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Trifecta Tuesday - "Fireball" - Deep Purple

“Trifecta Tuesday” Where yours truly takes an album (a CD really) from his discography of over 340 and picks three essential tracks to take from that album.

Just about overlooked as it’s release was between 1970's Deep Purple In Rock and 1972's Machine Head, 1971's Fireball has it’s charms and included two songs that have stuck to their concert repertoire for the long haul (one being The Mule, turning into Ian Paice’s drum solo). In fact all tracks off the Fireball LP have been played live.



The title track itself and I love it. One of the DP songs where Paice actually uses a double bass drum and it’s a fast song all the way through and a BASS SOLO instead of a guitar solo.


“Strange Kind Of Woman”

Released on North American release but only as a single on the UK release, this track has been a mainstay on the concert setlist (minus MK. IV era and MK. V era Purple lineups) and would go into a guitar/vocal dual between Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Gillan and would stretch past ten minutes during concerts.


“No One Came”

A personal favorite of mine, and has rightfully been on the setlists over the past decade now. I can only imagine what a live version of this from the classic MK. II era lineup would’ve sounded like.


Some band members over the years have overlooked the album for the most part. There are a couple curveballs thrown in there. The track “Anyone’s Daughter” country themed guitar playing throw’s you back a bit. “Fools” has the infamous cello -sounding solo played on Blackmore’s Fender and would include that piece into the last few concerts of playing “Mandrake Root” but more notably “Space Truckin’”

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