Episode #30 – “The Butterfly Ball (Part 3: The Album)

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Lead Up To Album & Writing:

Album Art & Booklet Review

  • Harry Wilcock’s credits include Elton John’s Captain Fantastic as well as the Judi Dench version of The Butterfly Ball and Gordon Giltrap’s The Peacock Party album which, interestingly, features John Gustafson on bass.  It also features Rod Edwards and Roger Hand who worked on the music and instrumentation on the Judi Dench version.

Credits

Notes

  • Adapted by Roger Glover for a full colour animated television series produced by British Lion Films Limited in association with Aurelia Enterprises Limited from the design and illustrations of the book “The Butterfly Ball” by Alan Aldridge first published 1973 by Jonathan Cape Limited and Times Newspapers Limited in association with Aurelia Enterprises Limited.
  • Recorded at Kingsway Recorders, London, during the summer of 1974.
  • © Copyright : Glove Music Ltd. and British Lion Music Ltd. 1974.
  • Published by British Lion Music Ltd.
  • ℗ Purple Records Inc.
  • EMI Records Ltd. Made and printed in Gt. Britain.
  • 7412 Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.
  • Illustrations © Aurelia Enterprises Ltd. 1973
  • Eddie Hardin was currently working with The Spencer Davis Group and knew Glover from when Hardin & York supported Deep Purple on tour in 1971.
  • Ray Fenwick, Mo Foster, and Les Binks of Fancy filled out the rest of the band.

