Episode #48 – Elf – Elf

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Show Updates:

  • Nick Jones sends incredible pictures of a Machine Head era in-store display kit!
  • Stephen Sommerville sends some great outtakes from Concerto ‘99,  wanting to make sure we cover them when we review it.
  • Dear, Mr. Pop Star by Dereck and Dave Philpott – father and son team who write letters to famous pop stars about the lyrics to their favorite songs.  This book features the letters they received back including some from Ian Gillan and Roger Glover
  • Lots of back and forth about Ritchie’s stolen and returned guitar.
  • 1961 Gibson ES-335 semihollowbody (serial number 26547)  Word is it Ritchie’s second wife, Babs, was awarded the guitar in their divorce and sold it at an auction in 2004 for $28,000.  The current owner lives in Connecticut.

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Lead up to the Album:

  • Elf was formed in 1967 when Ronnie Dio and the Prophets changed their name to the Electric Elves and added Doug Thaler on Keyboards.
  • In 1968 there was an automobile accident which killed Nick Pantas. Doug Thaler (former keyboard player) moved to guitar after recovering from his injuries and that’s when they brought in Mickey Lee Soule.
  • Ronnie is listed as Ronald Padavona on this album.  In Dio’s Brutally Honest Tour Bus Interview from 1994 Dio explains that he used his birth name so that his parents could see their family name on an album at least once.

Personnel

Recorded April-July 1972

Released August 1972

Album Art & Booklet Review


  • From the back of the sleeve:
  • Recorded at Studio One, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • © 1972 CBS, Inc. / ℗ 1972 CBS, Inc. / Manufactured by Epic Records / CBS, Inc.
  • From the disc labels:
  • Printed in U.S.A.

Album Tracks:

  1. Hoockie Koochie Lady
  2. First Avenue
  3. Never More
  4. I’m Coming Back for You
  5. Sit Down Honey (Everything Will Be Alright)
  6. Dixie Lee Junction
  7. Love Me Like a Woman
  8. Gambler, Gambler

In The News . . .

  • Whoosh! Album cover teased then revealed, track listing released
  • https://www.deeppurple-whoosh.com/
    • Being released on June 12, 2020
    • We will be coming to you on June 12 with a special episode to give real time reactions/review to the new album
    • Track Listing:
      • 1. Throw My Bones
      • 2. Drop The Weapon
      • 3. We’re All The Same In The Dark
      • 4. Nothing At All
      • 5. No Need To Shout
      • 6. Step By Step
      • 7. What the What
      • 8. The Long Way Around
      • 9. The Power of the Moon
      • 10. Remission Possible
      • 11. Man Alive
      • 12. And the Address
      • 13. Dancing In My Sleep

This Week in Purple History . . .

March 23 through March 29


  • March 25, 1972 – Machine Head is released
  • March 24-25, 2001 – Deep Purple play concerto dates in tokyo with Dio on vocals
  • March 26, 2002 – Steve Morse releases his album “Split Decision”

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Episode #43 – Green Bullfrog

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Lead up to the Album:

  • Derek Lawrence, who’d produced music with Ritchie Blackmore in the past, began working with Albert Lee.  Their intent was to produce this album with Tony Dangerfield, the bass player for Screaming Lord Sutch.
  • After a while the sessions weren’t working out and the two decided to invite other session musicians that they knew and jam in the studio to record an album.
  • The entire album was recorded in two overnight sessions on April 20 1970 and May 23 1970.
  • Blackmore was invited and brought along Paice.
  • It’s stated in Country Boy: A Biography of Albert Lee by Derek Watts by that they both came directly to the studio after Deep Purple shows.  I can’t find any evidence in their 1970 tour schedule that they played shows on either of these dates.
    • They played on April 18 at Ewell Technical College and on April 21 at BBC in London. 
    • They played the 22 May in London at Brighton at The Dome so it’s possible they recorded the studio time as May 23 after the show.  That or they recorded in the early morning on the 23rd and concluded with the show later in the day.
  • All the musicians on the album had wanted to play together but were all so busy with their own individual projects that this was the only chance they had to do it.
  • One final session was done with strings and brass being overdubbed on January 4, 1971.

