Posts Tagged ‘House Of Blue Light’

Nick Blagona

January 7, 2020

Nick Blagona and Ian Gillan.jpg

Nick Blagona, who was credited on numerous Deep Purple related albums died last week, having been seriously ill for some time. Seen above with Ian Gillan, Nick’s name can be found on the technical credits to Rainbow’s ‘Straight Between the Eyes’, Deep Purple’s ‘Perfect Strangers’, ‘House of Blue Light’, ‘Slaves and Masters’ as well as solo projects including Roger Glover’s ‘Mask’, Gillan/Glover’s ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ album and several of IG’s later solo releases.
As the recording engineer, Nick (nicknamed Nik The Knife by April Wine!) would be responsible for getting clean, balanced recordings of all the musicians as they laid down the initial recordings in the studio and his career (which began in London in the Sixties at Decca though he was based for most of his life in Canada) spanned some four decades. Needless to say his duties often went beyond recording engineer, for example he produced, engineered, mixed and mastered Ian Gillan’s ‘One Eye To Morocco’ album in 2009, his final connection with the Purple family. Nick was able to say farewell on social media, and thanked “every artist whoever entrusted me with their creative output and hope I did each of you proud.”

upcycling

March 31, 2015

Deep Purple House of Blue Light t-shirt

Tracy Chaplain-Payne wonders if we get Simple Crochet magazine on a regular basis, to which I shame-facedly have to answer “no”. Viz, Private Eye and Country Life is about as far as it goes.  So we missed this nice upcycling of a vintage Deep Purple shirt which turned up on the cover of the magazine issue 29 to offset the crochet scarf. It’s the House Of Blue Light tour, and has been given a new v-neck (losing two of the band in the process!) with a leather string to gather the shoulders.  Or you could hang on to yours in the hopes that it becomes a collector’s item (though after 30 years you’d think it might have done so by now…).