The Album

  1. Dawn
    • Roger Glover on Synthesizer
    • Instrumental
  2. Get Ready
    • Glenn Hughes sings the part of Harold the Herald, arranged and conducted by Martyn Ford and John Bell
    • Based on the poem “Harold the Herald.”
    • Sung by Glenn Hughes
  3. Saffron Dormouse & Lizzie Bee
    • Helen Chappelle as Saffron, Barry St. John as Lizzy, arranged and conducted by Mike Moran
    • Based on the poems “Mrs. Doormouse” and “Lizzy Bee.”
    • Sung by Helen Chapelle & Barry St. John
  4. Harlequin Hare
    • Neil Lancaster sings the part of a one man band
    • Sung by Neil Lancaster
    • Based on the poem “Harlequin Hare.”
  5. Old Bind Mole
    • John Goodison sings about a contented mole
    • Sung by John Goodison
    • Based on the poem “Old Blind Mole.”
  6. Magician Moth
    • Roger Glover on Synthesizer
    • Instrumental
    • Based on the poem “Magician Moth.”
  7. No Solution
    • Mickey Lee Soule sings to the Toad in bed
    • Sung by Micky Lee Soule
    • Based on the poem “Toad in Bed.”
  8. Behind the Smile
    • David Coverdale warns Lilly Lizard of the Fox
    • Sung by David Coverdale
    • Based on the poem “Punchinello.”
  9. Fly Away
    • Liza Strike sings to the caterpillars
    • Sung by Liza Strike
    • Based on the poem “Esmeralda, Seraphin and Camilla.”
  10. Aranea
    • Judi Kuhl sings the part of the conceited money spider
    • Sung by Judi Kuhl
    • Based on the poem “Miss Money Spider.”
  11. Sitting in a Dream
    • Ronnie Dio sings the part of Froggy, arranged and conducted by Del Newman
    • Sung by Ronnie James Dio
    • Based on the poem “Froggy.”
  12. Waiting
    • Jimmy Helms sings the part of the Kingfisher
    • Sung by Jimmy Helms (Wikipedia, Discogs)
    • Based on the poem “Waiting for a Bite.”
  13. Sir Maximus Mouse
    • Eddie Hardin sings about the business mouse
    • Sung by Eddie Hardin
    • Based on the poem “Sir Maximus Mouse.”
  14. Dreams of Sir Bedivere
    • Arranged and conducted by Martyn Ford and John Bell
    • Instrumental
    • Based on the poem “Sir Bedivere and the Stag-Beetle.”
  15. Together Again
    • Tony Ashton sings and plays a Newt
    • Sung by Tony Ashton (Wikipedia, Discogs)
    • Based on the poem “Cheers, My Dears.”
  16. Watch Out For The Bat
  17. Little Chalk Blue
    • Not on original album.
    • Sung by John Lawton (Wikipedia, Discogs)
    • Based on the poem “The Butterflies’ Air-Lift and the Weevils v. Caterpillars Cricket Match.”
    • This had previously only been available as a single but here is added in the order it would have been performed at the Royal Albert Hall Concert.
    • Not released on the album version until the 1989 Connoisseur Collection reissue.
  18. The Feast
    • Simon Centipedes’ Time of Times
    • Instrumental
  19. Love is All
    • Ronnie Dio as Froggy sings at the Butterfly Ball
    • Documentary on the single “Love is All” from Dutch TV
    • Sung by Ronnie James Dio
    • Based on the poem “The Butterfly Ball.”
    • Roger Glover describes the feeling from hearing Dio sing it as an “all out feeling of joy.”
    • Dio: “People thought it was Roger singing the song so . . . boy that Roger Glover can really sing, can’t he?”
    • Hardin did chord projections, Glover came up with melody.
    • Hardin says they’d spend all night doing one mix. Glover was very particular and would scrap the whole mix and it would drive him mad.
    • Hardin: “Most of my songs are very melodic, Roger is very riffy.”  Says that he and Roger worked very well together for this reason.
    • Ray Fenwick added the little line at the beginning, the descending line that leads into the first verse.
    • Hardin says that after they recorded it he said it was “Sunny Afternoon” by the Kinks.  Described it as “not a conscious theft.”
    • Hardin: “To me, Ronnie made the song special.”  Eddie tried singing it and it was okay, Roger tried singing it and it was okay.  Describes Ronnie as transforming the song.
    • Dio describes it as being very Beatle-like.  Very upbeat song.
    • Glover deliberately took a Beatles-type approach in writing the song.
    • Glover wanted it to be an “All You Need is Love” type song after reading the poetry in the book.  He calls it a “parody of ‘All You Need is Love.’” or “All you need is Love part 2.”
    • Single was released in England and heavily played and promoted on the radio but didn’t catch on.  The publisher called Eddie Hardin and said it’s gone to #3 in Holland then an hour later said it went to #2 and by lunchtime it had hit #1.  Was at #1 by lunch.
    • Very successful in the rest of Europe. 
    • Glover describes it as “very hard to write a happy song without being trite.  But with a message like “love is all” it’s very close to being trite.”
    • Hardin always felt like the whole Butterfly Ball was a joint effort and when it came out it had “Roger Glover and Guests” and he felt a little instulted that he was just a guest.
    • Ronnie got his first gold record and it said “Roger Glover” on it.  “That annoyed me.” He insisted it was changed and they changed it for him which is why it says “Featuring Ronnie Dio” on it.
  20. Homeward
    • Ronnie Dio (Froggy) sings on the way home
    • Sung by Ronnie James Dio
    • Based on the poem “Homeward.”

