In Rock: Anniversary Edition
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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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out of order, at others, not put on this album).The booklet even states which are Ritchie's fave albums. The single from these sessions is also given some context but is not explained in the way Jon Lord does on the DVD interviews included with DEEPEST PURPLE as a "DVD extra" on the British issue. I suspect that the disc quality is high because it is a German pressing and like Ritchies other Remasters, the German ones are superior ( at least in my experience).
The first 8 songs are the album remastered. 1. Speed King: Awesome Start. 2. Blood Sucker: Great Riff ( I
never heard this before this remaster and it is brill). 3. Sweet Child in Time ( goes without saying, this is
awesome). 4. Flight of the Rat: plain Great rock, made great by these Masters. 5. Into the Fire: A very moving and
flowing Groove. 6. Living Wreck: Squealing Keyboards, Howls like a big cat or a female voice given to screams. 7.
Hard Loving Man; Prime Gillan. Brill solo in the song and the solo near the end which is left on its own and is
panned left and right, then comes back with the band sounds great. 8. Black Night: The original Single with the
standard fade, still sounds great, and even better with the remasters.
9. Start of Roger Glovers contributions: The intro to Speed King, and the reference to Speed King as Kneel and Pray ( you need to read the booklet for this one). 10. Speed King; Very intriguing version.11 Take 5, studio talk; start of Cry Free muffed. 12. Cry Free: Brill Mix: Not part of this Album on the original version, but part of the sessions, and now restored. 13. Studio chat; Start of the Jam Stew , sort of. 14. Jam Stew; Awesome music !! 15. Studio Chat; Messing around ( makes you feel like you are there). 16. Flight of the Rat: Rogers Mix: deeper Sound on mid. Solo Comes out better. 17. Speed King intro Take 1, Messing around . 18. Speed King; Roger Glover Mix; Cleaner rendition of the song; Seems like it has tighter compression in the sound. 19. Messing around; Jig/sea shanty music... counts in to ... 20: Black Night: Lead and Keyboard have more presence, no fade out; kind of fun the way Roger does that in these remixes.
Love the Anniversary versions. I wish there was a Second disc worth of material !! Given the recent passing of the magnificent Jon Lord, I would like to see some of these albums packaged with extras; and with Roger Glover reportedly having tapes from the IN ROCK and MACHINE HEAD sessions, this is rather important given the contribution of Lord, Paice, Glover, Gillan and the Brilliant but seemingly erratic Ritchie Blackmore ( I guess you can be erratic if you play like he can :-) ).
The orignal american release opens with "Speed King" sprinting out of the blocks into the field of what rock music was then being piped through FM-bandwaves, much being "mellow", though as many recall Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath had already been introduced to world and we were hungry for more rock musical muscle and prowess as was being flaunted in the then "bring it" times. The opening track intro, on this remaster, has been restored and explodes(an animated video would showing the original Mount Rushmore site exploding leaving the "In Rock" visage in its place as the quieter part of this intro reps the rocks falling away?) deceptively lulling the listner into chill-mode only to throw-up the lights as the familiar chords of the american intro slash all opening aural expectations - individual preference aside, I gotta say it sounds great and may have changed the way we heard the album back then but it wouldn't have changed an iota of the humongous talent that was about take the unsuspecting world by the ears and hold their attention for the better part of the next 4-albums that would follow from this line-up MKII.
For fans who had this album, this will take you back to why you listened in the first place; to those who never heard them, never heard this album or who are looking back to search out some of the roots, you will either be grabbed from the onset, require a full-listen or perhaps possibly wonder what the hoopla was about. Bottomline for me is this is vintage-rock and as with most vintage rock, please keep that volume on 11 and by the way, there are no backwards messages or occult leanings here just straight-forward rock and no filler. On a personal note, the best rocking bands were also funky and Deep Purple were no exception.
The bonus tracks on this 25th Anniversary release make for a great value and great listening, though neither add nor take from the remastered original album tracks. They do give a glimpse into what they might have done had the technology been available. If you had an older brother or sister who liked them then, buy this and have them over for a barbeque, put this on, let the party begin.
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