Personnel

Since nearly everyone were under contract they chose to use pseudonyms for everyone on the album.

  • “Speedy” (Ian Paice) – drums
    • Nickname from his speedy drum playing
  • “Sleepy” (Chas Hodges) – bass
    • https://www.chashodges.co.uk/
    • Played with Ritchie Blackmore in the Outlaws
    • Went on later for form the group Chas ‘n’ Dave
    • Nickname from falling asleep during sessions
  • “Bevy” (Tony Ashton) – piano / organ
    • Nickname because he used to store bottles of light ale under his organ
  • “Sorry” (Matthew Fisher) – piano
    • Keyboardist in Procol Harum
    • Screaming Lord Sutch
    • Hundreds of other credits including Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr
    • Nickname because he would apologize if a second take was needed
  • “Boots” (Ritchie Blackmore) – guitar
    • Nickname from his suede cowboy boots
  • “Pinta” (Albert Lee) – guitar
    • http://www.albertleeofficial.com/
    • Worked with Derek Lawrence, Eric Clapton, Jon Lord on Gemini Suite, The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Brown, Joe Cocker, and on, and on.
    • Nickname from in-joke about how he would say “I’m only delivering the milk!” if they needed to do a second take
  • “The Boss” (Big Jim Sullivan) – guitar
    • Prolific session player
    • Played on 59 #1 UK hits
    • Played on hundreds of recordings and had stints with Tom Jones
    • Nickname because everyone respected him as an elder and one of the best session players
  • “The Vicar” (Rod Alexander) – guitar
    • Played with Blackwater Junction and Axe
    • Also did production with Axe
    • In the Green Bullfrog liner notes it says that he was friends with Blackmore and worked at a nearby music shop.  He stopped by to drop off some guitar strings and they convinced him to stay and record.
    • Nickname because Lawrence would always say, “Hello, Vicar” to him
  • “Jordan” (Earl Jordan) – vocals[8]
    • Les Humphries Singers
    • Sang “Old Blind Mole” on live performance of “The Butterfly Ball”
    • Nickname is pretty obvious

There had been rumors that Jeff Beck, Roger Glover, and Jon Lord were involved but none of them were at either of the sessions.

Album Art & Booklet Review

  • Original Black Cover
  • 1980 “Green Bullfrog – Natural Magic” Vinyl Reissue
  • 1991 – Green Bullfrog – The Green Bullfrog Sessions
    • Featuring bonus tracks and tracks reordered

Credits

  • Album produced by Derek Lawrence
  • Engineered by Martin Birch

Album Tracks:

Side one

  1. My Baby Left Me” (Arthur Crudup)
  2. Makin’ Time” (Eddie Phillips, Kenny Pickett)
    1. Something Lawrence and Blackmore were looking to do since the very beginning of Deep Purple and were finally able to put this down at this session.
  3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (Lloyd Price)
  4. “Bullfrog” (Derek Lawrence, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice)
    1. This was the leftover remnants of the song “Jam Stew” that Deep Purple had worked on and abandoned.
    2. Blackmore plays the riff once then Sullivan and Lee play on the second go around and harmonize with it.
    3. Tony Ashton on Hammond organ.

Side two

  1. “I Want You” (Tony Joe White)
  2. “I’m a Free Man” (Mark “Moogy” Klingman)
  3. Walk a Mile in My Shoes” (Joe South)
  4. “Lovin’ You is Good for Me Baby” (Lawrence/Corlett/Hutton)
    1. Rearranged by Lawrence in 17/9 time to make it more interesting.

