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Darker Than Blue has very amusing recollections from Ken Flegg, a former Marshall engineer, who accompanied the band on the trip to Japan in August 1972:

The third gig at the Budokan in Tokyo on the 17th August went well with no significant problems, other than the acoustics of the hall could have been better. Possible because of this the subject of the monitors came up again and Ian Gillan asked over the mic before Strange Kind of Woman: “Yeah everything up here please. A bit more monitor if you’ve got it.” Then Ritchie asks “Can I have everything louder than everything else?” which Ian Gillan repeats “Yeah, can he have everything louder than everything else.” This remained on the final master.

Read the whole thing in Darker Than Blue.



14 Comments to “Everything louder than everything else”:

  1. 1
    denis netter says:

    Darker Than Blue has very amusing recollections from Ken Flegg, a former Marshall engineer, who accompanied the band on the trip to Japan in August 1971:

    The third gig at the Budokan in Tokyo on the 17th August went well with no significant problems, other than the acoustics of the hall could have been better. Possible because of this the subject of the monitors came up again and Ian Gillan asked over the mic before Strange Kind of Woman: “Yeah everything up here please. A bit more monitor if you’ve got it.” Then Ritchie asks “Can I have everything louder than everything else?” which Ian Gillan repeats “Yeah, can he have everything louder than everything else.” This remained on the final master.

    in august 1971……………
    really ?….a little mistake

  2. 2
    Lukas Thul says:

    I think 1972 ?

  3. 3
    David Wells says:

    I always thought this unique line would be a brilliant title for an autobiography – most likely Ian Gillan’s, as he said it. I didn’t know Ritchie said the first line, to which Gillan responds. Is it “Can we . . . .” or “Can he . . . .”?

    Also when Gillan asks to turn the treble down on the guitar . . . surely a red rag to a (black) bull?

  4. 4
    Nick Soveiko says:

    denis netter @1:
    yep, my brainfart.

  5. 5
    David Shea says:

    that was cool, thanks

  6. 6
    DrumHead88 says:

    Gillan said that before The Mule not Strange Kind Of Woman.

    And It was Ritchie that said It to Ian. You can tell it’s Ritchie’s Voice on the record.

  7. 7
    Im-Schatten Der-Hexen says:

    Die haben wir – von 1972 ! 😉 Das ganze Taschengeld für 8 Wochen ging d’rauf ! 🙁 … Lazy!!!! – I’ll stay in bed … bei diesem Wetter 😉

  8. 8
    Drdp says:

    DP in a Nutshell
    EVERYTHING Louder Than EVERYTHING Else

  9. 9
    Rune says:

    It’s before The Mule that Ian says the famous words and it’s Ritchie who says it first.
    Maybe I’m wrong here, but I’ve heard an intervju with one of the old crewmembers of Motorhead that it was he that first came up with the famous words. Wrong I thought!

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    It would be something an instrument player would say rather than a vocalist. The lead vocalist is usually telling the FOH guys to turn it down a little or something similar, as it is their vocal sound/volume they are trying to deal with. I could imagine Blackmore saying it, crank it up to 11! Cheers.

  11. 11
    bob says:

    I’m sitting here reading this and it says “before Strange kind of woman” and l’m playing the album in my head and l’m thinking..it was before The Mule…and then l read Drumhead88 @ no6 confirming that my memory of this live album that l’ve heard a million times before is not to shot yet..

    By the way..the cd remaster l’ve got of MIJ ..at the end of the mule aint got Ian saying ” Ian Paice, good on the drums…YEEAH! ” my old vinyl album has though.
    l always shout it out loud at the end of the cd version, just not the same without it.

  12. 12
    Eddie6string says:

    I think Everyone said it before everyone else – surely?

  13. 13
    jmd says:

    Here’s the audio proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lWF5eWGNws
    It’s before The Mule.

  14. 14
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