25 July 1982
If you've read about the Concert Publishing debacle, you'll
understand why there was a longer than normal gap between
Issue 24 and 25 of Stargazer.
we'd decided to get back to our own magazine, I assembled
most of the contents and artwork for Issue 25 as before, but
the entire magazine was printed offset litho for the first
time at the printers where I was now working part-time. So
rather than just chucking it all at the Xerox copy bureau,
I actually shot all the artwork onto film myself, planned
it up and made the printing plates. I'd worked at a printers
before so had a grasp of the process, but it was still exciting
to be able to see it progress right the way through to the
printing machine, and watch it roll off the press. As I was
doing all the origination myself, and doing other work for
them, the printer cut us a deal so the magazine didn't cost
much more than it had done before. Once the individual pages
were printed, I got a lift home (it was a bus and train journey
to the printers) and they were assembled in our front room,
using an electric stapler borrowed from work - sod a new Hoover,
this was what we were aspiring to at the time!
also to working at the printers, we were able to move forward
to complete our mammoth 100+ page Deep Purple discography.
Originally it had been planned to do it on two types of paper
- glossy for the sleeves, and cheaper matt for the text, which
is why the pictures stayed at either end. However we got a
good price for a pallet of paper so it went ahead as a proper
glossy paperback. The book was assembled at the printers although
the thickness proved to be a bit too much for their antiquated
folding and stapling machine at times! It was a very well
received publication too and it amazes me twenty years on
when I find people at record fairs still carrying a well thumbed
copy full of numerous biro notes! My own one remaining copy
gets a fair amount of use too. I have begun work on the update
which we want to get out within the next year.
magazine itself I was pleased to have notched up my 100th
Deep Purple pic sleeve, and to find Roger Glover shared a
liking for my favourite band of the time, Talking Heads. On
the archive front we were speculating on a live version of
"The Gypsy" if we could track down the "Made In Europe tapes.
This was to take rather longer than getting my second 100
picture sleeves... Much was also made of the impending release
of "Live In London", with some of the original sleeve sketches
etc. This was a frustrating release in many ways. EMI made
changes to the artwork, while the cover image lacked punch
- as nobody seemed to have any good slides (and picture research
time was very limited). Amazingly someone in the fan-club
then sent me half a dozen slides which he'd found in the street
in London (literally), one of which was then used on the cover!
The budget wouldn't run to a gatefold but we were allowed
an inner bag which was originally to be in full colour - only
when it came out did I learn they'd downgraded it to monochrome.
As for the tacky corner flash which appeared from nowhere...
also tied in nicely with another six or so pages of the Mk
3 story, this time covering the UK leg of the 1974 tour in
detail. With talk of a Deep Purple reunion rife throughout
1982, we were somewhat taken aback when Gillan raised the
subject with us backstage after the band's first show of their
UK tour, when we'd studiously avoided all mention of it. Whitesnake
were still in disarray, with all sorts of comings and goings
within the band. Also playing musical chairs were members
of Rainbow, with Don Airey on the way out, and rumours about
Rondinelli and Glover's future surfacing in American papers.
For collectors it was the era of the triple vinyl bootleg
album, with monster offerings from Whitesnake and Rainbow
causing major financial hardship for fans, as most releases
came from Japan with attendant high prices. I managed to get
a commission from Kerrang to write them a lengthy Rainbow
story, which helped pay for a couple of the better titles!
The vinyl collectors market was really at a peak around this
time, with more and more rarities surfacing, both old and
new, as the number of successful ex-members bands generated
huge interest in all such releases for a whole generation
of fans, and the record companies pushed coloured vinyl, 12"
singles and picture discs by all the bands. Video was also
starting to become more widely available as a new format too,
with the Cal Jam finally getting proper UK distribution, a
short-lived release for the Butterfly Ball movie, and even
talk of the Danish show from 1972 being cleaned up for release.
off the magazine with an attempt to catalogue all Purple's
American singles, and slapped a dramatic picture of Glenn
across the front, and then it was time to start licking envelopes
- self adhesive were ruled out on cost grounds for the moment!
