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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Episode Six: Here, There And Everywhere / Mighty Morris Ten (1966)


 
this is a kind of re-up, but not really. i posted this record before, but without cover art. i have an original english pressing, with a company sleeve, and now i also have a german pressing – with original picture cover! if anyone has ever tried to collect original covers of episode six records, he will know how terribly rare and expensive they are. both records play in exactly the same quality, so if you downloaded the other rip before you will not notice that its a new rip i post here.
now for those who missed the first post, heres what i wrote about this record before on 20th february:

have you ever heard ian gillan, singer of hard rocking deep purple, sing a sweet melodic beatles cover? well, heres your chance! from 1965 right until joining purples second incarnation in summer 1969, episode six was the group that gillan and his mate roger glover (who also was a founding member) were part of, as lead singer and bass player respectively. they only relased a couple of singles and played a few times at the bbc (once filling in for pink …

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Episode Six: I Can See Through You / When I Fall In Love (1967)


 
concerning the time of its release, ‘here there and everywhere’ would have been more appropriate to post now, as it was released on just this day 44 years ago (19th august 1966 – ian gillans 21st birthday). but due to the order in which i bought the records this ones the one thats left at the moment (episode six records are quite rare to get and also rather expensive (and of those with original picture cover one can only dream – thus of course this cover is taken from the web, i could only scan the bare record for you).
however, ‘i can see through you’, is perhaps the most beautiful song written by roger glover. bright, colorful beat music in the vein of mid-to-late 60s british psych-pop with gorgeous male-female vocal harmonies and of course gillans soft, clear voice – still “unspoilt” by hard rock and heavy metal (cigarettes and alcohol included). the song contains a rather harsh instrumental bridge that i find a little annoying, but the cute flute sequence that follows it opening another (extended) chorus outweighs it all. what can i say, this song simply makes me feel good. go and try it …

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Sweet Child in Time, You’re 65


 
who was born on the 19th august? in 1943 it was william howard ashton, better known as billy j kramer, and in 1945 on this day a guy named ian gillan was born – and, yes, thats his real name.
born to a glaswegian father and an english mother, in his teens ian first wanted to be a film star at any cost. like elvis had done it, he tried to enter the film business through music business. his first professional band were the javelins, whom he joined in 1962 and left two years later.

at the age of twenty he joined the first group that actually recorded and released records, episode six. ian shared keyboard and vocal duties with the groups female singer sheila carter, and on 21st january 1966 he appeared on ‘put yourself in may place’ / ‘thats all i want’ – together with a musician who would accompany him throughout large parts of his musical career: roger glover (who also wrote the b-side of that 45, and most of the other episode six songs). episode six released nine singles in total, and plans for an album were aborted …

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Episode Six: Here, There And Everywhere / Mighty Morris Ten (1966)


 
another oddity after my twist-lp: have you ever heard ian gillan, singer of hard rocking deep purple, sing a sweet melodic beatles cover? well, heres your chance! from 1965 right until joining purples second incarnation in summer 1969, episode six was the group that gillan and his mate roger glover (who also was a founding member) were part of, as lead singer and bass player respectively. they only relased a couple of singles and played a few times at the bbc (once filling in for pink floyd who didnt appear for playing), but never scored any major hits, just minor goodies like i can see through you (which surprisingly is no beatles cover but a self-penned number). due to that theyre mainly known to deep purple fans and collectors, otherwise rather remain a british beat obscurity. with their music they covered up various styles and genres popular at the time, from beat to pop to psychedelic.
here we hear their pop-side: please enjoy gillans beautiful, sophisitcated vocals on the lennon-mccartney cover a-side, here there and everywhere. especially if songs like fireball, bloodsucker or other rock numbers from that period are coming up your mind, youll be more …

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