EDITOR REMEMBERS... Issue
35 May/June 1988
35... "Hello - I've read your advert in Kerrang and I decided
to become a member of Deep Purple..." One of the highlights
from the PO Box between issues! Another was someone wanting
a signed photo of Zippy and Bungle... This issue slimmed down
a little after the efforts expended on the previous one. Partly
this was to ease the financial burden as Issue 34 had been very
costly to mail. Whitesnake were on the road at the time. Their
popularity was on the wane in some quarters, mostly amongst
the older die-hards, and so we got some stick for daring to
give prominence to coverage the latest tour, but felt that we
should try to feature all aspects of the Deep Purple family
as best we could. This coverage was despite my real disappointment
over the new album 1987, and I decided to give the UK tour a
miss (I'd thought about Nottingham but they cancelled it as
they couldn't get their stage gear in). Overall people enjoyed
much of the tour but there were reservations about this new
American direction from many. Mind you, I couldn't stop playing
Still Of The Night.
The record labels flooded the market with Whitesnake singles
in every size, shape and colour, with reissues of Snakebite
in America and Greece, and Omnibus persuaded me to commence
a biography of Whitesnake too. This was going well until they
suddenly decided to bring it forward so leaving me less time
for the magazine. Purple wise all was pretty quiet as they sifted
through tapes of the American leg of the last tour to try and
piece a live album together and organise a new recording of
Hush to celebrate the band's anniversary. We marked this with
a looking back at the album and some of the many sleeve variations.
Gillan and Glover got their joint album project on the go and
Accidentally On Purpose was reviewed in detail in the magazine.
Archive wise the appearance of a really good quality bootleg
of the Paradiso show from 1969 was the talking point amongst
collectors, as it had previously only been about on very poor
tapes We're still trying to get the berks in Holland to co-operate
on a release even now. The magazine dipped a toe into the world
of compact discs too, as these were beginning to come through
at a rate of knots. Time to start saving for a player. Any stories
that the hardware companies squashed the launch of a laser player
capable of playing vinyl discs just so we'd have to buy the
record all over again are probably true.
35: DIGEST & INDEX
: 1987 North American Tour News
REVIEW : Birmingham NEC
: Live Album Planned
REVIEW : The Videosingles
: The Gillan / Glover Project
REVIEW : Dislocated & She Took My Breath Away (singles)
REVIEW : Accidentally On Purpose
REVIEW : Phenomena II
: Dragnet & John Norum
1987 North American Tour - News
Jerry Scott has sent us a bit of news about the close of the
American tour where Whitesnake were supporting Motley Crue.
He saw them in Ottowa and Montreal at the end of October. The
set consisted of Bad Boys, Children Of The Night, Slide It In,
Here I Go Again (number one in Canada at that tine), Give Me
All Your Love, Crying In The Rain and Still Of The Night. "I
fear David is becoming something of a poseur, too much for me
anyway. From what I could see there were far more people there
to see them than Crue. In Montreal David announced that it would
be their last show as a support act. During Crue's act he came
on and sang Jailhouse Rock with them. Whitesnake stole the show
for me but Its a shame the days of Paice & Lord are over,
they're very Americanised now. Still I like the LP and don't
know why you don't". Well Jerry, for that very reason!
NEC, December 8th & 9th 1987 - Live Reviews
whole European tour looked in jeopardy at one time when Coverdale's
voice was affected by Illness (which gave the rumour mongers
a field day) and indeed all the European dates apart from Britain
were cancelled, a shame if only because the German tickets were
amazing - with the new logo embossed in colour. The band added
a New Year's Eve extra at Wembley and promptly cancelled the
show at Nottingham because they couldn't get the gear in.
NEC1 "All we had was a very metallic sound, the same in every
song. David hasn't lost his wit with funny chat to the crowd
but wasn't in very good voice tonight, forgetting his lines
at times too. Highlight for me was one verse of Mistreated sung
alone. Ain't No Love was OK as well. If they can sell two nights
here and three at Wembley then who am I to comment, everyone
around us seemd happy enough. They didn't play very long either,
not like a certain old band that still manage nearly two hours."
NEC 2 "I went along expecting a good show from two bands I quite
like. MSG gave a somewhat lacklustre 45 minutes. 'Snake were
on prompt at 8.45. A jangle of noise and a yelp from DC and
into Bad Boys, a fair opener. Here I Go Again was a better moment
but Coverdale was beginning to show signs of a bad throat. After
a poor Guilty Of Love he dashed off leaving the band to jam
rather badly, they found it hard to come up with anything spontaneous.