Reception and Review

  • Chas Watkins (engineer):
    • “Kingsway had always had the problem with sound filtering upstairs into the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority.”
    • They recorded quiet music “lift music” in the day time.  After 6pm they would record rock.
    • Chas learned a lot from Martin Birch.
    • “One particular memory of Ronnie Dio: the control room looked width-ways across one end of the studio, so a camera looked down the length of the studio, with a monitor in the control room.  Ronnie was doing a vocal (can’t remember which track) sitting on a stool, and the camera was positioned on him. He said, ‘just getting a glass of water”, and went off-camera. When he returned onto camera and sat on the stool, he was completely naked!  He just didn’t say anything, just carried on singing as though nothing was unusual! Everyone in the control room was in tears! Very funny.
    • The air conditioning was very loud so they’d have to turn off the AC when they recorded quiet vocals or instruments and it would get very hot in the studio.  The switch for the AC was behind a burlap flap on the back wall. When you lifted the flap there was a picture of a naked lady so many people were eager to turn off the AC.
      • “Recording the Butterfly Ball was a wonderful experience.  All these top-notch musicians coming into the studio, and Roger producing, writing and having responsibility for the whole project.”
  • Single success.  Love Is All was Ronnie James Dio’s first gold record.
  • Glover: “The whole thing was a challenge and a joy.  It took around six months to complete and I worked with some lovely people.”
  • Glover: “I can see a couple of things that might hold it back, primarily my name.  The album can’t exactly be described as a family album but then again it’s not anything in te mould of Deep Purple.”
  • The album was not received well by rock audiences who felt it was music for kids.
  • It didn’t get a lot of exposure to a wider audience.
  • Love Is All, as stated before, did very well in the charts throughout Europe.
  • Given the lack of sales the idea of doing the live concert to give the album a boost was floated.  Glover was able to get almost everyone from the original recording with a few special guests.

In The News . . .

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This Week in Purple History . . .

November 18 through November 24

  • November 18, 1974 – The Butterfly Ball is released in the UK
  • November 18, 1989 – Slip of the Tongue is released
  • November 18, 2006 – JLT forms Over the Rainbow
  • November 23, 1994 – DP plays three shows in secret in Mexico to test prospective new guitarist Steve Morse

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Episode #29 – The Butterfly Ball (Part 2: The Singers)

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  • Patron Peter Gardow catches the rainbow when he bumps into David Keith, drummer for Blackmore’s Night and Rainbow!

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Notes From The Field:

  • John reviews his time in Miami and seeing Ace Frehley.
  • Promoting the band Thunder Mother!

The Singers:

In The News . . .

  • Martin Popoff is on the latest episode (Episode #37) of the Shockwaves Skullsessions podcast.  There he reviews the entire Rainbow catalog.  Came out the same exact day as our Rainbow episode and he seems to share a similar perspective on the album.

This Week in Purple History . . .

November 11 through November 17

  • November 16, 1974 – Stormbringer is released
  • November 17, 1975 – Tommy Bolin’s Teaser is released
  • November 11, 2010 – Tony Edwards dies

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Episode #28 – The Butterfly Ball (Part 1: The Musicians)

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  • Listener Steve emails with some recollections after attending both shows of the Concerto ‘99 performance at the Royal Albert Hall:

I heard you guys talking about the Concerto ’99 shows at the Royal Albert Hall in ’99. I was there, both nights, so I reckon you might be interested in some of the things I remember.

First of all there were two nights, on the Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. The DVD seems to all have come from the second night, as far as I can recall after 20 years.

The Albert Hall has boxes high up all around, I suspect as they were recording it that they didn’t sell the boxes until the lower seats so the place would seem full even if there were unsold tickets. On the first night I was on the floor, on the second in one of the boxes, on the right side looking towards the stage.

On night one, there was a disturbance in one of the boxes on the left side early on during the first movement. It seems like some idiots who didn’t know what they were buying tickets from were pissed off at hearing classical when they thought they were going to be getting Highway Star. The manager (at least I think that was who it was) turfed them out and gave them their money back, with a bonus earful of abuse for fucking up the recording.

Also on night one it seems they didn’t anticipate an encore. iirc they closed on Smoke, but the crowd stayed chanting for more. Eventually Ian Gillan came out to talk to us, he said Jon Lord was absolutely exhausted out back and they weren’t going to do an encore, but was very gracious and I think the crowd was more or less ok with it.  Gillan could have had an alternative career as a hostage negotiator.  It may also just have been that Lord was really pissed off with the recording being ruined, I dunno. On the second night they obviously adjusted things, and left the stage a bit earlier so they could come back on and do at least Smoke as an encore.

