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Released on June 3, 1970, Deep Purple in Rock signaled the start of Deep Purple’s heaviest period, for which they're still best known. The addition of Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass to a lineup already fortified with Jon Lord on organ, Ian Paice on drums, and Ritchie Blackmore on guitar made Deep Purple clear favorites to dominate the emerging heavy metal genre, which at the time was still defined largely as over-amplified blues-based rock ’n’ roll. Gillan’s high-pitched howls would influence all metal going forward, while Blackmore’s fretwork would forever rank him as one of the most influential—and greatest—guitarists of his era. Though Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin saw their fortunes rise further over the years, any serious hard rock/metal fan knows that this album is one of the important turning points, and that songs such as “Speed King,” “Bloodsucker,” “Into the Fire," and the epic “Child in Time” are textbook examples showing where the genre would soon go.

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Child in Time

Great album, one of Deep Purple's best, but put Child in Time on. Give me one good reason not to. Anyway, Child in Time is by far the best song on the album, but Speed King, Flight of the Rat, and Into the Fire are great songs as well, highly recomended.


This is Deep Purple at their peak. Machine Head may have been more successful, but this is arguably the best album released by the MKII lineup. Start to finish, everything on this album is a testiment to the creativity of one of the trail blazing bands of 70's rock. If you are a 'Purple fan and do not have this album, you need to get it. It is unfortunate that Child In Time is not available here. It showcases the true extent of Ian Gillians expansive range on vocals. This is a band that has been terribly overlooked and underappreciated over the years.

The best Deep Purple album ever!!!

What else can I say, It ROCKS…


Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan. Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural...
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