FUNKY JUNCTION play tribute to DEEP PURPLE LP (by Thin Lizzy) 1974. 1st ever tribute album in history! CHECK VIDEOS

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FUNKY JUNCTION: play tribute to DEEP PURPLE [This highly shout after item come out in ’74 (!!!) and as far as I know is the first ever tribute album recorded! Deep Purple fans will get some great covers]

Strange Kinda Woman

Funky Junction were an Irish rock band formed in 1972 specifically to record a single album of songs made famous by British band Deep Purple, which was released as Funky Junction Play a Tribute to Deep Purple in January 1973.
The project was brought about by a German businessman named Leo Muller, who contacted Irish group Thin Lizzy to record the album. The group were not enthusiastic, as they were trying to forge their own style and identity, but they needed the money. Thin Lizzy vocalist, Phil Lynott, decided that he was unable to sing like Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan, so restricted himself to playing bass guitar. The band brought in Benny White, singer with the Dublin group Elmer Fudd, because they generally performed Deep Purple covers during gigs. Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey referred to White as “”really an Ian Gillan clone””. Thin Lizzy did not have a keyboard player in their lineup, so Elmer Fudd keyboardist, Dave “”Mojo”” Lennox, was also asked to participate. Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell stated that White and Lennox were each paid “”around £60″” to travel to De Lane Lea Studios in London to record the album.
The makeshift band rehearsed for “”two or three hours””, according to Downey, before recording the whole album in one day. Nine tracks were recorded, with five being Deep Purple covers. Three others were loosely improvised instrumentals; “”Dan”” – a version of “”Londonderry Air”” or “”Danny Boy”” by Bell in a Jimi Hendrix style; “”Rising Sun”” – a cover of “”The House of the Rising Sun”” made popular by The Animals; and the original composition “”Palamatoon””. The last track on the album was “”Corina””, credited to Leo Muller, as were the other non-Deep Purple songs.
Thin Lizzy were paid £1000 for the recording but their name was entirely omitted from the album, and a photo of a different, unknown band was featured on the cover.

Hush
Label: Stereo Gold Award ‎– MER373, Stereo Gold Award ‎– MER 373
Format:  Vinyl, LP
Country: England England
Released: 1973
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Funk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

    Manufactured By – Damont Records Ltd.
    Printed By – West Brothers Printers Limited

Notes
MER373 seen on sleeve and spine, MER 373 seen on labels.

Text on back cover of LP:
Funky Junction are an exciting new group that has the pulse of today. In this tribute to Deep Purple, they play many of Purple’s hits. UK and world wide audiences are acclaiming them for the great group they are.
FUNKY JUNCTION – THE SOUND OF TODAY!

The disc was pressed in England and sleeve made in England.Songs:
A1 Fireball www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky7YtxiMhp8
Written-By – I. Gillan* , I. Paice* , J. Lord* , R. Blackmore* , R. Glover*
A2 Dan
Written-By – Leo Muller
A3 Black Night
Written-By – I. Gillan* , I. Paice* , J. Lord* , R. Blackmore* , R. Glover*
A4 Palamatoon
Written-By – Leo Muller
A5 Strange Kinda Woman  www.youtube.com/watch?v=abSiTiJNBEM
Written-By – I. Gillan* , I. Paice* , J. Lord* , R. Blackmore* , R. Glover*
B1 Hush www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4lQNxV9Muc
Written-By – Joe South
B2 Rising Sun www.youtube.com/watch?v=byI5z_3NzO4
Written-By – Leo Muller
B3 Speed King
Written-By – I. Gillan* , I. Paice* , J. Lord* , R. Blackmore* , R. Glover*
B4 Corina
Written-By – Leo Muller

Fireball

Eric Bell – guitar Phil Lynott – bass guitar Brian Downey – drums Benny White – vocals Dave Lennox – keyboards

Rising Sun

Funky Junction personnel:

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Weight 0.25 kg

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