I think I remember Gillan introducing Steve Morris (from his solo albums) as Steve Morse, and then half-singing something like “I never get it right” as he corrected.

I always loved the concerto, I used to listen to it quite a lot to unwind after night shifts in my first job as a 17 year old, to get the chance to see it live (twice!) was wonderful for me, and the concert was just designed to perfection as it was just awesome to see all these obscure (to most people) numbers off records I love like Butterfly Ball, Pictured Within and Accidentally on Purpose. The Purple mini set was too short, but the set list was excellent, I was more interested in hearing stuff that Gillan can still sing than Highway Star or Child In Time that his voice is no longer right for.

One last memory: as I was walking out on the Sunday (you can exit straight from the boxes out on to the driveway that surrounds the Hall, rather than going through the main entrance) I came across the sight of one James Patrick Page being guided to his limo humming the riff to Smoke on the Water. (at least I think it was a limo, some black luxury car in any case.) So if anyone tries to tell you that Page hates Purple, as I have had people try to do from time to time, they are full of shit.

Good luck to you guys for your podcast!

  • Mark 1 listener poll – songs moving to the next round:
    • April
    • Chasing Shadows
    • Hush
    • Mandrake Root
    • Shield
    • Wring That Neck
  • Nate guests on the Paul or Nothing podcast to review The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Edition.

Notes From The Field:

  • Nate reviews Deep Purple show on October 18, 2019 at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, IL.
  • Unfortunate issue with meet and greet
  • Got to meet our patron Steve!
  • Steve gave me this incredible custom made journal using the vinyl of Made in Europe!
  • Joyous Wolf
  • At the beginning of Don Airey’s keyboard solo he threw in a few bars from “Mr. Crowley.”

Origins of The Butterfly Ball:

  • Aldridge went on to create two more books based on the sequels; “The Peacock Party” and “The Lion’s Cavalcade.”
    • An animated short was made in 1974 based on the book with Roger Glover’s “Love is All” accompanying it.  This was supposed to lead up to a full length animated film.
    • This did not matter so it was released as an album.
    • William Plomer worked as an editor for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.
    • Plomer died just a few months after completing “The Butterfly Ball.”
  • Alan Aldridge:
    • Alan Aldridge in the British museum one day, found a poem called “Butterfly Ball” about the creatures in the woods — all put down their anger for the day and have a good time. Spent about a year doing all the pictures.
    • Alan Aldridge because it was such a success he became known as a children’s illustrator after mostly being a “Druggy” or psychadelic illustrator.   
    • At one point it was the best selling children’s book in the world.
    • Alan Aldridge thought about doing it as a movie.  He mentioned it to Pink Floyd. Roger was mentioned and Aldridge brought it to their management.
    • There’s also mention that it was originally intended to be a solo project for Jon Lord with Roger Glover as the producer.
  • Roger Glover:
    • Glover: “The Sunday times had a color supplement about the new book with illustrations.  Caught his eye. A year later he went in the management office and the book was in the office.  They asked him how he would like to put it to music.
    • “There’s a thought.  Why me?”
    • Glover was shocked as his track record was being a bass player in a hard rock band.  Glover called it “blind faith.”
    • Glover was given a list of albums to listen to by Aldridge but exactly which albums were on this list is unclear.
    • Glover specifically recruited the musicians and singers for the album.

