and I started to try harder with the layout, despite what would
now be seen as the somewhat primitive quality of the high run
photocopiers which Xerox were developing. This was still the
only way I could produce a magazine with images in (short of
getting them all screened to allow us to go to litho, ruled
out for cost reasons). A lot of the images came from Japanese
magazines which at the time were light years ahead of anything
in the U.K. We both had a thriving trading system going with
several Japanese pen-friends, some wanted Purple stuff in exchange
but others were into things like the Bay City Rollers, so you
could ship out loads of rubbish and get armfuls of really fab.
Jap cuttings in return! Ann still corresponds with one of her
friends from those days. The magazine was all hand-typed on
a sturdy old manual office machine, which really had to be hammered
to get a black type. In an effort to give more value we also
included a free glossy print (these we had done by a printers
in London, so we had to get them organised well in advance).
In Issue 10 it was two rare shots, one of Ritchie playing the
cello, the other playing the bass. (neither of which are
now available).We had also been giving away postcards of
the various Rainbow line-ups, though keeping up with these was
already proving very difficult! Inside, with the news of "Live
In Tokyo" coming out, we were already starting to agitate for
some sort of proper reissue policy on Purple's back-catalogue
(the band having only been silent for twelve months!) to give
fans something rare for their money. Nothing changes then!
Ann has always been into serious astrology and had a bash at
tackling Blackmore's traits from his date of birth, personally
I think she got it all down spot on.
we could afford it we were still trying to get to gigs in London
and using the time to trawl through the rare record shops. Our
reactions to the two PAL shows were mixed, remember Purple
was barely a year gone and this was just too different for us
hard core fans to appreciate at the time. Similar lingering
memories also pervaded my preview of the first solo album from
David Coverdale. Coverdale's new single "Sweet Mistreater" is
also mentioned, it took us another twenty four years to actually
get it issued. Nice also to find some of the members' names
are still familiar. Cuttings about Rainbow's first Australian
tour came from Howie Kehl, who has just sent me a wedge of stuff
about Purple's 2001 Auz shows!
TEN : DIGEST & INDEX
Bain & Carey depart
REVIEW : Malice In Wonderland
TOUR REVIEW : Birmingham Odeon
: Roger Glover ....Jon
& Carey Depart
13th February it was announced that Jimmy Bain and Tony Carey
would be leaving the group. Jimmy's departure is the simplest
to deal with. He wasn't experienced enough for the group, and
it doesn't look as if Ritchie envisaged him lasting beyond the
world tour. His replacement is Mark Clarke. Clarke is a veteran
of numerous British groups.. Uriah Heep, Tempest, Colisseum,
and then his own group, Natural Gas. According to Ritchie "he's
very good technically, and he's got a strong songwriting ability
there is Carey. Back in 1975 Ritchie said he'd only hired him
because he knew that if he fired him he'd accept it. (Bain and
Carey had been on a wage all the time, whereas the others were
taking a percentage of the profits) "There were too many
personality problems" said Ritchie of the split, "we
just didn't get on. Musically he was very aggressive, which
was good, but it carried over too much into his personality."
was now a rush on to find a suitable replacement with the next
LP due for recording. It wasn't easy. "The problem was
finding someone who could play organ - it's really a rhythm
instrument, but no-one seems to realise it," said Ritchie.
They came across an unknown Italian organist, and were all set
to settle for him, but at the last minute Ritchie decided against
it. Time was short, and they contacted Tony again...
1976 TOUR FILMS
On Pat Travers' recent tour a 20 minute promotional
film of Rainbow was screened during the interval, filmed in
Houston, Texas. Oyster do have a much better film of Rainbow,
shot in Hamburg on the last tour.
in Wonderland - Album Review
"I like this LP a lot.That doesn't mean
it's faultless though, Ashton's limited vocals are likely to
put a lot of people off.Why don't they get a good vocalist in,
and let him get on with his superb keyboard work? I was also
sorry that they failed to do anything startlingly original with
the girl singers and the brass section. There is so much potential
in this idea. 'Ghost Story' is the most promising number on
the album, hopefully there'll be more along those lines on the
next one (which they will record next month)". Ann.
Odeon, 26th March 1977 - Live Review
This concert, along with the Rainbow Theatre
gig, were filmed to add footage to a documentary on the group.
The sound was loud and powerful, and had quite an impact. The
dual keyboards, Martinez' excellent bass and Paice's drumming
all combine to produce a classy sound. However, it is lacking
something to work over that basic sound. By the time the set
was half way over, and Bernie Marsden was getting wild applause
for a really mediocre solo, I felt there was only me left unconvinced
by it all.
to the top
Jon says he was fed-up with the Albert Hall
do, where he got a 23 minute spot prior to David Bedford's Odyssey.
He had only 90 minutes rehearsal time. Capitol Radio recorded
the show, and broadcast it soon after. Jon is planning a more
ambitious do later this year, when the whole Sarabande LP will
be performed properly, with adequate rehearsals etc. It's also
to be done as a ballet in London.
solo LP is now finished, but won't be released until September.
The title, Eyes of Omega, has been changed to Elements. He
has also abandoned his original idea of an album of songs
(two of which featured Ronnie James Dio) in favour of four
instrumental tracks only - one for each element.
The Butterfly Ball film was premiered at the Chelsea Odeon
on 20th March.
to the top
in the magazine...Ian Gillan Band news.... David Coverdale 'Whitesnake'
album news...Deep Purple Maxi-Single review....Deep Purple 'On The
Wings of A Russian Foxbat' bootleg review.....Australian Rainbow tour
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