By Love Ain't No Stranger I was rather bored with it all. The
most tedious moment of all followed - the guitar solos. This
resulted in a time-out to the loos only to find that half the
hall had had the same idea! Still Of The Night was about the
best of the night with DC putting more into it than anything
else. The posing that went on got on my nerves more than anything."
Album In The Making - News
and Glover were back in London in January, lan was spotted ligging
and/or propping up the bar down at the Marquee. The pair were
joined soon after by the rest of the band to begin mixing the
new live LP - indeed most of the band seen to have been in the
UK since Christmas. Metal Hammer reported that it would contain
two new tracks, and we can confirm that HUSH has been recorded
anew - the band using studios in Reading.
double live set (the idea of a triple was looked at but it seems
that would be a pricey thing to do these days) is planned for
around June time by when the group will be back in the studios
working on the next proper album. A series of big US festival
dates has been lined up for them this summer but before they
depart they have hopes of playing one small gig In London. It
will not be the Marquee but something about that size was being
sought. As for touring, I've heard from a reliable source that
dates for Italy in mid-Septenber are now being finalised, as
part of a European tour.
Videosingles - Video Review
ATTITUDE is first up & features the group at work in a recording
studio in Norwalk, Conn., with some good camera work. The only
effects are a torn screen image with overlapping shots some
In colour some in black & white, very effective.
ve padded out the good with the bad for CALL OF THE WILD is
next, filmed in America in December 86, with a studio full of
people miming to the single and the band only glimpsed briefly.
"The band's sense of humour is as devastating as their music"
run the sleeve notes. Well if you call being ripped off thousands
of dollars for crap like this amusing then that's fair enough,
personally I'd want my money back.
PERFECT STRANGERS is the elaborate home movie job shot on location
at lan Palce's home and during rehearsals in Bedford in 1984.
We did originally think it was shot in Vermont, that artificial
landscape doesn't look very English at all, but if it's down
Henley way that would explain it!
AT YOUK BACK DOOR is the other bummer, some director completely
misreading the songs lyrics (I suppose it's just as well or
it would have been confiscated at customs) to give us a pseudo
Mad Max story line.
HOME ends the tape, the best for last! When people told us it
was a live video I thought they meant live footage synched to
the studio track (as on Knocking..), It's actually just a straight
live performance. It was shot on March 5th 1985 at the Civic
Centre, Providence Rhode Island. They filmed the full show for
MTV. It was never screened. However Space Truckin' from the
gig was aired on French TV and is just as good as the Nobody's
Home clip. There is a real edge to the number, good sound and
mix too. I do have worries that lan's vocals were dubbed in
but I may be wrong here (you're not). Magic stuff anyway,
with the clip ending as lan says "It's been a long time". The
way it's been shifting out of shops here and in America might
just spur them on to something a bit better next time. It might
even awaken EMI to do something with the numerous odds and ends
which are waiting to be rescued.
back to the top
Activity - News
project originated as a solo album by lan Gillan who was still
signed to Virgin Records when the DEEP PURPLE reunion took place.
Over the course of 1985 and 1986 he got Roger to help him do
some of the writing. The first sessions took place in Monserrat
around October 1986 just after The House Of Blue Light had been
finished. The pair of them hired the studio for two weeks, and
found they were actually very prolific, turning out about one
song a day. In all a total of 13 finished tracks were assembled,
ten for the album, the rest for the CD or b-sides etc. I can't
understand why they pushed the single so hard leaving nothing
in reserve for the album. The duo turned up to perform two numbers
live on FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE on March 25th 1988. They opened with
Dislocated, which annoyingly faded out for the adverts, then
closed the show with Via Miami. Good to see them on the box,
although it sounded a little rough compared to the album. A
video for the second single was done too but I've not heard
of it being screened except on cable TV. Both felt that the
project enabled them to work out sone of the material not readily
suited to Purple, so they could return to the next DP album
with renewed interest, Personally I always feel a bit sad that
they can't integrate some of both elements without saying Purple
must sound like this or that. I'll bet Purple could do a great
& She Took My Breath Away - Singles
/ Chet - Purple People Eater. Ten, TENT/TEN 193 12"/7" : UK
lot of you bought it but few of you went overboard for it, judging
from the terse reviews many people slipped into their letters
over Christmas. DISLOCATED has good vocals and strange lyrics
over a fairly basic tune tarted up with some feeble and overbearing
brass work. CHET I find more appealing, though it lacks that
bit of discipline which could have made it a possible hit. lan's
vocals often heavily sampled over a simple drum/bass (technology
is so dominant here that it's rather silly of me to try and
guess at what is responsible for any of the sounds) beat possibly
inspired by the Sigue Sigue Sputnik material. Last up is PURPLE
PEOPLE EATER. It lacks life, very studio bound instrumentally
except for the great authentic piano work.
