Deep Purple ‎– Fireball

Harvest ‎– SHVL 793, Harvest ‎– IE 064 o 92726
Vinyl, LP, Album, Textured Gatefold

Companies, etc.



Cover swopping is common on this LP to it is important to define a 1st Press Cover correctly.

First edition covers have a darker textured gatefold sleeve (depicting five b&w live photos inside) - the texturing is deep and defined, the spine is thicker, and the cover is thick. The opening edges had one 'flat sealed' at the factory, and the other open. The cover is also of '1 piece' manufacture - folding over at the bottom and glued internally at the top.

ANY COVER THAT IS:- thinner, has small texturing or less defined texturing, is paler, is smooth, is a '2 piece' cover (glued internally at the top and bottom), or has 1 edge 'folded over' and factory sealed is a LATER COVER and is not original.

The Gramophone Co. Ltd. appears at the beginning of the circular text on both labels - later copies have 'EMI Records' instead.

Initial quantities came with a lyrics insert printed in purple on both sides - and this was discontinued in 1973.

All 1st Pressings come in a 'polylined' EMI/Harvest inner sleeve depicting other artists' current releases on the Harvest label. This inner was discontinued in 1974.

Date code 7109 (September 1971) and printer’s credit on inner gatefold.
“Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.”

Album Devised And Produced By Deep Purple For Edwards/Coletta Productions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): SHVL.793A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): SHVL.793B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped / etched): SHVL 793A-2U PE K
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): SHVL 793B-3U
  • Rights Society: MCPS. Britico. NCB
  • Other (Printers code on rear cover): 7109

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6215, SHVL 793 Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album) EMI, Harvest 6215, SHVL 793 Argentina 1972 Sell This Version
WT-429 Deep Purple Fireball(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Western Thunder Records WT-429 Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
BS 2564 Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records Inc. BS 2564 US Unknown Sell This Version
SHVL 793, IE 064 o 92726 Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, Tex) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 793, IE 064 o 92726 UK 1971 Sell This Version
P-8092W Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Bros. Records P-8092W Japan 1974 Sell This Version


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November 17, 2018
Perhaps the first record I bought, listen to it after almost 50 years, still makes me shiver ... thank you to Gillan Glover Lord Blackmore and Paice


March 28, 2016
Can someone please help out with my version.
Label - SHVL 793
Made In Gt. Britain above bottom rim
Top rim begins "The Gramophone Co..."
Matrix/Runout etched side 1 SHVL 793A-2U PEK
Side 2 SHVL 793B-3U 110?
Rear of sleeve has SHVL 793
(IE 064 o 92726)
Textured gatefold