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  • This album is my fave one,..Deep Purple tried to be harder in their sound composition, check out the songs as Fireball, demon’s eye, the mule…this album is becoming a death ring for Led Zeppelin II album,..and Purple won the rival! Anyone’s daughter is a typical song from Ian Gillan’s humour,..I love this Ballad!! masterpiece from the hrad rock dinosaururs

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • FIREBALL is the best DP album along Machine head, BURN and IN ROCK….DEEP PURPLE FOREVER! No one came is my fave one, The track album it self is like a monster tune, The english released Demon’s eye had been repaced by another track Strange kind of woman. Though the song is still excellent,… Anyone’s daughter is absolutely cool, remind me of Gillan’s humour. Ian Gillan is a good male hard rock singer,..he is charismatic! Long live Deep Purple!

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • What an album.With the exception of “Anyone’s Daughter”, which is amusing but not really a hard rock song, this album is flawless. Every thing works on this album, from the organ melodies of Jon Lord (which are never over-bearing), to the guitar acrobatics of Ritchie Blackmore, the musicianship on this album is exceptional; raw, yes, but still exceptional. You have got to give it to Ian Gillan for his performance here. His singing is quite charismatic, and the lyrics are often irreverent and hilarious. The whole band seems to have a really cocky attitude on this album, and that attitude is exemplified with Gillan’s over-the-top vocals.All I can really say is… Goddamn the Mark 2 line up put out great music.Buy this album, or steal it if you have to.On a side note, the UK version of Fireball has the track “Demon’s Eye” instead of “Strange Kinda Woman”, which is included on the US and Japanese releases. This track is awesome, and worth having, so if you are planning on buying either domestic version of this CD, I would suggest also purchasing their best-of, “Deepest Purple”, for that track. Or you could always get the 25th anniversary edition….

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is the LP that came betweeen 1970’s In Rock, a mostly power chord metalfest and 1972’s Machine Head, which was the Mark 2 line up’s golden hour. Fireball, released in 1971 shows a band finding it’s direction but not afraid to experiemnt with different musical genres, as shown on Anyone’s Daughter with Jon Lord’s ragtime piano and The Mule’s psychedelic freakouts. Every song here is highly competent and enjoyable for fans of the previous LP (Fireball, Strange Kind of Woman, Fools) as well as fans of the hallmark LP to come (No No No, No One Came). I first heard this LP when I was just a kid and it has remained one of my favorite LPs!!!

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If you see an album with the words “Deep Purple” on it, you can be pretty sure it will consist of no less than 4 star material, and will most likely consist of 5 star material. Fireball is not my favourite Deep Purple album, although it has some great songs on it. “Anyone’s Daughter” stands out the most, to me anyway. Maybe its just taken me longer to get into Fireball, but I’d have to say, to my personal taste at least, Machine Head, In Rock, and Made In Japan are THE essential Deep Purple albums, at least from the MK 2 line up. Still, Fireball will make an excellent addition to the CD collection of anybody who appreciates good rock music.

    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.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now