Roger Glover & Guests - The Butterfly Ball And the Grasshopper's Feast

Posted By : jantine | Date : 17 Oct 2007 15:03:00 | Comments : 8 |


Roger Glover & Guests - The Butterfly Ball And the Grasshopper's Feast
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Live album by Roger Glover
Released November 1974
Genre Pop-rock
Psychedelic rock
Hard rock
Length 74:15

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children's book of the same title (The album cover design is from Alan Aldridge's design for the book).

It was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord and to be produced by Roger Glover, but Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple and Glover took up the reins on his own. Using his connections, Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians to perform on it, with a different vocalist for each track. The single Love is All, with vocals from Ronnie James Dio, charted in the UK. The song has been used recently by the Dutch political party CDA in its election ads for the 2006 Dutch General Election.

On October 16th 1975, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall took place. Again it had a star-studded cast of rock musicians, most notably Ian Gillan who was drafted in at the last minute and received a standing ovation on his entrance. He replaced an unavailable Ronnie James Dio who had commitments with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (although Dio did eventually get to perform the song at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 as the guest of Deep Purple). Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in 1973. Also notable was the appearance of Vincent Price as narrator.

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/rock 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.] ~ by Dave Thompson

Everybody's got to live together
All the people got to understand
So, love your neighbour
Like you love your brother
Come on and join the band

Well, all you need is love and understanding
Ring the bell and let the people know
We're so happy and we're celebratin'
Come on and let your feelings show

Love is all, well love is all,
Love is all, can't you hear the call
Oh, love is all you need
Love is all you need at the Butterfly Ball

Ain't you happy that we're all together
At the ball in nature's countryside
And although we're wearing different faces
Nobody wants to hide Love is all and all is love and
It's easy, yes it's so easy
At the Butterfly Ball where love is all
And it's so easy

All you need is love and understanding
Hey, ring the bell and let the people know
We're so happy and we're celebratin'
Let your feelings show

Love is all, yes love is all at the Butterfly Ball
Love is big, love is small
Love is free, love is all
At the Butterfly Ball

When you back's to the wall
When you're starting to fall
You got something to lean on
Love is everything
It can make you sing at the Butterfly Ball
Love is all, I say love is all, yes love is all
At the Butterfly Ball


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

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Posted By: bolinboy Date: 17 Oct 2007 19:27:45
You star you! I used to have this LP when I was a kid, but somewhere over the years it disappeared. I'm really looking forward to singing along again.

Many many thanks!
Posted By: jantine Date: 17 Oct 2007 19:48:33
@ F.F. (Froggie Friend) You're very welcome :-))

@bolinboy Tnx for the nice comment - enjoy it ;-)
Posted By: Bully Date: 17 Oct 2007 20:18:10

BullFrog also found it :-)

"Psychedelic rock
Hard rock"

Perhaps "Children's Rock" would fit better :-)
At least surpise would be less for Deep Purple fans downloading it :-)))

Great album.

TNX janFine!!

Posted By: jantine Date: 17 Oct 2007 21:13:55

"Psychedelic rock
Hard rock"

That's what wikipedia wrote ;-) But in this case I think Frog-Rock fits better ;-)

grtjs Petra
Posted By: Bully Date: 17 Oct 2007 23:46:08

@ King & Queen

A few minutes ago I told the king in private that we will NOT have a special Christmas / XMAS section. OK, I finally changed my mind and added it. It is a sub section of "Other styles".

Can't tell you for sure how long it will take until you can see and use it - while the old software did such additions in realtime, the new software needs a full system restart ...

Posted By: jantine Date: 18 Oct 2007 00:56:00
I found a few covers ;-)
Posted By: Spanky2 Date: 18 Oct 2007 04:18:23
Thanks a lot!
Posted By: ivanavitch Date: 04 Nov 2007 08:53:58
thanks for this ... I had tried finding this posted somewhere a while ago but found no reference to it .... 'Love Is All' ran for weeks as a No.1 hit in Australia when I was a teenager. I have very distinct memories of the animation clip that went with the song ... now that would be good to find also