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Deep Purple In Rock

Deep Purple

1970

Deep Purple In Rock
Album Summary

Deep Purple in Rock is the fourth studio album by Deep Purple, released on June 5, 1970. It was the first studio album recorded by the Mark II line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Work on In Rock began shortly after Gillan and Glover joined the band in June 1969, with rehearsals at Hanwell Community Centre. The music was intended to be loud and heavy, and accurately represent the group's live show. Recording took place at various studios around London in between extensive touring, during which time songs and arrangements were honed into shape. In Rock was the band's breakthrough album in Europe and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for over a year. By contrast, it under-performed in the US, where the band's Mark I albums had been more successful. An accompanying single, "Black Night" reached No. 2 in the UK, becoming their highest charting single there. The album has continued to attract critical praise as a key early example of the hard rock and heavy metal genres.

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3.34

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Hard Rock
Metal

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I understand my father-in-law so much better now

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

When I was younger, I would read or hear a lot of people saying "Deep Purple was a huge influence on early heavy metal" and think PFFFFTTTT! What? Nah, Black Sabbath did it all, as I was only familiar with Deep Purple's bigger hits at that time. I still think Sabbath is obviously the most influential, but realize I was too quick to dismiss the work of others in the pre-metal scene. This album is THICK with sound. A driving rhythm section, big distortion, and versatile organ usage make for a sound modern stoner rock constantly seeks to emulate. This is a Jam. Probably a 4.5, but I'm rounding up as an apology for my previous disrespect to these metal pioneers.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Grinding, driving, 70s metal. This album is relentless. It starts big and just keeps going until the end. Good stuff, mostly. It got docked a star because there was an inordinate amount of pointless, wordless screeching.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

Listening to guitar solos on this album is like putting your head into an exhaust of F1 car with V12 engine and pushing with low-fuel load around Monza. Absolute eargasm.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Makes u wanna rock out with ur cock out

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

A period piece, capturing the point at which psych rock became hard rock/metal. Ridiculous lyrics don't detract from the energy here, the key to this album is they play fast and don't repeat themselves (something many later heavy rock bands sadly didn't learn from).

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Incredible drumming, wow. Gritty sound

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Given the inclinations of the writers of this list, I'm a little surprised to see Deep Purple in Rock here. For one thing, there were no hits on this album. It wasn't all that popular at the time either, as far as I know. It wasn't a presence on album-oriented radio. It doesn't even have a hipster reputation, like Dr. John's Gris Gris. Could it be that it was included because of the actual quality of the music? Shocker.On DPIR, Richie Blackmore got his way and molded Deep Purple into a hard rock band with a nasty edge, both musically and lyrically. His leads, heavy on whammy bar and feedback, were pretty revelatory at the time, and are impressive even now. Child in Time is a particularly brutal anti-war song. Living Wreck's depiction of a drug-addled groupie is downright ugly. And Ian Gillan's operatic wails, no doubt inspired by Arthur Brown, are the rancid cherry on top. But the pop and progressive leanings of early incarnations of the band weren't completely abandoned. In essence, the songs on DPIR are inventive, tightly constructed pop tunes, albeit with a blues foundation. This isn't the blundering, overly literal blues of all too many British bands.Frankly, the ungainly combination of elements in DPIR was a bit much for me as a kid and even now it makes me queasy, but the tension of the push and pull of the seemingly irreconcilable is large part of what makes DOIR such a bracing listen. Deep Purple would never make another album as balls out and uncompromising as this one.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

Didn't hate this as much as other 'hair rock' albums.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que j'ai vu le groupe Deep Purple de mes yeux à la Patinoire Mériadeck de Bordeaux il y a de cela quelques années. Le bassiste était ce jour-là particulièrement en forme puisque, après avoir chaussé ses patins et invité sa partenaire à le rejoindre, il enchaîna deux sauts de biche, un triple axel avant d'effectuer une magnifique pirouette sautée, récoltant ainsi la note de 186,66.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Speed King Is such a great hard rock opener and carries on through to the rest of the classic albumn. Just such an amazing of its time albumn transports to that era instantly.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
3

