Hard Rock/Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s (Tracks) Deep Purple – “The Shield”

Hard Rock/Progressive/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s (Tracks)

Deep Purple (Hertford, Hertfordshire, U.K.)

“The Shield” (written by Lord, Blackmore, Evans) B1 track included on the album “The Book Of Taliesyn” 

Released on Tetragrammaton Records ( T-107) in the U.S.A. (October 1968),  on Harvest ‎(SHVL 751) in the U.K. (1969)

Line-up/Credits :

Rod Evans / lead vocals
Ritchie Blackmore / lead guitar
Jon Lord / Hammond organ, backing vocals, string arrangements (6)
Nick Simper / bass, backing vocals
Ian Paice / drums

Production :

  • Derek Lawrence – producer, mixing
  • Barry Ainsworth – engineer
  • Peter Mew – restoring and remastering at Abbey Road Studios, London (2000)

Track Listing :

1. Listen, Learn, Read On (4:04)
2. Wring That Neck (also known as “Hard Road”) (5:13)
3. Kentucky Woman (Neil Diamond cover) (4:44)
4. Exposition / We Can Work It Out (Beatles cover) (7:07)
5. Shield (6:06)
6. Anthem (6:31)
7. River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner cover) (10:12)

Total time 44:00

Bonus tracks on 2000 remaster:
8. Oh No No No (Studio outtake Dec ’68) (4:25)
9. It’s All Over (BBC Top Gear, Jan ’69) (4:14)
10. Hey Bop A Re Bop (BBC Top Gear, Jan ’69) (3:31)
11. Wring That Neck (BBC Top Gear, Jan ’69) (4:42)
12. Playground (Remixed instrumental studio outtake, Aug ’68) (4:29)

Lyrics :

Mama plays a queen on the hill built on a dream
While the children play in the field
Papa smokes the pipe of a sweet and better life
But how strong is the shield?
Can peace be found on the carpet above ground
Where sky is forever blue
So let it pass baby now, the slow and riding cloud
Which may take me from you
Many things a man can lose
His self, his rights, his views
But never his heart or his love
So take this hand of mine and climb baby, climb
To the hill up above
Now you can play a queen on the hill built on a dream
While our children play in the field
I can smoke the pipe of a sweet and better life
And trust in the strength of the shield
So trust in you love, and Lucy of above
And let light pass like a wheel
Don’t take the chance of life’s hectic dance
Kiss the strength of the shield
The seeker will be found by the looker on the ground
And to his wish he will yield
Fate will have it’s word, of course
(Think this line is wrong)
And time will change its course
And hold the strength of the shield
Songwriters: Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Rod Evans
Shield” or “The Shield” is a Blackmore/Lord/Evans composition. The fifth track on the band’s second album runs to 5 minutes 59 seconds, and has a distinctly psychedelic feel to it. It appears to be a song about family life, philosophising, etc, and some sources include the line “So trust in you love, and Lucy of above” in the lyrics, which appears to be a reference to “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”. As this well known Beatles track was released the year before The Book Of Taliesyn, this is plausible, however, this line is actually a mondegreen, a misheard lyric.

Founded in Hertford, UK in 1968 – Hiatus between 1976-1984 – Still active as of 2018

The archetypal hard rock band, hugely influential, and still alive and well after almost 40 years, DEEP PURPLE were formed in Hertford (England) in 1968. Their earliest line-up (known as Mark I) featured guitarist Ritchie BLACKMORE, drummer Ian Paice (who was to be the only constant member in all the numerous incarnations of the band), keyboardist Jon LORD, bassist Nick Simper and vocalist Rod Evans. Their first album, “Shades of Deep Purple”, included a cover of JOE SOUTH’s “Hush”, which became a big hit in the USA. The following two efforts were definitely more progressive in tone, especially their third, self-titled album, which saw Lord’s masterful, classically-influenced use of the B3 Hammond organ steal the limelight.

In 1969, Evans and Simper were fired, to be replaced by two former Episode Six members, bassist Roger Glover and legendary vocalist Ian Gillan, who had also starred in the lead role in the original version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”. This line-up, which is widely known as DEEP PURPLE Mark II, gave the band international renown – even though their first album, Lord’s pet project “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” (recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) was poorly received.

With Gillan and Glover on board, DEEP PURPLE recorded a series of extremely successful albums, which saw them blend the progressive stylings of their first three albums with an increasingly harder-edged approach, like 1970′ ground-breaking “In Rock”. Their sound featured lengthy, dazzling duels between Lord’s Hammond and Blackmore’s Stratocaster, punctuated by Gillan’s sky-high screams – nowhere better embodied than in their stunning, 1972 live album, “Made in Japan”. In the same year, they released “Machine Head”, one of the essential rock albums of all time, which featured the seminal riff of “Smoke on the Water” (inspired by a true episode happened during the recording of the album itself in Montreux, Switzerland), as well as other classics such as “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin'”.

