Episode #87 – Roger Glover – Mask

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Lead up to the Album:

  • Glover had been so busy producing and with Rainbow that he didn’t have much time for anything else.  However, in 1983 he found some time to get into the studio and get to work on Mask.
  • This seems to be called “The Mask” almost exclusively, even in the CD release liner notes, despite the fact that it says “Mask” on the original album cover.
  • The album was released in June of 1984.
  • The label put some heavy promotion behind it and the title track saw release as a single.  However, it was launched a few months ahead of Perfect Strangers and got a little lost in the mix.


Wikipedia Links

Album Art & Booklet Review

  • Art Direction – Bill Levy
    • Did visual work for Jesus Christ Superstar, Gloria Gaynor, Rainbow’s Down to Earth.
  • Art Direction – Peter Corriston
    • Cheech & Chong, J. Geils Band’s Hotline, Led Zeppelin III, Uriah Heep’s “Sweet Freedom,” 
  • Artwork [Front Cover, Inner Sleeve Image] – Roger Glover
  • Other [Mask Courtesy Of] – Nardin Fina Arts, Ltd
  • Edited By – Rhonda Epstein
    • Wendy Carlos & Weird Al
  • Photography By [Back Cover] – Brian Hagiwara
    • Free, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Steppenwolf


Album Tracks:

Side One:

  1. Divided World (Glover)
  2. Getting Stranger (Glover)
  3. The Mask (Glover, Roussel)
    • https://www.rogerglover.com/videos-from-the-bottom-drawer/roger-glover-the-mask/
    • From the album Mask, this song was written whilst Colin Hart was driving me to Le Studio, near Montreal.   Rainbow had recently recorded there and Nick Blagona, the resident sound engineer, having seen some of my poetry, encouraged me to do a solo album.  At first I demurred but he offered me four days of studio time on the understanding that only if something came of it, I would have to pay them.  I took with me a few guitars, a sequencer, drum machine, and some half-baked ideas.  It became obvious that I needed help so Nick introduced me to two local musicians, Joe Jammer on guitar and Jean Roussel on keyboards, who played on a couple of tracks.  Eventually, I completed the album in New York. I couldn’t quite believe that the record company then offered to make a video (it was a time when MTV was huge), so I wrote the storyboard for it.  Colin Hart and I flew to Los Angeles where I met some great people who helped make the video. Shot in two locations; the swimming pool of a house overlooking the city, and then at a wild animal training park a couple of hours from LA.   I spent an amazing four days pretending that I was a film star.  As you know, that fantasy didn’t last long.  But the memory has.
    • RG
  4. Fake It (Glover)

Side Two:

  1. Dancin’ Again (Glover, Gellis)
  2. You’re So Remote (Glover)
  3. Hip Level (Burgi, Gellis, Glover)
  4. Don’t Look Down (Glover)

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