Thirteen December 1977
Normal service was resumed for Issue 13
(not especially unlucky, although a load did go out with the
last page upside down) and we were getting our breath back after
Rainbow's European shows, as well as wondering what had happened
to Bain and Carey and the third album... It was taking some
time getting used to the larger venues though. We did several
of the UK shows and were a little disappointed that the set
hadn't progressed much, and also at catching a Blackmore 'wobbler'
in Preston (a show reviewed for us by DPAS member Peter Judd
- who still gets the magazine 24 years later! I also notice
a credit to Nigel Young, also still with us). The band peaked
for me at Manchester, though the quiet interludes which had
made the '76 shows so incredible were being cut back and often
ignored by the more hyped up elements in the crowd. All was
quiet with the other ex-members too, PAL's break-up was about
to happen (apart from a supposed sighting of Rod Evans working
in a petrol station in America). More of our discography plus
two A4 glossy photo pages (not available for the reprint) and
loads of reviews rounded the issue off. I got my younger brother
Giles to help us collate and staple the mag, which was xeroxed
for us as individual pages (collating devices for copiers were
still a way off). I think it was probably the last job he ever
THIRTEEN : DIGEST & INDEX
: Recording & Touring
LIVE REVIEW : Liverpool Empire
REVIEW : New, Live & Rare EP
REVIEW : Scarabus
: PAL split, Roger Glover, Rod Evans..
of the new studio album was recorded in June / July 1977. Mark
Clarke played bass during the sessions, but Ritchie spent his
spare evenings redoing these! According to Dio, Ritchie will
be featured playing bass on six out of the eight numbers on
the LP. The titles include 'Kill The King', 'Long Live Rock'n'Roll'
and ‘Night People’, which were played during the 1977 tour.
Rehearsals for the tour were at Shepperton Studios around September
17th. They managed to blow up a dry-ice machine and damage their
computer whilst down there. The Helsinki show was cancelled.
Ritchie arrived the day before, but the group’s gear was held
up in customs and wasn’t cleared in time. After the UK shows
the group finished off the album. This involved writing and
recording another track.
Empire , 5th November 1977 - Live
first night at Liverpool the solos were not getting through
to me like they should have. The next night was a little better
and the magic returned, albeit briefly. There was a spectacular
demolition job when Ritchie disappeared off the stage and reappeared
in the ‘Royal Box’. After strumming around with his legs dangling
over the edge, he proceeded to belt the instrument to bits,
swinging the remains on the lead just above the crowd’s heads.
Live & Rare
- EP Review
to make extra mileage out of ‘Painted Horse’. So why is ‘Black
Night’ the A-side? Simple, if it got into the charts, they could
show the 1970 promo film on Top Of the Pops. Sadly it got no
further than no.31. Gillan mentioned the EP in a radio interview:
“When we started doing ‘Scarabus’ in June I really wanted to
use the ‘Painted Horse’ tune, then blow me they go and dig it
out! If you listen to ‘Pre-Release’ from ‘Scarabus’, cop the
melody line at the beginning of the verse..”
Scarabus - Album
ain’t a bad album, it would’ve been better if not for the rather
clinical production – which also marred ‘Clear Air..’ somewhat.
For me the pick of the tracks are ‘Slags To Bitches’,‘Twin Exhausted’
and ‘Mercury High’. ‘Fool’s Mate’ is an attempt to do ‘The Mule’
again. What a mess. Nauseef gets completely out of control,
when is he going to get rid of the 1001 percussive obscurities
and just knock shit out of his kit? This underlines the main
fault with IGB – lots happening on the surface, but no real
The ‘Painted Horse’ cop is quite clear, there’s a ‘Super Trouper’
lift also. By the way, Super Trouper is the trade name of a
brand of powerful spotlights, this is likely where Gillan got
the inspiration from _ “Super Trouper I can see you now, return
simply Paice & Lord now, ‘cos the group are no more. It seems
that halfway through the second LP they decided to call it a day.
Paice has been rumoured to be joining Paul McCartney’s Wings!
will be out in February 1978 now. He will not be doing any live
work to promote it, feeling he hasn’t the charisma to carry such
gigs off, unless it were a hit (it won’t be). Nor will he be carrying
a bass for Coverdale’s outfit.
surprised you didn’t it? He’s not on the new Captain Beyond LP.
That’s because he is now working as petrol pump attendant in America.
to the top
in the magazine...David Coverdale news...Jimmy Bain interview....
'Eddie Harris in the UK' (Paice session) album review.... 'Remembering
Heinz' album review..... Rainbow ‘On Stage’ special DJ edition...plus
the magazine can be purchased
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