Having read a very nice article about Roger Glover´s »Snapshot« today, I got the idea to write a report on Roger Glover´s »Elements«, too. I´ve got a need to write about that, because in my opinion Roger´s »Elements«, »Butterfly Ball« and »Snapshot« belong to his best compositions. I hope Roger´s »Elements will be offered again, because it was impossible for me to get the CD last years.
It is a really brilliant composition. The elements are musically represented in such a good way that I´m almost forced to paint his music. Stimulated by his musical mode of expression his elements are an absolute basis for paintings.
I see parallels between the song “Bargain Basement” of Roger´s wonderful sensitive »Snapshot« and the first song “The first ring made of clay”. The song is dramatic, giant and it has a harmony which I get goose-flesh from. It is a typical Roger song with typical harmonies that I also love in Purple music. Helen Chapelle and Liza Strike sing wonderfully just like Gillian Glover on the album »Snapshot«….. a real goose-flesh-song.
“The next ring of fire” is musically shown so brilliantly that you can imagine a little campfire which becomes a conflagration. