Deep Purple

ARTICLE ABOUT Deep Purple FROM SOUNDS, October 25, 1975

Time would definitely tell for this record. A very interesting perspective from the time it was released here. Do you agree with Mr. Barton?
Read on!

IMG_3574

Purple: tastes good, but…

Deep Purple: `Come Taste The Band` (Purple TPFA 6715) 39 mins.

Album review by Geoff Barton

Deep Purple have undergone personnel changes in the past and have always successfully pulled themselves through. Happily, `Come Taste The Band`, featuring guitarist Tommy Bolin in Ritchie Blackmore`s stead, brings the band out of their most recent crisis – although not as thoroughly nor as completely as you may have hoped.
This is a particularly fine rock album – but is that really enough? Although `Come Taste The Band` is on a rung above both `Burn` and the jaded `Stormbringer`, it`s not quite up to the required height. To justify their position as one of the world`s top bands and to quell the somewhat cynical rumours that they`ll never be able to fully recover from Blackmore`s departure. Purple needed to come up with a killer LP, something that would stand up proudly alongside the likes of `In Rock` and `Machine Head`. This isn`t it.
Tommy Bolin is an accomplished guitarist; of that there`s no doubt. He`s slotted into the band as neatly as a well-worn key into its lock. He`s injected a heavy dose of fresh energy – I haven`t heard Purple play with such boyish enthusiasm in a long time. His guitar work is succinct, immensely fluid, but never overbearing – indeed, `CTTB` displays a much freer, give-and-take musical attitude than even several early Purple albums.
The problem lies with the quality of the songs. Bolin`s songwriting prowess (he`s contributed eight numbers) is OK – yet he`s a long way from being able to write numbers of the calibre of `Space Truckin“, `Smoke On The Water`, or even (to switch to `RB`s Rainbow album) `Man On The Silver Mountain`.
Even so, they`re not appreciably different from the band of old, here – if anything, they seem to have consciously adhered to tradition, with numbers like `Comin` Home` (even though it has brief `Quadrant Four` guitar) and `Drifter`.
There are snatches, however, that may serve to betray the direction in which Purple may move in the future: the initially punchy `Love Child` has an incongruous funky section, together with what could well be Billy Preston`s moog. `Gettin` Tighter` and `I Need Love` have brief funk passages, as well.
Still, before I get too tied up in (minor) criticisms, let it be said that there is a lot to get excited about, here: notably the rampant `Dealer`, with its `Purple Haze`- like opening, timely ballad section and Hughes` meaty vocals more than making up for its hackneyed lyrical theme, and `Lady Luck`, a potential single.
`Come Taste The Band` is an album that stands head and shoulders above your normal mundane rock release, but at the same time the question must be asked: does it show enough potential and promise to ensure the new Purple a safe passage into the future? Time will tell.

Deep Purple

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!
1. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. Send it to: geirmykl@gmail.com
2. The offer should be 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.

 

 

Advertisements

ARTICLE ABOUT The A-Z of Heavy Metal FROM SOUNDS (Part 3), April 26, 1975

And we continue with part 3 in these series. I must admit that I didn`t know all these bands/artist before reading about them here. Funny how some fell by the wayside and others became household names.
Read on!

IMG_2731

Rock from `eavy to `umble or
The Sounds A – Z of Heavy Metal

Compiled by Pete Makowski and Geoff Barton

D

Deep Purple

Originally the band sounded like the culmination of all the things that Vanilla Fudge had striven for. Elaborate arrangements, well played rock. The band was formed by ex Artwoods and Flowerpot man Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore (ex Screaming Lord Sutch, Neil Christians and the Crusaders) and former Searcher Chris Curtis in `68. Curtis left and was replaced by bass player Nick Simper plus the addition of vocalist Rod Evans. The band recorded three albums with this format – `Shades Of Deep Purple`, `Book Of Talysein` and `Deep Purple`. Evans split to the States to form Captain Beyond with ex-Iron Butterfly guitarist Mike Pinera and Bobby Caldwell. Simper went on to join Warhorse. Simper and Evans were replaced by Roger Glover and Ian Gillan respectively. They recorded `In Rock` in 1970, and the distinct sound of Blackmore`s piercing, innovative guitar style that took Hank Marvin`s tremelo one step further, plus the screaming banshee vocals of Gillan made this THE definitive progressive rock album. Purple rose from the underground following when they achieved commercial success (`Black Night`, Strange Kind Of Woman` and `Fireball`). They achieved gargantuan popularity in the States with `Machine Head` which was the top selling US album in `73. An album later Gillan and Glover split and the future of the band was dubious, but they went on and added unknown vocalist Dave Coverdale and ex Trapeze bassist Glenn Hughes. This made for a change in the band`s music, but not in the impetus of their success.