I'd probably treasure an album that was solely Speed King's opening guitar dragon freakout iterated over an hour, though I suppose I already have that record in a few different forms - The Blue Humans 'Clear to Higher Time', maybe the closest. Perhaps back it up with some power electronics. There you go, my ideal unlistenable band! This is fun, and I am sorry I only made time to listen to it once, as it sounds like the archetype-forge for Seventies hard rock, making it significant. Can't say the vocals do it for me, or the songs themselves, which bolt on too many zany digressions to up the note count, but the mood is authentic to what it is: completely dedicated to making this weird, serious and silly melodrama. I only knew 'Smoke on the Water' before this, so was expecting similar riffage, rather than the unrestrained guitar wail or the stoner choir on a bad night of 'Child in Time', or indeed titles like 'Child in Time'. The digressions are admirably maddening - I'd happily have gone for a pint with 'Flight of the Rat', but instead it dragged me out to watch it down a pitcher of cloudy cider, suckle on a bottle of vodka, and finish the night chewing a bong while some bastard plays bongos next door. This wasn't what I asked for, but I'm not going to return it. The guy who hired me for my first job in my career turned out to be a Deep Purple fan. I finally think I understand him now that I've heard this.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
3

Not loving the falsetto. The bluesy driving sound is nice. Doors-like organ is always welcome. The vocals are the most off-putting aspect so far. Sounds like he got his pecker stuck in an electrical outlet. The instrumentation is solid. I'm leaning towards a 3 just for the music alone. Is Deep Purple the cause of all the 80's metal tropes that I hate?

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Fri Jan 12 2024
2

Liked the instrumentals but didn’t love the lead vocalist nor the simplistic lyrics.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
1

Listened before: No Enjoyed: No Listens: 1 Only got the chance to listen to this one once and didn't really take anything away from it

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Wed Oct 19 2022
1

10/18/22 I listened to like 3-4 songs and just had to stop listening. I don’t know what style of rock this is, have no intention of learning more about it, and hope to avoid it in the future. Music taste is subjective yeah sure whatever but why is this kind of noise popular? Curious. Don’t care if I sound like an asshole.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
1

sometimes you do stuff that you wont like in the name of discovery, or science, or to see if you can be convinced your initial feelings were wrong. For me, that was listening to Deep Purple. This is the third Deep Purple album I've had on the list so far and i have not found any of them enjoyable. And its not that its 'not my thing', the genre itself has many decent elements, but man do i hate this band The amount of pointless drum solos are unbearable. I'm happy for Flight of the Rat, that it has a big pointless drum solo, its also the least streamed song on the album by a distance, and it's probably because it sucks I hopefully will never have to listen to Deep Purple again after this, I am praying to the only god i know that there are no further Deep Purple albums on this list. PLEASE NO MORE

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Fri Sep 18 2020
5

loved it!!! so good, kept me interested the whole way through

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

To my shame, one that I’ve never deep dived into. Amazing stuff here. I loved it

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

what's not to love about this one

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Some good old fashioned rock. Honestly a pretty good album through and through, short but nice long songs. I liked this.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

A well deserved 5 - outstanding musicianship, amazing guitar work - took me totally by surprise - brilliant stuff ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

I forgot just how much I loved Deep Purple (and classic heavy metal in general). Ian Paice continues his legacy as one of the most criminally underrated drummers of all time, but the rest of the band has no problem at all keeping up with him. The organ especially slaps in the back end of the record. Fantastic stuff, through and through.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Now this was electric! Noise all over the place with each track came a different engine like sound. Despite having seven songs, the album goes on for a while. Three words to describe this album; loud, fast and chaotic... and fucking brilliant!

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Smoke on the water and other awesome songs! Was super fun!

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

This was among the sound track of my freshman year in high school. It was great to hear it again, though it's not going to climb back into my regular playlist.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Zalige riffs, machtige orgel-solo's, een steengoeie (pun intended) zanger. topalbum

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

A classic rock album. Love it - child in time gives me goose pimples every time I hear it!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Holy shit this was great especially the first 3 songs goddamn that guitar

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Deep Purple? Sure, great song, but aren't they a one hit wonder? And it's not even on this album. But OK, I'm game. What else you got, Deep Purple? I do appreciate the hubris of the album art. And the names of the song, taken together, are brutals. The album roars out of the gate with Speed King, I love it. All time classic heavy metal screaming, notable work on the drums, and I'm taken completely by surprise by the organ. Bloodsucker I'm feeling the base. Wait, the track is great too. *All* of the songs are strong, but my faves are Speed King, Flight of the Rat, Black Night. I hear a certain amount of Alice Cooper, a tiny bit of Doors, some Zeppelin, even Steppenwolf. Child in Time makes me think of both David Bowie and Pink Floyd. Obviously Deep Purple had more influence than I realized, and was right in the middle of everything, giving and getting and helping invent heavy metal. I find my own ignorance genuinely stunning sometimes. TL;DR Great album.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Un peu honte de pas avoir écouté ce monument du rock avant aujourd'hui.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Bem mais heavy metal do que pensei que seria. Legal!

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

The first of three knockout punches. Before Blackmore became a fairy. Showing Ian Paice to be one of the three best English drummers

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

This album has the power to change boys into men

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Me encanta, música de comfort!