Musicians:

  • Drums: 
    • Les Binks
      • One of first credits is Butterfly Ball
      • We’ve played Fancy before on the show
      • Fancy – “She’s Riding the Rock Machine” (1976)
      • Fancy – Touch Me (1974)
      • Got gig in Judas Priest through Roger Glover connection
      • Judas Priest – “Exciter” off of “Stained Class” album (1978)
        • Kind of reminds me of “Stormbringer” riff
      • Recorded 2 albums with Priest, Stained Class and Killing Machine
      • Left the band amicably.  They were looking for a more of a rock drummer and Binks had too much of a jazz influence and was unwilling to change his style.
      • Plays around London and currently has “Les Binks’ Priesthood” which plays Judas Priest songs
    • Michael Giles
      • Giles, Giles, and Fripp with his brother Peter and Robert Fripp
      • Released one album “The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, and Fripp”
      • Eventually morphed into King Crimson
        • “The Court of the Crimson King” (1969)
        • We’ve discussed 21st Century Scizoid Man
  • Jack Emblow: Accordion
  • Guitar: Ray Fenwick
    • Don’t want to go too far down this path as I would love to do future episode (or episodes) about Fenwick and many of his albums
    • Started out in 1964 in a ska band called “Ray and the Devils”
    • Was also in The Syndicats, followed by a Dutch group called Tee Set 
    • He was in the Spencer Davis Group 1967-1969
    • Stateside off of “Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut” (1971)
    • Then recorded album with Bo Diddley called “The London Bo Diddley Sessions in 1972
    • Ian Gillan Band
    • Jon Lord’s “Windows”
    • Fancy who we’ve covered on the show in the past
  • Keyboards: Eddie Hardin
    • Hardin & York – Drinking My Wine
    • Another one we could devote several future episodes to at least
  • Violin: Eddie Jobson
  • Tabla: Chris Karan
  • Piano: Mike Moran [discogs]
    • Worked with Queen, Ozzy, George Harrison, and David Bowie in Ziggy Stardust: The Motion picture
    • Andrew Lloyd Weber
    • Keyboards of Ian Gillan Band’s “Child in Time” album
    • Played with Ted Neeley.
    • Mostly known for production
    • Mike Moran – The Pickup (1976)
    • The Driver from the album Keytronics (1978)
  • Piano: Ann Odell
    • Performed with Yvonne Elliman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, John Gustafson’s solo album “Goose Grease” and Sphincter Ensemble
    • “Swing Song” from the album “A Little Taste” (1973)
  • Bassoon: Robin Thompson
  • Saw: Nigel Watson
  • Orchestra: The Mountain Fjord Orchestra
    • Also played on Elf’s “Carolina County Ball” (love Ball-themed albums)
    • Graham Parker and the Rumor – Stick to Me
    • Elton John – Jump Up!
    • David Woodcock: Conducted Orchestra (no info available on David Woodcock)
      • Jackson Heights – Bump ‘N’ Grind ??
    • Conducted by: 
      • Martyn Ford (also known as Martyn Fjord Orchestra)
        • Did work as conductor for:
        • Ginger Baker, Elton John, the film Tommy
        • Worked with the Spencer Davis Group
        • Released albums with John Gustafson  on his 1976 album “Smoovin’”
        • In 1980s worked with Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Dave Davies
        • Official Website: http://www.martynford.co.uk/
      • Jon Bell – 
        • Mostly writing/arrangement credits, but a few early performance credits.
        • Played clarinet on the album Poet and the One Man Band (1969) featuring Albert Lee.
        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vz54oqdtbE
        • At the 11:30 minute mark “The Days I Most Remember”, interesting stuff, reminiscent of “April”
        • “Good Evening Mr. Jones” Clarinet at 28:50 mark
      • Del Newman
        • Orchestral arrangements for:
        • Cat Stevens
        • Elton John
        • Carly Simon
        • Rod Steward
        • Also Hollywood films and musicals

In The News . . .

This Week in Purple History . . .

November 4 through November 10

  • November 10, 1940 – Screaming Lord Sutch is born
  • November 10, 1971 – Ray Fenwick releases “Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut
  • November 8, 1975 – Tommy Bolin’s first show with Deep Purple in Honolulu

Deep Purple Deep Track of the Week:

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Book and/or Documentary Reviews:

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