CD Reissue Contains 3 Bonus Tracks:

  • Ain’t Nobody Home (Jerry Ragovoy)
  • Louisiana Man (Doug Kershaw)
  • Who Do You Love? (Ellas McDaniel)

Reception and Review

  • The first release was the session along with the single of “My Baby Left Me” and “Lovin’ You Is Good For Me, Baby” was released on 19 March 1971.  
  • The UK release was a year later in March of 1972.  Lawrence had played some tracks for Mike Maitland of MCA (the president) but he left the company before the release and it was not promoted at all.
  • Some records say it sold less than 500 copies.
  • Album was re-released in 1980 under ECY Street Records in the US.  The sleeve notes were written by Ed Chapero. There was a quote from Blackmore from Guitar Player interview in 1978 quoting that he, Paice, Lee, and Sullivan all played on the LP.  The LP mistakenly credited Roger Glover.
  • Album was remixed at Abbey Road in 1991 by Lawrence and Peter Vince and released again on LP and CD containing the extra tracks not on the original release.  This was the first time all the musicians were properly credited on a release.
  • Short snippet in Technical Audio in November of 1972.
  • https://martinleedham.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/album-review-green-bullfrog-bullfrog-1971/ 

In The News . . .

This Week in Purple History . . .

February 17 through February23

  • February 19, 1949 – Eddie Hardin is born
  • February 17, 1996 – Purpendicular is released

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Episode # 9 – In Rock (25th Anniversary Edition)

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  • Audio problems with “In Rock” episode.
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  • @Perro666 shares story of Concerto and meeting Ian Gillan.
  • @SchildChris shares vintage Tommy Bolin articles.
  • @CoolOldSwag – original 1984 Deep Purple Promo Poster for Mk II reunion/Perfect Strangers LP

Notes From The Field:

  • Ronnie James Dio Hologram show review!

Album Art & Booklet:

  • Covers history of the end of mk1, beginning of mk2.
  • In Gillan says he almost laughed when meeting Ritchie, Ian, and Jon because of their bouffants.  “They seemed dated to me, didn’t bear any relevance to what was going on in London at the time.”
  • They were appalled by the choice of Hallelujah as a single.
  • Talks about Ian and Roger playing remaining Episode Six gigs as well as Deep Purple gigs, including one where both bands were on the same bill.
  • Roger Glover celebrated signing the official contract with Deep Purple by putting a £2 deposit on a Spanish guitar.
  • Story about Roger Glover breaking down his own gear and the roadie yelling at him.
  • Glover talks about being heavily in debt so they were playing shows for money between recording sessions.
  • Paice talks about how the band didn’t think “Living Wreck” was good enough for the album.  They shelved it then returned to it later and really liked it. Ritchie’s guitar sound was through an octave filter.
  • Roger talks about Jon making a really bad mistake while playing the organ intro to Speed King but he paused and made it work and they kept it.
  • Ian Gillan talks about bj in hallway.
  • Paice about Martin Birch saying you ended up getting his sound instead of your own but it was such a good sound that you didn’t mind.
  • Production madness with all of them all over the mixer touching faders.  Gillan said he couldn’t hear the vocals and Blackmore says: “Who do you think you are, Tom Jones?”  Ian Paice talks about moving the faders up during his good drum fills and moving them down when he messed something up.
  • Things put on hold for a couple of months while the band figured things out after Tetragrammaton collapsed.

Album Details and Analysis:

Black Night (Original Single Version)

  • Title taken from song “Black Night” by Arthur Alexander in 1964
  • They rushed to record a single at the end, prompted by the record company.
  • Ritchie told Roger in the studio that he lifted it from “Summertime” and Roger told him he couldn’t use it.  Blackmore replied, “Why not? Have you ever heard of it?” Roger said, “No.” Ritchie said, “Fine!”
  • Ian Gillan “trying to write the most banal lyrics we could think of.  What on earth was ‘a dark tree and a rough sea’? I remember laughing at the stupidity of the lyrics.”
  • When Black Night came out early prog-rock fans were complaining about the band selling out.
  • This song capped off the first year of the band being together.
  • They caught wind of it entering the charts while they were doing Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl and they were thrilled.

