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"Fireball"
Single by Deep Purple
from the album Fireball
B-side "Demon's Eye" (UK)
"Anyone's Daughter" (US)
Released October 1971
Format 7"
Recorded March, 1971 in London
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:25
Label Harvest (U.K.)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Writer(s) Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
Producer Deep Purple
Deep Purple singles chronology
"Strange Kind of Woman
(1971)
"Fireball"
(1971)
"Never Before"
(1972)
Fireball track listing
"Fireball"
(1)
"No No No"
(2)

"Fireball" is the opening song of the album of the same name by the English hard rock band Deep Purple. It was Deep Purple's second single release in 1971.

The song begins with the fan-like sound ( which is the recording of the studio's air condition which eventually fades out) being turned on and the drums begin at bar 2 at 240 bpm.

"Fireball" is an odd song for Deep Purple as it features no guitar solo. Instead it features a bass solo in the key of F#m which then modulates into an organ solo in Bm. The song ends in a fade out with ad-libbing from the organ. The beat is accented with a tambourine played by Ian Gillan.

"Fireball" (take 1 - instrumental), a bonus track on the remastered Fireball album, features a guitar solo near the end, at 3:30, after the fade-out of the original version.

It is one of the few Deep Purple songs to feature Ian Paice using a double-bass pedal{which he apparantly borrowed from Keith Moon from The Who, who at the same time recorded "Who's Next" next door in the same studio ; when performed live, a roadie brings on another bass drum to perform the song, only to remove it when it is finished. Hence it is not performed live very often. However, it has been performed during the ongoing Rapture of the Deep Tour.

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