I will let Wikipedia say what needs to be said about this one: “The work was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple. However, Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple, and Glover took up the reins on his own. Using his connections, Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians, with a different vocalist for each character, including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.”
Glover has a ball
By Pete Makowski
Roger Glover is a satisfied person nowadays. Since his departure from Deep Purple, Glover has steadily been building up a good reputation as a record producer and now his new venture, “The Butterfly Ball”, will gain him respect as a musician and composer.
“I always felt that people expected certain kinds of things from me,” said Roger, “when I was approached to do this project, I thought `shall I do something really heavy and rocky, or shall I do the complete opposite`. Then I decided to do exactly what I felt was right, not just live up to everyone else`s expectations.”
“The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshoppers Feast” is the title of a book illustrated by Alan Aldridge (well known for “The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics”) around the poetry of William Plomer. Now Glover has taken the idea of the book and transformed it into music.
The music from the album is going to be used in a forthcoming cartoon serial based round the book and there are also possibilities of a film and a play.
The unlikely marriage of Aldridge and Glover resulted via British Lion who first met Roger via Purple when they filmed their “In Concert” performance.
“We used to get lots of offers to do film scores, but I never really considered it before although I did check them out. And when I left the band this came along and it interested me right from the start.
The next move was to write the music. “I didn`t write anything until it got close to the deadline, I find I work better under pressure.
“A lot of the numbers involved experimentation. I had to find out which vocalist would suit a certain number. If it didn`t work with the people at hand then I would hire a session guy.
“I hope people don`t treat this as the soundtrack album, it`s the `Butterfly Ball` a thing of its own. Songs from the album will be used in the series when it`s made and sold, and I wouldn`t mind doing the incidental music for it because it`s something I haven`t done before.”
The projected cartoon series will be done by Alan Aldridge and Lee Mishkin. The pilot of the film is definitely in the Disney class. The film has that kind of appeal which will attract both the juvenile and adult market. Terry Flounders has the job of making “The Butterfly Ball” a household name – as he did with the Wombles. It`s a winner, although Roger can see some pitfalls.
“I can see a couple of things that would hold it back. Primarily my name. Y`see the album can`t exactly be described as a family album but then again it`s not anything in the mould of Purple. When people hear it they immediately put it under certain categories, which is something I can`t stand. This album should stand out on its own as much as within the context of the film… it`ll be interesting to see what the critics say.
“I`m really glad to be off the road,” said Glover, “although I`ve got to admit I did think about getting a band together. I sometimes miss gigging which is different to the high pressure touring schedules with Deep Purple.”
Glover puts his career with Purple well into the past, although he doesn`t knock it, he feels it has contributed to his cynical outlook towards the music business. “There are so many false people you can meet in a business like this it`s untrue.”
Glover`s production ventures have brought him much success and satisfaction. “It was when I started producing I realised I wanted to write again, cause when I produced a band I`d find myself writing parts and changing parts for them which I don`t feel is the right thing for a producer to do.
“I`ve been living in Kingsway (Ian Gillan`s studio) for the most of this year and I`ll be taking a rest for a while… I think I deserve it.”
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Ken Boothe, Van Morrison, Pete Brown, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, David Puttnam, Mott The Hoople, Bad Company, Phil Spector, Thin Lizzy, Janis Ian, Elton John.
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