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Hell to Pay choir

Nimbus School of Recording Arts is a music production, audio engineering and recording facility in Vancouver, Canada, of which Bob Ezrin is one of the co-founders. In October 2012 students of the school got an opportunity to be on the new Deep Purple album:

Bob Ezrin was recording with Deep Purple at his studio in Nashville when he gave GGGarth Richardson (Nimbus co-founder and producer) a call. He needed vocals for a track on the album. So, GGGarth gathered 40 Nimbus students into Studio D here at Nimbus and lead them in a recording session to capture gang vocals for Deep Purple track “Hell to Pay” which appears on the new album.

Of these 40 students, many were only in the first month of their program at Nimbus. GGGarth lead the session, saying to one of the new Nimbus students, “Not bad for your third day of class, eh?”.


And it resulted in…

Thanks to Nimbus School of Recording Arts for the info.

22 Comments to “Hell to Pay choir”:

  1. 1
    micaloneus says:

    I’ve only heard it once, but now I’ll enjoy it even more. Thanks.

  2. 2
    kraatzy says:

    Yeah – this is “hand made music” at his best.




  3. 3
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Bob Ezrin doing what he is known for…. bringing in outside resources to enhance a record. It’s a signature move on his part and a welcome addition to put his stamp on this effort. we wanted something NEW and CREATIVE from ?ur?!e. Looks like we are getting it. YYYEEEEEEEOOOOOWWWW!!!!

    Counting down….


  4. 4
    Eddie6string says:

    My revolutions have been to internal to be the Eddie in this song, but I couldn’t resist a listen. How many bands could achieve that in just a few takes?! Not many I wager!?
    Keep ’em coming!!!!

  5. 5
    Skow says:

    This DPD line up (Deep Purple Derivative) line up has EVERYTHING that the Blackmore/Lord line-ups hadn’t…everything…except ALL what they stand for, and that is: Hard Rock skill, soul, talent and inspiration…

    I have had it by this…I abandon this nogood airknitters…total!!!!

    And what my best friends and I think when we hear this incredible 40 singers is:

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    Tracy, as long as he doesn’t bring in ‘outside influences’! I read an interview few weeks ago from Ezrin, regarding his time with the Floyd. The absolutely absurd attempt by him to bring ‘rap crap’ into Pink Floyd! Talk about no respect, not surprisingly Gilmour slammed the crap idea, congratulations to him indeed! But thankfully Ian Paice wouldn’t allow that to happen anyway, I remember his comments 20 years ago in regards to rap crap! Brilliant.

  7. 7
    Matt Love says:

    Its cool you can hear a different vocal take from gillan…

  8. 8
    Tracy(Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Well MacGregor, that would certainly be up to the Band and their integrity. The closest this band will come to RAP has already been done with ‘Any Fool No That’ from Abandon, and I think that was a pretty good tune. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way advocating RAP. Can’t friggin’ stand it. I don’t think we have to worry about that. Definitely not on this album. But the extra ‘album’ sound effects (as with the Hell to Pay Choir) aren’t a bad idea if used sparingly….


  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I thought it was clear that Gillan did get to use a lot of RAP over the years on DP records.

  10. 10
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Bob Ezrin is the sh*t. Top of the producer’s ladder no doubt.

    Naysayers need to fly away. Amazing how they stick around all of these years later. And listen to the DPD (nice joke) lineup to some extent or another….

    Bring it on!


  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Rush did a small ‘rap’ type thing in their title track song on the album ‘Roll The Bones’ back in the early 90’s. That’s the closest I get to having something along those lines in my collection! With Neil Peart being a ‘world’ influenced percussionist, I don’t mind it though looking at it from that perspective! But not the Floyd, that would have been sacrilege on all levels!
    I think Gillan’s vocal is ok on ‘Any Fule ‘Fool’ Know That’ I don’t really hear the ‘rap’ in it that much’! I have heard him sing that style on his solo albums somewhere, or maybe even earlier Purple, or is it on Born Again? Somewhere before anyway! Cheers.