Unfortunately, ego clashes and differences in musical direction caused the departure of both Gillan and Glover, who were replaced by an already established musician (also possessed of awesome pipes), former TRAPEZE bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, and an unknown singer from North Yorkshire, David Coverdale, whose deep, bluesy voice was distinctly different from Gillan’s high-pitched wail. The first Mark III album, “Burn”, released in 1974, ranks amongst the band’s best efforts, with the furious, barnstorming title-track quickly becoming another mainstay of their live performances.

However, Hughes’s leanings towards funk and soul clashed with Blackmore’s own musical orientation, which led to the latter’s split from the band immediately after the release of “Stormbringer”. He was replaced by American whizzkid Tommy Bolin, formerly with JAMES GANG, who had also played on Billy Cobham’s ground-breaking first solo album, “Spectrum”. Unfortunately, Bolin was a drug addict, while Hughes had also begun his descent into alcoholism and cocaine addiction. The band’s only Mark IV album, 1975’s “Come Taste the Band”, is a highly underrated masterpiece of funk-tinged hard rock. It also signalled the dissolution of the band, after Bolin’s tragic death of a heroin overdose in 1976.

It seemed to be the end for DEEP PURPLE, and as a matter of fact it was for nearly eight years – until the five original MK II members got together and decided to give it a go once again. The result was 1984’s excellent “Perfect Strangers”, a true return to form whose magnificent, Eastern-tinged title track has since become one of the band’s undisputed classics. However, the idyll was not fated to last: 1987’s “The House of Blue Light” was a much weaker effort, and the tensions between Blackmore and Gillan resurfaced, causing the latter to leave the band. He was replaced by Blackmore’s former RAINBOW sidekick, American vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, whose presence on 1990’s “Slaves and Masters” album gave the band’s sound a definitely AOR slant that put off many of their earlier fans. In 1992, Gillan rejoined the band in order to record the aptly-titled “The Battle Rages On”; however, during the tour in support of the album his conflict with Blackmore got out of hand, and the guitarist left – this time, never to return.

DEEP PURPLE managed to complete the tour by enlisting the help of guitar wonder JOE SATRIANI, who nevertheless declined their offer to join the band permanently. They found Blackmore’s replacement in yet another American, former DIXIE DREGS and KANSAS guitarist Steve MORSE. A legend in his own right, Morse brought fresh ideas to the band, as well as a much more relaxed approach to personal relationships. The new line-up managed to record two albums, “Purpendicular” (1996) and “Abandon” (1998), before, in 2003, founding member Jon Lord left the band in order to rest from constant touring and dedicate himself to his own musical projects. His replacement was found in a veteran of the British rock scene, former Colosseum II keyboardist Don Airey. This new version of the band is still active and touring in the 21st century. Their latest album, “Rapture of the Deep” (2005), is certainly one of their best efforts since they got back together in 1984. Even in their early sixties, the members of DEEP PURPLE still have a lot to offer to the rock world.

The Book of Taliesyn is the second studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded only three months after Shades of Deep Purple and released by Tetragrammaton Records in October 1968, just before their first US tour. The name for the album was taken from the 14th-century Book of Taliesin.

The structure of the album is similar to that of their debut, with four original songs and three rearranged covers, although the tracks are longer, the arrangements more complex and the sound more polished than on Shades of Deep Purple. The music style is a mix of psychedelic rock, progressive rock and hard rock, with several inserts of classical music arranged by the band’s keyboard player Jon Lord.

Deep Purple’s American record label aimed for a hippie audience, which was very influential in the US at the time, but the chart results of the album and singles were not as high as expected. This setback did not hinder the success of the three-month US tour, when the band played in many important venues and festivals and received positive feedback from audiences and the press. Deep Purple were still an underground band which played in small clubs and colleges in the United Kingdom, largely ignored by the media and the public. British record company EMI did not release The Book of Taliesyn until June 1969, on the new underground prog rock sub-label Harvest Records, and the album did not chart. Even the release of the new single “Emmaretta” and new dates in their home country in the summer of 1969 did not increase album sales or the popularity of Deep Purple in the UK. Perception of the album changed later years, when it received more favourable reviews.

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7-inch Singles/E.P.s Progressive/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s (Tracks) Mighty Baby – “Egyptian Tomb”

7-inch Singles/E.P.s Progressive/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s (Tracks)

Mighty Baby (London, U.K.)

“Egyptian Tomb” (written by Might Baby) A1 (opening track) included on the album “Mighty Baby” 

Released on Head Records (HDLS 6002) in 1969

Also it was released as an A’ Side single (B’ Side single “I Am From The Country”), on Philips Records

Tracks :

1. Egyptian Tomb – 5:28
2. A Friend You Know but Never See – 4:24
3. I’ve Been Down So Long – 5:05
4. Same Way From the Sun – 5:37
5. House Without Windows – 6:10
6. Trials of a City – 5:58
7. I’m From the Country – 4:49
8. At a Point Between Fate and Destiny – 4:44
9. Only Dreaming – 3:16
10. Dustbin Full of Rubbish – 2:47
11. Understanding Love – 3:50
12. Favourite Days – 3:54
13. A Saying for Today – 3:27

Compositions from 1-8 by Mighty Βaby
Songs 9-13 written by Ian Whiteman and perfomed by The Action

Migty Βaby :

Alan King – Guitar, Vocals
Michael Evans  – Bass
Roger Powell  – Drums
Martin Stone  – Guitars
Ian Whiteman  – Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals

Lyrics :

I was born in a world that can easily bring you down
I was torn from the tomb of the foolish Egyptian crown

Good morning, day,
by evening, my way,
I said my way

I was raised in a town where the people don’t understand
What it is to have lived in a different place and time.