25: DIGEST & INDEX
NEWS & REVIEW: Live In London
REVIEW : Rock Flashback, The California Jam
REVIEW : Double Trouble
REVIEW : Nightmare & Restless (singles)
REVIEW : Ipswich Gaumont
: Line-Up Changes
: The Olympic Rock & Blues Circus
REVIEW : Stone Cold (single)
: Don Airey Quits
REVIEW : Straight Between The Eyes
REVIEW : Butterfly Ball
In London - Album News & Review
most of you probably know, Deep Purple were taped live by the
BBC at the Kilbum Gaumont on May 22nd 1974. They aired it as
an In Concert special on June 6th, lasting 90 minutes, and containing
the whole show minus the encore. A couple of edits were made
to keep it to this length. Later on that year they repeated
the show, cutting out 'Space Trucking' to get it down to the
normal one hour In Concert length. A single album is wanted,
choosing from the following: 'Burn' is a good version, they
storm into it,'Might Just Take Your Life' is a little bit of
a plodding version I feel, but 'Lay Down Stay Down' is a lot
better. 'Mistreated' has a great intro, and is more together
than the available live version. 'Smoke On The Water' has a
nice intro from Ritchie, 'Lazy' and all, but is marred by Hughes
at the end. 'You Fool No One' scores over 'Space Truckin' by
being exactly the right length, and much more together. The
encore was not broadcast, and I don't know if this is even on
the BBC tapes still - they may have wiped it. Pics from the
gig are easily identified as Ritchie ditched his normal black
shiny top in favour of a snazzy black embroidered kaftan type
PURPLE: Live In London Harvest:UK:August 1982
I wrote the details above, this album has been finalised. In
the end, unable to agree about 'Smoke On The Water', Tony Edwards
got onto EMI with the outcome that they'll be using special
cutting techniques to give us nearly 60 minutes of music. The
running order will follow that of the actual concert - 1) Burn
/ Might Just Take Your Life / Lay Down Stay Down / Mistreated
2) Smoke On The Water / You Fool No One. The tapes sound really
good; the original BBC broadcast was an experiment in quadraphonic,
and was mixed in just two weeks, so quite a lot was lost when
California Jam - Video Review
Purple: Rock Flashback BBC Video BBCV 5000: Aug 1981: UK
Overall quite an acceptable result, considering the problems
involved. The filming is a bit poor at times,with annoying footage
of Ritchie's back etc. Musically it's not brilliant. Stand-out
track to me was 'You Fool No One' which had me sat on the edge
of the chair glued to the screen transfixed. The final demolition
seems a little staged watching it cold, I'd have liked to have
seen them beef it up by zooming in & moving about a little more.
That's a real stack going up by the way, not an empty shell!
For some reason 'Lay Down Stay Down' has been edited out of
the tape - it was done at the gig and has been shown on US TV.
I don't think they had time to do an encore as ELP had to follow
Trouble - Album Review
Double Trouble. Virgin VGD 3506: UK: Oct 1981
Some of it has grown on me, and what seemed initially like a
non-starter bar one track now rates somewhat higher. 'I'll Rip
Your Spine Out' is one of my favourites, let down only by the
rather predictable synth tone in the solo. It's 'Men Of War'
which really slays me, and has done from the first play. The
vocals soaring in and out, growling and screaming - magnificent.
The guitar works well, but again I find the keyboards somewhat
ordinary. The album ends with the only two Gillan/Towns compositions,
of which I think I prefer 'Life Goes On'. A marked change in
style instrumentally, and some good vocals. We even get some
of the Mary Longs sneaking in near the end, with a nice dramatic
close. Which is more than you can say for 'Born To Kill'. it
fizzles out after such a good build up through all the different
tempos etc. Certainly good stuff, Colin playing well, and I
feel I'd go for it more had they not done it so well live. At
times I do find myself missing the Gillan "thrash" of yore,
and the mix isn't anything to shout about, but the album certainly
has more going for it than the last poor effort. Gers slots
in well, only two Blackmoresque solos throughout.
bonus live LP is a real duffer, and a poor recording (mostly
from the Reading festival 1981). The sleeve artwork is crummy.
Enough, what about the singles?....
Nightmare / Restless - Single Reviews
/ Bite The Bullet (live). Virgin VS441: October 1981: UK
Single off the latest album, which sounded good on the radio
and did well in the charts. The b-side is live from Reading
1981, not from the bonus live LP, but suffering from the same
/ On The Rocks (live). Virgin VSY 465: January 1982: UK
Single also off the latest album, available in three formats:
fold out poster sleeve with disc slipped inside, picture disc
and normal picture sleeve version. We were all well exposed
to 'Restless' c/o the radio, I find the vocals during the verses
attractive but the 'Jimmy Jimmy' bit turns me off. The b-side
is yet another Reading leftover.