Deviants

While the rest of the world was dressing up in beads and kaftans, Mick Farren and the Social Deviants, taking their cue from the MC5, hopped into their leathers and became a street punk rock politico band. In other words, they bashed it out loud and had titles like `Let`s Loot The Supermarket`. They were born in Spring 1967 with Farren, Duncan Sanderson and Russ Hunter as the core and the fluctuating guitar team of Paul Rudolf and Sid Bishop. By the end of `67 they`d dropped the social bit (well, says Farren, “it was a bit long and cumbersome to say”) and they broke up during a tour of America in 1969. Russ and Sandy joined up with Twink and Rudolf in the Pink Fairies. The Deviants left behind three albums – `Ptoof`, `Disposable` and `Deviants`. The Pink Fairies were worthy successors, but they too are defunct now. Paul Rudolf now has The Paul Rudolf Bugs Bunny Drugs Band.

E

Eire Apparent

Eire Apparent is notable for two things – the presence of guitarist Henry McCullogh, subsequently with the Grease Band, Wings, and, occasionally, Frankie Miller and the production of Jimi Hendrix. One Buddah single, `Rock`n`Roll Band` shows just how well the combination worked.

F

Fanny

This four piece all girl group stripped away all the pre-conceived chauvinistic views of women in rock. They could hit as hard as a battering ram. Formed in California the original line up consisted of June Millington (guitar/vocals), Jean Millington (bass/vocals), Alice De Buhr (drums) and Nickey Barclay (keyboards/vocals). The popularity of this band opened a market for other female rock bands (Isis, Birtha, Mother Trucker). June Millington was the first to leave the band and was replaced by Suzi Quatro`s sister Patti. Nickey Barclay, who was the band`s main writer, left last year to form her own band, Good News.

Foghat

Energy laden, blues based rock and roll laced with glamour. Foghat were one of those bands, like Climax Chicago, struck big in America but haven`t even created a ripple of interest in this country. The original band were ex-Savoy Brown members Rod Price (guitar), Tony Stevens (bass), and Roger Earl (drums). They were soon joined by `Lonesome` Dave Peverett on guitar. They have recorded three successful albums (`Rock & Roll`, `Energized`, `Rock And Roll Outlaws`), on Bearsville label and recently Tony Stevens left to be replaced by Nick Jameson.

Andy Fraser Band

Fraser surfaced with a new band following Sharks and an aborted liaison with Frankie Miller – Nick Judd on keyboards, Kim Turner on drums and Fraser on lead bass and vocals. They`re the loudest I`ve heard in a long time and as cocky and as unsubtle as you like.

Fusion Orchestra

Later re-titled Jill Saward`s Fusion Orchestra, this band is not so much heavy as flashy, visually and musically. When last seen, Jill would whirl dervish-like from instrument to instrument as if seeking an electric Holy Grail. A somewhat frenzied band, in which the drummer has been known to do a solo stretching from one end of the hall to the other.

G

Brian Gamage And The Spikes

Issued a single, `Brain Damage`, in mid-1974. It featured a guitar solo played by hurling a meathook at a highly amplified Stratocaster. The band were first formed in 1963 and the current, ever-changing line-up stands at Brian Gamage vocals, Carole Lewis bugle (the only two remaining original members), Arthur Boonstock harpsichord and Ollibund Socket assorted tympani. Their long-awaited album `Blue Funk` is set for release in the distant future.

J. Geils

Energised R&B driven by the `Wolfman Jack` type vocals of ex-art student and disc jockey Peter Wolf and the screaming mouth-iron, courtesy of Magic Dick. This band of Americanos started life in `67 by Wolf and drummer Steven Bladd. The rest of the band – Danny Klein (bass), Seth Justman (keyboards), J. Geils (guitar) and Magic Dick Salwitz were picked up from a technical engineering college. They started out as a gritty, down to earth boogie band. Their last two albums (`Ladies Invited` and `Nightmares` – on the Atlantic label) were a little more sophisticated. Still a premier live act.

Geordie

Brash Newcastle band, formed in early 1972. Powerful stage act, had some success with the singles `Don`t Do That` and `All Because Of You` – the latter a blatant rip-off of all (at that time) current singles styles, notably Bolan`s `Solid Gold Easy Action`, but great fun all the same. Toured with Slade, have made two albums, `Hope You Like It` and `Don`t Be Fooled By The Name`. Line-up: Brian Johnson vocals, Vic Malcolm guitar, Tom Hill bass, Brian Gibson drums.

