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An embryonic version of Fools, with ad-lib lyrics

Thanks to Igor’s Deep Purple Universe for the clip and to HR for bringing it to your attention.

12 Comments to “They smile to themselves”:

  1. 1
    mike whiteley says:

    I like these bare bones demos and jams.I
    t would be interesting to know where this was found.
    This snippet would’ve fit quite nicely among the other bits & pieces on the Fireball 25th,
    back in ’96.

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    A great album Fireball, only listened to it last week, louder than everything else. This earlier version of Fools certainly needed polishing, a good song it is. Cheers.

  3. 3
    DeeperPurps says:

    I love how raw and bluesy soulful Gillan’s voice is on this take

  4. 4
    Dr. Bob says:

    I like the raw emotions in Gillans voice on this version. He might be ab-libbing, but he sounds like he really means what he is saying. Good stuff.

  5. 5
    Gareth Taylor says:

    This is GOLD.Deep Purple need to release gems like these from their archives.

  6. 6
    Friedhelm says:

    Isn’t this the version released on a six cd box set called “Listen, learn, read on” a few years ago? I’m quite sure …

  7. 7
    Ivica says:

    Great version ” Space Truckin” with “Made In Japan” spices part “Mandrake Root” and “Fools”

  8. 8
    Mathias says:

    @6 Friedhelm, you’re absolutely right!

  9. 9
    muc72 says:

    That’s nothing new, it’s on the Listen, Learn, Read on boxset (Disc 3, track 7).

  10. 10
    mike whiteley says:

    #6 & #9. Thanks for the info on this piece of Purple history.

  11. 11
    Ron says:

    Fools is one of their best songs, 5o e. Ritchie is on fire with the notes he chooses in the background music. Love this song

  12. 12
    Henrik says:

    Next, you should upload Machine Head as a new found gem.

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