brings keyboards to the table, which puts them miles ahead of their rivals.
One last note, Deep Purples songs are all original and not borrowed rip offs from old blues men (Zep) or spooky child like rock (Sab). This is the thinking persons rock music, raw and powerful. Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice are probably the best Deep Purple line-up of the seventies.
PS: Please check out their 2003 album, Bananas. It holds up well after a hundred hearings.
I would say it is right up there with their classic seventies material. That is not easy to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the bonus material! The extra songs are worth the price alone. Hearing the band raw, still formulating songs is awesome.Published on July 12, 2014 by ivy hadenufofthis
In Deep Purple history, I think this record has been largely overlooked. This expanded remaster proves it may be their very best record. Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by Robert Orme
Obviously, Machine Head is the album everyone thinks of as Deep Purple's masterpiece. The guitar riff in "Smoke On The Water" is one of, if not the, best hooks in rock. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
If you are a Deep Purple fan, this Album, Fireball, is a MUST have!!! The remastered Deluxe Edition is incredible. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Paul Wellspeak
Released in 1971, Fireball found the band sandwiched in between the scorching In Rock (1970) and the ever-popular Machine head (1972). Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by Jeffrey J.Park
The Roger Glover remaster is worth the extra few bucks not only because it makes the tracks sound bigger and heavier than they did originally, but the bonus tracks and the booklet... Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by F.C.
Ian Gillan - Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - Guitars
Roger Glover - Bass
Ian Paice - Drums
Jon Lord - Organs and... Read more
The remixes are worth the money. The extra tracks are worth 1 or 2 listens. This band rocks. Buy a second copy for the car!! Don't copy it. That's illegal. ;)Published on April 11, 2006 by Dave Wilson