Fireball (album)

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Fireball
Deep purple – fireball.jpg
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released July 1971 (North America)
15 September 1971 (Europe)
Recorded September 1970 - June 1971
Studio De Lane Lea Studios and Olympic Studios in London, The Hermitage, Welcombe, North Devon
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:30
Label Harvest (Europe, Oceania, South America)
Warner Bros. (North America & Japan)
Producer Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Deep Purple in Rock
(1970)
Fireball
(1971)
Machine Head
(1972)
Singles from Fireball
  1. "Fireball"
    Released: October 1971
Alternative cover
25th anniversary CD slipcase
25th anniversary CD slipcase
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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 became the first of the band's two UK No. 1 albums, though it did not 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 does not consider the album a classic, although 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."[2] However, Gillan also said that the inclusion of "Anyone's Daughter" on the album was "A good bit of fun, but a mistake."[3]

Blackmore, in particular, stated publicly that he was not overly pleased with Fireball. He said of the production: "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."[2]

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. Similarly, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stated that he purchased a copy of Fireball within 12 hours after his father had taken him to a 1973 Deep Purple concert in Copenhagen, and he credits the concert and album for sparking his interest in hard rock music.[4]

Likewise, Michael Monroe stated on Eddie Trunk's podcast that it was the first album he ever bought, and one of the first he ever heard along with Led Zeppelin II, and was a major influence to get him into a career in rock and roll.

King Diamond also mentions Fireball as the first studio album he purchased as a teenager and an important influence in his future career.[5]

Track listings[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
Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 2001 Gold (+ 500,000)[26]
Netherlands NVPI ??? Gold (+ 50,000)[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Deep Purple - Fireball review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Album liner notes in anniversary booklet
  4. ^ Grow, Kory. "Read Lars Ulrich's Passionate Deep Purple Rock Hall Induction". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  5. ^ King Diamond's official website: http://www.covenworldwide.org/bandhistory02.php
  6. ^ a b "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 83 no. 48. 27 November 1971. p. 60. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Charts-Surfer: Musik Nr.1-Hits". charts-surfer.de. 
  8. ^ "SwedishCharts 0969-0872" (PDF). Hitsallertijden.nl. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Deep Purple Official Charts". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Deep Purple - Fireball (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Deep Purple - Fireball". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Deep Purple". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1971" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.it. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 16, No. 8, October 09 1971". Library and Archives Canada. 18 August 1973. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Deep Purple Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  16. ^ AA.VV. (1990). Oricon Chart Book 1970-1989 (オリコンチャートブック〈LP編) (1 ed.). Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. p. 205. ISBN 978-4871310253. 
  17. ^ "Albumit 1972-02 helmikuu". Wiki.pomus.net (in Finnish). Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 8 July 1972". poparchives.com.au. 
  19. ^ "Danske Hitliter: Strange Kind of Woman - Deep Purple" (in Danish). Royal Library, Denmark. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Single – Deep Purple, Strange Kind of Woman". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Deep Purple - Strange kind of Woman". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Deep Purple". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "Danske Hitliter: Deep Purple" (in Danish). Royal Library, Denmark. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Single – Deep Purple, Fireball". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  25. ^ "Deep Purple - Fireball". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Deep Purple". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Who's Next by The Who
UK number one album: Fireball
25 September  – 1 October 1971
Succeeded by
Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart
Preceded by
Wim Thoelke präsentiert: 3x9, Ausgabe 1971 by Various Artists
German number one album: Fireball
1  – 23 October 1971
Succeeded by
Wim Thoelke präsentiert: 3x9, Ausgabe 1971 by Various Artists
Preceded by
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Swedish number one album: Fireball
21 September – 12 October 1971
Succeeded by
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