Speed King (Piano Version)

Cry Free (Roger Glover Remix)Almost made the album.

Jam Stew (Unreleased Instrumental)

Flight of the Rat (Roger Glover Remix)

Speed King (Roger Glover Remix)

Black Night (Unedited Roger Glover Remix)

Reception and Review

In The News . . .

This Week in Purple History . . .

June 24 through June 30

  • June 28, 1982 – Jon Lord releases “Before I Forget” album
  • June 29, 1948 – Ian Paice was born
  • June 29, 1973 – Ian Gillan and Roger Glover play last show with Deep Purple

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Episode #6 – Episode Six

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Ian Gillan’s History

Roger Glover’s History

History of Episode Six:

  • Formed in July of 1964 from two bands, the Lightnings and the Madisons.
  • Both bands formed at the Harrow County Grammar School.
  • The carried on as the Lightnings but decided it was too old fashioned.  They based the name on a novel called “Danish Episode.”
  • Frontman Andy Ross joined the band as singer.
  • Shortly after agreeing on “Episode Six” they went pro and found a lot of work.
  • Episode Six played gigs all the time earning a reputation as a great club act.
  • In April of 1965 they went to Frankfurt, Germany where they would play from 7pm to 3am.
  • Episode Six had their eyes on the singer of Wainwright’s Gentleman, and Ian Gillan joined in May of 1965
  • Ian Gillan states in “Child in Time” that they were to get £30,000 a year with a royalty agreement of 75 percent of 1 percent, rising to 75 percent of 3 percent after twenty-five years.  Probably ended up being a good deal as Episode Six likely made most of their money after being released on CD in the 90s.
  • The band recorded their first tracks after that after being signed by Pye records.
  • First unreleased track:
    • My Babe (Demo featuring Andy Ross)
  • First single was “Put Yourself in My Place” a cover of a song by The Hollies.
  • Teamed up with Gloria Bristow (Ian Gillan referred to as “Glorious Bristols.”) to get better management.  Former employee of Helmut the original manager of the Detours who ended up becoming The Who
  • Gloria Bristow was managing Dusty Springfield at the same time booked Episode Six to play one song at the start of each half of the show.
  • Bristow planned solo singles and released “I Will Warm Your Heart” credited to Sheila Carter and Episode Six.
  • They toured all over, ending up in Beirut where they spent Christmas and landed three singles in the Lebanese Top 10.  It was great press but further research revealed this was based on sales from two record shops.
  • Ian Gillan meeting Angel Machenio
  • The band started to do more originals with Glover writing a lot of them.
  • They played regularly on Radio One on a show called Radio One Club.
  • Another single came out, “Love-Hate-Revenge.”
  • Glover on watching these recordings when they were released in the early 1990’s as quoted in “Smoke on the Water” by Dave Thompson:
    • “I love it.  I unashamedly love it.  I cringed a few times, but it brought back so many memories.  Episode Six had more or else disappeared for me — yes, I remember the singles, and yes, I remember that we spent twenty years on the road over the period of a few months, but it brought a lot of lovely memories back.”
  • They began to plan recording an album in 1967 which would use this concept of having a group side and a “solo” side.  There was pressure from the label that they needed a more successful single before they could do an album.
  • The single “Morning Dew” came out with Shields singing at the beginning.
  • Harvey Shield got unhappy with the group and quit to form a due with his Israeli Girlfriend.  John Kerrison joined for a short time after performing with the Javelins and with Nick Simper in “The Pirates” formed after Johnny Kidd had died.
  • When it came time to do Graham Carter’s single he decided he wanted to use the name “Neo Maya.”  Because of this it didn’t sell very well. “I won’t Hurt You”
  • Single: I can See Through You
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsEutVzRLw
    • First original used as an A-side
    • Written by Roger Glover, and started to get him attention outside the group as a songwriter.
    • The group really felt this single should have done well but had poor distriution by PYE.
  • They were unhappy and signed with American label MGM for a 3-year contract.
  • First single “Little One”
  • This is when Nick Simper first asked Ian Gillan if he’d like to join Deep Purple and Gillan declined.  They really felt that with this new record deal they were on the verge of making it big.
  • In the summer of 1967 Kerrison left the band. Mick Underwood (formerly of The Herd) takes his place.
  • Shortly after this they switched labels again signing with Chapter One, a subsidiary of Decca.
  • First single on Chapter One was called “Lucky Sunday”
  • It was after this that Glover convinced Gillan to write lyrics and they began a songwriting collaboration.
  • They change their name back to Episode Six.
  • They worked on the soundtrack to the film Les Bicyclettes De Belsize with their song:
  • Last single came in January of 1969 with the single: “Mozart vs the Rest”:
  • Sheila began working on solo stuff.
  • Gillan/Glover were in London writing music with song companies. One song, Questions, was released by “The Sweet” in 1969:
  • They then began to work on the long-delayed Episode Six album.
  • One day, Underwood received call from his old friend Ritchie Blackmore (from “The Outlaws”) asking if he knew any singers.
  • Mick Underwood, knowing Ritchie, recommended Ian when he heard they may be looking for a new singer.
  • Lord and Blackmore dropped by the Ivy Loge Club in Woodford to watch Episode Six.  Blackmore even joined them on stage.
  • Lord asked Gillan if he’d like to join Deep Purple and asked if he knew any bass players that may be interested.
  • Gillan and Glover played their remaining gigs with Episode Six.
  • Glover had a harder time leaving the group having played with them for much longer than Gillan.
  • They met with Lord and Blackmore and showed them some of their songs.  Glover in an interview said:
    • We nervously played our songs . . . they were all about monkeys and lions.  Monkeys always appeared in our lyrics in those days. But there nothing that interested him.  And then he pulled out a demo of ‘Hallelujah’ and said ‘What do you think of that?”
    • Hallelujah
    • The duo went on to play out the last few shows with Episode Six while Rod Evans and Nick Simper didn’t find out until later, playing a few more shows with Deep Purple even after this single had been recorded.

History After Ian and Roger Leave:

  • John Gustafson replaced Roger Glover on bass.
  • Sheila Carter even formed a group with John Gustafson, Mick Underwood, and J. Peter Robinson.
  • They were later billed as Episode Six with Sheila Carter, later the Sheila Carter Band.  She was the constant until going into doing session work.
  • Graham Carter became a booking agent for hotels in the middle east.
  • Tony Lander went into business as a decorator after a sting with his own band.
  • Gloria Bristow was upset at her band being broken up and reached a settlement with Deep Purple’s management. She then used that money to support her new band Quatermass!

Episode Six 50th Anniversary Celebration

In The News . . .

This Week in Purple History . . .

June 3 through June 9

  • June 3, 1970 – Deep Purple In Rock released
  • June 3, 1974 – Jon Lord performs last of his Munich classical dates for Windows
  • June 3, 1998 – Whitesnake releases “Starkers in Tokyo” unplugged
  • June 3, 2011 – Whitesnake releases Live at Donington 1990
  • June 4, 1969 – Ritchie and Jon catch Episode Six gig at the Ivy Lodge Club in Woodford
  • June 5, 1970 – Black Night released as single in the UK
  • June 6, 1946 – Mickey Lee Soule is born
  • June 6, 1960 – Steve Vai is born
  • June 7, 1969 – Mk II records their first session together at De Lane Lea – “Hallelujah”
  • June 7, 1995 – Glenn Hughes releases “Feel”
  • June 8, 1987 – Gary Driscoll Dies (drummer for Elf, Rainbow found murdered – still unsolved, person of interest fled the country)
  • June 9, 1941 – John Lord is born

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Episode #3 – Shades of Deep Purple

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  • Video/audio changes made in episode #2.
  • @iandes76 on Twitter – “Nice discussion guys . . . keep the pods coming!”  Also, “Still can’t wrap my head around Stormbringer and CTTB.”
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  • Bill Berry on the Website – “Good to see someone has started a DP podcast. The first show was a good start! A few tech glitches but mostly good, honest conversation about the greatest hard rock band of all time. Congrats Nathan and John, I look forward to hearing what you have up your sleeves for next time.”
  • @perroju666 on Twitter – “Grizzly Adams GIF” of approval when finding out about a Deep Purple Podcast.  High praise!
  • There were a few more, these were all received before episode #2 even released!
  • First week brings listeners from the US, Ireland, Canada, Chile, Brazil, the Philippines, Uruguay, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Estonia, and Serbia.

The Formation of Deep Purple

  • In September of 1967, Chris Curtis, former drummer for the band The Searchers, met with Tony Edwards (a London businessman) to found a band called Roundabout.  There would be a rotating cast with only Curtis staying on as singer. Edwards like this and financed the venture with Ron Hire and Jon Coletta (who would be Deep Purple’s manager through 1976).
  • Curtis’s roommate happened to be Jon Lord who was playing with Artwoods.  Art Wood, was the brother of Ronnie Wood. Jon Lord was also playing in “The Garden” which was the backing band for The Flower Pot Men with bassist Nick Simper and drummer Carlo Little.
  • They recommended Ritchie Blackmore who Curtis had been aware of while The Searchers played with The Outlaws in Hamburg.
  • Ritchie joined in December of 1967.
  • Curtis’s erratic behavior (citation) became a hindrance and HEC Enterprises dropped him entrusting Lord and Blackmore with the task of filling out the rest of the band.
  • Lord got Simper to join and Ritchie Blackmore got Bobby Woodman to join the band on drums.
  • Dave Curtiss, a friend of Woodman, was considered as singer but had other commitments.
  • Nick Simper is quoted as saying that Ian Gillan was contacted for an audition as singer but declined.
  • The band rented an old farmhouse in February of 1968 where they set up shop and continue to search for a singer.  Rod Stewart was considered as he was managed by John Coletta as well.
  • In his book, Deep Purple: A Matter of Fact, Jerry Bloom writes:
    • ” Another vocalist considered was the lead singer with the Jeff Beck Group — Rod Stewart.  The guys went to check him out at London’s Marquee club on 20 February [1968]. Blackmore was, and indeed still is to this day, a great admirer of Beck’s guitar skills, but none of the band was suitably impressed with Stewart to even offer him an audition.  It’s probably worth mentioning that Stewart had also been one of the many vocalists to enter Joe Meek’s studios several years earlier but the maverick producer was also unimpressed with the self-proclaimed ‘Scottish’ singer!”
    • “Another interesting fact concerning STewart happened shortly after this.  Simper recalled it was during Deep Purple’s tour in Denmark, but it possibly occurred at the 8th National Jazz & Blues Festival at Sunbury-on-Thames on 8th August where both bands were on the bill.  According to Simper, Blackmore was chatting to Stewart, and recalling the night at the Marquee earlier in the year, drew the singer in hook, line and sinker when he commented: “It was really great.”  Stewart apparently perked up, “yeah?” “Especially the beit when you went off stage for the band to do an instrumental.” Blackmore quipped, leaving BEck’s frontman somewhat deflated.”
  • They chose Rod Evans who was playing with The Maze.  Evans brought along Ian Paice who Blackmore remembered from Germany.
  • Woodman had been unhappy with the direction the band was heading and Ian Paice slid into that spot.

Shades of Deep Purple

  • Blackmore asked friend, Derek Lawrence, to be the band’s producer.
    • Lawrence had worked with the Outlaws previously
  • Band recorded demos to send to record label
Deep Purple’s first show in Tastrup, Denmark – April 20, 1968
  • Band went on a promotion tour and played shows in Denmark and Sweden through April and May.  They were booked as Roundabout but changed their name on the ferry ride to Tastrup, Denmark before their first show on April 20, 1968.  They were named after Ritchie Blackmore’s favore song “Deep Purple” by Peter DeRose.
    • According to the book Deep Purple: A Matter of Fact by Jerry Bloom, this could be disputed.
      • A concert poster from “The Floral Hall” lists a band called “The Deep Purple” pas a support band for The Maze, Evans and Paice’s band at the time.
      • There’s evidence of another band called Deep Purple in 1967.  Mike Wheeler was in this band which took its name from the 1933 song.
      • There is also evidence of several gigs being played elsewhere in England by a band called Deep Purple which cannot be attributed to either of these precursors or the Deep Purple we know.
      • Finally there was a fourth Deep Purple who was billed with Episode Six at “The Cobweb.”
  • They were signed upon returning by label Tetragrammaton.  Their backers, HEC, had spent most of their budget on promotion and equipment so they were relieved.
  • They had booked studio time while on tour and on May 11, 1968 they went into the studio to recorded their new material.  On Monday, May 13 they recorded “One More Rainy Day” and completed the album. They added sound effects from a BBC album as transitions and the album was mixed later that day.

Album Review: Shades of Deep Purple

Shades of Deep Purple UK Album Cover

Tracks :

  1. And the Address (Blackmore, Lord)
  2. Hush (Joe South)
  3. One More Rainy Day (Lord, Evans)
  4. Prelude: Happiness/I’m So Glad (Blackmore, Evans, Lord, Paice, Simper/Skip James)
  5. Mandrake Root (Blackmore, Lord, Evans)
  6. Help! (Lennon McCartney)
  7. Love Help Me (Blackmore, Evans)
  8. Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)

Notes:

  • After the album was approved by the label they did a photo shoot.  The cover was designed by Les Weisbrich and allegedly (according to the book “Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Star” by Dave Thompson) cost half a million dollars. This does not seem possible.
  • “Hush” released in June and was a huge success peaking at #4 on the US charts.  It did not do as well in the UK. They did a lip sync’ed appearance on to the David Frost Show with Mick Angus standing in for Blackmore who was unavailable but this did not improve interest in the UK.
  • At the time of release the band focused on the US and their reception in the UK was a bit more critical.  
  • From the book Smoke on the Water British music journalist Mick Farren described Deep Purple’s music as “a slow and pompous din, somewhere between bad Tchaikovsky and a B-52 taking off on a bombing run.”
  • There were criticised for being “too American” and “the poor man’s Vanilla Fudge.”
  • In the US they introduced them as “the English Vanilla Fudge.”
  • History looks a little more favorably on the first album.
  • In an issue of Observer Music Monthly (2013) Rick Wakeman chose “Shades of Deep Purple” as his favorite British record of all time.

In The News . . .

This Week in Purple History . . .

May 13 through May 19

  • May 13, 1948 – Colin Towns (keyboardist for Ian Gillan band) was born
  • May 13, 1968 – Completed recording of “Shades of Deep Purple” after a mere 72 hours in the studio
  • May of 1970 – Quatermass issued their self titled debut
  • May 16, 2010 – Ronnie James Dio dies
  • We go a little deeper with these on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to highlight these landmark events

Three Degrees of Deep Purple:

  • I’ll play a snippet of a song that features musicians who are linked to Deep Purple in three or less steps.  You’ll need to narrow it down to:
    • The year
    • The members or band
    • The album
  • Googling is allowed
  • Will reveal the mystery song and what the connection to Deep Purple
  • Episode #3 Mystery Track (and more!!) revealed here [SPOILERS!!]

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Recording Episode #1

Last night we recorded our first episode. It was a blast getting to talk about what got us into the band and our history with their music. With any luck we’ll have episode #1 posted this coming Monday. Keep a look out!