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Psychadelephant featuring Grace Gillan
Simply stunning video and song from Psychadelephant with Grace Gillan, which we
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New single release today from the new DP album .......Whoosh!
Here is an appealing idea.
How about buying a T-shirt or even maybe two or more for family and friends? These are no ordinary T-shirts but a special edition raised in honour of Deep Purple's wonderful road crew. Needless to say, but I will anyway, they have been off-duty since mid-March and will not be working again until the end of May next year. So hopefully this effort will help in some way to cushion the impact and alleviate any extreme hardship.
Most of our crew have been with us for ages. They are friends as well as colleagues. They are highly skilled and perfectly suited to our music; irreplaceable.
I think the shirts are pretty cool and they are certainly exclusive, and suit you? Yes, right up your alley.
Please consider this worthy cause, it will be much appreciated.
Thank you, ig
Click on a crew member to buy and support your crew!
Gillan fans special
IG - sings, Tommy Eyre - keyboards, Steve Morris - guitar, Ted McKenna - drums, Chris Glen - bass, Dave
Lloyd - additional singing, Mick O'Donahue aka Mick O'Duff, except when in Odense, Denmark when he was
Mick O'Dense - second guitar
Credit: Ara Tadevosyan at Media-Max, Armenia
Little Richard, the great Little Richard has left the building. One of my greatest heroes has died, but he remains in my
body and soul. I can still hear every note of all his great recordings on the Speciality label. But perhaps the song that
impressed me and my friends the most was Jenny Jenny. Always pushing himself to the limit, Richard went beyond
the point of gasping for breath on this one, he was choking the life from his lungs, drawing breathe below his knees.
I saw him perform in L.A. in the '80s. and met him after the show as he blessed me from his throne. I thought at the
time, 'this is better than a knighthood.'
Thank you Little Richard for all you gave us, absolutely amazing.
The advantage of our lofty Caramba Towers is that we have the ability to see so so very clearly, all down the years.
This from 1997 - Anecdotage 25:
..."Hello, 'ello, what's this the?" says the lab tech. to his supervisor.
" I dunno, it's a weird looking little item of some chromosomal value. Put it into one of the 'anomaly pending' jars."
"Yippee! free at last" yells the new life form. "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!"
Within a week or two the human race embarks on a worldwide bout of sneezing, coughing and aaarrgghhing .......
.....end of another micro-intelligence.
Caramba Legal also wish to make it very clear that rumours circulating that Caramba is primarily a Time Travel research
facility are wholly without foundation, or at least it was when we last looked.
MAN ALIVE single
TWO unicorns in a row, the Wordography returns with the second song in the Whoosh! line-up: MAN ALIVE
Gnus bulletin from IGFor every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect,
Used by kind permission of and thanks to Copyright © Tim Summers.
March 20th sees the release of "Throw My Bones", the first single from Deep Purple's highly anticipated studio album "Whoosh!".
"Throw My Bones" is a song to remember; a powerful insight into the band's 21st studio album.
"Throw My Bones" is available for Streaming and Download here: https://deeppurple.lnk.to/ThrowMyBones
The single is accompanied by a music video that pushes the boundaries of time and place. It is an invitation to take a step back and see the bigger picture, a call for action and an invitation to observe the planet and the current situation on earth.
Deep Purple's brand-new studio album "Whoosh!" follows their worldwide chart-topping albums "inFinite" (2017) and "NOW What?!" (2013). For the third time, Deep Purple joins forces with producer Bob Ezrin, and together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration, "stretching out in all directions" without any limitation, letting their creativity go.
"Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple" was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on a path to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current situation of the world and addressing all generations.
"Whoosh is an onomatopoeic word that, when viewed through one end of a radio-telescope, describes the transient nature of humanity on Earth; and, through the other end from a closer perspective, illustrates the career of Deep Purple." - ig
"Whoosh!" will be available as Limited CD+DVD Mediabook (incl. the 1h feature "Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in conversation" and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017 as video), 2LP+DVD Edition, Limited Boxset and Digital on June 12th, 2020 on earMUSIC.
Already the content of the Limited Box Set has been revealed yesterday. It will contain the 2LP Gatefold, the CD+DVD Mediabook, three 10" vinyls containing previously unreleased live recordings from Deep Purple's performance in Rio 2017 "The inFinite Live Recordings, Vol. 2", an exclusive Deep Purple Collector's T-Shirt as well as three Art Prints.
You can pre-order the album here: https://deeppurple.lnk.to/WhooshPR
Coinciding with the release of the new album, Deep Purple will also embark on a full European tour starting in summer 2020.
For tour dates, please check https://www.deep-purple.com
Contractual Obligation is out today!
Three fantastic shows from Moscow, Warsaw, and St Petersburg, available in as many formats as it would be reasonable to wish for.
