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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 the group forever. When Purple’s five musicians should be thoroughly obsessed with convincing their audience that the band’s experimentation with the Deep Purple formula, sparked by the addition of Tommy Bolin, is both vital and valid, they’re instead allowing themselves to be consumed by frustration and divided by personal ambitions.

You’ll detect no bitterness among them when you come taste the band, but there just isn’t enough room in the champagne glass for these five fish to swim around anymore. Maybe there never really was.

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13 Comments to “Purple people eaters”:

  1. 1
    Marcus says:

    I am sad now the title got my hopes up that Ian and Roger might have found the time to record a follow up to their album.
    Do you think that if we mention it enoug they might accidentally find themselves with soem spare time to record a few new songs.

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @1 Marcus, they’ve already discovered how to record their albums in secret, so we only get to find out about it when they’re ready for us to know!.
    The trick is just to lower your expectations… that way you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.
    In the mean time, here’s something to be going on with…

    Pretty good, eh?! 🎶🎵💃🕺

  3. 3
    Reverend Harry Longfallis says:

    Was this the show where John Bonham walked onstage and pulled a gun on Glenn Hughes?

  4. 4
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Blackwood Richmore @ 2…
    Pretty good stuff. On that note, here is something more relevant maybe? This album with no band member credits was rumored to be Purple incognito…. I have the original vinyl copy. Purple have always denied taking part yet, there are many parts to these songs that have a closeness to future Purple songs.

    Hell Preachers Inc. “Psychedelic Underground”

  5. 5
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Hi Tracy @ 4,. I’ll start out by recalling Deep Purple began in 1968… They bounced between the UK & Germany etc. playing gigs. So there were lots of other bands around at that time playing along similar themes.

    Musicians trying to make it listen to each other’s efforts & become inspired by what they hear… Certain members of DP have on multiple occasions told of how they have been musical magpies & so on. They borrow ideas & work on them.
    They are not alone in this. Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ vs ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful!’ is another. Even Slim Dusty’s ‘The Pub with no Beer’ is based on the old musical relic ‘Beautiful Dreamer’.

    For example, this Canadian effort from 1970 (Not 1973 as erroneously listed on some webpages), may sound familiar?.:

    Yep, it’s quite similar to this one that you know from 1971:

    And so it goes… Hellpreachers were a German outfit. They probably crossed paths with DP Mk1 on the German circuit. It appears that certain members went on to form the band Lucifer’s Friend.
    Here’s a taste:

    Anyhow… on the Hellpreachers album, the guitarist was in all likelihood a chap by the name of Rainer Degner. Likewise, the organist Peter Hect & the drummer Joachim Rietenbach. Bass by Dieter Horns & vox handled by George Monro- a.k.a. Mavros.
    The Hellpreachers album arrived some months prior to DP’s ‘Wring That Neck’.

    Tracy, this is the first Lucifer’s Friend album:

    Kraut rock kicks ass!
    Cheers Tracy. 🍻🎸🥁 😇

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Hi Tracy, I’ve just remembered that Ritchie, Jon & Ian Paice played on an album named ‘Green Tambourine’ by the 1960’s band called Sun Dragon:

    It was good for it’s time, & probably made better by listening with a generous share of smoke & ‘shrooms!

  7. 7
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    @#6: I remember that Green Tambourine song from my youth. I would have been 5 years +/- depending when it came out. It had to be a fairly big radio hit here in So. California because that would not have been in my folks albums. Had no idea of the DP connection.

  8. 8
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @7 Jet Auto Jerry, actually the song ‘Green Tambourine’ was a huge hit in the States for a band called The Lemon Pipers, in late 1967:

    Of course the Sun Dragon version was a cover, one of many back in the day.
    Status Quo also did a cover on their debut album. Dig those groovy chicks, man!:

    Cheers! 🍻 🟢🎵🎶

  9. 9
    Coverdian says:

    ad Blackwoody 5: … and the winner (of all stealers and so-called borrowers) is: Led Zepps.
    The circle is closed and done.

  10. 10
    Eitablepanties says:

    @9….Steelers and borrowers so called Uriah Heep to dozens to implore the likes of all things. Dizzy Zepps incouraged by many of young blocks quarter century wise. Forever the circle is left open do to black hole syndrome.

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Heep stole alright from Purple, but they also added something of their own: REAL CHORUSSES and top-notch harmony vocals, never really the Purps’ strong department, Mk III and IV eras excepted.

    And I’m not sure whether Ritchie did not hear his 16th Century Greensleeves riff (which dates back to Mk II days) first when Mick Box hammered out his iconic Gypsy bludgeoning riff in the neighboring rehearsal space in preparation for Heep’s debut.

    Cry Free always sounded heepish to me too, perhaps a reason why it never saw the light of day. I could very well imagine David Byron singing that.

  12. 12
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @11 Uwe, I think there’s nothing new under the Sun. Life is repeats…
    Man is basically an advanced ape, & apes are simply repetitive creatures that mimic practically anything & everything.
    It’s just a matter of finding a way of doing things a little bit differently, so as to capture one’s imagination.
    Whoever said that pop will eat itself was right!.

  13. 13
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Heads up!…

    DC sells out…



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