Sunday, December 19, 2021

Episode Six - I Can See Through You - Various Songs (1965-1969)

After reading the headline of this post, you're probably wondering, "Who or what the heck is Episode Six?" If you're already familiar with this band, then I'm impressed with the depth of your musical knowledge. Although they were a British band from 1965 to 1969, they never put out an album, and they never had even a minor hit single. These days, they're remembered for one thing: two future key members of Deep Purple were originally members of this band. 

More specifically, lead vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover would leave Episode Six and join Deep Purple in mid-1969. So that made Gillan the lead vocalist of the most critically and commercially successful "Mark II" version of Deep Purple in the early 1970s. Gillan and Glover were also a songwriting team, and had key roles in writing most of Deep Purple's most famous songs, from "Smoke on the Water" on down.

Gillan was the main lead vocalist for the entire duration of Episode Six represented here, and he and Glover wrote some of their best songs. So that makes this band of interest for serious Deep Purple fans. But Gillan wasn't the only lead vocalist. This band was unusual for that time in that they had both a male lead vocalist and a female one. The female, Sheila Carter, sang a lot fewer songs than Gillan, but she did sing a fair share.

Here's the Wikipedia page if you want to know more about the band:

Episode Six - Wikipedia

All Deep Purple connections aside, Episode Six was a talented band that deserved more success than they had. One hint of this is that the BBC loved them. Despite having zero hits, and not even having that many singles released, they performed sessions for the BBC over and over again. In fact, after posting this album, I plan on posting two albums of the band's BBC sessions.

In a way, the band had a problem of being TOO talented, because they could capably play just about any song in any style, and they did, which meant they didn't have an easily defined musical identity. Note that, in general, the band was far more poppy than Deep Purple. They had just decided to move into more of a hard rock style when Gillan and Glover were poached by Deep Purple, and the band's fortunes effectively came to an end (though they lingered on longer and slowly fizzled out).

Although the band never put out an album while they were together, there has been a handful of archival compilations in subsequent decades. I've taken what I consider the best songs from all of those (not counting the copious BBC material) to make this album. Thirteen out of the 20 songs here are A- and B-sides. The others are studio demos and outtakes that didn't get released at the time.

I think this is a solid collection all the way through, but the highlights in my opinion are the songs "Love, Hate, Revenge," "I Can See through You," and "Morning Dew." The first two are originals, like most of the other songs here. "Love, Hate, Revenge" was included on Rhino Record's classic "Nuggets" box set. In a better universe, it would have been a big hit. Oddly, "Morning Dew," a cover of the folk classic, was a number one song in Lebanon, but nowhere else! That suggests to me their lack of commercial success probably had more to do with record company promotion and/or distribution problems than the actual music.

This album is 52 minutes long.

Note that I plan on posting a bunch of Deep Purple BBC sessions albums soon, but I think it makes logical and chronological sense to post this and the Episode Six BBC sessions albums first.

01 Love Is Such a Swinging Thing (Episode Six)
02 I Will Warm Your Heart (Episode Six)
03 I Hear Trumpets Blow (Episode Six)
04 True Love Is Funny That Way (Episode Six)
05 Incense (Episode Six)
06 Love, Hate, Revenge (Episode Six)
07 Baby Baby Baby (Episode Six)
08 Plastic Love (Episode Six)
09 Time and Motion Man (Episode Six)
10 Only Lonely People (Episode Six)
11 Morning Dew (Episode Six)
12 Sunshine Girl (Episode Six)
13 I Won't Hurt You (Episode Six)
14 I Can See through You (Episode Six)
15 Little One (Episode Six)
16 Lucky Sunday (Episode Six)
17 Mr. Universe (Episode Six)
18 Mozart Versus the Rest [Instrumental] (Episode Six)

https://www114.zippyshare.com/v/f7YmaZ6g/file.html

There are very few good color photos of this band. I don't know where or when this one is from exactly. I'm glad to have any decent photo at all. If anyone can identify which band member is which, please let me know, and I'll add that info in.

15 comments:

  1. Great post as always!!! I believe Glover is far left and Gillian is sitting right next to him. So the two Purple guys are both on the left. - Eric

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  2. I've jsut didcovered this blog, and I'd love to download some of them, but I've been totally unsuccessful in downloading things from Zippyshare. I think I've used it successfully in the past, and I know part of it is figuring out which downlaod button is the real one, but none of them seem to be real.

    I dunno.

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    1. Here's my standard advice:

      If you're having trouble downloading things from my blog, for instance you click on a ZippyShare link and get an annoying ad, I have a few recommendations.

      1) Try right clicking on the link, and opening it in a new window. People say that helps.
      2) Use an ad blocker add on or extension for your browser. That's what I do, and it leaves Zippyshare free of all the crud. Plus, it's a good thing that helps you avoid ads when browsing on the Internet in general. There's a bunch to choose from, and they're generally free.
      3) Use a VPN. That stands for Virtual Private Network. Zippyshare is banned in a few European countries, so this is a way to hide what country you're in. Actually, it's a good (and perfectly legal) thing to do when browsing the Internet in general.
      3) If all else fails, I also share everything I post on my blog through the music file-sharing program SoulseekQT. It's free, no strings attached, and super easy to use. Just search for the artist and album title, plus "atse" (which stands for "Albums That Should Exist").

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  3. Paul I believe the names are in order

    1 Roger Glover
    2 Ian Gillan
    3 Graham Carter
    4 Harvey Shield
    5 Sheila Carter
    6 Tony Lander

    Based on these two photos

    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-episode-six-uk-pop-group-in-1968-see-description-below-for-names-photo-51007747.html

    https://tr.pinterest.com/pin/819444094669220308/

    Which makes it the classic 1965~1967 line-up (there were four line-ups before Gillan and Glover left) and based on the hair and clothes probably the early part of that period. So it was taken in 1965 I suspect (Gillan and Shield's hair was longer in 1966).

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    1. Thanks. I just updated the text, and credited you.

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  4. Are there two tracks (2 and 6) missing here? My download only produced 18 tracks...which is also the number in the track listing? Thanks

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    1. Oops, I messed up the numbering somehow. I just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out.

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  5. For those who want to know more... this is a doukle CD from this band Episode Six - Love, Hate, Revenge

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    1. If you look at the mp3 tag info, the vast majority of the songs here are from that album, but I left off many songs. There are also lots of songs on another compilation called "Cornflakes and Crazyfoam." That's where I got most of the songs from the BBC sessions I'll be posting, but I didn't include everything from that either.

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    2. I thought so, I didn't download this one as I already had all of it. Yet it IS great to bring this forgotten band under the attention.

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  6. I think you'll find a video of the band playing live in 1967 on the German pop show Beat Beat Beat . You will find it on YouTube on the Beatclub channel featuring a very youthful Gillan & Glover

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    1. Yeah, I'll be including both of those performances on my BBC sessions album. They're included on the "Cornflakes and Crazyfoam" album, although they don't actually mention the name of the German TV show in the liner notes.

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  7. Here you go:
    From left to right:
    Roger Glover - Ian Gillan - Graham Carter Dimmock - Harvey Shield
    - Sheila Carter Dimmock - Tony Lander

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