Deep Purple in Rock is a hard rock album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1970. It was their fourth studio album, and the first with the classic Mk II lineup.
Their earlier work was much more pop-oriented, with orchestra-driven tracks and covers that ranged from The Beatles to Neil Diamond, among others, but on this record there are no compromises. All tracks are credited to the working efforts of the five members of the band. "Speed King" and "Flight of the Rat" are prime examples of hard rock songs, and the band's new style. "Child in Time" is perhaps the most famous song from this record. This song starts off as a ballad but then becomes a rocker with several solo improvisations and is famous for the high notes Ian Gillan hits in the song. Although "Into the Fire" and "Speed King" featured in the set lists at the time, "Child in Time" was the only song from this album that was included on Made in Japan two years later (although "Speed King" was the usual encore and is featured on the expanded CD re-issue, as is "Black Night" which was included in the "Deep Purple in Rock" reissue).
Original release on vinyl:
"Speed King" – 5:49 "Bloodsucker" – 4:10 "Child in Time" – 10:14 "Flight of the Rat" – 7:51 "Into the Fire" – 3:28 "Living Wreck" – 4:27 "Hard Lovin' Man" – 7:11