My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Deep Purple in Rock was recorded towards the end of 1969 and the beginning of 1970. It was released in 1970. This is the first album from the “Mark II” line-up of and features Ian Gillian on vocals.
What I think: I have to credit this album with covering up the bad taste Led Zeppelin III left in my mouth. The problem is that taste was covered with something even more awful and this taste was evil and deadly. This very well may be the worst album I’ve ever heard. Yes, I can positively say I would rather listen to Freak Out! by The Mother’s of Invention.
This is hair metal at it’s worst, with Ian Gillian nailing the requisite screams on nearly every song. Blackmore’s guitar has all the right (wrong) solos, which often exchange with the organ solos of Jon Lord. The highlight (bottom of the barrel) of this crap-fest is the 10 minute plus “Child in Time” which hits on all of these elements repeatedly until you can hardly take it. I literally asked out loud for someone to please stop the torture while it was listening to it and then did some screaming of my own. Before this, I’ve never felt the need to voice my pain out loud for something that wasn’t threatening my life. Here’s the Youtube link. If you can make it through and tell me you did it with a straight face, I’ll buy you a drink the next time I see you (I’m listening to the album again as I write this, the song just finished. I literally have a headache and feel nauseous).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Abviously no… I get it, they can all play their instruments. I wish they would have gotten past it to write a decent song.
Rating (Out of 5): 0
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (153/197)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%
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