Golden Earring

Dutch band, guitarist George Kooymans formed it in 1965 as a bubblegum outfit. Gradually became influenced by early Sixties styles and developed into musically excellent, visually superb band but without much originality. They first came to Britain in 1973 in the wake of Focus` success and soon notched up a hit single, `Radar Love`, and an album, `Moontan`. Current efforts, `Kill Me (Ce Soir)` and `Switch` are disappointing – the band seem to have become too preoccupied with their flashy image.

Groundhogs

The archetypal heavy rock three piece, the Groundhogs originally derived their familiar sound in `68. They were a four piece blues band, but after the departure of vocalist Stephen Rye, Tony McPhee took over and in 1970, two albums later, they established their niche with `Thank Christ For The Bomb` which with the followup `Split` could be described as their definitive product. The moody hard edged sound of the band along with Tony McPhee`s sad sounding `droney` vocals made this mob a popular gigging band. In 1972 after the release of `Who Will Save The World`, drummer Ken Pusteinik left to be replaced by ex-Egg drummer Clive Brooks. This is when McPhee`s guitar and songwriting completely took over and after `Hogwash` he recorded a solo album in 1973 – `The Two Sides Of Tony `T.S.` McPhee`.

Grand Funk

Detroit punk rock at 14,000 watts. GFR were the first of the Teeny bop heavy rock gladiators. Originally put together by ex-Detroit disc jockey Terry Knight in late `69, Don Brewer (drums) and Mark Farner (guitar) were formerly from his backing band the Pack. They got Mel Scacher from Question Mark & The Mysterians. Funk went straight to the open air festivals, their main assets being volume and energy, and soon captured the hearts of a new generation of kids. The band suddenly became a monster (their fifth album `Survival` sold a million on the day of release) they became a liberated status symbol to the masses of teenagers who weren`t interested in The Cream or the Beatles. The band had produced their own album `Phoenix` after splitting from Knight and in fact rose back from the ashes and back into the charts. They added ex-Pack organist Craig Frost to their line up and their next two albums were produced by whiz kid Todd Rundgren.

Gun, Three Man Army, Baker-Gurvitz Army

Lots of Gurvitz brothers for your money. `Polecat Woman` is about the best thing they`ve done and is available on `Three Man Army Two`. The B-G Army sound promising.

IMG_2841

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Frank Zappa, Gladys Knight, Women In Rock, Betty Wright, Steve Harley, Peter Frampton, Labelle, Peter Skellern, Ray Davies, Larry Uttal, Chris Spedding, Anne Murray, Sweet Sensation, Bernard Purdie, Mike Harding, Ronnie Lane, Yes.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

1. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. Send it to: geirmykl@gmail.com
2. The offer should be 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.

ARTICLE ABOUT Roger Glover (Deep Purple) FROM SOUNDS, November 9, 1974

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.”
Read on!

IMG_2513

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.

IMG_2536
“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.”

IMG_2537

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

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.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

1. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. Send it to: geirmykl@gmail.com
2. The offer should be 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.

ARTICLE ABOUT Deep Purple FROM SOUNDS, June 8, 1974

A short, but sort of funny review of this concert. A short mention of the Dio-led ELF too. Nice.

img_2168

Concert review

By Pete Makowski

Purple hit Coventry with two evenings of good music and sheer lunacy to mark the end of a triumphant British tour. Everything seemed quite normal at the opening of Elf`s set. They have developed into a highly polished professional unit. Ronnie Dio displayed his powerful vocals on a searing rendition of “Happy” from their current album “Carolina County Ball” and the delivery of this number was so crisp and powerful that the audience surged towards the stage in appreciation.
Suddenly from nowhere a “dirty great big” bag of flour hit Ronnie on the head. More of them seemed to appear from the corners of the stage and soon enough the whole line-up of Stephen Edwards (guitar), Craig Gruber (bass), Mickey Lee Soule (piano) and Cool Guy (drums) were covered in dat white stuff. The audience, who were looking a bit dead, didn`t seem to react to this attack.
Next on were Purple, kicking the set off in fine form with “Burn”. They played their asses off and the set ran smoothly apart from a mysterious incident involving a bottle breaking against the side of Glenn Hughes leg. Blackmore featured some really fine soloing and Ian Paice did a mindblasting solo in “You Fool No One” which went into “Mule”. David Coverdale displayed his vociferous vocals in “Mistreated”. It was a great set, not their best, but they were out to have a good time.