The World - News
one of the busiest bands around, Gillan played a handful of
Japanese dates at the beginning of October 1981, followed by
a low-key pub tour of Australia about which our roving reporter
Howard Kehl sent word."We arrived at Thebarton Town Hall to
hear Janick knocking out the riff to 'Mistreated' of all things.
The hall isn't a rock venue at all; judging by the way the caretaker
was running around with his fingers in his ears!"
group were back in Nottingham on Oct 5th for what must be the
longest tour by any Purple person ever. The return to our climate
brought the usual throat problems, and the second show at Manchester
was cancelled; the tour then kicked off proper in Sheffield
instead. lan told us later he'd been really nervous prior to
that show, but this just gave it that extra edge to make it
something special, while the man himself was in magnificent
form. The first couple of tracks saw them getting the feel of
things, and it wasn't until a rousing 'Hadeley Bop Bop' that
things really got going, but it was the live UK debut of 'Bom
To Kill' which really took the roof off.
was quite a bit of TV exposure during the tour, including Top
Of The Pops (using up a year's supply of flashbombs in the process!)
There was a special studio session for BBC Radio's Friday Rock
Show aired on May 8th 1982 consisting of five tracks_ MAD /
No Laughing.. / Vengeance / Born To Kill / Hadeley Bop Bop.
Gaumont, 22nd November 1981 - Live
thought support act Nightwing were crap and Budgie never appeared.
Starting with 'Second Sight' they crashed into 'Unchain Your
Brain', sounding better and clearer than Torme versions. The
piece de resistance was 'Born To Kill', brilliant - though slight
problems rhythm-wise I think. I'd just about given up hearing
anything from Mr.Universe whwn we got a full version of 'Vengeance'.
I thought the encore of 'No Easy Way' sounded better than some
of the previous line-up's jumbled efforts." Pascal Conan
Changes - News
August 28th 1981 Bernie Marsden recorded a solo BBC session,
with help from Neil Murray, Don Airey, and David Coverdale.
Whitesnakel band began their new studio album in October 1981.
It was partly completed before they over for a headline tour
of Germany in December, quickly dubbed 'The Black Ice 81 Tour'.
Crowds were kept away by the terrible weather, though sales
had been slow anyway. The set didn't contain anything new. To
cap it all Paicey got mumps off his son, and the last few gigs
had to be cancelled.
band gathered in the new year to finish the album, but right
at the end of January Coverdale called a meeting and put them
all on extended leave. Since then press have had a field day!
the third week of April Bernie Marsden's departure was announced,
he went off to form a band called SOS. Hearts fell when it was
also announced that Ian Paice and Neil Murray would be teaming
up with Gary Moore.
now we're promised a return to form towards the end of 1982,
plus the new album and some new faces. Maybe we can look forward
to some studio material which sounds as good as their live shows?
Olympic Rock & Blues Circus -
The project evolved over the winter of 1981 from an album being
made by drummers Pete York and Charlie Eichert. They decided
to tour involving the people who had helped them record the
album. Apart from themselves, there was Chris Farlowe on vocals,
John Marshall on guitar, Jon Lord on keyboards and Colin Hodgkinson
on bass. I should say that these last two hadn't been on the
album; Brian Auger had done the keyboard work and Steve Richardson
the bass. However neither were available to tour.
was a ten date tour covering mainly small halls and clubs -
starting in Kamen on March 22nd and ending in Freiburg on April
4th. The music was a mixture of jazz and blues type numbers,
and must have been in many ways like Jon's days in The Artwoods.
The shows began with Ravel's 'Bolero', just a couple of the
group on-stage at first, the others coming on to join in. The
set proper then covered 'Watch The River Flow', 'Whiter Shade
Of Pale', 'Mississippi Delta Blues', 'Sincussion' and 'Compared
To What'. After that there was a 15 minute interval after which
they all returned to do 'Take Me On The Road', Aretha Franklin's
'Never Loved A Woman', 'What's The Record' (with a ten minute
drum solo from York), 'Everything's Wrong', 'It's Gonna Rain
Today' and 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. Jon then really
harked back with a version of 'Walk On The Wild Side', a number
The Artwoods recorded back in 1966, followed by a medley of
Spencer Davis number). 'Stormy Monday Blues' ended the set.
