Jerusalem

Jerusalem was an English hard-rock band produced by Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan. They released a self-titled album and the single “Kamakazi Moth,” both in 1972 on Deram. Soon after, bassist Paul Dean and drummer Ray Sparrow cut one single as Pussy.

Members: Bob Cook (lead guitar), Paul Dean (bass), Bill Hinde (guitar), Ray Sparrow (drums), Lynden Williams (vocals)


Background

Jerusalem had its roots in 1968 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where St. Probus School classmates Paul Dean, Ray Sparrow, and Chris Skelcher decided to form a band after witnessing a local John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers performance.

Due to their lack of musical experience, they picked their instruments on the fly: Sparrow, a habitual tapper, acquired an Olympic kit while Skelcher found an affordable guitar. Dean, the initial vocalist, sensed that bass would be the easiest instrument to play while singing, so he purchased a homemade guitar through a local paper.

They practiced constantly and decided to only play originals, in part because covers expose flaws when played before audiences familiar with the songs in question. At these early rehearsals, Dean conceived his first riff, which later formed the basis of “She Came Like a Bat From Hell.” They performed for the first time at Salisbury College of Further Education.

They gigged infrequently while Dean and Skelcher continued their education. As their skills improved, Sparrow and Dean (who fended off multiple opportunities in pro football) re-avowed their commitments to the band, which expanded to a four-piece with Paul’s college friend, guitarist Bill Hinde. Their mutual friend, lead guitarist Bob Cook, replaced Skelcher, who departed for the University of Cardiff.

The arrival of another mutual friend, singer Phil Goddard, allowed Dean to focus on bass, his principle songwriting instrument. The now five-piece band named itself Jerusalem after the 19th century classical piece by English composer Hubert Parry, a favorite of Dean’s during school assemblies.


Ian Gillan link

As Jerusalem rose on the southwest live circuit, they presented their act to Paul’s London-based older sister Zoe, a record company employee and a presenter on the BBC music program A Whole Scene Going. She linked them with Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, an acquaintance since his days in Episode Six. With Purple booked in nearby Southampton, Gillan visited Dean’s Salisbury residence (where Paul’s turntable choice, the 1970 Vertigo release Black Sabbath, purportedly marked Ian’s first exposure to Sabbath, a band he’d later front between stints in Gillan and Purple’s 1984 reformation.)

On his next local visit, Gillan witnessed Jerusalem on a bill with Uriah Heep at Salisbury University. He summoned Purple bassist Roger Glover, who demoed the band on a Revox 4-track recorder. Gillan co-managed the band with Zoe, his now-girlfriend. Goddard cleared for a slew of hopefuls before Jerusalem found singer Lynden Williams, who added lyrics to Dean’s riffs.

Gillan secured Jerusalem a national booking agency and drew a bidding war between EMI Harvest and Decca Deram. In late 1971, Jerusalem signed with Deram.

Months before their album hit shelves, Jerusalem played the British Superstar Festival, a weekend event (September 5–6) at Vienna’s Wiener Stadthalle with sets by Purple, Sabbath, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Beggars Opera, Curved Air, East of Eden, Faces, Fairport Convention, Family, Fleetwood Mac, Gentle Giant, The Groundhogs, Hardin and York, Juicy Lucy, Mick Abrahams Band, Osibisa, Rory Gallagher, and Stone the Crows. As the festival’s only non-established act, Jerusalem took the stage and faced a dispersing audience that re-congregated with enthusiasm at the opening chords of the band’s set starter, “Frustration.” Jerusalem played a subsequent festival in Frankfurt, where Williams collapsed on stage from a non-lethal electrocution.


Jerusalem

Jerusalem released their self-titled album on March 24, 1972, on Deram. It features nine originals, including the live favorite “Frustration” and the epics “Primitive Man,” “Beyond the Grave,” and “She Came Like a Bat From Hell.”

Original copies group-credit the material, composed primarily by Paul Dean apart from three songs (“Hooded Eagle,” “Midnight Steamer,” “When the Wolf Sits”) with lyrics by Lyden Williams.

A1. “Frustration” (5:19)
A2. “Hooded Eagle” (4:49)
A3. “I See the Light” (3:52)
A4. “Murderer’s Lament” (3:41)
A5. “When the Wolf Sits” (4:51)
B1. “Midnight Steamer” (4:36)
B2. “Primitive Man” (5:41)
B3. “Beyond the Grave” (6:07)
B4. “She Came Like a Bat From Hell” (5:33)

Sessions took place in Wembley, London, at De Lane Lea Studios, where Ian Gillan marked his debut as a producer. De Lane soundman Louis Austin engineered Jerusalem amid 1972 albums by Flash, Groundhogs, Hard Stuff, and Thin Lizzy.

Jerusalem appeared in a gatefold sleeve with a cover illustration by Bob Cook and monochrome band pics by photographer John Thomson.


“Kamakazi Moth”

In May 1972, Jerusalem released “Kamakazi Moth,” a non-album band original backed with “Frustration.”

A. “Kamakazi Moth”

Dean and Williams wrote “Kamakazi Moth” in one hour at Deram’s request and cut the song at Decca Studios. This became the final release of Jerusalem’s original formation.


Pussy

In mid-1972, Jerusalem’s instrumental core of Paul Dean, Ray Sparrow, and Bob Cook reconstituted as Pussy. On October 27, they released the single “Feline Woman” on Deram. Gillan, who produced the single, sings backing vocals on the b-side “Ska Child.”

A. “Feline Woman”
B. “Ska Child”

Pussy cut an album’s worth of material that would up vaulted until the CD Invasion, released in 2011 by archivists Vintage. It features ten songs that constitute the unreleased album, recorded with guitarist Brian Goff. Cook appears on the remaining tracks: the 1972 single and four tracks (13–16) from a 1973 session.

1. “The Knife” (3:14)
2. “Feline Woman” (3:08)
3. “Pig Mansion” (3:19) named after Jerusalem’s farm cottage rehearsal space in Wilton.
4. “Man of This World” (3:49)
5. “Take Me Home” (3:37)
6. “Riding Down the Red Flag” (3:03)
7. “I Keep Remembering You” (3:20)
8. “Lady Ella” (3:24)
9. “I.F.O.” (3:38)
10. “Moonshine” (3:22)
11. “Feline Woman” (2:33)
12. “Ska-Child” (3:07)
13. “Pig Mansion” (2:28)
14. “A Place In the Sky” (3:06)
15. “Lady Ella” (3:21)
16. “I Keep Remembering You” (3:19)


Discography:

  • Jerusalem (1972)
  • “Kamakazi Moth” / “Frustration” (1972)

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