img_2172

They too were bombarded with flour at the end of “Space Trucking”. By this time the audience were on their feet and cheering and the band came back on for an encore which was “Going Down” which culminated with a line of trouserless roadies having a knees up across the stage. To finish this off a certain gentleman, who has been described as the entertainments officer, strode across the stage in black tights, knee-length boots and hat, looking like the son of Max Wall, and bared his buttocks to all.
Backstage after the show the scene was comparitively calm. Jon, Dave and Glenn were getting ready for their trip to Germany the next day where they will be performing Jon`s “Gemini Suite” and everyone was bidding each other farewell. Two burly characters confronted me “don`t forget to mention Pad of the plank and Jim for their excellent job on security”, uh okay, boys.
This tour has proved the new line-up to be a viable proposition, and this is obviously a skeleton of what to expect in the months to come.

img_2176

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Bryan Ferry, Captain Beefheart, Jim Capaldi, Lee Jackson, Uriah Heep, Byzantium, Denny Cordell, Ronnie Lane, Blue, Nutz, Arthur Brown, Harry Chapin, Groundhogs, Genesis.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

1. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. Send it to: geirmykl@gmail.com
2. The offer should be 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.

 

ARTICLE ABOUT Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) FROM SOUNDS, January 5, 1974

By having two articles concerning the same band straigt after one another I break a principle I usually have, but sometime life is more exciting if it is not entirely predictable. My friend Rad from Russia agrees with me when I say that you can`t really have too many articles about this band, so here is a really good article for you to enjoy. You can not be a fan of hard rock and dislike this fantastic band. So there…

IMG_1995

In at the deep end

Pete Makowski interviews new man Glen Hughes

At the tender age of twenty-two Glen Hughes has acquired something all musicians strive for and often never get: security. That magic word ensures your daily meal and keeps you in the musical limelight. Recently after the hasty departure of Roger Glover it was confirmed that Glen Hughes was to replace him.
Joining a band of Deep Purple`s stature has definitely given Glen Hughes a more predominant position in the music business and made his future much more secure. He has kept quite cool about the whole thing although when I spoke to him at the Park Hotel in Frankfurt he seemed very excited about the reaction the new Purple were receiving.

SURPRISE

I asked Glen how Purple originally spotted him. “It started about a year ago,” he replied with a slight tinge of Brummy accent. “Trapeze were playing in Miami Beach while Purple were on vacation. We were both staying in the same hotel and we met and we were playing some gigs in the same area and we used to go and see each other. I never knew they were checking me out, so it came as a complete surprise.”
I asked if he was worried about the fact that he and vocalist David Coverdale had taken the place of two people so well established within the group.
“I was a bit wary about it because at first I said no and yes. I said no because I wanted to sing, I didn`t care about anything else except although I love playing bass as well but I wouldn`t play with anybody if I couldn`t sing, because I love singing.
They (Purple) said it was OK because I would be singing and after that I went through a very horrible phase after the first month I had joined `cause they were looking for a singer, but they wanted two singers, but soon things became clearer and I realised they wanted to change the Purple sound by having two singers.”
What was the feeling at the time of Purple`s split?
“Fucking great! Because it was obvious the relationships weren`t good within the band and they knew they were going to split it just had to happen. It was planned that July was going to be the last tour.”
For people who aren`t too familiar with Trapeze, Glen`s previous band, they were a three piece comprising of Mel Galley (guitar), Dave Holland (drums) and of course Mr. Hughes (bass/vocals). The band originated as a five piece and released an album on Threshold. The strongest feature on the first effort was the powerful harmonies. The group eventually diminished to a trio and their second album – “Medusa” – was a start to the funky rock-soul feel they had.

Trapeze proved to be fairly successful in parts of America especially Texas where they shared their fans with ZZ Top, another hot three piece who were very close friends of theirs. They even had a chart entry in the States, “Black Cloud”, from the “Medusa” album, but alas they were cruelly ignored in Britain.
Even when the media buzzed with excitement on the release of their last and best album “You Are The Music, We`re Just The Band” there was still no flicker of hope for this ill-fated outfit.
I asked Glen how he felt about leaving Trapeze. “I was really happy with them, the only difference now is that now I`m getting treated better, I`ve got more money, which I don`t give a damn about because I`ve got lots more years to worry about something like that.
“But the thing is it got to a stage with Trapeze last year where it was so good and so tight but we weren`t getting anywhere at all. We did nine tours in America and we were just breaking it in some areas and that was after three years, there was no hope.”
Bass players and drummers are regarded as the guts of the band. I asked Glen how easily Ian Paice and he adapted to each other`s styles. “I felt as if I`d been playing with Ian so many years, because he`s so tight it`s a great feeling.”
How he felt the band had changed when he joined? “It`s like a new band, they`ve still got the three main guys in Purple. Ian Gillan and Roger were great but the original Purple were Ian Paice, Ritchie and Jon who I think are incredible and gave myself and David an opportunity and we took it.
“It`s a fight because some people want to hear the old songs, we do two old songs but apart from that it`s all new stuff and the majority of people reacted well. After only a few gigs I think it`s great!”
The European tour the band have just completed was to break in the new members; were the rest of the band worried about the replacements? “There wasn`t any bother about me because I had played a lot of American gigs but the biggest worry was David because he was taking Ian Gillan`s place.
“We`re singing together but he is taking his place on stage. Ian Gillan, as well as being great looking, had great feeling on the stage, that`s what they were worried about but he`s worked out all right.”

