Roger Glover And Guests / The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast: Love Is All
Label: Purple Records, Purple Records
Catalog#: 5C 006-96146
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
Genre: rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, progressive rock
A Love Is All
Featuring – Ronnie Dio*
Written-By – Hardin*
B1 Old Blind Mole
Featuring – Johnny Goodison*
B2 Magician Moth
Featuring – Roger Glover
Producer – Roger Glover
Written-By – Glover*
Purple 5C 006 96146, Holland, 1974
– Back sleeve (the one you see) is green with white Butterfly Ball picture from the album sleeve. The front has a frog cartoon.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast is a concept release and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children’s book of the same title.
It was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord and to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple, 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 including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. The single “Love Is All”, with vocals from Ronnie James Dio, made a minor impression in the UK but reached number one in The Netherlands. Its accompanying animated short movie also gained unexpected success in France, where the newly launched second TV channel Antenne 2 used it as a fill-in every time it experienced “technical difficulties”. These random airings, together with the psychedelic tone of the clip and the lack of subtitles, made it very popular amongst young viewers. In 2006 the song was used by the Dutch political party CDA in its election advertisements for the 2006 Dutch General Election. Many Americans in the late 70s, 80s and 90s recall seeing the animated song clip “Love Is All” being regularly played in children’s TV programs like the The Electric Company and Nickelodeon morning shows.
“Love Is All” and its animated music video was also given wide exposure in the southern hemisphere. It became something of a favourite well into the 1980s on pioneering Australian music show Countdown (1974 – 1987). 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 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.
BUTTERFLY BALL part of Cliff Burton’s vinyl collection (presented by his dad)
September 27, 2016 marked 30 years without Metallica’s Cliff Burton. His father, Ray, who keeps his son’s memory alive with his family, appeared in a video posted on the Cliff Burton Family fan page. Ηe presented some of Cliff Burton’s favorite records, which the bassist, had in his collection. According to Ray Burton, they have kept Cliff’s records and are trying to make sure they do not wear out. Ιn Cliff Burton’s collection we find THE BUTTERFLY BALL LP