Label: Safari Records - L36223 • Format: Cassette • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Harlequin Hare - Roger Glover And Guests - The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshoppers Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in and respectively, based on the children's poem of a similar title.
The album cover design is from Alan Aldridge 's design for a book based on the poem. The work was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple.
However, 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, with a different vocalist for each character, including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. These random airings, together with the psychedelic tone of the clip and the lack of subtitles, made it very popular amongst young viewers. This success was renewed in France in when Sironimo, a brand of flavored syrup used the song in a very popular animated commercial.
Many Americans in the late s, s and s recall seeing the animated song clip "Love Is All" being regularly played in children's TV programs such as The Great Space Coaster and Nickelodeon morning shows. It became something of a favourite well into the s on pioneering Australian music show Countdown —and was also regularly used as an interstitial program on the ABC.
With its rousing lyrics and parade of animals marching through the forest on their way to the mythical Butterfly Ball, the song attained Top 10 status "Down Under" four years after it was recorded. On 16 Octobera 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.
Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in Also notable was the appearance of Twiggy as singer and actress and Vincent Price as narrator. Apart from most of the musicians involved in the studio recording, the concert also featured Jon Lord. The live concert was filmed and released inproduced by Tony Klinger. Colin Meloy of The Decemberists has used the piece as intro music for the band's shows. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about concept album by Roger Glover.
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