- Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino Flashback
- ASIN: B001CBW13A
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Incidentally, this "thinking persons rock music" idea (which I noticed in another, otherwise very fine review) doesnt really sit with me. Deep Purple were certainly one of the better rock bands of the 70's, but Zeppelin and (in my opinion) Sabbath in particular were certainly strong rivals. A holy trinity of rock, with three very different sounds and a strong sense of identity. I'm not sure that still exists in bands today.
What a nice surprise it would be to hear an album this good released by a mainstream "rock" band nowadays. Buy this CD, plug in the 'phones, and be transported back to a magical time when strong musicianship, individuality, and innovation (as opposed to image and packaging) were considered actual priorities in the music world. Hard to imagine, I know.
Deep Purple, with Fireball shows the band producing hard rock at a much more refined level than their efforts with their previous album 'Deep Purple In Rock'. 'In Rock' was an powerful, underrated classic which was one of the heaviest albums you could listen to at the time. 'Fireball' is perhaps not as heavy as its predecessor, nor is it quite at the peak that Deep Purple reached with Machine Head, but none the less it is a hard rock masterpiece with 7 tracks that all give you something different, whilst still maintaining that classic Deep Purple sound that listeners have become accostomed to.
Fireball was Deep Purple's first major album success on both sides of the Atlantic, having good success in the States and peaking at #1 in the UK. This is success well earned for Deep Purple, especially when you see how far they had come since they formed in 1968. Since discovering their true sound in the c.1970 period with the new Mark II line up, Deep Purple were ready to take on the world with their music and produce some, sometimes unparalled classic hard rock. There are some stellar performances from the band members with 'Fireball'. Ian Gillan's ability as a vocalist had certainly matured since 'In Rock' and his amazing vocal range is at its best in parts of this album. Ian Paice's powerful and gutsy work on the drums is also a feature of Fireball - especially on the track 'Mule' where the fast beat he produces underpins a great track (Paice actually played drums outside the recording studio in parts for this album as remarkably it produced a better sound on the recording!!). Roger Glover again gives us some heavy bass lines and John Lord gives us some very nifty perfomances on the keyboard.Read more ›
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Fireball was one of my favorite albums in the 70's. The hits are excellent and the other songs are very good. Machine Head with Smoke on the water was a very good album. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cardinal Don
Trying to find a bad Deep Purple album is like trying to find an honest politician. It just won't happen. Enjoy!Published 6 months ago by D. Mension
The album is as good as I remembered it years ago. I'm glad I got it.Published 8 months ago by Garland W. Burdette
This album brings me back to when my friends and I would wake up dawn patrol to go to the beach to surf. Read morePublished 8 months ago by HENDRIXMAN
The jewel case received was just oh no no no... there was a huge piece of plastic chipped off on the right side, but at least it didn't affect the CDPublished 8 months ago by Theo Saraferas