How about some wake-up juice, courtesy of Prog Rock’s goofiest little creation?
In 1973, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover was asked to helm a collaborative musical adaptation of Alan Aldridge and William Plomer’s children’s book, The Butterfly Ball and the Grashopper’s Feast. Strangely enough he said yes, and the result was a near masterpeice that marks itself as one of the oddest (but most satisfying) points in prog rock history. Certainly it’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than anything Rick Wakeman put his name on.
Anyway… Glover enlisted fellow Purple member David Coverdale (who later fronted Whitesnake), half of Roxy Music, Glen Hughes (who later fronted Black Sabbath), Jimmy Helms, and the tiniest wizard in rock, Mr. Ronnie James Dio to put together the most joyous, psychedelic kid’s album ever. It’s success was so much that an animated tv project was started, which is where this clip of the Dio voiced Love Is All originates. Sadly the world wasn’t quite ready for the gods of prog and metal joining forces to keep kids glued to the tv to learn songs about peace and love, but we’re still left with one pretty kickass record, and this fun animated romp.
Interestingly, I think Jack White’s got a copy of this album; if his Coke jingle is anything to judge by.