Issue Six we tried a small 11 page magazine format, using
both litho and photocopied pages, cut to A5 and hand stapled
back at the flat (flat - hah! In fact a shared room in one of
the big old Manchester town houses). The extra pages enabled
us to start a letters page, which we'd wanted to have for a
while. The info sheets were now incorporated within the magazine,
this issue it was Baby Face. Most of the mag was now being hammered
out on a huge old second hand manual typewriter bought from
one of Manchester¹s many junk shops. It left something to be
desired but it was a step forward. Photocopying for long runs
was still a little primitive (many copy machines still used
rolls of paper like fax machines) and it was hard to get solid
blacks but it did get better over the next few years. We were
getting all excited as Rainbow had confirmed UK dates at last
and the band's second album had left us agog when Fluff Freeman
first aired it. We'd never heard anything as heavy as side 2!
To get over the lack of news I'd taken out an airmail sub to
Circus magazine and was selling a few tapes of old Pre Purple
sessions and bootlegs to help cover costs.
SIX: DIGEST & INDEX
Rising - Album Review
Woman'- Good melody, and a great chorus tune. The difference
between this line-up and the first is immediate, Cozy seems
to provide that drive which spurs Blackmore on. 'Run With The
Wolf'- More uninspired, Dio sounds good, but can't make up for
the lack of a tune. 'Starstruck' - reminds us of 'Hold On',
strange as Ritchie doesn't like that track. 'Do You Close Your
Eyes' - a reasonable track, a bit Elf-like, but still the most
dispensable one on the album.'Stargazer' - I'd have to go back
to the 'Fireball' LP to find a track which had as much impact
on me the first time I heard it as this did. Undoubtedly one
of the best things Blackmore has ever been involved in; perverse
epic grandeur as NME put it. 'A Light InThe Black' - I wondered
how they'd follow it but they do. These two numbers combine
to form one of the most devastating album sides I've ever heard.
It's going to be incredible live, we can only wait and see.
Rainbow are currently touring America on a
two month cross country blitz. According to Purple Records UK
dates are on for August, final venues still being worked out.
All quiet. Lord's busy with a new classical
project, Bolin is touring the USA. He plans to use Purple members
on his next solo LP and will record it in Munich specially.
Ian Gillan's album has reached me, sadly it's
very disappointing. It seems to lack any direction. Anyhow,
proper review next time. He now lives in France for tax reasons.
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