Issue Nine, Jan./Feb.1977

1977 was a bit of a turning point fan club wise. Issue 9 saw us take the plunge into a bigger A4 page format, achieved simply by doing the artwork on an A3 sheet and reducing it at the copying stage to cram as much in as possible (nothing changes then). So although it was an eight page magazine, this was equal to 16 pages of the previous format. The layout was landscape rather than upright, mostly because I just liked the idea. It lasted like this for another 20 issues but did later cause problems for the printers. This issue also had a glossy print stapled in and a postcard of the second Rainbow line-up, neither of which are available any longer. 1977 was also the year which saw me plunge in and help on the first vinyl anthology of rare Deep Purple material (Powerhouse). This was all sparked by a story in Issue 9 that a four LP box set was being prepared which would include the Cal Jam set, some rarities and two albums of stuff off existing albums. I had the cheek to complain that this was not what fans wanted. Although we supplied the info for the albumıs contents and did the sleeve notes, we had no input into the way the material was used or the cover (nor did we get a fee for the writing - lesson learnt). Still, it was a start! Issue 9 was also chock full of news about all Purple band members so although we were still nominally a Blackmore magazine, all the band were now being covered. I was nearing the end of college so time was a bit tight as I tried to finish projects off for final assessment but even so it was our biggest issue up to then. Inside people were griping about Made In Europe, especially at the price - £3.60p for a single album! Concert wise we trekked down to the Albert Hall again to catch Jon Lord doing a version of Sarabande live supporting David Bedford, but it was something of a disappointment and quite a costly trip for us at over £16 all in... The other bad financial news was that someone shopped me to the authorities for those tapes I'd offered in Issue 6. A hefty fine was dropped on me out of the blue. The irony of this was that I'd been taping some of the Purple bootlegs for the record company with a view to getting some rare stuff issued! In the end they put in a good word for me and the case was dropped. Which was just as well; student grants might have been more generous in those days but they didn't stretch to covering fines (and anyway I'd spent most of it on a Pentax SLR for gigs so I was almost broke!).

RAINBOW LIVE REVIEW : Adelaide Festival Theatre
RAINBOW NEWS : 1976 Tour
JON LORD LIVE REVIEW : Royal Albert Hall
TOMMY BOLIN NEWS : Tommy Bolin Dies
bits & pieces NEWS : Coverdale, Hughes, Ian Gillan Band


Adelaide Festival Theatre (afternoon show) - live review

"The band arrived in Australia on the18th November, both concerts within my reach had sold out. Luckily they decided to include an extra afternoon concert starting at 5pm on 19th November. As it was an extra, they weren't exactly leaping about or delivering manic solos, as they had 8pm to think about. This didn't detract from the concert though, great stuff! The set was basically the same as the UK Tour, but no encore. During Carey's solo intro to 'Stargazer' a broomstick appeared and started poking him in various places (!)...lurking in the shadows were the culprits, Dio and Blackmore! There couldn't have been more than 200 people there, of whom only half a dozen had any idea of what was going on. Ritchie didn't wreck a single guitar in three gigs in Adelaide." Howie Kehl.

1976 Tour News

The Australian tour programme was a nasty rip-off, just a black & white copy of the UK one. Over in Japan the promoters put together a lavish programme, twice the size of the UK one. The world tour ended there on the 19th of December. Ritchie flew back to England, laying low and getting ideas together for the next LP. A live album is still being decided upon, as well as recording the German concerts, they also covered some of the Japanese dates.


Made In Europe - Album Review

I must admit I didn't expect much from this. Far better to have a recording from 1974 when this line-up were at their peak. The best number for me is 'Burn'; lovely quiet opening, 'Rock and Roll', then they're away. 'Mistreated' is a very poor version. Ritchie sounds as if he were in another band, strictly speaking I suppose he was. The close-down is 'Stormbringer'. I wish Ritchie had beaten his guitar to bits, and stormed off. That would have sounded incredible.


Album & Tour News

Paice / Ashton / Lord seems fixed as the title for the new group, though the name Ghosts was used for a while before being dropped. Their album's release date is February 1st 1977, the title is 'Malice In Wonderland' (excellent!) Alan Freeman nipped in early on his show with two unmixed tracks from the album. They are set to tour the UK in March, and are due to appear on the new 'Sight & Sound In Concert' tv show on March 16th. They have also been filming their progress up 'til now, with a documentary in mind. They even reconstructed guitarist Bernie Marsden's audition for the cameras!


Sarabande - Album Review

The most important thing about this LP is that it begins to show just how good a keyboard player Jon Lord can be. There are runs here that wouldn't be out of place coming out of Blackmore's guitar! Lord has succeeded in capturing a variety of styles under a common heading. All in all quite a worthwhile effort then, certainly a vast improvement on 'Windows'!

Sarabande, The Royal Albert Hall - Live Review

Jon Lord was one of nine keyboard players to take part in a performance of David Bedford's 'The Odyssey' on January 25th 1977. He performed a selection from 'Sarabande' during the first half of the show, for which he and his crew were given just 23 minutes on stage They were practically unrehearsed by the sounds of things, and the music suffered as a result. All we got was an inferior reconstruction of some of the LP. During the unbelievably boring 'Odyssey', Lord stayed put with his double-decker ARP's. He got a big cheer when his name was mentioned in Bedford's closing thank-you's. In the audience were Ian Paice and Roger Glover too.

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The death of Tommy Bolin

"It would appear that I'm one of the few people who actually enjoyed the last Deep Purple UK Tour. I saw the Saturday Wembley concert (reckoned to be one of the only good ones) and I particularly liked 'Lady Luck' and 'Love Child'. One thing I've disliked in the magazine is the slanging of Tommy Bolin. He was a great guitarist, sadly no more. I hope he can rest in peace now." Kazen Modaberi.

Several people wrote in about Tommy Bolin's death. I'm not going to become a hypocrite and say I never meant anything I wrote. However it was sad news all the same. I just got nothing out of his playing, it wasn't his fault, obviously a lot of people did, and will continue to do so from his records. I play 'Come Taste The Band' a lot now, it seems the most honest Purple LP since 'Made In Japan'. I can listen to it and imagine them having a great time recording it. It was on the live scene that it really fell apart.

Bits & Pieces

David Coverdale

Coverdale's first solo album has been completed now, and will be released in the UK in late February. It's called 'White Snake'. Jon Lord for one has been making very enthusiastic remarks about it.

Glenn Hughes

Nobody knows what's going on here, first he's back with Trapeze, then they won't have him, now his much vaunted solo LP is on the way, with Trapeze men Galley & Holland on it!

The Ian Gillan Band

The Gillan Band announced a long British Tour, and then promptly cancelled it in order to go back into the studios and re-record their second album, 'Clear Air Turbulence', as Gillan wasn't happy with the first try. This was re-done at Kingsway, London just before Christmas.

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