Contractual Obligation #1: Live In Moscow (Blu-ray): HERE
Contractual Obligation #2: Live In Warsaw (2CD & digital): HERE
Contractual Obligation #3: Live In St. Petersburg (3LP): HERE
POWERFUL LIVE ALBUM ON AUDIO & VIDEO
OUT NOW from JULY 26th, 2019 ON earMUSIC
Ian Gillan, together with Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne and a few others, is considered one of the legendary voices that shaped hard rock. Despite his commitment to Deep Purple, the singer has built an impressive solo career. "Contractual Obligation" is a collection of performances during a recent tour through Eastern Europe, which contains three shows which will be released on different formats via earMUSIC on July 26, 2019:
Ian's photographs courtesy of Simon Emmett ©2019
Simon Emmett photography: on Facebook
Ivor Novello International Achievement award
Ian Gillan, presenter Sir Tim Rice, Vicky Lord, Ian Paice & Roger Glover.
The Ivors 2019 photo Mark Allan
Raving With The JavelinsLast year, Ian Gillan & The Javelins took you on a journey through the 60s.
Order your album NOW (no delay is acceptable): HERE
All Javelins portraits HERE
Pre-order the album: HERE
IAN GILLAN REUNITES WITH HIS VERY FIRST BAND FOR A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE SONGS AND THE SOUNDS OF THE DAYS WHEN IT ALL BEGAN...
"IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS" - THE STUDIO ALBUM -
OUT ON AUGUST 31st on earMUSIC.
"In the early 1960's, you might have seen The Beatles doing Chubby Checker's 'Twist and Shout' at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, or The Rolling Stones doing Chuck Berry's 'Come On' at the Station Hotel in Richmond, and The Javelins doing Howlin' Wolf's 'Smokestack Lightning' at Wistowe House in Hayes." - Ian Gillan
Every Deep Purple true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan's love for American soul and Rhythm & Blues as well as skiffle and early rock and roll has been well documented in many articles and interviews.
Founded in the early 60s, The Javelins were influenced by Pop, Soul, Country, Jazz and Blues artists from America. They soaked up the music of their heroes, added their own stamp and went from town to town to perform their favourite songs in front of a small but ever growing audience - becoming local heroes themselves.
This was the time when Ian Gillan discovered himself, broke the chains and 'found his voice'.
The Javelins paved the way for the Ian Gillan who, only a few years later, wrote music history with Deep Purple, becoming one of the most iconic frontmen of all time and, together with very few others, shaped rock music the way we know it today.
"These contemporary recordings (2018) by The Javelins are drawn from our set lists, circa 1963, when I was 18 years old. Now, a few years later, I have the privilege and joy of working with my old mates from the original group; Gordon Fairminer (Lead Guitar); Tony Tacon (Rhythm Guitar); Tony Whitfield (Bass Guitar); Keith Roach (Drums), as we make a long overdue L.P."
Ian Gillan has defined this new studio album as "a collection of catchy rhythms and feel-good melodies". This understating definition shows Gillan's ability to still look at those songs and his whole career with the same eyes of the 18 year old boy who sang them many years ago.
But there is a lot more to this recordings...
By paying tribute to music legends such as Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley, Gillan and The Javelins have not only managed to do that.
Avoiding the use of any modern technology, the band has managed to find the spontaneity and true sense of freedom of pop and rock and roll music of 50 years ago, probably without completely realizing it themselves. One world superstar and four friends who have taken very different directions in life (none decided to "turn pro" as they would say it) but still able to capture the essence of what being a performing band is about.
This album is what happened during four days of recordings in a studio in Hamburg, Germany, where instruments, microphones, lyrics sheets and memories were the only tools allowed.
This album is not an act of nostalgia, or a celebration of the purity of the old days versus modernity. This is simply what the Javelins were in 1963... and this is what they are now, if they happen to meet in the studio, embracing their guitars and look at each other with a big smile on their face.
This is where it all started.
"Ian Gillan & The Javelins" has been recorded at the Chameleon Studios during a five days recording session in Hamburg, March 2018, Germany.
It features Don Airey as special guest on piano.
It will be released on August 31st, 2018 on earMUSIC
as CD digipak, 1LP Gatefold (180g, black) and Digital.
Ian Gillan & The Javelins are
Singer: Ian Gillan
Lead Guitar: Gordon Fairminer
Rhythm Guitar: Tony Tacon
Bass Guitar: Tony Whitfield
Drums: Keith Roach
1. Do You Love Me
2. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
3. Memphis, Tennessee
4. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)
5. High School Confidential
6. It's So Easy!
7. Save The Last Dance For Me
8. Rock and Roll Music
10. Another Saturday Night
11. You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby
12. Smokestack Lightnin'
13. Hallelujah I Love Her So
15. What I'd Say
16. Mona (I Need You Baby)
SIDE SPLIT TBA
Here's a picture of me with The Javelins, in 1964.