You can get quite an idea of the music if you know any of the
songs. My thanks to Thomas Meyer, without his little news item
and reviews we wouldn't even have known of the tour.
Cold - Single Review
as a 7" or 12" with a fairly rough looking photo of
the band on the front. Just an album taster, not strong enough
to do any more than scratch the charts here. Seems to be striving
for the REO Speedwagon market, but tends to plod rather than
soar. Hefty keyboard sound, ok guitar, but it does very little
for me. Quite a lot of people have taken to it judging from
the letters, though everyone complains of the Foreigner influence.
Airey Departs - News
Don Airey's yawnsville solos on the 1981 UK tour, his departure
from Rainbow after their dates in Japan wasn't much of a surprise
(though his stated reasons of boredom at doing the sane old
numbers were!). When the rest of the band arrived at the Lee
Studios in Montreal late in November half a dozen young hopefuls
were lined up waiting to audition, the job going to Dave Rosenthal.
Judging by the 'Stone Cold' single he seems a reasonable player
too and his classical background was obviously a big point in
Our US reporter sent dates which began up in Canada on May 10th,
lasting about a month. At the same time news of four dates over
in Germany at the end of May appeared, with Ritchie flying over
for a week's holiday there beforehand. One of the shows was
to be recorded and shown on TV there a few days later. It seems
that at the last moment Rainbow pulled out however.
Between The Eyes - Album Review
album rockets off to a powerful and frantic start with 'Death
Alley Driver', set firmly in the Highway Star tradition including
the final solo from Ritchie. 'Bring On The Night' is pleasant,
and a possible catchy follow up 45. 'Tearing Out My Heart' smacks
of Foreigner, but has some fine singing from Turner especially
at the end where his high scream on the guitar souds great.
Side two opens with a kind of AC/DC type riff, but 'Power' develops
into quite a good song (great headbanging stuff - yuk). 'Miss
Mistreated' is straight out of the Whitesnake songbook, thumping
bass, background keyboards etc, and is probably the worst track
on the album. The last track, 'Eyes Of Fir'e is weird. At first
it seems like a dreary endless noise, a bit like an attempt
to recreate '77 era Rainbow. I haven't made up my mind if it's
duff or a gem yet. So what have we got? A good album but hardly
one which demands to be played over and over. The line up is
strong, Joe Lynn is superb, and the new guy fits in well, so
why aren't they as good as they ought to be? I think the answer
lies with RB & RG. I don't like Roger's production, and Blackmore
just frustrates me with his instistence on sticking to the same
style and sound, very sad when you think what he can and has
done in the past."
Butterfly Ball - Video Review
video has begun to appear in various ads recently. Roger Glover
recorded an album called 'The Butterfly back in 1974, based
on a book of the same name. To give it a boost they held a one-off
live concert, which took place in October 1975, and featured
most of the guests who had helped on the album. It proved something
of a weak show, spoilt by too long a break in between each number,
but did have a few highlights - most notably Gillan's return
to the live stage, a really emotional moment it was too. Glover
did one number playing bass (he was on synth most of the time).
The show was filmed, and released the following year. Distribution
was rather limited - one day in Manchester! It has now turned
up on video. The main problem was / and is the ridiculous insertion
at random intervals of tatty live action footage showing gits
dressed in animal costumes poncing around a park. Near the end
they also used the cartoon made to accompany 'Love Is All'.
(footnote, the video was removed from sale very soon after
release, and has never been reissued)
to the top
in the magazine...Deep Purple US Singles List....Deep Purple 'Live
In London' Feature...
The Mk3 Story Part Two, the 1974 UK Tour.. 1974 US Tour Interview
(NME)...Gillan UK Tour Reviews....
Question & Answer Column..... Glenn Hughes News....Rainbow &
Whitesnake bootleg album reviews.....
Best Of Rainbow album review.... Deep Purple 'Live In Sweden' 1975
Deep Purple 'Collection' album review.. .Jon Lord 'Bach Onto This'
Deep Purple 'Shadows' acetate review.... Zephyr 'Zephyr' and 'Going
Back To Colorado' album reviews...
... ..plus more...
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