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One chord on a Deep Purple album

Tommy Denander with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover

Ultimate Classic Rock has an amusing anecdote of how a swedish session man Tommy Denander got to play a single chord on inFinite:

The band were on tour and had a couple of days in Stockholm – not a lot of time left before mixing started, so it had to be recorded while on tour. I got to record Ian’s vocals together with Roger Glover, and additional keyboards with Don Airey. But then Roger says, ‘We’re missing one guitar chord on this song. Bob says, ‘You’re a great player, so you can do it!’ As I walk to my room in the studio to grab my guitar and amp, I just laugh loud in my head. I quickly copy Steve Morse’s sound and add three first-take dubs that sound perfect. I was done in less than a minute!

…Nothing can ever be cooler or funnier than getting to play one chord on a Deep Purple album.

Thanks to Ultimate Classic Rock and Nigel Young for the info.

9 Comments to “One chord on a Deep Purple album”:

  1. 1
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    Which track???!!!

  2. 2
    Svante Axbacke says:

    From the original article: “Pressed to reveal when the critical moment takes place, Denander tells Ultimate Classic Rock that it’s in the song “On Top of the World,” “right before a spoken part toward the end. It’s in the mix, so I’m not sure how easy it’ll be for people to pick out. It’s funny for sure – it’s Spinal Tap funny to play one chord on a Deep Purple album!””

  3. 3
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    Ok 🙂

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    But it is possibly the most important chord on the whole album!.

  5. 5
    Black Sheep says:

    🙂 I wonder if he’ll get a credit.

  6. 6
    Mathias says:

    Oh no …
    Some information on the guy:

  7. 7
    Marcus says:

    He gets a credit.
    additional Recording at X-level Studios Stockhom Sweden.

    Also listed in the additional recording section are Doron Plascow, Bob Ezrin, and Piers Mortimor.

  8. 8
    Luke says:

    Finally this story came to the light. Almost a year ago the guy, Denander, published the story, without mentioning it was just one chord, on his Facebook profile. In less than a day he was asked to remove completely the post and the comments.
    Then he couldn’t resist publishing it well before the release of this new record, guess DP’s mgmt gave the green light
    But what Mathias published is totally true. I am really not happy with this kind of news.

  9. 9
    RB says:

    @8 I don’t understand why you’re unhappy with him recording just one chord?

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