DEEP PURPLE — Deep Purple In Rock (review)

DEEP PURPLE — Deep Purple In Rock album cover Album · 1970 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
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First studio album with Roger Glover and Ian Gillan (they already released a live album with orchestra with this same lineup with Concerto for Group and Orchestra, an experiment that lead to mixed reaction). To many people, the departure of Rod Evans was no huge loss, as many felt he sounded more at home with cabaret than in hard rock. On the other hand, those accused him of that should go listen to the first Captain Beyond album from 1972, which features his vocals in a surprisingly bluesy/hard rock style. Much of the psychedelia of previous albums are now gone, and they totally gave up on covers, showing they are now confident writing their own material.

And with "Speed King", you can tell they were ready to rock. It was so much more in your face. Great guitar riffs from Ritchie Blackmore, and vocals from Gillan that are much more suited for this kind of music. Check out that nice organ solo for Jon Lord! "Bloodsucker" is another in your face piece, while "Child in Time" is more in prog rock territory, although they rock out. This song created some controversy with San Francisco psychedelic band It's a Beautiful Day, as the song partially borrowed from "Bombay Calling" (this was on the same, self-entitled album in 1969 that featured the hit "White Bird"). It's a Beautiful Day took revenge on Purple by recording "Don & Dewey" on their next album, Marrying Maiden (1970) which bears more than a passing resemblance towards "Wring That Neck" off The Book of Taleisyn. I guess better that, than lawsuits. Then the rest of the album is back into rocking territory. Unlike Machine Head, this album don't feature any song familiar to the regular FM rock radio listener (nothing like "Smoke on the Water" here), but don't let that put you off. On the other hand, you like Purple but felt Machine Head was a tad overexposed, you'll probably like In Rock better. Regardless all hard rock and metal fans need this album!
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UMUR wrote:
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Yeah that Captain Beyond album sure is great :-)

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