We have a new record out at the end of August, comprising songs from our old set list, by Howling Wolf, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, The Coasters, and others of that era..............
(Continued in Dear Friends HERE)
SPECIAL: A History of The Javelins by Tony Tacon. HERE
New North American Edition of
Ian Gillan's biography
- foreword by Lars Ulrich
Lesser Gods publishing in the USA are "psyched to announce the first-ever North American publication of Highway Star, the legendary autobiography of Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. "An entertaining read from start to finish..." Learn more and read an exclusive chapter here: http://bit.ly/HighwayStar".
NEW STUDIO ALBUM "inFinite"
LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SONG "TIME FOR BEDLAM" LAUNCHED.
Ian Gillan has said:
"If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the 'Finite' part of the word describes the life of Deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the 'in' bit? The word infinite is a three-dimensional double edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent 'Eternal' What's that all about?
Stephen Hawking declared (in 'A brief History of Time') that, before the Big Bang there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking's universe in 'Finite'; by definition; whether he agrees or not.
Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually), therefore the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don't exist.
There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thanks heavens) there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day. More on that later..."
Ian Gillan biography updated
From the back cover:
"In 1970, Deep Purple burst on to the British rock scene with their hit "Black Night" and bestselling album "Deep Purple in Rock". This is the autobiography of their lead singer, Ian Gillan.
This book traces Gillan's career from his childhood in Hounslow and early days with bands such as Episode Six and The Javelins. It concentrates on the international fame he found with songs including "Smoke on the Water" and "Child in Time". His outrageous life continues with Black Sabbath and the Gillan band, with whom he toured worldwide, whilst also writing consistently bestselling albums and singles."
Ian's biography can be bought below:
Gillan on vinyl
Demon Records has announced the release of a new must-have Gillan vinyl boxset on 2nd September. 'The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982' will feature 5 chart albums - 7 LPs in total - including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc 'For Gillan Fans Only'), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).
Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product: "It's a wonderful thing, vinyl... Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves" - he comments, observing one of the records - "aren't they cool. Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this musicâ€¦enjoy".
The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan's highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/IanGillanExclusive will also contain a bonus 7" single for Spanish Guitar.
There I was, minding my own business on a diving holiday with my family in Grand Cayman in 1984 (I think; thereabouts anyway), when I bumped into Steve Jarrell and Sons of the Beach; a fine band who were performing a season of great sunshine music at the Treasure Island Resort on Seven Mile Beach.
They invited me to step up and do a 'couple of tunes' which I was happy to do and ended up with half an hour on a hand held camera which Steve Jarrell showed me when we met up again in Nashville on the DP tour 2015. He has very kindly given us permission to put it up on Caramba first as an exclusive for CTV.
CTV archive can be found here at the CarambaTV Archive.
The Parallax Effect On Long Hair
I was surprised to get an invitation to address the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin on 14th December 2012. It caused great hilarity in the band dressing room; Roger actually burst into spontaneous laughter; not sure if it was the cultural or diplomatic bit that set him off. Probably both.
When the director asked for the title and a copy of the speech I told him it would be entitled 'The Parallax Effect on Long Hair' and that it would be off the cuff, so to speak.
Basically it's about perception or how things are viewed differently, depending on where you're standing.
I was a little nervous to start with as it was unscripted and I'd never spoken publicly before, apart from the usual gibberish delivered on stage each night with DP before being gloriously interrupted by a drumist not known for his patience. But I did enjoy it and may do another, one day.
Rhino Poo Alert
RTL (a large TV station) announced the start of the sale for the Deep Purple tour in autumn 2012 in Germany. The message said that this will be the last tour of DP in Germany and therefore the last chance to see them live. what a shock! Is that true??? Is that an official/confirmed statement?
Deep Purple, Ian Gillan, Gillan, Gillan Glover....
Yes, all of them but the usual proviso of 'in due course' applies, of course. Such is the speed of this 'information age' that we could all know everything immediately but where would the fun be in that?
'One Eye To Morocco' - the lyrics
Caramba takes the greatest of pleasure in unveiling the complete lyrics for all editions of 'One Eye To Morocco'.
Another, even bigger fan writes
These biographies may be used by journalists.
Deep Purple's official website. Click above.
On sending things in to be signed:
A number of people have over time sent unsolicited stuff into either Ian's or DP's management to be signed and returned. Such things can so easily get mislaid or just simply lost in a very busy organisation, which can be very upsetting for those who have sent their items in. Please don't do this as no-one wants to feel responsible for having lost what can be, for the owner, very precious items. Thanks. Steve/ED.
Can't be bothered to use the drop down menus above or the text menus below? Use the search engine, it doesn't bite very often. Mind you, if I could give it teeth I would.
Now, who was it who asked the poor old search engine this question: "could you sing burn". Search engines cannot sing. Take a moment and reflect.
Caramba in translation
Caramba is gradually being translated....
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