Deep Purple

Fireball

Composed by Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Paice

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The title track of Deep Purple's fifth album (but their first to be recorded from a position of superstardom - In Rock was less than a year old at the time), "Fireball" was one of the last numbers to be recorded, a supersonic rocker whose so-distinctive opening moments, a roar that could indeed be a passing fireball, was as distinctive an intro as the clatter of "Speed King", last time around. Neither did the band itself allow the fission to evaporate - "Fireball" remains one of Deep Purple's most instantly exciting numbers, lyrics and instruments all but tripping over one another in their haste to get out. (How disappointing it was, years later, to discover that, far from pointing a microphone at the mysteries of the heavens, engineer Martin Birch simply recorded the studio air conditioning clicking on.)

Released as a single, the follow-up to "Strange Kind Of Woman", ”Fireball”’s final UK chart placing of #15 was disappointing; the album, however, topped the listings and, though the band members themselves have since dismissed much of Fireball as an experiment that didn't quite come off, "Fireball" itself remains one of their best-loved numbers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Fireball 1971 Flashback Records / Warner Bros. 3:24
24 Carat Purple 1975 EMI Music Distribution 3:26
Singles A's & B's 1978 EMI Music Distribution / Harvest 3:21
Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple 1980 Warner Bros. 3:24
Anthology 1985 EMI Music Distribution 3:21
No Image 1985 Harvest 3:21
No Image 1994 EMI Music Distribution 3:20
Magnetic Gliding 1995 Disturbance 3:22
1971: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:24
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI 2 Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:24
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI Single Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:26
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998
Original Soundtrack
CCT 3:25
Shades 1968-1998 1999 Rhino 3:24
No Image 1999 WEA International 3:21
Harvest Festival 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Very Best of Deep Purple [Rhino] 2000 Warner Bros. / Rhino 3:24
Anthems 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Very Best of Deep Purple [WEA International] 2001 WEA International 3:24
Smoke on the Water: The Best Of 2001 Rhino Flashback 3:22
Singles Box Set 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:25
The Essential [2003] 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution
Driving Rock: 18 Classic Athems 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:23
Purple Rainbows: The Very Best Of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake And Gillan 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 3:25
The Anthology [DVD] 2004 Intense
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 3:24
This Is 1972 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80 2010 EMI 3:25
Essential [2011] 2011 EMI / EMI Gold 3:22
The Complete Albums 1970-1976 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:24
I'm a Freak Baby: A Journey Through the British Heavy Psych & Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-1972 2016
Various Artists
Grapefruit 3:20
A Fire in the Sky 2017 Rhino / Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:24
For Dad
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:22
Smoke on the Water: The Best Of EMI
No Image Parlophone