Album #188 – Deep Purple In Rock

Album #188

This album is the first studio album to feature the Mark II lineup of Deep Purple. That lineup is the classic Deep Purple lineup and featured: Ian Gillian on lead vocals, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Ian Paice on drums, Roger Glover on bass and Jon Lord on organ. This lineup is also my favourite lineup of Deep Purple. They were only together a few years but their output was amazing. This album was somewhat disappointing because it did not live up to the sound of their third studio album together, Machine Head (which is also on the list). There are two songs off this album, though, that are brilliant and amazing. Speed King is a forerunner to metal. It is exciting and different that anything I have heard up to this point. Almost every other song on this album, to me, is a variation on the sound and style of Speed King. Child In Time is another brilliant song. Deep Purple goes the progressive rock route in the album’s longest track. It has it heavy, quiet and manic parts and in my opinion, it is one of their best songs. Deep Purple was a force to be reckoned with. Each member gave it their all and they all could play and interact with each other better than most bands. In my opinion, Ian Gillian is one of the best vocalists in rock music and heavy metal. He influenced a whole generation of rock vocalists including: Bruce Dickinson of  Iron Maiden and Axl Rose. He is one of the few singers that I know of that can sing and scream at the same time. Speed King is a perfect example of this. Overall, this album had two great, stand out tracks. The rest were kind of dull. Overall, I give this album 3 out of 5.

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