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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deep Purple: 40 Years Since the Release of "Fireball"

"Fireball" was released in 1971. It was their fifth studio album, and the second with the classic Mk II lineup. It was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971. It would become the first of the band's three UK #1 albums. It went to #2 in Norway as well.

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.

This song became a staple of the live set up to the present day, and "Fireball" has also made a few appearances, mainly as an encore. "Demon's Eye" and "No No No" have all made periodic appearances in various tours since 1996.
Apart from Ian Gillan, the rest of the band doesn't consider the album a classic. However, Gillan has said that the inclusion of "Anyone's Daughter" on the album was "A good bit of fun, but a mistake".

Below you can enjoy some of the fine moments of this great album.

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