Hard Stuff • Bulletproof CD
SJPCD371 : 2011
SJPCD376 : 2011
Hard Stuff’s two Purple Records albums are due out on CD for the first time in the UK. The release comes shortly after news of guitarist John du Cann’s death (reported on the site). The band were formed by Du Cann and Paul Hammond after falling out with Atomic Rooster front man Vincent Crane, and initially also featured vocalist Harry Shaw (who left early on). John Gustafson from Harvest Records band Quatermass was the bassist.
Signed to Purple records in 1971 they were originally known as Bullett but had to make a change to avoid problems in America where a group of that name already existed, though not before their first single came out as Bullett (it was the first on the new Purple Records label).
Their very first album “Bulletproof” was released in June 1972 and the group went out as support, including tours with Deep Purple. The album, which was straightahead hard rock, included the Ian Gillan-penned track Monster In Paradise, which he had written and recorded some time before (his version eventually came out on the Cher Kazoo CD).
The group struggled to break-through, but did finish a second album. However they had split by the time it finally came out in 1973. Du Cann and Hammond reformed Atomic Rooster and Gustafson joined Roxy Music. He would later work with Ian Gillan in the early IGB project.
The albums were issued on CD many years ago in Germany on Line Records and also in Japan in mini-card sleeves a few year back (both official) and been pirated a few times, but this is the first time they have been put out officially on CD in the UK. Both titles have been overseen by John Gustafson with bonus material but the CDs are not on the Purple Records label itself. The band’s early demos under the name Daemon have also been bootlegged.
Amazingly, looking at it today, the Bolex Dementia cover was rejected by the Americans, who commissioned a new sleeve altogether for the Mercury release there. This is shown here.
Thanks also to Stuart Hamilton.
John Du Cann’s Obituary.
Both titles can be ordered at DTBOnline Store.