EDITOR REMEMBERS......... Issue
23 January 1981
23 was twenty page issue, though the pages weren't numbered,
as we had half of them litho printed separately. A long gap
between magazines too but there was a reason - we'd spent
all our spare time working on the "In Concert 70/72" album
for EMI! I'd been able to do most of the artwork and oversee
the package. It was also my first experience of dealing with
a major label, and learning of the difficulties inherent in
such work, but we were very pleased with the result. One immediate
spin-off was a trip to the vaults, and though we left empty
handed (honest) it was the start of my interest in delving
through old tapes, getting material suitable for release and
packaging them properly, which was to grow over the next few
years (and eventually see me involved in setting up our own
label). Both these events were reported in detail but there
was also lots of spin-off activity. RAINBOW
lost another key member with the departure of Cozy Powell,
as well as the bigger surprise, Bonnet leaving. We reviewed
their last gig at Donnington and the speculation about what
would happen next, plus we had an exclusive interview with
Glover, and if that wasn't enough, a handwriting expert tackled
were moving into top gear, with some powerful tracks on "Glory
Road" and a big UK tour which was turning the band into a
major act to match Rainbow and Whitesnake. The latter were
having a bit of a difficult patch, the new album was still
a way off, their first proper American shows (supporting Jethro
Tull) weren't getting as much response as they'd hoped, and
they were now having to go out as support in Germany to AC/DC.
They further angered a lot of fans by issuing the Japanese
Hammersmith album in the UK, after loads had bought it on
also covered the Rod Evans bogus Deep Purple American shows
in detail, with eye-witness reports, press adverts and the
counter adverts placed by the band to warn people off. The
dawn of the home video format was at last becoming a reality
and the BBC were working on a release of the California Jam
for VHS and Beta, although it was a very expensive buy at
first. The DPAS individual discographies were selling well
thanks to a plug in Sounds. I'd started using facilities at
my new job to scan sleeves and add a bit of typesetting. Though
a small company they had invested in one of the early phototypesetters
which allowed you to have about a paragraph of text on screen.
It worked by storing the text on discs, and outputting this
by shining a light through an alphabet stored on a strip of
film onto photographic bromide paper! If you wanted a different
font you had to load in a new reel of film. I thus produced
A5 printed card covers for the discographies, and stapled
the contents inside.
REVIEW : In Concert 1970 1972
REVIEW : New Live & Rare Vol.3 (EP)
REVIEW : Celebrity Theater, Phoenix
: Rod Evans 'Deep Purple' Reunion
REVIEW : Castle Donnington
REVIEW : Monsters Of Rock
REVIEW : Glory Road / For Gillan Fans..
REVIEW : Trouble (Double Single)
REVIEW : Hammersmith Odeon
REVIEW : Live In The Heart Of The City
: Reading Festival & First US Tour
In Concert 1970 1972 - Album Review
after last issue, EMI decided to go ahead and issue the BBC
In Concert material.
Our source at the BBC reports that there was one more track
recorded in the 1970 show, but it was scrapped in 1975 along
with the masters. The engineers at EMI have done an excellent
job on the surviving tapes. They've brought out a really good
live sound, which has given the stuff its own atmosphere, something
which the original broadcasts tended to lack, because the BBC
like a nice level sound to avoid overloads etc. The duffest
thing has to be 'Child In Time'. Something just isn't working
and the whole band seem to falter. Not that that'll be much
consolation to Ian Gillan!
Live & Rare Vol.3 - EP Review
it had to be someting EMI had heard of for the A-side, ie. 'Smoke
On The Water', but at least we got a new version out (from the
1972 BBC In Concert). It treads a nice line between the studio
and 'Made In Japan' versions. The applause is faked, because
they had to edit off the DJ chat. The BBC session version of
'Bird has Flown' is fantastic, the guitar at the end is immaculate.
'Grabsplatter' is an interesting item, though obviously not
PURPLE' featuring ROD EVANS
Theatre, Phoenix, June 29th 1980 -
this legal? The band is led by none other than Rod Evans, who
looks just awful, and his voice is so weak and sounds like it's
on a slower speed. The guitarist is a Blackmore clone. He can't
play the guitar at all though. The keyboard player, who must
have been playing all of two weeks, has captured Jon Lord's
actions well. The drummer is pretty good and did the synth work
in 'Space Trucking'. The bassist isn't much good. This show
is DISGUSTING. They did 'Smoke..', 'Burn', 'Might Just Take
Your Life', 'Hush' and more.I just don't see how they can get
away with it." Julie Lewis (left, Phoenix gig ad, click
couple of weeks later we got a phone call from Rod Evans' lawyers,
who were anxious to get some unbiased information on Purple's
early history - clearly out to build some sort of defence case.
I told them we regarded it as a complete rip-off.
Purple 'Reunion' - News
the story got picked up by daily papers in America, and people
realised they were being conned. By the time they were set to
play the Long Beach Arena in August, Deep Purple Overseas Ltd
decided that to counterract the adverts, they would place an
ad on the same page telling the public who would not be taking
part! (click right to enlarge) They were forced to do
this after several injunctions against Evans & co were turned
down, leaving them free to play until the court case came up.
When it did, HEC Enterprises (Deep Purple's original management)
band consisted of
Rod Evans, Tony Flynn - guitar, Jeff Emery - keyboards, Dick
Jurgens - drums, and Tom DeRiviera - bass. All unknowns except
for Rod. Their managers also sponsor other 'reunion' acts, showing
it up for the swindle it was.
