Child In Time – Deep Purple

Deep Purple Classic Lineup: Paice Gillan Blackmore Glover Lord

Sweet child in time, you’ll see the line
Line that’s drawn between the Good
and the Bad
See the blind man, he’s shooting at the world
Bullets flying,
ooh taking toll
If you’ve been bad – Oh Lord I bet you have
And you’ve not
been hit oh by flying lead
You’d better close your eyes, you’d better bow  your head
Wait for the ricochet

Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo..
I’m cryin’ for
you day and night
Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo..
Aaa-aaa-aaa..
Oh, I wanna hear you
sing..
Aaa-aaa-aaa..
Oaoh..
AAA-AAA-AAA!!
AAA-AAA-AAA!!

Sweet child in time, you’ll see the line
Line that’s drawn between the Good and the
Bad
See the blind man, he’s shooting at the world
Bullets flying, mm taking toll
If you’ve been bad – Lord I bet you have
And you’ve not been
hit oh not been hit by flying lead
You’d better close your eyes, you’d better
bow your head
Wait for the
ricochet

Deep Purple Current Lineup: Paice Glover Gillan, Airey, and Morse

Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo..
Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo..
Aaa-aaa-aaa..
Oh, I
gotta hear you
sing..
Aaa-aaa-aaa..
Oaoh..
AAA-AAA-AAA!!
Oh..
AAA-AAA-AAA!!

Oh..god
oh no..oh god no..oh..ah..no ah..AAh..oh..AAWAAH!!..oh

Today I’m off from work and not really in the mood to do anything.  Today is also one of those days I am just not into thinking about politics.  So, I am on the computer perusing YouTube Video’s.  Reminicising if you will.

I have been listening and watching various performances of Deep Purple’s “Child In Time.”  What a great song.  Ian Gillan has to have one of the Best Rock N’ Roll voices of all time.  He, like Robert Plant, has perfected the Rock N’ Roll SCREAM!  Ian, by the way, will be 66 August 19th, 2011.  He still does a pretty good job.  Were you aware that Ian sang lead for Black Sabbath for about 14 months beginning around Dec. 1982.  He left in Feb. 1984.  He also was with a group known as Episode VI and his own band, Gillan.  He returned to Deep Purple in 1984 and then left again in 1989 and then returned again in 1992 to the present.

It has been a long time since I read about the various incarnations of Deep Purple.  There were somewhere around 8 or 10, maybe even more different lineups over the years.  I believe Ian and Roger Glover (base player) left because of Ritchie Blackmore.  Ritchie apparently, in addition to drinking and drugs, was very moody and difficult to work with.

I saw Deep Purple way way back in the 70’s at the Apollo Theatre on Renfrew Street in Glasgow, Scotland.  Ian and Roger were gone.  Glenn Hughes (base) and David Coverdale were the replacements.  They were doing there “Burn” album tour.  It was great.  Ritchie was great.  Funny though, Ritchie spent the whole time in the back corner of the stage.  Little movement when he played.  He made it look so effortless.  I’ve always admired that about Ritchie,  even while playing some scorching leads, he was casual.

After Ritchie left Deep Purple, he formed Rainbow.  These days he has a group called Blackmore’s Knight.  It features himself and his, now wife, Candace Knight.  Are you ready?  They play Renaissance music.  I like it.  I think I may have acquired a taste for it while I was in the service and stationed in Scotland.

Blackmores Knight

Blackmore’s Knight also does some of the old Deep Purple stuff like, Child In Time, Soldier of Fortune and some others.  I think Candace does a great job with the vocals and Ritchie still can play the strings off the guitar and now mandolin.  I have seen him use the Hurdy Gurdy as well.  In my mind Ritchie has to be one of the more underrated guitarists around.   I would suggest that you look them up on youtube.  You might like what you hear.  Don’t yell and scream at me if you don’t.  You either like it or you don’t like it.

Blackmore’s Knight is actually quite poplular in Europe.  They tour there regularly.  I beleive they have been to the states a couple times but primarily the east coast.

When you get a chance, listen/watch “Child In Time” on youtube.  This link takes you to an HD Video of Child In Time from 1970.  It’s a great quality Live cut.  Here’s a link to Blackmore’s Knight version.  Note that this is part of a medley so skip ahead about 35 seconds to get to Child In Time .

The softer side of Deep Purple…”When A Blind Man Cries“…..from the live DVD Perihelion.  Ian is superb and Steve Morse is outstanding on guitar.  Check it out.  Have you ever noticed when hard rock groups do something soft or a ballad, they’re always so good?

In Closing…..

You’d better close your eyes, you’d better
bow your head Wait for the ricochet

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