March 22, 2006

The Butterfly Ball on DVD

Music Video Distributors and Film Chest are pleased to announce the home viewing release of The Butterfly Ball for North American distribution on DVD.

In 1973, Jonathan Cape Ltd published a children's book called The Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper's Feast. It contained a collection of poems by William Plomer, lavishly and intricately illustrated with 28 color plates by Alan Aldridge, an artist who had produced the Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. The inspiration for the work came from a poem The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast by William Roscoe published in November 1806.

The book then prompted this jubilant live production of The Butterfly Ball that took place at the Royal Albert Hall on October 16, 1975. It was produced and directed by Tony Klinger, who later produced the critically acclaimed story of The Who, "The Kids are Alright". This performance of The Butterfly Ball, magically narrated by Vincent Price, was a benefit for Bud Flanagan's Leukemia Fund and Action Research for the Crippled Child. Roger Glover, who recently departed from Deep Purple and was embarking on a career in producing music, was able to get most of the artists who had taken part in the studio recordings to perform...

Ian Gillan
Tony Ashton
Helen Chapelle
David Coverdale
John Gustafson
Eddie Hardin
Glenn Hughes
Earl Jordan
Judi Kuhl
Neil Lancaster
John Lawton
Mickey Lee Soule
Al Matthews
Barry St. John
Liza Strike
Jon Lord

"Convening what resembles one of the greatest all-star lineups in heavy metal history... Each (participant) was given his own role to play and the result is a tremendous mishmash of musical styles, from folky balladeering to psychedelic whimsy, but leaning most heavily toward an early-'70s pop/rock vibe -- for some reason, one could imagine the early Queen spending an awful lot of time listening to The Butterfly Ball..."

- Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

Run Time: 85 Minutes
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound

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