The Butterfly Ball (Sdtk)

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Of all the multitudinous highways and byways down which the enterprising Deep Purple collector can travel, none, perhaps, is so surprising as The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, Purple bassist Roger Glover's first "solo" album, and -- almost incidentally -- one of the most delightful children's records ever made. Yes, a children's record. In 1973, Glover was approached about creating a musical adaptation of artist Alan Aldridge and poet William Plomer's book of the same name -- a commission that surprised him, but which he nevertheless accepted. The book itself is delightful and, while Glover's work is unquestionably more heavily flavored by the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Of all the multitudinous highways and byways down which the enterprising Deep Purple collector can travel, none, perhaps, is so surprising as The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, Purple bassist Roger Glover's first "solo" album, and -- almost incidentally -- one of the most delightful children's records ever made. Yes, a children's record. In 1973, Glover was approached about creating a musical adaptation of artist Alan Aldridge and poet William Plomer's book of the same name -- a commission that surprised him, but which he nevertheless accepted. The book itself is delightful and, while Glover's work is unquestionably more heavily flavored by the near-psychedelia of the illustrations, the spirit of the text is retained as well, to create an album that stands among the few truly successful musical adaptations of an existing story yet committed to vinyl. Although Glover, as the album's premier composer, takes the bulk of the credit for this success, his co-conspirators, too, merit praise. Convening what resembles one of the greatest all-star lineups in heavy metal history -- and then banning them from even glancing toward their usual territory -- Glover is joined by Purple stalwarts David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, future Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio, session stars Eddie Hardin and Tony Ashton, soul singer Jimmy Helms, Roxy Music's Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson, and three quarters of funk-rock aspirants Fancy. Each was given his own role to play and the resultant album is a tremendous mishmash of musical styles, from folky balladeering to psychedelic whimsy, but leaning most heavily toward an early-'70s pop
ock vibe -- for some reason, one could imagine the early Queen spending an awful lot of time listening to The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Given the heavily narrative nature of the project, it is best listened to in one session -- a handful of tracks certainly exist more to carry the tale than make a musical impact. Highlights, however, leap out from across the platter, with the macabre "Old Blind Mole" and the positively buoyant "Love Is All" the twin extremes around which the action revolves. Gustafson's hard rock "Watch out for the Bat," meanwhile, must surely have induced nightmares within the album's younger fans, while Dio's closing "Homeward" all but predicts the course of arena rock during the '80s. [The original vinyl packs 19 tracks; the 25th-Anniversary CD adds one, the European B-side "Little Chalk Blue," together with a fabulous enhanced multimedia clip "Love Is All" again taken from a projected animated TV series. It's a great package, as well as a chance to reacquaint yourself with one of childhood's most treasured tales.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2008
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002549993
  • Catalog Number: 64331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dawn (1:20)
  2. 2 Get Ready (2:12)
  3. 3 Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee (1:22)
  4. 4 Harlequin Hare (1:27)
  5. 5 Old Blind Mole (1:07)
  6. 6 Magician Moth (1:34)
  7. 7 No Solution (3:28)
  8. 8 Behind the Smile (1:46)
  9. 9 Fly Away (2:21)
  10. 10 Aranea (1:38)
  11. 11 Sitting in a Dream (3:40)
  12. 12 Waiting (3:11)
  13. 13 Sir Maximus Mouse (2:33)
  14. 14 Dreams of Sir Bedivere (4:40)
  15. 15 Together Again (1:32)
  16. 16 Watch Out for the Bat (1:43)
  17. 17 Little Chalk Blue (3:45)
  18. 18 The Feast (1:45)
  19. 19 Love Is All (3:17)
  20. 20 Homeward (6:48)
  21. 21 Love Is All (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Glover Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Eddie Jobson Violin
Mo Foster Bass, Double Bass
Ray Fenwick Guitar
Eddie Hardin Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Glenn Hughes Vocals
John Lawton Vocals
Ann Odell Piano
Tony Ashton Vocals
Les Binks Drums
Brighton Children Vocals
Helen Chappelle Vocals, Background Vocals
David Coverdale Vocals
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Jack Emblow Accordion
Kay Garner Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Giles Drums
John Goodison Vocals
John Gustafson Vocals
Jimmy Helms Vocals
Chris Karan Tabla
Judy Kuhl Vocals
Neil Lancaster Vocals
Mike Moran Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Mountain Fjord Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Del Newman Conductor
Micky Lee Soule Keyboards, Vocals
Barry St. John Vocals, Background Vocals
Liza Strike Vocals, Background Vocals
Nigel Watson Saxophone, Saw
Joanne Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Robin Thompson Bassoon
Mike Giles Drums
Martin Ford Conductor
John Bell Conductor
David Woodcock Leader
Technical Credits
Roger Glover Composer, Producer, Contributor
Eddie Hardin Composer
Robbin Thompson Contributor
Louie Austin Engineer
Mike Moran Arranger
Del Newman Arranger
Simon Robinson Memorabilia
George Sloan Engineer
Michael Heatley Sleeve Notes
Martin Ford Arranger
John Bell Arranger
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