Deep Purple in Rock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Deep Purple in Rock
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 3 June 1970
Recorded August 1969 – May 1970
IBC, De Lane Lea & Abbey Road Studios
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 43:30 (Original LP)
78:27 (1995 CD edition)
Label Harvest (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Deep Purple
(1969)
Deep Purple in Rock
(1970)
Fireball
(1971)
Alternative cover
25th anniversary edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
BBC (favourable) [2]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars [3]

Deep Purple in Rock (also known as In Rock) is the fourth album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in June 1970. It was their fourth studio album and the first with the classic Mk II lineup. Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass) had been fired in June 1969 and were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, respectively.

Deep Purple in Rock was their breakthrough album in Europe and would peak at #4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for months. (The band's prior MK I albums had been much better received in North America than in their homeland.) The album was supported by the hugely successful In Rock World Tour which lasted 15 months.

Although this was the first studio album to feature the MK II lineup of the band, it was this lineup that had earlier recorded the live Concerto for Group and Orchestra. The album was also preceded by two singles, the first studio recordings that Gillan made with Deep Purple. The first single, released in 1969, was a Greenaway-Cook composition called "Hallelujah", which flopped. The second single, "Black Night", fared much better as it rose all the way to #2 on the UK charts.

In 2005 the album won the Classic Rock and Roll of Honour Award (given by the British monthly magazine Classic Rock) in the category Classic Album. The award was presented to Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Jon Lord.

Change in direction[edit]

Deep Purple's earlier work ranged from psychedelic hard rock to orchestra-driven tracks and covers that ranged from The Beatles to Neil Diamond, among others, but on this record all tracks are credited to the five members of the band.

Jon Lord used both the Leslie speaker and a Marshall amplifier with his Hammond organ, therefore the organ sound varies a lot throughout the songs. (Example: "Living Wreck" – Leslie speaker, "Hard Lovin' Man" – Marshall amplifier).

Ritchie Blackmore used a Gibson ES-335 guitar on "Child in Time", not his usual Fender Stratocaster. This album is his favorite, along with Machine Head.

The cover depicts the band in a rock sculpture inspired by Mount Rushmore.

Later editions[edit]

In some countries, including Mexico, Deep Purple in Rock also included "Black Night", a single recorded during the sessions.

The US release of the album cut the intro to "Speed King", lasting just over a minute. It remains edited on the standard Warner Bros. US release, but is restored to full length on the 25th anniversary package.

In 1995 a remastered and revised 25th anniversary edition of the album was released by EMI. The remastering and remixing job was overseen by Roger Glover. The album features a number of bonus songs including previously unreleased jams. In 2013 this particular edition of the album turned Gold in the UK.

On 21 July 2009 audiophile label Audio Fidelity released a remastered version of Deep Purple in Rock on a limited edition 24 karat gold CD. Mastering for the CD was performed by Steve Hoffman. This release follows the original 7-track format with no bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Speed King"   5:52
2. "Bloodsucker"   4:16
3. "Child in Time"   10:18
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Flight of the Rat"   7:53
5. "Into the Fire"   3:30
6. "Living Wreck"   4:31
7. "Hard Lovin' Man"   7:11

Song information[edit]

Speed King

As the liner notes for the LP allude ("A few roots…replanted"), "Speed King" is an ode to early rock-and-roll, with frequent references to songs performed by Little Richard ("Good Golly Miss Molly", "Tutti-Frutti" and "Lucille"), as well as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. The original UK version of the album includes the full introductory instrumental, featuring a loud free-form Blackmore guitar passage blending into a quieter Lord organ piece, but the U.S. version did not include the intro. The hard-rocking song features a midsection "call-and-answer" solo exchange between Blackmore and Lord, which presaged their live performances for years to come; it was regularly played at concerts during the Mark II era, starting as an opener, but more frequently performed as an encore. It was also the b-side of the non-album single "Black Night".

