Monday, 26 September 2016

Artist : Deep Purple
Country : UK
Release : In Rock [Anniversary Edition]
Year : 1970
Genre : Hard Rock
File Type : mp3 320


Monolithic, immense and enduring--much like that cover image: the band-members' heads carved into the side of a mountain, a la Mt. Rushmore. Perhaps they felt they'd earned such veneration, having emerged relatively unscathed from the experience of Jon Lord's overblown Concerto For Group And Orchestra. Whatever the rationale, the band regrouped in early 1970--complete with new vocalist Ian Gillan--and set about making one of the decade's undisputed hard-rock classics. For all their undoubted power--and despite the jazzy inflections of Ian Paice's drumming--there's little in the way of groove to these tracks; rather, they're about volume and density, the simple piling-on of dynamics. Clocking in at over ten minutes, "Child In Time" ranks as a classic of its kind, while tracks like "Speed King" and "Into The Fire" see the band at its most unfettered--Richie Blackmore and Lord trading solos with a dazzling sort of ease, and Gillan loosing the full-throated roar for which he soon became renowned.


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