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In 1968 Jon Lord founded Deep Purple, where he was virtually the leader of the band until 1970. In addition, Lord wrote the organ riff for "Child in Time". He and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant band members during the band's existence from 1968 to 1976 and from when they reformed in 1984 until Lord's retirement from the band in 2002.
"Child in Time" is an essentially simple composition, featuring an organ intro, three power chords, and a two minute long solo.
Lyrically dark, vocalist Ian Gillan utilizes his full vocal range and goes from quiet singing to loud, high-pitched, banshee-esque screaming.
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore comes in with a slow solo, which builds up to a fast-pace playing and then ends abruptly, with the whole song cycle starting over again. Blackmore is normally associated with playing a Fender Stratocaster, however, he played a Gibson ES-335 on the studio version of the song
It is said by Ian Gillan to have been inspired by a riff featured in a song by the Psychedelic band It's a Beautiful Day, called "Bombay Calling".
It's a Beautiful Day in return borrowed Purple's "Wring That Neck" and turned it into "Don And Dewey" on their second album Marrying Maiden (1970)