Bloodsucker

Another hard rocker featuring a midsection exchange between Blackmore and Lord, with Gillan literally screaming out the final verse. The Mark VII version of Deep Purple (featuring Steve Morse on guitar) re-recorded this song on their 1998 release Abandon, with the revised title of "Bludsucker".

Child in Time

Considered one of the epic songs of the Mark II era, especially prior to the release of the iconic "Smoke on the Water" in 1972, "Child in Time" goes from quiet sadness to bombastic rocker and back again in a track running over 10 minutes. Lord’s organ is most prominent in the quieter parts, as he plays a chord structure inspired by (some say, "stolen from")[4] a song by It's a Beautiful Day titled "Bombay Calling." In return It's a Beautiful Day recorded "Wring that Neck" from Deep Purple and called it "Don and Dewey". Gillan’s vocals start out softly, evolve into howling and lastly demonstrate his ability to "scream in tune". Blackmore then launches into a guitar solo running over two minutes, before the first verse repeats and the song comes to a crashing end. It would be a concert staple for every version of Deep Purple that included Gillan, up until the singer's voice could no longer support it.

Ian Gillan tells on his homepage (www.gillan.com/wordography): "It was 1969 and the band was rehearsing at a Community Centre in West London; it was either Southall or Hanwell. Jon Lord was dicking around (or 'extemporising on a theme' as it's known in the trade) with a tune from the new album by 'It's a Beautiful Day', it was 'Bombay Calling'. I started singing and the words came easily because we were all aware of the nuclear threat which hovered over us at this time which was probably when the 'cold war' was at its hottest."

Flight of the Rat

A hard rock song featuring a straight-ahead structure of three main power chords. Unlike the call-and-answer solo structure of "Speed King" and "Bloodsucker", Blackmore and Lord are each accorded their own extended solos on this song. This song was never performed live.

This song was used in the movie The Damned United.

Into the Fire

A staple of early Mark II concerts, the song starts with a hooky introductory riff and two main chords which are octaves of each other. Features a phased and unusually slow guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore.

Living Wreck

A straight-ahead rocker that tells the story of a love affair that fails miserably to live up to expectations.

Hard Lovin’ Man

Two power chords kick off the album’s closer, before Glover’s bass provides the rhythmic intro. Blackmore’s guitar is folded in, then Paice and Lord join in before the vocals start.

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional personnel
  • Peter Mew – Original album remastering
  • Roger Glover – Oversaw the mixing of the extra tracks
  • Tom Bender and Jason Butera – Additional studio work

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[7] Gold 30,000x
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 100,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[9] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Hallelujah[edit]

Hallelujah is the first single recorded by Deep Purple Mk.2 line-up. It was released in 1969.

Side A[edit]

  • 1. "Hallelujah" – 3:38
    • written by Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway

Side B[edit]

  • 2. "April Part 1" – 3:53
    • written by Blackmore & Lord instrumental

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time"[12] 1989 15
Guitarist United Kingdom "Top 50 Most Influential Guitar Albums Of All Time Ever"[13] 1994 8
Q United Kingdom "50 Best Albums Of The '70's"[14] 1998 48
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Best British Rock Albums Ever"[15] 2005 56
Classic Rock United Kingdom "100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"[16] 2006 13

(*) designates unordered lists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Deep Purple in Rock at AllMusic
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ Sputnik review
  4. ^ Ian Gillan on Deep Purple: The Interview picture disc, 1984.
  5. ^ German Album Charts 1970
  6. ^ "Singles". Deep Purple. Official Chart Company. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  8. ^ "French album certifications – Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  9. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Deep Purple in Rock in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ "Kerrang – 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time – January 1989". Kerrang. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Guitarist – Top 50 Most Influential Guitar Albums Of All Time Ever – December 1994". Kerrang. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Q – 50 Best Albums Of The '70's – April 1998". Kerrang. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  15. ^ Rock Albums "Kerrang – 100 Best British Rock Albums Ever – February 2005". Kerrang. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Classic Rock – 100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever – April 2006". Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Pearl by Janis Joplin
Australian number-one album
21 June – 4 July 1971
Succeeded by
Cocker Happy by Joe Cocker