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The energy of break on through

Break on Through is the title of a short film about rock climbing for which Tommy Bolin together with his early band Energy wrote and recorded quite a Mahavishnuesque soundtrack. One can clearly see here why just a year later Billy Cobham tapped Bolin to step into John McLaughlin’s shoes, so to speak.

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To soothe the savage breast

Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read has a new addition — a reprint of a contemporary review of the original Concerto performance that appeared in October 4, 1969, issue of the New Musical Express. “The gulf remains wide and unabridged.” “Pop and classics just don’t mix… so the pop group had its […]

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Laden with mystique and compulsion

A review of the Hallelujah single originally published in New Musical Express on August 2, 1969, was posted by Geir Myklebust in his blog Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read. Due to the brevity of the review, we take the liberty of reproducing it here in full. This is a review of […]

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Purple people eaters

This review by Peter Creascenti of Deep Purple Mark 4 gigs at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City in January 1976 has originally appeared in Sounds on February 14, 1976. DEEP PURPLE is a band beset by severe internal problems, problems that are now affecting their live performances and may ultimately destroy […]

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In very poor taste

The firecracking antics at the California Jam were to the great amusement of a great many people, and to not-so-great amusement of the local authorities. Here is a reproduction of a letter sent by the City of Ontario Fire Chief to the ABC Entertainment in the aftermath of the event

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Can’t take rock’n’roll too seriously

This is the Blackmore’s interview that he gave in September 1993 to a Swedish show called Metal Magazinet. You may have heard bits and pieces from it over the years, but here it looks like it is in its entirety and unedited. That’s the one from which the sensationalist clip of Ritchie going to beat […]

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Never meet your heroes

Many a fan who got the chance to meet members of our favourite band made a remark to the extent of how nice and down to earth gentlemen they turned out to be. Here is a story of a lad from Edinburgh who through his work connections to Gillan’s manager Phil Banfield ended up in […]

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Restoring balance to the Universe

Ian Paice was recently interviewed by an outfit called Raised On Radio. Oblivious to a hit, the steamy Knebworth, a comedy act that made no money, getting caught by the labour of love, and importance of brand names — it’s all here.

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Subtle is not one of them

Guitar Player has a nice writeup on the history of the early Deep Purple and making of In Rock. Nothing particularly new here (at least not to any of our regulars), but it’s well written, and it’s a slow news day 😉 Deep Purple in Rock is many things, but subtle is not one of […]

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There is a problem, and it’s called guitar

An interesting interview with Don Airey, dug up from the mu:zines depth and breadth. This was done around Ozzy’s Bark at the Moon time and originally published in February 1984 issue of Electronics & Music Maker. The interview will be of a particular interest for vintage synthesizer aficionados (you know who you are). Don also […]

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