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Deep Purple in Rock is a great album with some fantastic songs from beginning to end. "Speed King" is a well-known classic rock song that opens the album really well, followed by the more dramatic and slightly more obscure "Bloodsucker". The third track of the album is one of Deep Purple's standout songs, "Child in Time", a particularly unique song which really uses the various skills of the members at the time. "Flight of the Rat" has some really good punk rock vibes to it, which come in unexpectedly after the more melodic-rock style of "Child in Time", but the song itself is great. "Into the Fire", "Living Wreck" and "Hard Lovin' Man" are solid songs that don't particularly stand out but are still fun to listen to, and the album closes off strongly with another well-known song in "Black Night", featuring what may arguably be Deep Purple's second-most recognizable guitar riff. While not my favourite album by the band, In Rock is still a great example of Deep Purple's most well-known lineup and is a great listen to any fans of the genre.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Muy chulo, rock del bueno. Una pasada

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

The feel of Deep Purple throughout, but almost completely new to me!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Amazing and still holds up even with the quirky hammond organ

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

An early heavy metal album that has more in common with modern day desert rock than heavy metal but don't take that as a slight. This album has a killer groove running through it and i am all for it. Having only heard the big tracks from Deep Purple i was pleasantly surprised how much i really loved this album. Definitely earned its spot on my classic rock playlist.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Truly, one of the albums of all times.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

When I bought that album (it was about 40 years ago) it didn't leave my record player for a long time. For me, it was the foundation stone of heavy metal. 5+

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

The first record with the essential Mark II line-up, and what a great introduction!

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

I would almost put this on par with Zeppelin. There’s so many heavy metal bands from the late 70s to today that owe Deep Purple for their sound.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Cet album me rappel beaucoup de souvenirs avec Child in time. Cependnat le reste est juste du vraiment bon metal/rock. J'aime beaucoup Deep Purple. 5

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Masterpiece, they found their sound. Best mark ever.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Liked it more than I thought I would. Solid start to finish.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

Deep Purple is a rock band I had never paid much attention to outside of the ever-memorable Smoke On The Water. However, after getting both Machine Head and Deep Purple In Rock from the generator in quick succession, I have to say that I am sold. Not sure if I prefer this over Machine Head or not, but both are just some excellent 1970's hard rock and I am all for it. Favourite: Speed King

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Sun Dec 25 2022
5

My favorite Deep Purple album. Every song on the album is great. The song Child in time has one of the best singing in rock history by Ian Gillan. Ritchie Blackmore really shows his skills and plays masterfully which he carries on to the next Deep Purple albums and later on when he starts the band Rainbow. This is definitely an album everyone should listen to.

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Wed Dec 28 2022
5

Terrific album. Child in Time is such an awesome song, no matter how often I hear it. Wait-for-the-ricochet...

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Wed Dec 28 2022
5

Let A = {Deep Purple In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Burn}. ((Every album in A is 5*) AND (DPiR is in A)) => DPiR is 5*.

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Sat Jan 14 2023
5

Nummers die maar doorgaan, crazy rock. Lekker! 5

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Mon Jan 23 2023
5

Great album, lots of great heavy riffs mixed with interesting chord progressions to give a little something for everyone. Ambitious keyboard + guitar work, and what's not to love listening to the OG Jesus Christ Superstar wailing away? * Speed King * Flight of the Rat

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Tue Feb 14 2023
5

Child in time is definitely a fav

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

As a teenager, I purchased a "Best of Deep Purple" album. A lot of the tracks on that compilation were from this album. This probably should tell you that this is a great Deep Purple album.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

Great riffs and heavy sound. Shall definitely be coming back to this. The drumming is wonderful also.

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

Deep Purple continues to impress me.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

One of pillars of Heavy Metal and perhaps my favorite Deep Purple album. It's almost perfect.

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Thu May 04 2023
5

10/10 one of the coolest hard rock albums I’ve ever heard Child In Time is such an incredible song

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Sun May 14 2023
5

Classic - influenced everything from metal to prog, and most other rock of any sub-genre. Great driving music

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Mon May 29 2023
5

We zijn weer terug bij de oom met houthakkershemd en lang haar, met de LP-kast in zijn schuurtje. De langharige ooms die in hun jeugd bleven hangen, sjekkies draaiend lokale poppodiumpjes oprichtten, en voor de gemeentelijke subsidie in de jaren tachtig en negentig in allerlei popstichtingen en popoverleggen plaats gingen nemen. Waarna ze vervolgens in hun spijkerjekkies weer mopperden dat de jeugd zich meer moest komen inzetten bij het draaien van bardiensten en dat de jeugd naar de verkeerde want commerciële muziek luisterde. En dat ze te weinig subsidiecentjes kregen, dat het dak van het buurtcentrum lekte en dat de omwonenden te veel klaagden over de herrie. Waarna het verzuurde oude mannetjes werden. De muziek van Deep Purple bleef. Het fijnste van dit soort muziek is de onbezonnen energie die eraf knalt. Blèren, gitaar spelen, drummen alsof je leven ervan afhangt. En dan ook nog een keer Child in time ertussen, in de lange versie. En dan nu hopelijk weer wat rust voor de oren.