Took My Breath Away / Cayman Island. Virgin VS1041 12"/7":
UK Jan 1988
Second trail blazer, a soft vocal pproach on the a-side which
was interesting if a touch uncommercial sounding, backed with
a dreadful reggae number.
On Purpose - Album
ON PURPOSE. Virgin V2498 : Feb 1988
It neither inspires me to wax lyrical about it nor drives me
to give it a panning. I think while it was probably good fun
to do, this enjoyment largely falls to come across on the disc,
due to the very clean sound on the recording and the studio
perfornances of the musicians. I suppose I like my music with
a rough edge to it.
to me was the fact that the album as a whole had far more cohesion
than I was expecting after the singles, (somehow the fact that
every track is different in style doesn't hurt it at all.) Indeed
the whole set just seems to drift by in a pleasent enough fashion
without demanding too much of the listener. There is very little
musical bite to give lan the kick he works best against. Some
tracks have really neat ideas buried away In them; Via Miami
I'd want just for the repeated ad infinltum chorus line. I Can't
Dance To That is neat, suffering somewhat as it is close to
Purple in its construction but a good catchphrase and some great
lyrical twists from lan. I think it's left to Clouds And Rain
as my favourite from the whole batch, it works emotionally and
the simple backing doesn't intrude too much.
one of the main purposes behind the project seems to have been
to let the pair rediscover their writing partnership to some
extent and to unburden a themselves of certain material which
they didn't feel was strong enough or suitable for Purple. If
it does help in the production of the next studio set then it
will have been worth doing.
II - Album
II. Arista BMG 208 697 : UK Nov 1987 LP/CD
"The new Phenomena album is much more commercial and Americanised
than the first was. Some tracks could easily pass for Asia or
Foreigner. There is no overall concept and the frequent references
to the devil etc are avoided. The other important difference
has to be Glenn's minimal role. He only sings on three songs,
which are SURRENDER, HEARTS ON FIRE and DOUBLE SIX, 55, DOUBLE
FOUR. The album as a whole has its moments and if not a classic
is worth a listen if you find bands like Asia etc pleasing."
single Did It All For Love/Double 6,55.Double 4 Arista RIS
42; UK: Nov 1987 turned up in our local news shop for 50p
the day it came out - obviously the rep had been in giving copies
away! Glenn is on the flip only so the fact that the 12" (which
I've not seen anywhere) carries an extended A-slde will be of
sod all interest to most of you! It isn't earth shattering but
Glenn turns out a decent performance, it is nice to hear him
working lower down the vocal range again. The song needs a bit
of work in the structure - it doesn't flow too well, but I feel
it has more promise than the A-side, despite the blue arsed
fly guitar work. - Mr. Gorham's snippet on the other side shows
a lot more restraint and taste.
& Norum- Hughes - News
has teamed up once more with Pat Thrall for just one track!
Pat Thrall knows actor Dan Ackroyd well, so when the latter
was looking around for someone to help out on the soundtrack
of his latest movie DRAGNET he roped in Hughes & Thrall. The
duo only did one track for the soundtrack, titled City Of Crime.
more interest to Hughes watchers was his arrival in London in
mid-March when he flew over to attend the John Norum concert
at the Hammersmith Odeon. Early rumours that he would actually
play were a little over optimistic but it may be the start of
something, John Norun left the Swedish band Europe at the end
of 1986 because he didn't like the way they were going and was
cheesed off when much of his guitar work was mixed down on the
last hit album. Glenn Hughes happened to remark to Swedish photographer
(and DPAS member) Mike Johansson how much he liked Norum's work.
Johansson knew that Norum had been a long standing Glenn Hughes
fan and put the two in touch. The result was Glenn's arrival
in London to see Norum's March 19th show and meet the man. The
resulting get together produced plans to begin work on a Hughes/Norum
project almost at once and before long he went out to Sweden
to lay the ground work. On May 21st the duo made their world
debut on Swedish TV as guest band during a national rock contest.
to the top
in the magazine...
UK tour reviews...Whitesnake illustrated biography news....Gillan
/ Glover news...Cher Kazoo feature...Deep Purple, Paradiso Amsterdam
1969 bootleg review....The Outlaws singles....Deep Purple, 1987 live
bootleg reviews....Shades Of Deep Purple feature....Video news....
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