SLEEVE: NM MEDIA: NM YEAR: 1976/1977 ? ORIGIN: Japan EXTRAS: Has obi
The cacophony of sound that is Deep Purple In Rock (spearheaded by Ritchie Blackmore's blistering guitar solo) introduces opener "Speed King" and makes it immediately obvious that the band was no longer fooling around, but the slightly less intense "Bloodsucker" did afford stunned listeners a chance to catch their breaths before the band launched into the album's epic, ten-minute tour de force, "Child in Time."
In what still stands as arguably his single greatest performance, singer Ian Gillan led his bandmates on a series of hypnotizing crescendos, from the song's gentle beginning through to its ear-shattering climax and then back again for an even more intense encore that brought the original vinyl album's seismic first side to a close. Side two opened with the searing power chords of "Flight of the Rat" - another example of the band's new take-no-prisoners hard rock stance, though at nearly eight minutes, it too found room for some extended soloing from Blackmore and Lord.