Donnington, August 16th 1980- Live
of the bands were crap,
after which an hour and a half's wait for Rainbow. 'Since You
Been Gone' and 'Over The Rainbow' were spoilt by a bloody plane
flying over - quite funny seeing several thousand people lobbing
cans at a plane half a mile up!! Encore, Blackmore bashes one
strat, then one of his stacks goes up in flames - incredible!"
half hour film of the show, part of BBC2's Rock Week, made Ritchie's
set piece demolition look very calculated, which of course it
is. The stack was a complete fake and obviously so!
aren't they super fun? One ruined pair of shoes, ditto boots,
a sunburmt nose, the worst cold I've ever had, and crushed ribs!
Rainbow though were superb. Blackmore sped around like a man
possessed. My friend summed it up when I asked him 'did you
see those fingers' and he answered 'no, I didn't'." Mark
of Rock - Compilation Album Review
with unusual speed, Polydor got this out in October, with several
bands recorded live at the Donnington festival. Rainbow, being
headliners, merit two tracks. 'All Night Long' is close to the
single, but with the added extra of Graham Bonnet making a complete
idiot of himself. Ritchie might well try to make amends with
a nifty little blues right at the end. 'Stargazer' follows the
format of the old Dio versions - though Bonnet can't handle
it all that well, shouting rather than singing.
Glory Road / For Gillan Fans Only -
workmanlike, somewhat unadventurous too, with many cuts taking
a similar style and level. 'Unchain Your Brain' is a case in
point, nothing too brilliant, but enjoyable. 'Are You Sure'
is great. The track is less cluttered than many on the album,
and Ian really seems to be enjoying it. 'Running White Face
City Boy' is another which I like, very similar to many Gillan
band tracks, but has as a little more drive to it than most.
'Nervous' seems quite adventurous, and Ian's throaty scream
suits the track.
extra 'For Gillan Fans Only' album is a rag-bag collection of
items mostly unavailable before. 'Your Mother Was Right' is
a lengthy out-take which seems a bit unfinished, but interesting
ideas abound all the way through. 'Abbey Of Thelema' includes
the flute solo which was done live, while 'Trying To Get To
You' is an oldie from Ian's shelved 1974-75 solo album. It has
the intro edited off for some reason. Colin Towns' 'Dragon's
Tongue' is great, he'll never be out of work with stuff like
this! On the whole, Glory Road and 'son of' have things to pick
up on, but still lack the sheer impact of the Japanese Gillan
Trouble - Double
was specially recorded, rather than an album left-over. I can't
say it made a good single, despite a Top Of The Pops appearance
and an initial leap into the charts due to an extra free single.
The freebie contains three items recorded by the BBC at The
Reading Festival on August 22nd this year, ran at 33.3rpm, and
lasted over 20 mins. It is also the worst thing from the band
so far, three really bitty performances, obviously not a good
Hammersmith Odeon, 14th October 1980 -
UK tour lasted though most of October. Capital Radio in London
recorded the Hammersmith Odeon show on October 14th, which according
to Ian & Robert Sunter was a superb gig....
a usual was 'Second Sight', which led into 'Unchain Your Brain'
- a logical replacement for 'Secret Of The Dance', rattling
along at a similar pace. 'On The Rocks' included a flute solo,
which although well done was not very effective. McCoy's solo
was visually good, if not musically. The last song was predictably
'Smoke..' (we had hoped for 'Fighting Man' or 'Abbey of Thelema'
instead). They encored with 'Sleeping On The Job', which has
the energy lacking in the studio version; then 'Lucille', which
needs no comment!"
In The Heart of The City - Album Review
which uses the live recordings done on the last tour at the
Hammersmith Odeon, plus the 1978 Hammersmith show already issued
in Japan. It is a rotten trick, after the Japanese album has
had so long to tempt fans over here. The 1978 stuff we've covered
already (In Issue 22),
of the 1980 stuff I wish they'd taped 1979 shows, when the band
were new and the material fresh. As it is, it just comes across
as professional. The bass and drums are right up front throughout,
however the guitars are way down, and Lordy might as well not
have been there, which is sad. He eventually surfaces during
'Sweet Talker' before a nifty guitar solo from Micky Moody.
'Lovehunter' flows along like the rest, a kind of Whitesnake
tidal wave. 'Take Me WithYou' belts along well, and really adds
something to the studio cut, but it's over all too soon.
& Recording - News
headlined Reading in August, set-wise it was identical to the
UK tour (which annoyed quite a few people!) Micky and Bernie
were seen there sporting their latest t-shirts.."No I Wasn't
In Deep *%@#ing Purple" Why not change your mag to "The
Coverdale Times" says Rob Sharrock - adding something about
Whitesnake being as commercial as ITV! The band toured the USA
in October, supporting Jethro Tull, an uphill struggle most
of the way. Lori Galloway caught a show: "I was the only
person cheering for them! Very embarrassing in a venue holding
19,500 people." In November / December they supported AC/DC
to the top
in the magazine..a visit to the Deep Purple tape vaults..Ian Gillan
'Candy Horizon' book review...more Rod Evans' 'Deep Purple' news &
reviews....video round up... Gillan 'No Easy Way' single review..
Rainbow & Whitesnake bootleg reviews....Roger Glover interview....Rainbow
Gillan UK Tour Reviews..1972 Tommy Bolin / Energy live radio show
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