In Rock: Anniversary Edition
Audio CD | Import, Remastered
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1970 Hard Rock classic, released to coincide with the album's 25th Anniversary. Features the original eight cuts plus 12 bonus tracks. The bonus tracks include studio outtakes, Roger Glover remixes and studio chat by the band! Contains 'Speed King', 'Child In Time' and 'Black Night'. 20 tracks. EMI. 1995.
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Ian Paice on drums is a GOD... highly underated.
Roger Glover's bass= ton of BRICKS!
Jon Lord: R.I.P. All the Hammond B3 organs are crying since they will never be under your hands...
Ian Gillian: the best, most hair-raising screams ever made by man. Delicate and sweet when needed, too.
Ritchie Blackmore: Beautiful violence on guitar... The interlude just BEFORE the main cranking guitar lead in Child In Time is a soul-chilling guitar voice that has never been rivaled (and never will be). He plays all over this album with meat-cleaver riffs that will impact your molars. And then he will ambush you with the sweetest, most tender phrase that lulls you into an innocent joy that will crush your skull when he kicks back into the full unleashed fury that defines what his playing is all about.
My thanks to Deep Purple: I was never the same after hearing this.
Although In Rock is pretty wild, the 1971 follow-up album Fireball was a bit quieter and more experimental/progressive, not to mention the classic Machine Head from 1972 (this is a defining Deep Purple album in my mind). The approach on In Rock is interesting however (in an MC-5 sense of the word), and the album pretty much blows every hard rock/heavy metal album I have listened to out of the water based on energy levels alone.
Heavy riffs, a bulldozer-like rhythm section, lead singer Ian Gillan making wild-man Arthur Brown sound like a member of the Vienna Boys Choir, Jon Lord ramming his over-driven (and furious) Hammond organ through a fuzz box; all with Ritchie Blackmore playing his electric guitar at a crushing volume and frying amplifiers set at "11". This pretty much sums up the overall sound on In Rock. There are, however, a few quieter moments on the album, provided by Jon Lords "churchy" sounding Hammond organ (Child in Time comes to mind). These moments are merely the eye of the storm, however and are short-lived.
This remastered album is very nice and the CD booklet features a ton of liner notes and band photos. There are extra tracks (a few singles) and some remixed tracks. The sound quality, although remastered, is just OK. The overall sound seems a bit muffled/muddy, and the separation of individual instruments is not clear.
All in all, this album generates enough raw electrical energy to power a large city for the foreseeable future. The frightening intensity of this music still sounds fresh today - I think that the heavy metal style may well be "timeless". Although this album was a little too loud for my taste, the energy and passion are undeniable. The albums Fireball (1971) and Machine Head (1972) are not as wild, with Machine Head presenting an excellent example of the Deep Purple sound. The landmark live album Made in Japan (1972) is also highly recommended.