Fireball (album)

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Fireball
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released July 1971 (US and Canada), 15 September 1971 (UK and Europe)
Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios and Olympic Studios in London, & The Hermitage, Welcombe, North Devon from September 1970 to June 1971[1]
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:30 (Original LP)
78:46 (1996 CD edition)
Label Harvest Records (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Deep Purple in Rock
(1970)
Fireball
(1971)
Machine Head
(1972)
Alternative cover
25th anniversary CD slipcase
Singles from Fireball
  1. "Fireball"
    Released: October 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Sputnik Music 4/5 stars[3]

Fireball is the fifth album by English Rock band Deep Purple, released in 1971 and the second with the classic Mk II line-up. It was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971. It would become the first of the band's three UK No. 1 albums, though it didn't stay on the charts as long as its predecessor, Deep Purple in Rock.

Singles[edit]

The original UK version had "Demon's Eye" as its third track, but did not include "Strange Kind of Woman," which was instead released as a single there. It was vice-versa on the American and Japanese releases. The boogie-inspired "Strange Kind of Woman" single reached No. 8 in the UK.

"Strange Kind of Woman" has been a staple of the live set up to the present day, and "Fireball" also made a few live appearances, mainly as an encore. "Strange Kind of Woman" and "The Mule" appear on the 1972 live album Made in Japan, with the latter morphing into an Ian Paice drum solo.

"Anyone's Daughter" was played on the 1993–1994 tours, while "Fools", "No One Came", "I'm Alone", "Demon's Eye" and "No No No" have all made periodic appearances in various tours since 1996.

Releases and reissues[edit]

The original vinyl release was in a gatefold sleeve, with a generic Harvest LP-bag and a lyric-insert.

In September 2010 a limited edition 24k gold CD was released by Audio Fidelity. The CD was mastered from the original master tapes by Steve Hoffman. The gold CD contained the original USA track listing with "Strange Kind of Woman" and does not have "Demon's Eye".

Members' views on the album[edit]

Most of the band doesn't consider the album a classic, but it is one of Ian Gillan's favourites. He stated in a 1974 interview: "The reason I liked that so much was because I thought, from a writing point of view, it was really the beginning of tremendous possibilities of expression. And some of the tracks on that album are really, really inventive."[4] However, Gillan also said that the inclusion of "Anyone's Daughter" on the album was "A good bit of fun, but a mistake."[5]

Blackmore, in particular, stated publicly that he was not overly pleased with Fireball. He said of the production: "Fireball...that was a bit of a disaster, because it was thrown together in the studio. Management pressure, we had no time. 'You gotta play here, here, there, then you've got to make an LP.' I told them, 'you want an LP, you've got to give us time.' But they didn't. I just threw ideas to the group that I thought up on the spur of the moment."[4]

Later influences[edit]

On 9 April 2011 episode of That Metal Show, guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen stated that his older sister had given him Fireball when he was eight years old, and "it changed everything" for him.

King Diamond also mentions Fireball as the first studio album he purchased as a teenager and an important influence in his future career.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

Original European release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Fireball"   3:25
2. "No No No"   6:54
3. "Demon's Eye"   5:19
4. "Anyone's Daughter"   4:43
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "The Mule"   5:23
6. "Fools"   8:21
7. "No One Came"   6:28

Original US/Canadian/Japanese release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Fireball"   3:25
2. "No No No"   6:54
3. "Strange Kind of Woman"   4:07
4. "Anyone's Daughter"   4:43
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "The Mule"   5:23
6. "Fools"   8:21
7. "No One Came"   6:28

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple
Additional personnel
  • Peter Mew – Original album remastering
  • Tom Bender – Engineering work on the bonus tracks

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Deep-Purple-Fireball/master/1632
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/31826/Deep-Purple-Fireball/
  4. ^ a b Steve Rosen Interviews with Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore, 1974 on YouTube Retrieved from YouTube "Ritchie Blackmore, Guitar God|Part 2/5" on 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ Album liner notes in anniversary booklet
  6. ^ King Diamond's official website: http://www.covenworldwide.org/bandhistory02.php
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Who's Next by The Who
UK number one album
25 September 1971 – 1 October 1971
Succeeded by
Every Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart