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- Glenn Hughes – Bass and Vocals
- Glenn Hughes on Wikipedia
- Glenn Hughes on Discogs
- Well covered in many episodes starting with Episode # – Before they were Purple (Part 3: Coverdale & Hughes)
- Mel Galley – Guitar and Vocals
- Mel Galley on Wikipedia
- Mel Galley on Discogs
- Went on to play in Whitesnake
- Passed away on July 1, 2008
- Dave Holland – Drums
- Dave Holland on Wikipedia
- Dave Holland on Discogs
- Went on to play in Judas Priest
- Also worked with Tony Iommi
- Passed away January 16, 2018
- Sad story of imprisonment and abuse plagued him until his death
- Iommi had his drums re-recorded by another drummer after word of his illegal acts became public
Lead up to the Album:
- First album with the trio lineup after Terry Rowley and John Jones left the band.
- Mel Galley handled the bulk of the songwriting with his brother, Tom.
- Signed to record label, Threshold Records, set up by The Moody Blues’s bass player John Lodge.
- Trapeze would tour America six times in three years. Very big in America, not as popular in the UK, much like early Deep Purple.
Album Art & Booklet Review
- Cover [Illustration] – Phil Travers
- Mistakenly credited as Pat Travers
Did many Moody Blues album covers
- Mistakenly credited as Pat Travers
- Photography By – David Rohl
- Distributed By – London Records, Inc.
- Recorded At – Morgan Studios
- Pink Floyd – Meddle
- Babe Ruth, Bernie Marsden’s band
- Paul McCartney
- Jethro Tull
- Iron Maiden
- Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
- Engineer – Roger Quested
- The Kinks
- John Denver
- Pink Floyd
- Producer – John Lodge
- Bass player for the Moody Blues
- Not a ton of production credits apart from Trapeze
- Black Cloud (Mel Galley, Tom Galley)
- Was released as a single
- Jury (Mel Galley, Tom Galley)
- Your Love Is Alright (Mel Galley, Glenn Hughes, Dave Holland)
- Touch My Life (Mel Galley, Tom Galley)
- Seafull (Hughes)
- Makes You Wanna Cry (Mel Galley, Tom Galley)
- Medusa (Hughes)
- Favorite of John Bonham as we discussed in a previous episode
- Glenn says in his book that this along with Black Cloud were huge for the band in the US and were played all over the radio.
Reception and Review
- The band toured the USA supporting the Moody Blues including two shows at Carnegie Hall.
- Review in American Hi
This Week in Purple History . . .
January 27 through February 2
- February of 1976 – Rainbow begins recording Rising
- January 28, 1986 – Black Sabbath releases Seventh Star
- February 1, 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on re-entry – Kaplana Chawla had copies of Machine Head, Purpendicular, and Rainbow’s Down to Earth on Board. Steve Morse would later write “Contact Lost.” Liked to wake up to “Space Truckin’” while in space. She had emailed the band members while in space.
For Further Information:
- Glenn Hughes The Autobiography: From Deep Purple to Black Country Communion by Glenn Hughes
- Help from the archives of Jörg Planer
- TRAPEZE – A BRIEF HISTORY (1969-1994)
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