Turn It Up Tuesday!


November 15, 2011 by esarsea

Live and raw analog brilliance. Take note kids; this is how it’s done without pitch correction, Pro Tools, digial processors, reverb and/or effects pedals.

Most meatloaf needs ketchup. This steak needs no seasoning at all.


15 thoughts on “Turn It Up Tuesday!

  1. torqdog says:

    Great Purple song…… one of my favs. This was also my favorite lineup of musicians from the band that saw many personnel changes.

    We twice had tickets to see Deep Purple in the Bay Area sometime around this era (early 70s) and both times they cancelled. The second time we were on our way to the show with front row tickets in hand only to then find out about the cancellation as it was announced on the radio station we were listening to. To say we were bummed would be an extreme understatement.

    Thanks for posting. It brings back memories.

    • esarsea says:

      One of my favorites as well. Stellar vocals. Too bad about the cancelled shows. I’m trying to remember if I ever caught them live. I want to say I did, sometime around the “Live in Japan” era, but can’t say for sure. Pretty sad, huh? Hope the wife puts me in a decent facility when the time comes :-)

    • Ron Johnson says:

      Torqdoggie, This line up is what I would most want to see loud in in my face. Note sure if I would be worthy of being in the same space with these giants of rock. Beside’s the Rainbow group touring in the 80’s with Pat Travers? Band, caught the Boys at Clark County Amphitheater. They had not played the NW in 20 years. This was in 2000. Was Thin Lizzy, Joe Satriani and DP. I would have paid double to see any one of the three. Still got it after all these years. Bravo!

      • torqdog says:

        So if it was the year 2000 when you saw Deep Purple, was Steve Morse playing guitar for them? That’s my 2nd favorite cast and Steve is actually a much more accomplished guitarist than Richie ever was, IMHO.

  2. Billie789@msn.com says:

    Aw, shit. I hate coming to a party late.

    Okay, here’s my deal with DP: There was only ONE version of Deep Purple. The minute Ian Gillan or Ritchie Blackmore walked away, they weren’t Deep Purple any longer to me.

    I saw them in ’71 or ’72 live here in town. DP in Rock was the album out at the time, I believe. I was sitting on stage right, about halfway up and looking right at Ritchie Blackmore on that side of the stage for the show. He had a twin Marshall 100 watt stack behind him and he never once swapped his Strat for another Strat or axe. He played that damn thing with such vicious attack and then, silky soft blues touch, that he blew me away! I’ve mentioned this before, but at one point in a solo, he flipped his Strat around so that it was facing him, hanging by the strap and he just started clawing at the fingerboard with both hands like he was a cat in a fight for his life. Dressed all in black, head to toe, black hair flying, it was quite a sight and the roaring, screaming wail out of that Strat was perfect for the tune he was playing.

    I’ve never gotten into Steve Morse as a more technically proficient version of Blackmore because I didn’t care at that point. Or any other bass player than Roger Glover, who spent hours producing their recording sessions sitting at the board.

    Steve Morse replacing Ritchie Blackmore, to me, is like putting a Corvette engine in a Ferrari. Sure, it’s sleek and powerful and can burn the back tires just fine. But I’d rather have the tone, the power, the voice and the philosophical design, culture and engineering behind a Tipo 133 V-12 than sticking an American 454 cu. in. V-8 in there.

    Blackmore’s classical guitar training dove-tailed with Jon Lord’s classical piano training, only now they were blasting it out through Hammond B-3’s, Strats and Marshall stacks. “Highway Star” and it’s classical progression based on Beethoven while the lyrics were, “Nobody gonna take my car/ gonna race it to the grow-hound!”

    There were only two or three players back then who could actually make the hair on my neck stand up and that was Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore. Only recently, I came across a series of notes and diagrams created by Blackmore over the year concern his unique axe tone. He, like Jeff Beck, was experimenting with primitive electronics and circuits to create a treble-boosted sound that made you stand up and pay attention.

    Listen to the solo in “Burn.” That is CLASSIC Ritchie Blackmore tone and phrasing and it’s just NASTY and full of powerful attitude and a kind of electric barb-wire sound that cuts through steel. And again, there is a classical music-influenced duo with keyborads at the finish.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is, no, in my opinion, you cannot compare Blackmore to Steve Morse. I know Morse is beyond accomplished and technically qualified, but it’s apples and tangerines in comparison.

  3. Bill says:

    And that hollow body Gibson in this video is a real bugger!

  4. Bill says:

    Go in to about 2:15 for the solo start.

    • esarsea says:

      From the Glenn Hughes era…

      • Bill says:

        I know, I know, this was only for a clean Blackmore sample, knowing it was a version of the band I certainly didn’t approve of ;-)

    • torqdog says:

      Yeah Bill, that album and song rocked. For a year or two it was at the top of my list for “must play” when going on a road trip. Stormbringer was another.

      So what was Richie’s trip anyway. Seems like he was a hard character to get along with if everything I read on the matter back then was true.

      • Bill says:

        He had serious personality issues, according to his band mates and probably started the downfall of the band. He was, what’s the word, ‘mercurial,’ which is polite for c*cksucker. He’s become quite strange in his latter years, marrying a Renaissance-type musician-singer and he plays acoustic guitars and lutes and shit. Actually put out an acoustic Christmas album a couple of years ago. Yeegods! I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. The prospect of listening to a guy who used to conjure giant railroad engines screaming through the stratosphere in my mind doing “Good King Wenceslas” acoustic Renaissance-fair style left me cold.

        You’ll get a kick out of this story, Torq: He didn’t really care for many of his fellow rock musicians at the time, late 60’s, early 70’s. And a lot of it was based on ability and talent. But he tells a wonderful story about the one guy who blew him up one night in a London show. He said he was walking down the street and heard music coming out of a club and walked in. The sounds he was hearing were exciting to him and strange; he walked into the main room and there on stage was Jeff Beck holding court with what Blackmore describes as “conducting a full symphony of feedback” that was both nerve-shattering and beautiful at the same time. That and he wished that he had written and played the solo Eric Clapton played on “I’m So Glad,” which is a classic in counterpoint playing.

        Damn! I wish I had a copy of whatever the hell that show was Beck was doing that night!

  5. Pisani says:

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    • esarsea says:

      There is not an affiliate link for this service. WordPress if a free blogging platform, and they provide free hosting as well. You can sign up for your own blog at http://www.wordpress.com

      If you prefer, you can install WordPress on your own hosting account if you want to use your own domain name. In that instance you use wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com

      Most hosting companies make installation easy, using “Fantastico” which you will find in your cpanel.

  6. Da Goddess says:

    I used Child in Time for one of my old posts, too. It’s a good one. Excellent choices!

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