Song of the Day: Deep Purple – “Child In Time”

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Happy birthday wishes go out to former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, who turns 72 years old today. Here’s one of the band’s classics, a ten-plus minute opus from the 1970 Deep Purple In Rock album. The song is subdued at first, then gradually escalates until it reaches full rock-out mode. Gillian told the story of the song on his web site:

“It was 1969 and the band was rehearsing at a Community Centre in West London; it was either Southall or Hanwell. Jon Lord was dicking around (or ‘extemporising on a theme’ as it’s known in the trade) with a tune from the new album by ‘It’s a Beautiful Day’, it was ‘Bombay Calling’. I started singing and the words came easily because we were all aware of the nuclear threat which hovered over us at this time which was probably when the ‘cold war’ was at it’s hottest. Through the medium of Radio Free Europe this song and many others reached the ears and hearts of like minded people behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ and as I found out many years later, it was of a great comfort to them when they understood that there were some peace loving friends out there somewhere.”

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