Remastered 25th Anniversary Edition re-release of the fourth full-length album by the legendary British Hard Rock band.
It was the first band's album with the classic Mk II line-up. Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass) had been fired in June 1969 and were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, respectively.
The album was 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.
"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.
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.
Fully remastered from the original tapes 25th Anniversary Edition contains 7 bonus tracks and 24-page booklet!
Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1970/1995/2014 (7243 8 34019 2 5). Made in Germany.
1. Speed King 5:49
2. Bloodsucker 4:10
3. Child In Time 10:14
4. Flight Of The Rat 7:51
5. Into The Fire 3:28
6. Living Wreck 4:27
7. Hard Lovin' Man 6:38
8. Black Night (Original Single Version) 3:28
9. Studio Chat 0:33
10. Speed King (Piano Version) 4:14
11. Studio Chat 0:25
12. Cry Free (Roger Glover Remix) 3:20
13. Studio Chat 0:05
14. Jam Stew (Unreleased Instrumental) 2:30
15. Studio Chat 0:40
16. Flight Of The Rat (Roger Glover Remix) 7:53
17. Studio Chat 0:31
18. Speed King (Roger Glover Remix) 5:52
19. Studio Chat 0:23
20. Black Night (Unedited Roger Glover Remix) 4:47
Total playing time: 77:18