we are going back in time, it's 1974.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children's poem of a similar title. The album cover design is from Alan Aldridge's design for a 1973 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, Jon Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple and Roger Glover took up the reins on his own.
Using his connections, Roger Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians to perform on it, with a different vocalist for each character, including Ronnie James Dio 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, The Butterfly Ball, made by the Halas & Batchelor company, 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. This success was renewed in France in 1991 when Sironimo, a brand of flavored syrup used the song in a very popular animated commercial. 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 1970s, 1980s and 1990s 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.
"Love Is All" and its animated music video were 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), 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 October 16, 1975, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall took place. Again it had a star-studded cast of rock musicians, most notably was Deep Purple's singer 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 Ronnie did eventually get to perform the song at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 as the guest of Deep Purple).
Ian Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in 1973. 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 in 1976 produced by Tony Klinger.
01 Dawn (Glover) 1:21
02 Get Ready (Glover) 2:06
03 Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee (Glover) 1:25
04 Harlequin Hare (Glover, Dio, Soule) 1:26
05 Old Blind Mole (Glover) 1:11
06 Magician Moth (Glover) 1:33
07 No Solution (Glover) 3:28
08 Behind the Smile (Glover) 1:46
09 Fly Away (Glover) 2:22
10 Aranea (Glover) 1:37
11 Sitting in a Dream (Glover) 3:40
12 Waiting (Glover) 3"11
13 Sir Maximus Mouse (Glover) 2:35
14 Dreams of Sir Bedivere () 4:09
15 Together Again (Glover, Dio, Soule) 2:05
16 Watch Out for the Bat (Glover) 1:41
17 Little Chalk Blue (Glover, Hardin) 3:44 CD Reissue only
18 The Feast (Glover) 1:48
19 Love Is All (Glover, Hardin, Dio) 3:14
20 Homeward (Glover, Hardin) 4:12
21 Love Is All (Demo Version) 3:04
22 Dawn" (Remix) 1:35
23 Magician Moth (Remix) 1:37
24 Harlequin Hare (Remix) 1:33
25 Magician Moth (Remix) 1:34
26 No Solution (Remix) 3:58
27 Waiting (Remix) 3:58
28 Fly Away (Remix) 2:24
29 Aranea (Remix) 1:38
07 Watch Out for the Bat (feat John Gustafson)
08 Aranea (feat Judi Kuhl)
09 Sir Maximus Mouse (feat Eddie Hardin)
10 Behind the Smile (feat David Coverdale)
11 Little Chalk Blue (feat John Lawton)
12 Waiting (feat Al Matthews)
13 Sitting in a Dream (feat Ian Gillan)
14 No Solution (feat Mickey Lee Soule)
15 The Feast (feat Vincent Price)
16 Love Is All (feat John Lawton a.o.)
17 Homeward (feat Twiggy)
18 Love Is All (encore)
Love Is All (Glover, Hardin) 3:14
No Solution (Glover) 3:28
Members Original Album
Tony Ashton - vocals on track 15
Les Binks - drums
Helen Chappelle - vocals on track 3
David Coverdale - vocals on track 10
Ronnie James Dio - vocals on tracks 11, 19 and 20
Jack Emblow - accordion
Ray Fenwick - guitar
Mo Foster - bass guitar, double bass, fingerpops
Kay Garner - backing vocals
Michael Giles - drums
Roger Glover - synthesiser piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
John Goodison - vocals on track 5
John Gustafson - vocals on track 16
Eddie Hardin - keyboards, vocals on track 13 and background vocals
Jimmy Helms - vocals on track 12
Glenn Hughes - vocals on track 2
Eddie Jobson - violin
Chris Karan - tabla
Judi Kuhl - vocals on track 10 and backing vocals
Neil Lancaster - vocals on track 4
John Lawton - vocals on track 17
Mike Moran - piano
Ann Odell - piano
Mickey Lee Soule - vocals on track 7
Barry St. John - vocals on track 3
Liza Strike - vocals on track 9
Robin Thompson - bassoon
Nigel Watson - saw
Joanne Williams - backing vocals
The Mountain Fjord Orchestra led by David Woodcock and conducted by Martin Ford, John Bell and Del Newman.