Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talking about his first album fall in love. During his young days, Lars Ulrich listens to lots of rock albums and a few of them and he falls in love.
Metallica is one of the thrash metal pioneers. Along with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are also part of the “Big Four”. Metallica always has fast tempos and intricate compositions in its style. The drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich once revealed his initial inspiration came directly from his first record purchased when he was 9 years old.
What is the first album Lars Ulrich bought?
“When I was nine years old, in 1973, my dad took me to see Deep Purple in Copenhagen, Denmark. The next day after school, as I was biking home, I stopped off at the record store. It was out in the suburbs where I lived, a run-of-the-mill local chain. I asked what Deep Purple records they had. They had ‘Fireball’. So I bought Fireball. And that was the beginning of it.
Deep Purple were a beautiful contradiction, like you just walked in on five musicians at the top of their game jamming one classic after another with raw intensity, as if they were in a garage playing for no one but themselves.
Yet at the same time projecting a thousand-yard deep stare into the bowels of the arena.”
He also added about how to improvise this album while playing and learning drums:
“These guys could play. They could improvise. They were in constant and curious cutthroat competition with each other to take the music someplace new, someplace unknown and never ever the same place twice.
My life had officially changed forever. With almost no exceptions, every hard rock band in the last 40 years, including mine, traces its lineage directly back to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. As far as I’m concerned, these three bands should always be considered equals for their songwriting, their recordings, and their accomplishments.”
Behind of ‘Fireball’ album:
‘Fireball’ was the 5th album released by English rock legends Deep Purple, and released in 1971. It was also the first album to feature The Mk II line-up. The album was recorded at different times from September 1970 to June 1971. It was the first of the group’s trio of UK No. one album. But it didn’t stay at the top of the charts for longer than the album that preceded it, Deep Purple in Rock. The album has sold over 1 million copies across the UK however, it also has not been awarded a certification in the country.
This album is the very first Deep Purple worked on after having established their name through In Rock, which had been a commercial and critical hit, and remained at the top of the charts for more than one year. Due to this the band was constantly in concert demand and this began to impact the health of their members. Musician Jon Lord suffered back problems.
And bassist Roger Glover had stomach problems which kept his live performances at a number of times. Ritchie Blackmore felt he had earned his due by deciding to focus on hard rock. and believed that the success of the band was because of his. This led to a rise in tensions with Ian Gillan, the singer, and their relationship was uncomfortable.
Here is the tracklist of the ‘Fireball’ album:
- Fireball – 3:25
- No No No – 6:54
- Demon’s Eye – 5:21
- Anyone’s Daughter – 4:43
- The Mule – 5:23
- Fools – 8:21
- No One Came – 6:28
Bonustracks (25th Anniversary Edition)
- Strange Kind of Woman – 4:07 (A-side Remix ’96)
- I’m Alone – 3:08 (B-side)
- Freedom – 3:37 (Album Out-take)
- Slow Train – 5:38 (Album Out-take)
- Demon’s Eye – 6:13 (Remix ’96)
- The Noise Abatement Society Tapes – 4:17
- Fireball take 1 – 4:09 (Instrumental)
- Backwards Piano – 0:56
- No One Came – 6:24 (Remix ’96)
Listen to the Deep Purple – Fireball song below!