Wednesday, 12 January 2011

CD Review: Fireball, by Deep Purple (1971)

The second album from Deep Purple's Mark II line-up suffers from a lack of focus, as the band slips into lazy, long interludes of unimaginative free-form quasi-jazz.  The album offer another seven tracks, the same the previous year's In Rock.  But on Fireball, the melodies are rather weak, the energy is somewhat low, and the creativity is curiously lacking.  

Fireball is almost pleasant as background music, which is much more of an insult than a compliment.  The music is competent and professional but rarely demands attention, as the band forget their spark at the studio door.  

Title track and album opener Fireball stands out as a confident exception, living up to its name with a fast and swirly tempo, given an edge by a short sharp Jon Lord solo.  Strange Kind Of Woman is the other notable contribution, it's bouncy melody overcoming the simple arrangement.  Although the studio version is good, the more memorable performance appeared on the legendary Made In Japan live double album.

The rest of Fireball meanders with little purpose, the rare patches of interest here and there generally being overrun by an overgrowth of indifference.


Ritchie Blackmore - Guitar
Ian Gillan - Vocals
Ian Paice - Drums
Jon Lord - Keyboards
Roger Glover - Bass

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Fireball - 9
2. No No No - 7
3. Strange Kind Of Woman - 8
4. Anyone's Daughter - 7
5. The Mule - 7
6. Fools - 7
7. No One Came - 7

Average: 7.43

Produced by Deep Purple.
Engineered by Martin Birch, Lou Austin, and Alan O'Duffy.

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