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In Rock: 25th Anniversary (UK)

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  • This live concert recording captures the sold-out Radio City Music Hall performance of former Black Sabbath rockers Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, who reunited under the name Heaven and Hell in 2006. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: MUSIC DVD Rating: NR Age: 603497992447 UPC: 603497992447 Manufacturer No: 243708


1995 release on EMI, the 25th anniversary edition of their classic 1970 album ’In Rock’. Features the original eight tracks plus 12 bonus tracks, all digitally remastered & on afull color picture CD. The clear jewel case lid is embossed with replica autographs of the band’s members at the time inblack. The bonus tracks include studio outtakes, Roger Glover remixes and studio chat by the band! Contains ’Speed King’, ’Child In Time’ and ’Black Night’. The full title is ’In Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition’.

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  • The story behind this album is well known to most Deep Purple fans. The original Deep Purple line up was a sort of odd mix of pop, hard rock and psychedelia. And although they could be very good at times, all their albums prior to In Rock were decidely “hit and miss” affairs, and nobody is going to convince me otherwise. In 1970 they released a Jon Lord composed Concerto For Group & Orchestra, which is by any standards pushing the limits of what can be called rock. I happen to like the experiment a great deal, but the general rock fan of 1970 was left feeling a bit confused as to what Deep Purple actually were.

    So for In Rock they strip it all down to basics, throw any whiff of artiness out the window, turn it up LOUD, and simply rock as hard as possible. And the result is an audio Krakatoa.

    Even when I heard this when I was at school in the late 1980s, I was surprised at just how energetic it all was. Yes, in 1988, 1970 seemed like a long, long time ago! So hearing this “old band” (as I thought of them then) shriek and wail is something I certainly remember. (Unbeliavably some versions of this album have had the 2 minute guitar freakout to Speed King edited out) And now, 19 years after Ifirst heard it, I’m still struck at how fresh it all sounds. To be honest a lot of music from the late 1960s and early 1970s, as good as it is, sounds rather dated. Listening to many records of the era is like walking into the musical equivalent of an Egyptian tomb. You know there’s a lot of good stuff inside, but exploring it throws up a lot of dust, there’s cobwebs everywhere, and you know that in the end it’s a relic more than anything else. Listening to In Rock today however is like running along a Norwegian glacier in comparison!

    Although true rock legend status would come with 1972s Machine Head, this album will for me remain as Deep Purple’s true landmark achievement.

    Posted on January 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This must have been a pleasant surprise coming from a band that had been a vannila fudge knock-off until then. It’s one of those seminal albums, a step up on the heavy ladder. In Rock, along with Sabbath and Zeppelin, started heavy metal. Gillian’s singing is soulful and unique, Ian Paice is a very underrated drummer, and Ritchie Blackmore…well, he’s just Ritchie Blackmore, the King of Riffs. Jon Lord has some nice moments, too, but he’s completely upstaged by the guitar god in front of him.

    Speed King 10/10. This song would probably make my list for top 20 of all time. It’s a ludicrously simple idea – take some old Little Richard lyrics, have Gillian scream them over a pounding rock riff. Add in a jazzy Blackmore/Lord solo, too.
    Bloodsucker 9/10. Cool riff, but what really carries this song is Ian screaming “OHHHHHHH NO NO NO!!!”. The echoey last verse is even funnier.
    Child in Time 9/10. Boring at first, but it builds up until Gillian is screaming. When he stops, Blackmore and Lord are happy to unleash a pounding instrumental section, until the boring part comes back in again.
    Flight of the Rat 9/10. Another underrated song, with a fairly simple riff. But the fact that they could play a seven minute song that was metal all the way, with out being distracted by jazz or whatever the solo in Speed King was, is great in itself.
    Into the Fire 9/10. With a riff that could match Smoke on the Water and Iron Man blow for blow, it’s a wonder this wasn’t a big hit. Maybe the plodding verses are what the radio stations don’t like. It’s an anti-drug song, opposite Black Sabbath, who sang about marijuana with glee in Sweet Leaf.
    Living Wreck 7/10. It’s the weakest song on the album with bad lyrics, a so-so riff, and a chorus that somewhat makes up for it.
    Hard Loving Man 8/10. A freight train of a song, its problem is that there’s not enough variety in it for a song that long – it gets kinda boring.
    One of those albums that it’s hard to get tired of listening to.

    Posted on January 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • THE BAND: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums & percussion).

