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.

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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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