A memorial tribute to George by request from his sons, Jimmy and Theo, from Tampa, FL.
"Deep Purple is a damn good band and we've made a niche in Rock and Roll history. Maybe not a huge niche but enough to be very proud of." – Jon Lord, keyboards, Deep Purple
Producer's note: This program is by special request from Jimmy and Theo of Tampa, FL. It is to honor their father, George, a plumber who died last week at the age of 56 from a heart attack. Deep Purple was George's favorite band, and he lost all of his recordings and memorabilia last year in the hurricane that devastated the Western Florida Coast. This program will be played at his celebration of life tomorrow, 17 March 2018, and I am grateful to be a part of his send-off.
Deep Purple are considered by many music historians to be part of the "unholy trinity" of British Heavy Metal, along with their contemporaries Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Unlike the other two bands, Deep Purple rarely get the credit or are acknowledged as such. This is partially due to the fact that the band released singles, enjoyed playing on mainstream television and strangely, were not interested simply in fantasy worlds or doom and gloom as their contemporaries.
Deep Purple MK2, 1972, photographer unknown, courtesy of Warner Brothers Records. (l-r) Roger Glover (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Gillian (vocals, harmonica), Jon Lord (keyboards) and Ian Paice (drums and percussion).
Looking back from 2018, Deep Purple may have been the most influential of the bands as we scan the Heavy Metal and Heavy Rock landscape of today. Starting off as a progressive rock band in 1968, they employed keyboards (filtered through a distorted Marshall amp, a first), used screaming and shouting not heard of since Little Richard into a cohesive and integral part of their sound, utilized intense, Who-like volume, breakneck speed and electro-noise freakouts only previously heard in garage rock and experimental music bands.
After three albums in two years, the band did something unheard of: they employed a full orchestra in a song suite written specifically for a Rock group with orchestra, another first. They also obtained a new vocalist in Ian Gillian and a new bass player in Roger Glover. Unlike in other bands, Deep Purple utilized a full-time keyboardist, the late Jon Lord, playing his Hammond B3 in such a way as to compliment the bottom end of drummer Ian Paice and play off guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to create a whole new kind of grungy, thrashy sound that would take years to become commonplace.
This line-up, called Mark 2 (MK2) by their fans, finds the group at its most popular and most creative. The MK2 line-up would regroup in the mid-1980's to huge success, only to dissolve before the end of the decade.
Our tracks this week: Title, Year, Source
1. Highway Star (live), 1971, Beat Club (German TV program)
2. Fireball, 1971, Fireball
3. Painted Horse, 1971, Fireball outtake
4. No One Came, 1971, Fireball
5. Smoke on the Water, 1972, Machine Head
6. Lazy (Quadrophonic Mix), 1972, Machine Head
7. Mary Long, 1973, Who Do You Think We Are?
8. Strange Kind of Woman, 1971, single mix A-side
9. Child In Time (live), 1969, Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1. Speed King, 1970, In Rock
2. Demon's Eye, 1971, Fireball (UK album release, US Single release)
3. Black Night, 1970, single release A-Side
4. Bloodsucker, 1970, In Rock
5. Anyone's Daughter, 1971, Fireball
6. Into the Fire (live), 1971, In Rock (German TV program)
7. I'm Alone, 1971, "Strange Kind of Woman" B-side
8. Woman From Tokyo, 1973, Who Do You Think We Are?
9. Space Truckin' (live), 1972, Live In Japan/Made in Japan
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