Archive for the ‘Fireball’ Category

Racing like a…

September 30, 2021

I feel I ought to mark the passing of fifty years since the release of Deep Purple’s FIREBALL album in September 1971 but unsure exactly how. Life these days just seems to be a repeated “jeez it’s XX years since” sort of experience and it all becomes a bit dull just to keep pointing the many anniversaries out. Not to mention the fact that I’ve splothered on about Fireball so often before, both in the old fanzine, then on the anniversary CD release (itself now some twenty five years old – though still the version I usually turn to) and that 6CD box EMI box set – while cruel people wishing to taunt me just have to say “textured vinyl”… But will people in the far distant future be splothering at such length about Whoosh? I’m not sure I’d put money on that. And I won’t be around to collect even if I did!
One thing which really annoys us at the DTB oldies office at the moment is this unquestioning story that the media have begun to run with that people have only just discovered climate change and planetary pollution. Apart from the fact that we’ve been recycling newspaper since I was a kid (I cannot be the only one who remembers those saturday morning newspaper collection drives), here was Ian Gillan railing against just such stupidity on No No No and to a lesser extent Fools five decades ago. Maybe the wonks in charge at Cop26 will make all the delegates sit and listen the former – loudly – before things kick off.
And if there is a better lyric pulling apart the vagueries of celebrity fame and fortune than No One Came then I’ve yet to find it. So a whole side’s worth of genius before we even start thinking about it. Sure, as Gillan is wont to say, Anyone’s Daughter does stick out a bit and would almost certainly have gelled better had they replaced it with the planned extended version of Strange Kind Of Woman, but it does somehow make a nice coda to an otherwise hard hitting record and it would be difficult for those of us who bought it on release to imagine the album without it.
Incidentally although in private ownership, you can rent one of the outbuildings at The Hermitage where the band began writing and rehearsing for the album as a holiday cottage now if you want to relive the experience. The evenings in the local pub however are out as it’s currently closed following a sale.
There is a minute of super 8 footage shot while the band were there, seemingly incomplete as it cuts out, but gives a glimpse of how it was – all set to snippets from The Concerto! If you shot this and know where the rest is get in touch…

Whoosh.

October 21, 2014

air-conditioner-shirt-graphicSomebody was asking about that Fireball “whoosh” recently so I dug out the feature from the Darker Than Blue archives and tweaked it for the site.  It did not come from the BBC Sound Effects album after all.  So if you really didn’t know about the West Uzbekistan Percussion Ensemble now is your chance!  You can even buy the t-shirt and support this pioneering drum outfit…

Houston we have some pictures.

April 18, 2014

Deep Purple’s first American tour during July 1971 is not very well documented visually, the band being support to The Faces for most of the shows and yet to overcome their days as chart toppers with Hush. On the 28th they played the Sam Houston Coliseum and reportedly went down a storm according to local fans. For some time now a set of low res pictures has been doing the rounds from this show and the originals recently came up for sale in America at a specialist music memorabilia auction.  Because photographs from this first US tour are so rare, and these are very good (taken by a local enthusiast) we decided to try and secure them for the DPAS archives and happily have been able to do so.
You can see two individual shots on our concert date list.

Deep Purple Houston 1971

Classic Rock (and others) present

March 27, 2013

Classic Rock magazine are preparing a Deep Purple Buyers Guide to be published around the time of the new Deep Purple album, probably a cover mounted book (there was talk of the new studio album going this way but thankfully not).  The author of the guide reckons he had “forgotten what a fabulous record Fireball is…”  Maybe EMI (or whoever owns the rights by the summer) should make that a sticker for a reissue edition? !  (See how any attempt to use ?! automatically becomes a free plug for the new album? Clever!).

VH1 have scheduled the ‘new’ Deep Purple documentary (which we’ve mentioned a few times) for end of April in America at least (expect UK airing as well). I say ‘new’ as some people think it’s a previously screened programme with added material to give it extra relevance to the anniversary. It’s all immaterial here as we don’t have the channel anyway!