Deep Purple Fireball on 180g LP
Originally issued in 1971, Fireball is pioneering rock and heavy metal band Deep Purple's fifth studio album and second from the revered Mark II lineup. It would become the first of the band's three UK #1 albums and also earned gold certification in the US. Fireball was released in between 1970's In Rock and 1972's Machine Head, a period considered by many to be Mark II's golden hour. Deep Purple added a lot more progressive rock to their heavy metal drive around this time as well and the results are truly brilliant. Every little musical flourish works, from the organ melodies of Jon Lord, to the guitar acrobatics of Ritchie Blackmore. The overall musicianship on the album is also exceptional; the charismatic Ian Gillan's incredibly expressive singing, Ian Paice's powerful and gutsy work on the drums and Roger Glover again lays down some heavy bass lines.