  12. 12
    Nick Soveiko says:

    MacGregor & Tracy:

    while being no big fan of rap, my favourite quote from Roger Glover is ‘95% of music in every genre is crap’. i’m sure purple could do something interesting with anything. remember, back in 1979 it was Ezrin who insisted on Floyd putting some (blasphemy! sacrilege!) disco influences on The Wall. against the will of the whole band kicking and screaming bloody murder. the result was Another Brick In The Wall.

  13. 13
    Tracy(Zero the Hero) Heyder says:


    I think you added to my point here?! It’s up to the band in the end. Obviously Floyd made a decision. The right one in the end. It’s never too late to let the creative juices run the gambit…..


  14. 14
    MacGregor says:

    Nick @ 12 – I am not sure of 95%, even that is only one persons theory. The Floyd tempo for the ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ song is well documented. From what I have read over the years, it was the push for a ‘single’ from the album, something that the Floyd were not into, not that lineup anyway! So the tempo of the song was altered apparently, to accommodate this ‘desire’ from some & there you have it! Apparently. Cheers.

  15. 15
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Click on “We Like It We Love It”


    The Wolf a-rappin’.


  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Toolbox is a good example.

    Dancing Nylon Shirt comes to mind.

    I thought it was ok in there, but he should have quit it after that.

    Btw, should I remind you he made an awful recording with Dutch rapper Ray Slijngaard(or something like that)of Two Unlimited, making a joke of SOTW?

  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Was this choir thing for DP inspired by the Pink Floyd example?

  18. 18
    LRT says:

    DNS -Ok?! yeah right, you know you like it! And the words to songs like SKOW and No One Came never rhymed? Wow, what a silly nit pick indeed! When don’t his lyrics rhyme? Calling any of that rap is redundant. It’s just the same old whining that WILL BE PUT TO REST IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I simply can’t wait to see the naysayers, doubters, whiners, complainers concerning what they think is going to pass thru their ears. Going to be a nice slice of humble pie. And I don’t mean in the sense like “One Eye To Morocco” sounding pleasing and then perhaps wearing off, or previous Purple albums lasting months instead of years. I have no problem predicting myself what’s to come. Look out…. Now What?! Of course unless once again you can’t handle something different from people your beloved Blackmore has worked with. But then again, rockingly different at that. Going to kick some serious butt, ya’ll’s in particular! Thinking this will be the usual Purple night out would be a huge mistake! Priest, ya better go after Gillan all you can, cause he’s coming to blow your mind! You might be glad to know, if I see one peep from you post release in the same way you constantly cry, you will just be doing it out of spite. Everyone here can mark these words! I suspect you won’t hear it for a while though, until it can be freeloaded, which won’t be right away.
    On a better note for presence here, thank you THS for the comment editor!

  19. 19
    LRT says:

    Just to add, spiffin’ the negative is exactly that, expect an upset on that usual behavior!

  20. 20
    LRT says:

    @Eddie, I count two mentions of “Larry” in Purple songs. 🙂

  21. 21
    T says:

    At the risk of getting beaten with socks full of marbles, I am going out on a limb and saying that I am not a big fan of this kind of choir which strikes me as cliché and on the trite side–just like electronic hand claps and guitars shaped like axes. Overall, I do like the song and mine is a minor complaint. I especially like Steve’s work and the way the song ends.

    My opinion, however, is not to steal any thunder from the students who have the bragging rights of being on a Deep Purple album–something few people can say. I am sure their participation is an experience they will never forget–and what an experience at such an early point in their studies.

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Now we’re on it, I mean the Ian Gillan track………

    I read about Ian Gillan in 1978 doing tv in Japan, judging from the little pcis I saw looking extremely well I must say, covering Get Back by The Beatles.

    Uptill now I have not seen that footage anywhere.

    I suppose Larry or Tracy do have something like that in their vaults?

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