Eighth re-release of the fifth full-length studio album by the legendary British Hard Rock band.
This is a second album with the classic Mark II lineup, and it was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971.
One of Deep Purple's four indispensable albums (the others being "In Rock", "Machine Head", and "Burn"), 1971's "Fireball" saw the band broadening out from the no-holds-barred Hard Rock direction of the previous year's cacophonous "In Rock". Metal machine noises introduced the sizzling title track - an unusually compact but explosively tight group effort on which Jon Lord's organ truly shined. The somewhat tiring repetitions of "No No No" actually threatened to drop the ball next, but the fantastic single "Strange Kind of Woman" nimbly caught and set it rolling again, just in time for the innuendo-encrusted hilarity of "Anyone's Daughter", featuring one of singer Ian Gillan's first (and still best) humorous storylines to go with one of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's most uncharacteristic, Bluesiest performances ever. "The Mule" opened the vinyl album's second side with what is perhaps Purple's finest instrumental, and on the hyper-extended "Fools", the band members proved they could flirt with Progressive Rock without plunging off its cliff (although the song could probably have done without its drawn-out middle section). And closing the album was the exceptional "No One Came", where intertwining instrumental lines locked together beautifully, Gillan wove another entertaining yarn that was part autobiography and part Monty Python, and the often underrated skills of drummer Ian Paice helped the song sound so unreservedly fresh and intuitive that one could almost be convinced the band had winged it on the spot. Sure, the following year's "Machine Head" would provide Deep Purple with their commercial peak, but on "Fireball", the formidable quintet was already firing on all cylinders.
The album would become the first of the band's three UK #1 albums. It was certified Gold on July 26, 2001 by the RIAA, selling 500000 copies in the US.
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.
Re-edition includes download code for MP3 version of the album.
HEC Enterprises Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1971/2016 (SHVL 793). Made in EU. 180 g vinyl.
1. Fireball 3:20
2. No, No, No 6:49
3. Demon's Eye 5:17
4. Anyone's Daughter 4:39
5. The Mule 5:15
6. Fools 8:13
7. No One Came 6:21
Total playing time: 39:54 min.