Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Best of the 70's: Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple

Deep Purple In RockNow if you are like me your first thought will be Deep Purple?! Really?!  They had one of the top 100 albums of the 70's?  Really?!  Then you start to listen to it and you get it.  You get the influence the sound had and you can sort of get why people would rank this album. 

Probably one of the most important genres of music that grew out of the 70s was Heavy Metal, and this album, released in 1970, is right at the beginning.  When you put on a song like "Flight of the Rat" you know exactly where Judas Priest got their sound from, and when you hear a song like "Speed King" you understand where a band like AC/DC got their sound. 

All that being said I still don't know that I would rank this album in the top 100 of the entire 70's decade.  I understand it's influence, but I just don't find it to be a very compelling album.  The only reason to put this album on is if you want to hear some early heavy metal that is still trying to figure out where it lives between psychedelia and blues. 

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad. 


  1. So does this album rank number 99 on whatever list you're using?

  2. It was number 99 yesterday when I looked at the list. Today it is 101, it's an ever changing list.

  3. The titles that they used on this video are really odd.