IMG_1996

KNOCKOUT

The band have just finished recording their new album “Burn” which proves to be an exciting recording. “It took ten days which is great, it was exciting to do; we used to spend all night playing. It was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, and most of the cuts were done in two or three takes.
“I`m knocked out with the album, it sounds great when it`s loud. When we mixed it and then listened we were knocked out with it.”
I asked Glen how he rated the rest of the lads in the band. “I`ve always rated Ritchie for years, Ian Paice completely knocked me out when I saw him. Jon I`ve always admired as a musician, too, but when I saw him play I couldn`t hear him so I couldn`t feel what he was playing. But now I can hear him the stuff he plays is absolutely knockout especially on the album. I can`t describe working alongside him because he`s so precise he never makes a mistake.
“Ritchie`s the greatest improviser I`ve seen since Hendrix. He gets a bit pissed off because he knows he`s good but doesn`t go round telling everybody in print. It`s a bit sad when people go round saying Beck and Ronson are the best and nobody mentions Blackmore.”
Ever since Trapeze, Glen has always had soul influence. I asked him if the American tours had anything to do with this. “I think it was the way I was brought up really, because I missed out on all the Shadows, the rock and roll and was brought up with Tamla and soul and that`s how I was brought up to play.
“I left school when I was fifteen. I joined a little local band, called the News, playing lead guitar and it was a blues type band. Then I joined this band called Finders Keepers because I was broke and they needed a bass player and Mel (Galley) was in the band at the time. About nine months after we formed Trapeze.”
One thing which surprised me was the fact that Glen nearly joined the Electric Light Orchestra. Roy Wood asked me to join ELO before it was ever thought about. It was going to be Jeff, Roy, Bev and myself and some guys which they got eventually. I said yes, he asked me while The Move were still going, and in fact I left Trapeze, you know, did the big number, left the band very early on and I was rehearsing and living with Roy for two weeks. I then decided to go back to Trapeze.
“Although he was going to allow me to sing I think it would have been a bad move. He`s changed so many times he might have done something I wasn`t into and I would have been stuck.”
Something which Glen keeps on returning to is his split with Trapeze, clarifying his reason for leaving. “When I was with the band for three years I kept on saying `I`ll give it another year` and we did nine ten-week tours in America, that`s enough to break any band. The thing was in the States we didn`t have any agency and we couldn`t back any big bands so we were doing shit gigs all the time.
“It got us together musically but it screwed us up physically. I used to go to hospital to get shots, we were never big enough to cancel gigs.”
But although he`s had some rough experiences in the past Glen still holds a deep affection for the band. “I love that band,” he said, “I shall always want to be associated with them no matter what they do I`ll always want to jam with them `cause I love them.”

RIGOROUS

There were stories and rumours claiming that the old Deep Purple only saw each other when on stage, which is a far cry from the new band who have rigorous rehearsals and keep close contact. “We rehearsed three weeks in this castle on the Welsh borders every day and were always together. When I`m in London I stay at Ian`s.”
How had the band`s music changed in comparison to the old Purple? “They always wanted to play with a little bit more bluesy feel and now it makes you want to `shake your arse` and I think that`s why they changed their line up.”
One thing that`s pleased Glen no end is the fact that he`ll be partaking in solo projects as well. “I`m knocked out they`ve asked me to do my own album, which I`ll definitely do, but I`ll wait till people become more familiar with my name.”
He lay back in his chair and you could tell by the contented smile on his face that Glen was more excited than he let show. “I think everyone`s excited about this band, the album, the gigs. From the past few concerts I know people are coming to see the NEW Deep Purple and that`s great.”

IMG_1997

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Denny Laine, Hughie Nicholson, Savoy Brown, Queen, Greenslade, Gary Glitter, Dave Lambert.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

1. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. Send it to: geirmykl@gmail.com
2. The offer should be 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.