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Fireball (album)

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Length  40:30
Fireball (1971)  Machine Head (1972)
Release date  1971
Genres  Hard rock, Heavy metal
Producer  Deep Purple
Artist  Deep Purple
Label  Warner Bros. Records
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Released  July 1971 (US and Canada), 15 September 1971 (UK and Europe)
Recorded  at De Lane Lea Studios and Olympic Studios in London, & The Hermitage, Welcombe, North Devon from September 1970 to June 1971
Similar  Machine Head, Deep Purple in Rock, Who Do We Think We Are, Burn, Stormbringer

Deep purple fireball 1971 original uk release full album bonus track

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.


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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

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

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." However, Gillan also said that the inclusion of "Anyone's Daughter" on the album was "A good bit of fun, but a mistake."

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."

Later influences

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.

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.

Track listing

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

Original European release

Side one
Side two

Original US/Canadian/Japanese release

Side one
Side two


Deep Purple
  • Ritchie Blackmore – rhythm and lead guitars
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, Hammond organ
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Additional personnel
  • Recorded between September 1970 and June 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios, Olympic Studios, and The Hermitage
  • Engineered by Martin Birch, Lou Austin and Alan O'Duffy
  • Peter Mew – Original album remastering
  • Tom Bender – Engineering work on the bonus tracks
  • Songs

    2No No No6:54
    3Strange Kind of Woman4:07


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