[psych scat]

An Egyptian tomb..
An Egyptian tomb..
An Egyptian tomb..

La, la, la, la, la

I was born in a world that can easily bring you down
I was torn from the tomb of the foolish Egyptian crown


An Egyptian tomb.. x 8

Information about the band

UK act MIGHTY BABY was formed in 1968, featuring several members of the newly disbanded outfit The Action. They hit the studio right away, and had an album ready by the end of ’68, which eventually was released at the tail end of 1969 on the Head Records label.

During 1970 many of the members in the band converted to Islam, and when their second album A Jug of Love appeared in 1971, the alteration in religious and philosophical view by the band’s members had also affected their stylistic expression, resulting in a vastly different sophomore effort.

This second production also proved to be the final albums to come from this band. In later years archival cocncert recordings have surfaced from time to time, capturing a band keen on improvisation while performing live.

Mighty Baby stands as one of the most cohesive and coveted of 1960s UK psych. It is the complete package, blistering guitar work from Martin Stone, studio trickery, amazing songwriting, great vocals, this record is the real deal and fully deserving of its reputation. The band would go on to record with legends like Keith Christmas, Sandy Denny, and more, as well as record a second album in 1971, but nothing can surpass the pure psych perfection of their debut.

In 1968, the Summer of Love was exerting it’s influence on pop and fashion trends and, in the UK, many of the previous year’s Mod movement were heeding the call to ‘get your head together, man’ and go ‘progressive’. The Action had been one of the most respected of London’s mod bands but in late ’68, founder members guitarist Alan King, bassist Mike Evans and drummer Roger Powell were joined by pianist lan Whiteman and ex-Savoy Brown guitarist Martin Stone in a brand new band Mighty Baby. The group’s 1969 debut album Mighty Baby was strong on melody and instrumental technique and Egyptian Tomb is a perfect summation of what the band’s recorded music was all about. “Live”, they extended their performances, as did most groups of the era. Stone’s guitar soloing being lauded for its imaginative approach. They cut a second album A Jug Of Love before disbanding. Stone later formed Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers while King became a member of pub-rock band Ace. This CD reissue combines their first album with 5 tracks made when King, Evans and Powell were still The Action and the sleeve notes by Record Collector magazines John Reed chart the history of one of the best of the late 60s/early 70s “head” bands.

 The band was formed as The Boys in August 1963, in Kentish Town, North West London. After Peter Watson  joined them as an additional guitarist in 1965, they changed their name to The Action. The original members were Reg King (lead vocals), Alan ‘Bam’ King (lead guitar, vocals), Mike “Ace” Evans (bass guitar, vocals and Roger Powell (drums).

Shortly after their formation, they signed to Parlophone with producer George Martin. “Land of a Thousand Dances” b/w “In My Lonely Room” was well received by critics, but sold poorly. None of the Action’s singles achieved success in the UK Singles Chart.

After disastrous experiences with the Rikki Farr management, Peter Watson left the band in 1966. They continued as quartet, but were dropped from Parlophone in 1967. In the late 1960s keyboardist Ian Whiteman and guitarist Martin Stone joined the band and the Actionmoved toward a mid-tempo psychedelic balladstyle, and then into folk rock. Reg King left the band in 1967, and Alan King took over as main lead vocalist. In 1969, when signing to John Curd’s Head Records, the band was renamed Mighty Baby.  Alan King later went on to form Ace.

Notably, they are one of the favourite bands of Phil Collins, who performed with the reunited band in 2000. “For me it was like playing with the Beatles“, he later commented on the experience.

Albums :

Mighty Baby (1969)
A Jug of Love (1971)

Singles & EPs :

Egyptian Tomb / I’m From the Country (1969)
Devil’s Whisper / Virgin Spring (Jun, 1971)

Alan “Bam” King – GuitarVocals (in band: 1968 – 1971)
Ian Whiteman – FluteOrganPercussionPianoSaxophoneVocals (in band: 1968 – 1971)
Martin Stone – GuitarSlide guitar (in band: 1968 – 1971)
Mike Evans – Bass Guitar (in band: 1968 – 1971)
Roger Powell – Drums (in band: 1968 – 1971)
Mighty Baby – “Mighty Baby” Album cover photo (front)
MIGHTY BABY 1969 2 (2)
Mighty Baby – “Mighty Baby” Album photo (A’ Side)
Mighty Baby – “Egyptian Tomb” Single Album cover photo (front), French Edition, Philips Records -, 1970
Mighty Baby – “Egyptian Tomb” Single cover photo (front) Dutch Edition, Philips Records (6073 900), 1970