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Sat Jun 03 2023
5

Holy shit, this is a great album - I cant believe I never heard of this before! I mean, sure, everyone knows smoke on the water, but I had no idea they made an album like this one. 5/5

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Sun Jul 09 2023
5

First off, Child in Time is an all timer. The greatest howl maybe in all of rock music was done by Gillan on the classic anti war anthem. That song alone gives this album high marks. The rest is solid proto-metal with some prog overtones. It might lean towards hard rock while Sabbath is probably more metal. Musicianship is very high. Ian Paice is an underrated but outstanding drummer. Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore are both brilliant. Yeah this is good stuff.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

Dave C. was a regular fixture in various student share households I lived in during the early 90s. He loved Deep Purple, and we played their albums a lot, especially the Mark II version of the band, and especially this album. Deep Purple were then, and remain,an uncool outfit, but I really love In Rock. It's everything you could want from a 1970s hard rock outfit; driving rhythm section, wailing guitars, vague classical allusions, and a screaming lead singer. This album has all of it, and the n-th degree. And it doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes it a ton of fun. Speed King is my all time favourite Deep Purple track; Ian Gillan has learnt all the right lessons from Little Richard. The scream he does in the middle of the line "Tutti Frutti WOOOOH, so rooty" is one the absolute great moments of rock and roll. I could listen to that all day.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

Another musical dna album but I’ll be fair it’s faded a bit. Black knight. Speed king. Child in time. Again just f*ck off music. While Blackmore lord and Gillan are noticed Roger glover and Ian Paice supply seismic rhythm section. Blackmore is one of the top 5 innovators on electric guitar. Lord is about the only heavy metal organist. (Unless you consider DP hard rock. God I hate labels. ). And Gillan has one of the best sets of pipes in the industry. And they were to get better …. 11 stars.

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Fri Jul 28 2023
5

The classic period of Deep Purple is comfort music for me. I do not remember most individual songs, but I can listen to this stuff endlessly. Not sure where it lies on the scale between artistic and just entertaining, but there is clearly something about their sound that made Deep Purple a cornerstone of rock music. I mean, Catholicism had Europe mesmerized for centuries with a regular pipe organ, and these guys got an electric one. And, of course, this lineup is iconic. Yes, the lyrics can get misogynistic (it was the 70s, after all), but it's pretty easy to ignore them and just enjoy the low frequencies. My other complaint is that the studio version of "Child in Time" is not the best one.

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Sat Aug 12 2023
5

Really great rock album. Now I now they are not just the band who created the forbidden riff being played at guitar stores by beginning guitar players.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
5

Loved it - "Child in Time", "Speed King"

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Sat Oct 07 2023
5

I always thought of Deep Purple as “Archetypal Dad Rock” after being subjected to “Smoke on the Water” so much as a child. I was glad to have my opinion changed upon listening to this album, words like “Wizard Rock” and “Shreds” came to mind.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

Not gonna lie, this goes hard as fuck.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

Funky, 1970s classic rock. Prime example of that psychedelic rock sound found in this era. Great album!

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Well now that was a surprise. Just looked it up, and this was the first of what I call the classic 3 albums. I thought it was the second. As it seems to me to bridge the gap between the very experimental Fireball, and the rockier Machine Head. Containing as it does Speed King and that epic little ditty Child In Time. This album (as are its two companions) is a tour de force in the heavy Prog world. Though my personal favourite is the much more experimental Fireball. Nevertheless this offering from the classic MKII line up of Gillan, Paice, Lord, Glover and Blackmore deserves nothing short of 5 in my eyes.

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

sick. drums, guitars, keyboards, vocals, etc. all of it.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
5

Wasn’t sure about this at first, but after getting into it, it really hits a mood. Batshit insane in a fantastic way.

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Fri Nov 24 2023
5

Today lots of people in Long Beach saw a balding, 40ish year old white dude in a white Subaru Outback absolutely destroying the air drums whenever it was safely possible because it was the first time I heard this album and it absolutely fucking rules! If you listen to Hard Lovin Man real loud with your eyes closed, you’ll have a glimpse of the great beyond when you get the gong halfway through. And you won’t want to come back when it picks up again!

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