In Rock: Anniversary Edition Import, Original recording 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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Speaking of late to the party, I've never been into Purple despite being a fan of other bands from their era, mainly Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. I've recently gotten into Rainbow as well, and I'm getting a better understanding of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's unmeasurable importance to both hard rock and heavy metal. There's no question he's up there with Iommi and Page in the development of both genres, and in fact preceded them. I'm beginning my foray into the world of DP with the Mark II lineup, already being a fan of singer Ian Gillan from his “Born Again” album with Black Sabbath and WhoCares project with Tony Iommi. Not to mention “Smoke on the Water,” a song that's a requirement to like for anyone who's a heavy metal fan. Next, I'll go back to their older stuff, then on to Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. I've been listening to “Deep Purple In Rock” for a few months now, and even though I'd love to have been listening to it all these years, it's pretty exciting to basically discover this stuff in 2015.
The thing I enjoy most about this album (and the next few after it, which I'm also listening to) is that Deep Purple's music often rests comfortably right in between Sabbath and Zeppelin. They have the heaviness of Sabbath, the progressive capability of Zeppelin, and the bluesiness of both. Blackmore could write heavy power riffs to rival Iommi's best, and stirring rock as ballsy as Page. Setting them further apart is the often hyperactive, completely hypnotic keyboard work of Jon Lord, which gives DP a touch of psychedelic Doors flavor. Then throw in Ian Paice's drumming, which is in league with Bill Ward and John Bonham in every way. And the buzzy bass thickness of Roger Glover. And Ian Gillan's unique mix of soulful crooning, powerful rock singing, and otherworldy wailing. This collection of musicians rivals any in rock history, bar none. Mark II is their most celebrated lineup with good reason.
“In Rock” has so much to offer. Their epic songwriting ability is fully displayed on “Child in Time,” “Flight of the Rat,” and “Hard Lovin' Man.” Each song in its own completely different way ranges through the best of DP's repertoire of styles with classic, extended compositions. The more straightforward hard rock numbers, “Speed King,” “Bloodsucker,” “Into the Fire,” and “Black Night,” show more immediacy, knocking the listener flat with speedy adrenaline or just hardnosed stomp. Then there's the somewhat odd “Living Wreck,” a cool breeze of a song with an almost jazzy flair that stands alone among the group. Top to bottom, “Deep Purple In Rock” is every bit as classic as any album out there, bar none. It's more than pitiful that an institution that calls itself a Rock Hall of Fame doesn't recognize it. I guess they're too busy jamming to all those timeless, historic Green Day songs.
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.