    THE DISC: (1970) Originally 8 tracks long clocking in at approximately 47 minutes. This digitally remastered (UK) version released in 1995 adds 12 bonus tracks bringing the total listen to just over 78 minutes. This is the band’s 4th album. Included with the disc is a 22-page booklet containing song titles/time/credits, numerous photos (some unreleased); a brief insight to the making of and happenings during the time the album was made – by Roger Glover and (writer) Simon Robinson (with quotes from Gillan and Lord as well); and the discography of “In Rock” in various countries. Label – EMI Records.

    COMMENTS: After purchasing the “Machine Head” and “Fireball” deluxe anniversary packages… I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on “Deep Purple In Rock”. Every song is a fast paced rocker here with the exception of the ten minute “Child In Time” – one of my favorite slow rockers… and one of Gillan’s many highlights vocally, as well as Lord’s wonderful slow intro and Blackmore’s guitar solo once the song picks up. For some reason, I was thinking Roger Glover cold fix the original tapes and make these songs sound like they were recorded last year. Not so. The sound is still as muddy as ever. In many places, Ian Paice’s cymbals & hi-hat are non-existent. Lord’s organ/keyboards are mixed so poorly at times it’s tough to distinguish between his high notes and Blackmore’s high notes. Disappointing to say the least – it still sounds like a.m. radio. I grew up with Deep Purple and I have 17 of the discs. “In Rock” was easily not my favorite, but it was definitely top 5 due to great songs like “Black Night”, “Speed King”, “Flight Of The Rat” and “Child In Time” (check out the live version of this song on “Made In Japan”… I’ll go out on a limb and claim it’s better than the studio version here). “Black Night” and “Speed King” made it to most of their greatest hits compilations, while “Child In Time” made it to a few. The bonus tracks are a plus. Though the sleeve will have you salivating at “12″ bonus tracks, it’s really only “6″. The other “6″ are intro’s to each song lasting on average 20-30 seconds each. Various chit-chat and Blackmore fooling around on his guitar. These 6 bonus songs sound great… slightly different, and much improved sound over the original 8 tracks. 2 of the tracks are unreleased – “Jam Stew” and “Cry Free”… both treats! Two bonus versions of “Speed King”, and an unedited remix of “Black Night” are the highlights. In my opinion, the back photo is very telling… Glover is front and center and the backbone of the band – perhaps the glue keeping the 5 members together (knowing how Blackmore and Gillan got along). For me, this is a very good album, but the poor sound quality keeps me from rating it any higher. The lone track “Child In Time” and the bonus songs make this a must-have disc.

    Posted on January 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • In the spring of 1970, Deep Purple released a milestone in the history of hard rock/heavy metal with their fourth studio album ‘In Rock’. Except for the first two Black Sabbath records that sandwiched the release of this one, there was no more important lp in the history of metal then this momunment to aural destruction. This album changed the future of heavy music and defined the difference between late ’60’s hard rock and ’70’s metal. Purple’s new lineup with singer Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover had particpated in the previous year’s recording with the Royal Philharmonic so this was their debut proper with the band. And what a debut!!!! Demolishing what was an eccentric classical-psychedeilic sound into a guitar dominated sonic assault, Ritchie Blackmore effectively took musical control of the band and cemented his name among rock’s guitar immortals. Highlights include the album opener “Speed King” and for some bizarre reason the opening minute and a half of the song was edited out for US release. Are you kidding me??? Thank God it’s now available on this edition. The crash and burn into followed by Lord’s piece set you up for the dynamics of the song and the entire record! “Child in Time” is a flawless display of virtuousity as both Gillan and Blackmore pull out all the stops. “Hard Lovin’ Man”, “Into the Fire”, “Bloodsucker”, “Living Wreck” and “Flight of the Rat” (great solo from Ian Paice!) fill an album with no filler! Seven cuts and they all count. Purple would conquer their homeland with this record and pre-release single “Black Night” which appears along with several bonus cuts on this 25th anniversary issue. Many people feel that ‘Machine Head’ is better but I think that’s nonsense!. ‘In Rock’ rips your head off and stomps it into the ground! Mercy!

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “In Rock” is arguably one of the first true “heavy metal” albums. It still stands as one of Deep Purple’s best & “heaviest” works. The sound on this cd version, however, leaves much to be desired. I will swear my old lp sounds better. So 5 stars for the music, 1 star for the sound. Your best option is to spend a few extra bucks on the Import “25th Anniversary” edition. Unlike many “limited editions” & “remasters” the bonus tracks on the “In Rock 25th Anniversary” kick @ss thanks to some remixing by Roger Glover.
    Again, pass on this one in favor of the better sounding and expanded Import version.

    Posted on December 31, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now