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Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other

On this slow news day the mailman brought us a couple of semi-interesting tidbits for the trainspotting department.

In a recent interview, Hollywood star Jim Carrey professes his love for Deep Purple and recommends Lazy off Machine Head in particular as “one of the great, great jams ever”.

Far Out magazine has a short feature with compilation of quotes from Blackmore’s interviews over the years that touch upon his favourite music. No Tielman Susato there.

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers – A Hard Road

Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde

Mike Oldfield feat. Maggie Reilly – Moonlight Shadow

One More Time – One More Time
We couldn’t find that one, but here’s a title track from their ’92 album Highland. Spot the tune!

Procol Harum – Homburg

Procol Harum – The Prodigal Stranger

Read more in Far Out.

Thanks to Gary Poronovich for the heads up.

7 Comments to “Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other”:

  1. 1
    Matt says:

    One More Time – Highland that Blackmore’s Night covered, was written by Peter Grönwall (and his wife). Peter is the son of Benny Andersson from Abba. Ritchie has mentioned Abba as a favourite band many times as you all well know. Sounds a bit Abba to me this track 🙂

  2. 2
    Dr. Bob says:

    Deep Purple, Pantera, Nirvana? I can hang out with Jim Carrey, that would be fun.

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Having NEVER been a fan of Jim Carrey, I’m surprised and glad to see he is a fan of Purple!

  4. 4
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Highland (it had some Enya/Belinda Carlisle charm) wasn’t the deepest composition to begin with (much as I love ABBA and all their DNA), yet Blackmore’s Night somehow managed to banalize it even more – no mean feat:


    Custom-tailored for ZDF Fernsehgarten, that abomination of a Schlagerfest. Yikes.

  5. 5
    Rock Voorne says:

    I always thought JETHRO TULL was his real favourite band.

    Switching that one for ABBA might have led a certain Dutch popmagazine author to suggesting Blackmore had lost his mind around the release of LongLiveRockandRoll.

    I appreciate both bands but never really grasped why he kept on re doing Blackmores Night.
    That act had its moments but became repetitive quite soon and I lost interest.
    Lost my interest for seeing DP gigs around the same time, 10 mostly depressing shows with an unsuitable sounding banjoplayer on a LEGOguitar had done it dor me.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    Rock Voorne @ 5 – Tull were a favourite of Blackmore’s back in the 1970’s. The diversity & arrangements no doubt, however I also remember reading somewhere he was really impressed with their discipline. The professional attitude in their performances etc. As we know, Blackmore was the opposite in that way. Too impatient & couldn’t be bothered etc. He often said in regards to classical guitar playing that he couldn’t stay with the discipline of that in his younger days. He likes things his own way. Cheers.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Tue, he liked Tull. Possibily also for the control Ian Anderson wielded in that band. Ritchie admired Martin Barre for his ability “to memorize all those parts” (but didn’t rate him as a solo player) plus attempted to poach John Glascock from Tull as bassist for Rainbow – Glascock stuck with Tull though. Ritchie had also been a fan of Glascock’s band prior to Tull, the much underrated Carmen where Glascock did quite a bit of “lead bass” playing.


    Carmen opened for Jethro Tull – that is how Glascock came to the attention of Ian Anderson.

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