Today’s music video is ‘Love Is All’ from Roger Glover, with vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This song is also referred to as ‘The Butterfly Ball’.
This video was posted to You Tube by jollygoga
As you watch this wonderful clip, you need to be aware of some of the background behind it.
What is really incongruous about this song is that the people associated with it all came from a background of some of the ‘heaviest’ of early heavy metal rock from the 1960′s and 70′s.
The album that this song came from is called ‘The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshoppers Feast’. The song is called ‘Love Is All’, but is most probably better known by its alternate title ‘The Butterfly Ball’.
The album was a concept album, originally conceived as a Rock Opera, and thought up by Jon Lord who played keyboards for the legendary band Deep Purple, at one stage noted as the ‘loudest band on the Planet’. This band went through numerous line up changes over the years, and perhaps their most prolific line up was the second iteration of the band, with members Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Roger Glover on Bass, Ian Paice on the drums, and Ian Gillen doing the vocals.
During this period the band produced perhaps four of their best albums, ‘Deep Purple In Rock’, (with the monster hit ‘Black Knight’) ‘Fireball’, ‘Machine Head’, (and who can ever forget ‘Smoke On The Water’ from this album) and ‘Who Do We Think We Are’, all of these in a remarkable two and a half years from late 1970 until mid 1973.
I mentioned that Jon Lord had the concept for this Rock Opera. He was working continuously with Deep Purple, and after he left the band, Roger Glover asked if he could perhaps take it forward and Lord agreed.
The concept was to base the Rock Opera around the child’s poem of the same name.
Glover assembled a who’s who of musicians for the album, and each song featured a different vocalist with some appearing on more than one song. There were more than 30 individual artists for the recording, as well as a full orchestra.
The Rock Opera did in fact get off the ground, and they played to a packed Royal Albert Hall in 1975, with a star studded cast of musicians.
For the song today ‘Love Is All’, (the late) Ronnie James Dio preformed the vocals. Glover wrote the song in conjunction with Eddie Hardin. Dio was also from a heavy metal background and featured in numerous bands over the years as a vocalist and song writer, and he has appeared with (Ritchie Blackmore’s) Rainbow, and also Black Sabbath, as well as with his own band Dio.
This wonderful cartoon style clip was produced for this song and it became a minor hit in Europe, and a pretty big Top Ten hit in Australia.
You need to watch the cartoon clip very closely, as it has been very cleverly made.
This is a wonderful song made even better with an excellent clip of the song. What is hardest to believe is that all these guys are from heavy Metal backgrounds.