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Deep Purple in Rock is the fourth studio album by Deep Purple, released in 1970. It is their first album with the classic "Mark II" line-up. Founding lead vocalist Rod Evans and founding bassist Nick Simper were fired from the band and replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, both from Episode Six. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore then took point with regards to the band's creative direction from keyboardist Jon Lord, which led to a switch to a Hard Rock sound, often bordering on Heavy Metal. The band did not forget their progressive roots however, and thus long solos by both Blackmore and Lord or a series of shorter but alternating solos dominate the record.

The album had a 25th anniversary re-release in 1995, featuring plenty of bonus content - among them "Black Night", one of Deep Purple's greatest hits which had only been released as a single before.


Side One

  1. "Speed King" (5:52)
  2. "Bloodsucker" (4:16)
  3. "Child in Time" (10:18)

Side Two

  1. "Flight of the Rat" (7:53)
  2. "Into the Fire" (3:30)
  3. "Living Wreck" (4:31)
  4. "Hard Lovin' Man" (7:11)

Bonus Tracks (25th Anniversary Edition):

  1. "Black Night"
  2. "Studio Chat (1)"
  3. "Speed King (Piano Version)"
  4. "Studio Chat (2)"
  5. "Cry Free (Remix)"
  6. "Studio Chat (3)"
  7. "Jam Stew"
  8. "Studio Chat (4)"
  9. "Flight of the Rat (Remix)"
  10. "Studio Chat (5)"
  11. "Speed King (Remix)"
  12. "Studio Chat (6)"
  13. "Black Night (Remix)"

Principal Members:

Deep Purple In Trope:

  • But Now I Must Go:
    • "Bloodsucker"
    You really really grab me, but I've gotta move before they know I'm here and spread the news
    • "Hard Lovin' Man"
    Oh gotta catch a train
  • Careful with That Axe: Ian Gillan's screams, especially on "Child in Time" are pretty otherworldly.
  • Continuity Nod: "Bloodsucker" name-drops "take a lesson from a hard lovin' man", a reference to the track "Hard Lovin' Man".
  • Epic Rocking: "Speed King", "Child in Time", "Flight of the Rat", "Hard Lovin' Man".
  • Face on the Cover: The band à la Mount Rushmore.
  • Intercourse with You: "Hard Lovin' Man".
    Come back here it's not over
    Can't you see there's still time girl
    I can last make it fast now
  • Fantasy Landmark Equivalent: The cover depicts Mount Rushmore, with the faces of the presidents being replaced by the faces of the band members.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: "Flight of the Rat"
    Now I'm free
    And I can see
    That I am mee
  • Metal Scream: Prominent in a lot of songs, most famously "Child in Time".
  • One-Man Song: "Hard Lovin' Man"
  • One-Word Title: "Bloodsucker".
  • Patriotic Fervor: "Bloodsucker"
    Got an English brain that's gonna make me wise
  • Pun-Based Title: Well, they're carved out of rock on the cover, and the album is, of course, an example of rock music.
  • Rushmore Refacement: The most famous example in rock history.
  • Self-Titled Album: Borderline case.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Speed King" name-drops Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Tutti Frutti", "Lucille", "Rip It Up", Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" and Chuck Berry's "Some People."
    • Gotlib once spoofed the album cover with the characters from his Hamster Jovial strip. [1]
  • Song of Song Titles: "Speed King" name-drops several lines from famous rock 'n' roll songs.
  • Take That!:
    • "Into the Fire"
    Gonna get a message through, you're gonna- into the fire
    • "Living Wreck"
    Ah, you know you're a living wreck
  • Visual Pun: The cover art interprets the album's name literally - Deep Purple are carved in rock.
  • War Is Hell: "Child in Time"
    See the blind man shooting at the world
    Bullets flying taking toll