Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros.
Genres: Arena Rock, British Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Rock & Roll, British Invasion
Number Of Tracks: 7
"In Rock" is arguably one of the first true "heavy metal" albums. It still stands as one of Deep Purple's best & "heaviest" works.
vsdornelas, on july 01, 2008 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: In the early '70s, Deep Purple had just started with the new formation, which one after some years would be known as the greatest shape os Deep Purple. Blackmore, Lord, Paice and the new members, Gillan and Glover, made a concert with the London Orchestra. They've just had their adventure by the classical music when they released In Rock, a heavy record with fast rhythms and agressive lyrics. This record was like a punch in the critics. Very unexpected at that tim for Deep Purple. // 9
Lyrics: This record is the first of the Mk2, and Ian Gillan, the singer, showed everyone that he wasn't a rookie. Reaching high notes and singing the songs almost feeling them, he made the songs turn into real. The lyrics of this CD alternate into heavy and soft, giving the album a great balance. // 8
Overall Impression: This album is, without any doubt, one of the greatest ever made by Deep Purple. They put a lot of themselves in there and the result couldn't be better. It's an unique album. All the songs are great, but the better ones are Black Night and, of course, Child in Time. There's nothing to hate about it. Fans of Deep Purple don't need, they must have In Rock! // 10
nilitus, on august 01, 2007 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: In Rock is one of early Deep Purple CDs (MK II), and it's got really dirty sound. Guitar sound has got a lot of distorsion and Jon Lord plays the organ with distorted guitar sound, in short, all sounds dirty. Only vocals and the slow parts of Child in Time are clean. Somebody won't like this album, well, it's so far from Stormbringer's sound (most clean) but it's the predecessor of their best album (Machine Head). At least you should hear it, to know how they got Machine Head. All the songs are pretty good, hard rock mixed with blues (early heavy metal). All of them are fast, excepting Child in Time. Deep Purple's song structures are, at least, surprising. In example: some songs start with the organ solo at the beginning. Purple's sound is unique, and this record shows it very well. // 10
Lyrics: Ian Gillan sings very well on this album, not really really high, excepting child in time, but he sings very clean, comparing to the sound of the album. He gives a strong power to the recordings. Lyrics are well, I don't understand a lot, but what there is I like, there's not a conceptual album, like most of them, but it's a good work. As I said, Gillan has a huge vocal range, and he can get really high notes, specially well-heard in Child in Time. But this song is for listening the solo, not him! Overall, he does a good work here. // 10
Overall Impression: The bonus tracks are some "chat parts" and versions of the songs (like piano version, etc, some ruled out recordings of the songs), I don't think we need them to buy the album, it's great alone (and better)! This album is an early metal stuff, as I said before, it's heavier than Machine Head, and much better than earlier and later Purple's albums. The band became more blues-rock after Gillan's and Glover's departures. So, that album and the next are unique, and probably the best of them. All the songs have good solos, you should listen to them carefully. // 10