Monday, August 4, 2008

Rock Revival's Forgotten Classics (1970): Quatermass, The Album That Broke Up Deep Purple.

Thanx to my discovery of lastfm I am now able to explore the mysterious world of little known rock bands of the 70's with abandon, testing before i buy, a rock lover's paradise.

One album I have come across that is pretty astounding is the only album ever released bu Uk prog rock band Quatemass.

They were the next big thing when this was released, swinging rock, with organ, described by Freak Emporium at the time as distinguished by it's "...compactness, wealth of ideas, forceful lead vocals and complicated arrangements, enriched by pianist Robinson's tasteful use of classical strings which are on display along with spacious keyboard passages at their height in the mold of The Nice."

The band took their name from Professor Bernard Quatermass, a fictional scientist who had been the hero of three science-fiction serials produced by BBC Television in the 1950s.

Their self-titled 1970 album was further described as "a keyboard dominated chunk of heavy progressive rock... a popular part of the eccentric Harvest label."

In retrospect it was one of the first albums to present prog metal !

This album is said to be indirectly responsible for Ritchie Blackmore's departure from Deep Purple. In 1974 he wanted to cover the Quartermass saingle "Black Sheep in the Family" for the Stormbringer album.

The idea "...fell on stony ground,he ended up taking a relative back seat in the studio... Blackmore then followed his own muse by recording it on the Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow solo album in early 1975, backed by members of Deep Purple's regular support act Elf." (Deeppurplefamilytree)

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