Deep Purple – Deep Purple In Rock (1970)
Check out Mike’s site for his review of Deep Purple In Rock!
Without hearing a note, based on the cover alone, the album, Deep Purple In Rock, was already off to a promising start.
It’s likely tied with Rush’s Moving Pictures for the best literal album cover on the 1001 list thus far.
Can you tell which one of the images below is currently a popular tourist destination in South Dakota (and which one really ought to be someday)?
Yet the album cover is a somewhat ironic design for a couple of reasons:
a) Unlike their Mount Rushmore counterparts, these Mount Purple faces aren’t familiar to me
In a game of Name that Tune, I’m fairly confident I could spot a Deep Purple tune from a great distance.
In a game of Match the Band Member’s Name with his Rock Face on this cover, I have absolutely no faith in my ability, from any distance!
Was their ‘look’ even important at the time, did the fans care?
Some groups, it feels like the ‘look’ is half of the b(r)and appeal, but I wouldn’t have thought that was the case with Deep Purple.
b) Was the band lineup ever really (*impending groan warning*) set in stone?
I gather this was already the second set of Deep Purple personnel (there’s a fascinating graphical breakdown of all the different lineups on Wikipedia).
It’s referred to as the “classic” lineup, so I suppose if there’s a group configuration to be commemorated in such a grand manner, this is the one.
I just find it unusual that such a permanent membership declaration was made for what would become such an ever-changing group.
Though I imagine the cover art was partially in jest, upon actually listening to the music, I’m beginning to think it’s somewhat less ironic and maybe even somewhat apt.
For starters, the album does/they do in fact rock; it’s not just a clever name.
And secondly, the slightly immodest cover doesn’t feel so ridiculous when I think about their musical legacy.
Why were Washington/Jefferson/Roosevelt/Lincoln chosen as the 4 heads to be featured on Mount Rushmore? I gather they were chosen for their role in “preserving the Republic and expanding its territory.”
What did Deep Purple contribute to the world of music?
Well, with albums like this one, the band preserved the Rock genre & helped expand its territory into brand new genres such as Heavy Metal.
Like many Presidents, they weren’t universally adored at the time.
But also like the 4 gentlemen on Mount Rushmore, it would be tough to form a coherent argument stating that they made anything less than a significant contribution to the (music) world.
Especially when you consider rock-solid releases like this one, deserving of their status as stone-cold classics.
Verbalize the Positive
Thanks for reading this review by yours truly, a Deep Purple fan, but admittedly, a Deep Purple tourist.
Please take a moment to check out Mike Ladano’s review of Deep Purple In Rock.
Or as I like to think of it, a Deep Purple review from the lens of a proper Deep Purple Tour Guide.
Thanks for the crossover-collaboration today Mike!