Deep PurpleFireball

Label:Harvest – SHVL 793, Harvest – 1E 064 o 92726
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Textured Gatefold
Style:Hard Rock


A2No No No
A3Demon's Eye
A4Anyone's Daughter
B1The Mule
B3No One Came

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Cover swopping is common on this LP so 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.”

E.M.I. RECORDS (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)
Made and Printed in Great Britain

Album Devised And Produced By Deep Purple For Edwards/Coletta Productions.
℗ 1971

Runouts are stamped except for PE and K which are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A, in parentheses): SHVL.793A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B, in parentheses): SHVL.793B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): SHVL 793A-2U PE K
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): SHVL 793B-3U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): SHVL 793 A-2U PE K PR 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): SHVL 793 B-3U HT 1
  • Rights Society: MCPS. Britico. NCB
  • Other (Printers code on rear cover): 7109 TPS
  • Other (Inner sleeve, Patent Nos.): 1,125,555∙ 1,072,844∙

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Fireball (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Harvest, Harvest3C 062-92 726, 3 C 062-92 726Italy1971
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Fireball (LP, Album, Gatefold)Harvest1C 062-92 726Germany1971
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Fireball (LP, Album, Stereo, Textured Gatefold)Stateside, Stateside8E 062 92726, 8E 062 - 92 726Portugal1971
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Fireball (LP, Album)Harvest, HarvestSHVL 793, 1E 064 o 92726Scandinavia1971
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Fireball (LP, Album, Gatefold)Warner Bros. RecordsBS 2564Canada1971


  • whammypedal's avatar
    My dad and I by coincidence ended up getting this album for each other as a gift, but we got different versions so we ended up comparing the sound.

    The Harvest 180g repress from Europe:
    The Warner Bros. limited purple color vinyl from the US:

    Both records came brand new, flat, and clean. The Harvest was nice but it sounded muddy, unclear at times and ultimately flat and undynamic. The Warner on the other hand was very much alive, punchy, and pretty much what you'd want in a rock record from the era. I would highly recommend the Warner over the Harvest if you had a choice, plus it's just cooler to look at.
    • archioptericks's avatar
      I remember way back when I was a kid in the run out grooves of "Anyones Daughter" there's some piano dingling and somebody's asking for tea. Must have been a early German version but I've never got it again. Maybe my memory is false or does anybody else remember this ?
      • AlexOdin's avatar
        Hello. What's the best sounding Fireball on vinyl with Demon's Eye?
        • KuppaKinks's avatar
          Code price A sticked on the back of the cover (on the right high corner, under SHVL 793 stereo).
          • italo.fanciullacci's avatar
            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



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