1. In Rock LP & The Arrival of Deep Purple Mark II
This 1970 steamroller was the full flowering of Deep Purple Mk II and their first classic album if not their career best. In singer Ian Gillan the band found a charismatic and powerful vocalist who could go the distance with his muso bandmates and bassist Roger Glover held down the low end and brought his songwriting skills to bear on songs like the furious “Speed King,” the wrenching epic “Child In Time” and the monumentally heavy “Into The Fire.” It was this lineup that brought a sense of almost classical level musicianship and a relentless need for speed to hard rock, forever changing its sound and inspiring countless future heavy metal bands.
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