/ June 1977
Eleven consisted of twelve photocopied pages (still rattled
off on a typewriter then laid out with pics and reduced to size)
plus one glossy print of Blackmore (sadly not available for the
reprint). The live Rainbow album was just out and we were all
fed up with the shortness of it - some fifty minutes spread over
a double album. I remember John Peel playing a cut on his show
and commenting with heavy sarcasm "well, there's proof that
the vinyl shortage is now over..." (there had been a restriction
on oil supplies from OPEC pushing the price of raw materials up,
so labels had been pressing ever thinner albums in smaller runs).
Things were beginning to hot up on the solo scene, with Coverdale's
second album previewed, Gillan hitting the road and the appearance
of Purple's second archive offering 'Last Concert..' for which
we grudgingly gave just two stars! Reading the magazine back it
amazes me how hard we were on just about everything... I did one
of my first interviews too, with Mick Underwood. His band Strapps
were touring with IGB. It sometimes seems wrong interviewing people
like him and just wanting to bang on about the Blackmore session
days, but he took it in good spirit. He probably wouldn't speak
to me these days. Gillan had promised an interview (this was during
his 77 UK tour) but his voice had totally gone and Mick agreed
to chat for an hour until Ian reappeared to offer him a lift in
his Rolls. We also previewed our first t-shirt design, which was
the Blackmore App. Soc. logo. These were done for the princely
sum of £2.00. I still occasionally see people in these - I couldn't
get into mine now if I tried. I stopped wearing it when some wag
on a Manchester bus asked me why I had my picture on a t-shirt....
Issue 11 was also the last time the Ritchie Blackmore Appreciation
Society title appeared on the cover.
ELEVEN : DIGEST & INDEX
REVIEW : On Stage
RECORD REVIEW : Clear Air Turbulence
TOUR REVIEW : Manchester Apollo
REVIEW : Last Concert In Japan
REVIEW :Northwinds (demo tape)
: P.A.L Second Album
Stage - Album Review
‘Live In Japan’,’Chase The Rainbow’,’Recorded Live’, and ‘Rising
Sun’ to name some of the various titles it has had! This is
a double album but you’ll be lucky if your clock reads anything
over 50 minutes. ‘Kill The King’ is the best track , it has
rarely sounded better. After it, nothing works quite as well,
though Ritchie’s solo in ‘Mistreated’ is simply one of the best
he’s done on record. Pure feeling and experimentation, it’s
Air Turbulence- Album Review
it’s better than the first album, more balanced. Ian’s voice should
be far more to the fore. I like the title track best of all, quite
a good time change in there, and a nice guitar solo. I like the
introduction to ‘Angel Manchenio’, it almost has a ‘Soldier Of
Fortune’ feel about it. Lyrics good, as they are throughout the
Apollo, 21st May 1977 - Live Review
soon as Gillan began to sing it was clear that he was going
to have a hard time. He took to the screaming in ‘Child In Time’
like he’d never been away, but hidden by his hair, his hand
was clutching at his throat. The group were good, though they
seemed to be playing for themselves and not the audience. ‘Smoke..’
was played through a wah-wah pedal! It’s about time somebody
took the piss out of it. His voice incapable of much subtlety,
Gillan took to screaming the last verse. Must have been agony,
but it sounded great.
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- Album Review
to Oyster Records for the preview tape. It’s basically a long
instumental work split over the two sides, with a vocal intro
and outro, which for me are the most successful parts of the
whole thing. The problem is that they’re so strong compared
to the parts in between, which just seem like meandering backing
Concert In Japan- Album Review
I’d done a review of the ‘Get It While It Tastes’ bootleg from
the same 15th December 1975 Tokyo concert, this arrived from Japan.
Stripped of the bootleg’s atmosphere the music has very little
to offer. There is always something missing in the sound – it’s
like listening to an LP with one of the tracks mixed off.
- Record News
Days’ was written about the last Deep Purple tour of America,
‘Lady’ and ‘Time On My Side’ were for the Purple album after
Come Taste, but were obviously not used. A shame, as they lack
the strength here that the Purple team could have endowed them
with. Coverdale reckons the solo in ‘Whitesnake’ will “give
Blackmore a run for his money.” Sorry to disagree David….
- Album Review
what have we got then? Seven numbers so far (not counting an
alternative version of one song). ‘Northwinds’ starts the thing
off, my second favourite already, better than anything on ‘Whitesnake’.
Much of the improvement on this album is due to the fact that
it sounds as if the vocals and backings have been done much
closer together, and are far more sympathetic to one another.
‘Only My Soul’ is the track as far as I’m concerned. Plenty
of musical variety and dynamics. End a live act with that and
you’ll slay ‘em lad!
put down all the backing tracks for the second LP. The vocals
will be finished shortly. It will feature versions of ‘Steamroller
Blues’and ‘The Ballad of Mr.Giver’, both done well on stage.
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in the magazine...Mick Underwood interview....Deep Purple 'Get It
While It Tastes' bootleg review....
Burr Bailey single review (1960s Blackmore session)....Ian Gillan's
1974 solo album review...and more..
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