ARTICLE ABOUT Deep Purple FROM SOUNDS, September 18, 1971

I know there is a lot of Purple-fans following my blog, and I think they will like this review from Sounds today of the new-at-that-time album “Fireball”. Even if it is not that favourable, it is interesting to read what they thought of it at the time.
Earlier this year I saw the band in my home town and I must say that I was impressed with them. I think that Ian Gillan sings better now than he did 10 years ago. He and the band have adapted – keep away from “Child In Time” and everything is fine. And the band behind Mr. Gillan is what you may call “Seasoned Professionals” – the kind of musicians that is capable of blowing you away with their capabilities both as single instrumentalists and also as a group. You should go see them before they retire as you won`t see many bands of their like in the future.


Deep Purple: “Fireball”
(Harvest SHVL793)

By Billy Walker

Purple`s place in British rock music is assured, which is just as well because there isn`t too much on “Fireball” that would further their cause, apart from two good tracks “Demon`s Eye” and “Fools”. The feel of the album, apart from these two numbers, is dominated by the drums / bass / guitar heaviness that is almost impossible to escape from with bands in Deep Purple`s musical area. True “Anyone`s Daughter” is a chirpy little ditty with acoustic guitar and piano, but unfortunately it doesn`t work. “Fireball”, the opening track, bursts out from the speakers like a bomb, a breakneck number urged on by Ian Paice`s drums, stabbing guitar and some space-age Lord organ, by comparison “No No No” is quite leisurely, but “Demon`s Eye” rocks better than any of its predecessors. Ian Gillan bares his chest more, Lord Jon lays down some attractive organ parts and guitarist Richie Blackmore gets more of a chance to show his hand, the tranquility and dream-like opening to “Fools” – light organ lines and drums – is shattered by fine old heavy rock bass/drums throbbing and Gillan`s rasping vocals. Add to this Blackmore`s wah wahing guitar and Gillan finally getting up a full head of steam and you have the only other good piece on the album. You can`t help but get the feeling that DP could have come up with something better – there`s no reason why all the tracks couldn`t have been up to the standard of “Demon`s” and “Fools”, the band are capable of it.


I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: John Lennon, Humble Pie, Soft Machine, Albert Lee, Bob Dylan, Mountain, Elton John, Titanic, Jim Gordon, John Coltrane, Brian Auger, Rankin File, Archie Fisher.

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