Issue 17....would you believe a thirteen
pager? Yep, such were the strange pricing structures of the
Xerox centre that to keep our budgets tight, we'd sometimes
leave the back page blank! Blame it on the days when we simply
folded the mag over and stapled it shut, sticking the address
on the back cover... Taking us up to Christmas '78 we had the
first part of our Deep Purple gig list - which looks a little
basic - especially since the period covered (1968 and 1969)
took up just half a page, and here I am working on Nigel's book,
where the same era will need over twenty pages... The Rainbow
story trundled on, while we also devoted a page to documenting
the many line-up changes which the Gillan band had been through
in just three years, and I also made our first stab at a Bolin
story. Gig wise the Whitesnake shows got plenty of coverage,
as did the band's appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test -
their first public show with Jon Lord. I also see I'd decided
to make a collection of the latest craze to sweep the nation
- printed lottery tickets! They'll still be around, stashed
in the loft somewhere, awaiting a future social historian doing
a PHD on the subject.
SEVENTEEN : DIGEST & INDEX
: Ronnie James Dio Fired
REVIEW : Singles A's & B's
REVIEW : The Marquee Club, London
REVIEW : Live at The Budokan 1 & 2
: Touring and Recording
REVIEW : Trouble
REVIEW : Manchester Apollo
James Dio Fired
covered the first leg of the US Tour in Issue Sixteen. They
put in a second leg covering other areas of the country in the
autumn, after which David Stone and Bob Daisley were fired.
It seems that Ritchie tried to get Jethro Tull bassist John
Glascock, but was unlucky there. The last rumour was that he
had got in a black player. Dio was rumoured to have been sacked;
and promptly rehired on the condition that he left his wife
behind when they toured! It's been confirmed that he has now
been fired for good.
A's & B's
- Album Review
fanatics, who have managed to get all of the original singles
there is only one gem here. The version of 'Speed King' is not
the original 'Black Night' b-side (which was unedited from 'In
Rock', intended as a plug for the LP). This is different, an
early demo version, slower, with piano, some background harmonies,
and more complex drumming. Somebody obviously picked out the
wrong master-tape from the vaults. I forgot that there must
be some fans who have never heard the studio 'Black Night' until
I got some of your letters in. Written after a lengthy studio
stint to try to write a hit single and failing to get anywhere;
this is probably reflected in the guitar soloing from Ritchie,
on which he sounds fed up and resorts to dismantling the tremolo
arm! I still love it!
Marquee, London. September 1978 -
Liam Genocky stayed long enough to help them record an album
and play at the Reading Festival. The permanent drummer is Pete
Barnacle. With the band's name shortened to Gillan they began
a German tour in September 1978, followed by their UK debut
at The Marquee on September 28th and 29th_
on. There's a lot of noise. Bassist sports a Kojak cut and is
built like a brick shit-house. Punk drummer. The first two numbers
go fast and furious. More guts and depth than the IGB, though
I wouldn't class them as outstanding players. Encore is 'Lucille'
with strobe, guitar and bass running up and down, looked too
contrived to me.” Ernie Tull.
IGB Live At The Budokan - Album Review
single album issued by Island Records in Japan, early 1978,
recorded at a gig in the Tokyo Budo-Kan Hall on September 22nd
1977. The fairest way to assess this album is that, for a fan
of the band, it will make a useful reminder of the set. Whereas
most live albums seem to improve a lot over the studio versions,
I don't think this does to any great extent. Gillan's vocals
benefit from not being mucked about with too much certainly,
but the solos are uninspired throughout, especially Fenwick,
who gets most of the space between vocals but has very little
idea of what to do with his freedom. The disc comes in a double-sleeve,
with an inner sleeve full of pics, all in colour.
IGB Live At The Budokan Vol.2- Album
single album, on a new label (East World) operated by Kingsway,
Gillan's own studio. It contains more from the concert above,
and was issued in Japan after the first one had done so well.
This hasn't much to recommend it, and came in for rough reviews
over there. 'Mercury High' sounds weak, and 'Woman From Tokyo'
is a criminal rendition of a Purple classic.
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& Recording News
embarked upon their first proper tour, beginning in Newcastle
on October 26th, and ending at the Hammersmith Odeon on November
23rd. This was preceded by a TV spot on The Old Grey. Prior
to the tour the album was finished with Pete Solley on keyboards,
and they were going to leave it like that before Jon Lord offered
to add his own keyboard parts instead. The job only took him
those of you who don't like bad reviews, read the live report
below. I saw the band before I heard this, and there ain't no
comparison. 'Take Me With You' has a nice opening, synthesised
noises and chunky guitar before the track proper starts, but
it kind of tails off after a while. I don't think Dowle is right
for the band, but not being a drummer I can't really say why.
'The Time Is Right For Love' is a track which, had it had the
time devoted to it that 'Northwinds' had might have been very
good. In case you miss the news about Lord, they just turn him
up as it ends, both on this and other tracks. Overall it's very
ordinary and two-dimensional.
Apollo, 9th November 1978 - Live Review
having heard the new LP yet much of the show was new to me,
and though it wasn't faultless I enjoyed it. After Coverdale
introduced Lord, he was a bit upset to see him get more recognition
than himself, and began screaming to regain the audience's attention.
I don't think he's got a lot to worry about, his singing was
good, and he stayed right out front most of the time. In 'Mistreated'
Moody and Marsden duelled away in the middle, while Lord belted
away at his keyboards; racing his hands up and down, it was
came as little surprise to know that he was on The Who short-list,
but he has steered clear. According to Jon Lord, Ian is at present
working on forming a band. He hasn't told Lord with whom yet,
it's still a bit tentative.
in Sounds claimed that this album is Deep Purple in disguise.
Now I've finally heard it and I can confirm it is NOT Deep Purple.
The opening track is a rip-off of 'Wring That Neck', and this
obviously set some people wondering, but there is a lot of nicking
from other bands also - early Hawkwind, The Rattles etc. Never
do we hear a single Blackmore trade-mark or riff.
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in the magazine...Heinz 'Moving In' single review...The Rainbow Story
Part 4, 1977-78....
The Tommy Bolin Story...Tommy Bolin interview, October 1976....Deep
Purple Gig -List 1968-1969....
IGB / Gillan Family Tree....New, Live & Rare Vol.2 EP review...
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