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DEEP PURPLE – IN ROCK – June 3, 1970
First off; a classic name for a Rock album and a classic cover executed perfectly!
I was over at a dealer friend of mine’s Venice Beach pad back in early Summer 1970. Monster Mike and I were just gettin’ high smokin’ some hash sittin’ on his nice Indian-patterned pillows on the floor lookin’ out the window and watchin’ the beach babes stroll by, when he got a call and had to leave and take care of some dealer biz. Just before he left he thumbed his vertical stack of LPs in front of his state-of-the art stereo system and pulled out a new release, handed it to me and said “Play this, I’ll be right back”. I was trusted with all my friends stereo systems as I was a known audiophile and treated others’ systems and LPs with reverence like my own.
Our mutual buddy Mike D. came in as Mike M. left and after our nod and grin greeting he gravitated to the window to get a better view.
The album I was handed was Deep Purple “In Rock”, this would be my virgin listen. I lifted the protective turntable cover, removed the LP with my center finger directly underneath the spindle hole and with my thumb at the outer edge I guided the LP onto the turntable using my left hand’s single finger gently steadying the outer edge to assist with the LP’s balance and placed it onto the spindle. I sat back and loaded another bowl of hash and offered the first hit to Mike D as he sat down in preparation for what I expected to be a sonic pleasure. As he was holding his hit he passed it back to me, I lit the bowl and took a nice deep hit before triggering the start of the LP.
I was a huge fan of Deep Purple from their Tetragrammaton label days; “Shades of Deep Purple” and “Book of Taliesyn” were big faves of mine; played them seriously obsessively, so I was eager to hear Deep Purple’s new album.
Twenty seconds after the needle touched down on the opening track, “Speed King” I exhaled and just about choked to death! What was this? Deep Purple insanity! This was waaay over the top Rock!
Deep Purple had just taken their previous “progressive/symphonic” sound to a new Hard Rock level that was just flat-out mind-melting brain-shattering Rock!
The result of this album’s massive onslaught of Rock defined what was to come; Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, etc., and is historic for that fact.
When “Child in Time” began I was stoked to hear the riff from the classic Hippie violin-led group, It’s A Beautiful Day’s “Bombay Calling” that was used to great effect by Jon Lord’s Hammond organ and Ian Gillian’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” voice on this epic track.
Back then we had no instant info through the internet and had to use Sherlock Holmes deductive reasoning and intuitiveness to attain answers or wait for the next Rolling Stone magazine to reveal any. Today DP members openly admit that they deliberately used It’s A Beautiful Day’s riff for a song of their own. In any case I’m glad they did because “A Child In Time” turned out to be the best track on the album!
Upon hearing this for the first time it was like a Door to a New Rock Universe was opened. By the time both sides were over I was worn out, felt like I’d just gone a round with Muhammad Ali!
In Rock, is one of 27 (35%) of the Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums released in the Classic Rock Year of 1970!
DEEP PURPLE “IN ROCK” – FULL ALBUM – 1970
1. Speed King
3. Child in Time
4. Flight of the Rat
5. Into the Fire
6. Living Wreck
7. Hard Lovin’ Man
Gillian – Glover – Lord – Blackmore – Paice
Deep Purple “Child In Time” Live 1972!
Seventeen minutes of solid Bad Ass MK II live heaven!
I was fortunate to see
DEEP PURPLE (MK II) Machine Head World Tour LIVE
at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA on April 13, 1973.
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