20 December 1979
back at Issue 20 over twenty years later, all I can say
is; was I really such a cocky bugger? At the typewriter obviously
yes, hopefully not so much when away from it. But this all mattered
such a lot! Purple had been gone three years and already Blackmore
was losing the plot big time....
Issue 20 was typed on a budget priced electric typewriter, laid
out on A3 sheets with loads of added photocopied bits, photographs
which I printed to the right size in the darkroom and letraset
headings, then the whole page was reduced (by the patient women
at the xerox bureau) down to A4 while it was being run out.
The bureau was miles out of town, two bus rides away. Mercifully
they delivered the end copies back home where we'd collate and
staple them prior to posting out. The front cover was a first,
being litho printed. I was so chuffed at getting David to pose
for the camera that it seemed worth the extra cost. I even got
a ride on the tour bus from the hotel down to the Sheffield
City Hall. Badges were also available, with a Made In Japan
design, for the hugely inflated price of 30p! Send your pennies
to the old Herbert Road address... Interesting to recall my
first comments on the newly purchased copy of James Gang's first
LP with Tommy, which (never having heard it before) I was fairly
pleased with overall. Also my play list for the time, with (as
well as 'Bang') loads of great early Talking heads costing me
an arm and a leg and a nod to other new wave acts like Yello
and Lene Lovich.!
TWENTY : DIGEST & INDEX
REVIEW : Since You Been Gone
REVIEW : Mr.Universe (UK)
REVIEW : Mr.Universe (Japan)
REVIEW : Sheffield City Hall
REVIEW : Lovehunter
: US & UK Tour News
REVIEW : Sheffield City Hall
You Been Gone - Single / Video Review
the single charted, the pic. sleeve copies disappeared very
early on, rapidly making them collectors' items. Dedicated fans
got it mainly for the non-album b-side, 'Bad Girl'. It's in
a similar vein to the LP, though contains more guitar than is
normal these days. Lyrics are as lousy as ever though!
promo film was screened on Top Of The Pops on September 20th,
the first TV spot for Blackmore and Glover in eight years. Looking
at Ritchie's fingers gliding about the guitar, I forgave him
everything almost at once. Bonnet looked daft, but also as if
he could laugh at himself maybe. It all hinted at what they
could be like live, and almost made me eat my words about my
'Down To Earth' review.
- Album Review
recently rated the last studio album, issued only in Japan,
as the best ex-purple disc to date. This comprises five tracks
from it (three of which have been re-recorded), plus five new
tracks. So how could they go wrong? Well they have. How they
can honestly turn this out after that Jap. LP is beyond me.
The material I can take, what I can’t take is the abysmal mix.
It is just bloody terrible. Gillan’s vocals are buried, and
though the drummer is presumably playing a whole kit, only the
cymbals can be heard.
- Album Review
contains five tracks from the UK edition (which sound the same
to me), plus four new ones. Of those, 'Your Sister's On My List'
is quite catchy, and has lyrics which you would expect with
a title like that! 'Move With The Times' is kept going by bass,
drums and piano (sort of Pot Black style!). 'Sleeping OnThe
Job' is very catchy, but not as good as the live version, because
Gillan is mixed down too far. 'Street Theatre' is a short Towns
instrumental, probably destined for a stage opener some day.
Overall, that spark which made Gillan 'Gillan' outstanding is
Sheffield City Hall, 13th
October 1979 - Live Review
were at the Reading Festival on August 25th, and the gig was
taped and relayed on the Friday Rock Show later. There was also
a half-hour In Concert broadcast by BBC Radio on October 6th.
A full tour of the UK then followed, which lasted right the
way through October.
Sheffield City Hall was a superb show, easily the best I’ve
seen from any IGB / Gillan line-up since they began. The intro
‘Second Sight’ blasted out, accompanied by searchlights into
the balcony. The band filtered on, and launched straight into
‘Secret of The Dance’. Ian had to work hard to prevent himself
being overshadowed by the band, and he has always been better
for a struggle on-stage. It’s hard to pick out an outstanding
track, they were all good, and also I was too absorbed in it
all to be remembering individual bits.
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- Album Review
wasn't over fond of 'Trouble' and approached this apprehensively.
However it is very good overall, sounding stronger and less
cluttered than its predecessor; Jon fits in well, contrasting
his playing with that of the guitarists, yet still blending
in and holding it all together. David's vocals are some of the
best he's done for ages, really soulful. He's superb on 'Walking
In The Shadow Of The Blues', which has a strong, moody feel.
I'm not happy with the drumming, and after seeing them live
with Paice, I'm even less happy!" Peter Judd.
departure (see Issue 19), was
deemed necessary as he wasn't really a rock drummer. Cozy Powell
was no.1 candidate to replace him, but due to contactual reasons
it wasn't feasable. It was then heard that Ian Paice had been
raving about Whitesnake after seeing them at the Hammersmith
charity gig earlier this year, so they gave him a call...
latest phase of Whitesnake's career began at the Reading Festival
on August 26th. The BBC taped the set, and broadcast it a few
weeks later. The band flew to the US on Sept. 17th for a week
of general promotion, ending with a single concert in LA on
Sept.23rd. After that it was the UK"s turn, with a 23 date
tour kicking off in Portsmouth on Oct.11th.
City Hall, 23rd October 1979 - Live
before the crowd began to get impatient rather than expectant,
the hall lights dimmed. There was a blast of sound and light,
and the place was transformed. The 1978 dates just paled into
insignificance. I know we moaned about them needing a decent
drummer, but I couldn't foresee just how he would bring them
into focus like this. Guitar-wise things seem curiously ego-free
for a rock band today. It's all very good humoured. Out front
Coverdale was working harder than I've ever seen him
do. At the end the crowd were shattered, they could barely twitch
after stomping for so long.
to the top
in the magazine...Deep Purple 'New Live & Rare' EP reviewed....Rainbow
'Live In Australia' bootleg album review.... James Gang 'Bang' review...readers'
Rainbow 1979 US Tour Dates + review of Rochester show...
Gillan UK 'Mr.Universe' Tour Reviews....Whitesnake 'Lovehunter' UK
.Deep Purple Gig List 1972-73...Jon Lord BBC Star Special....plus
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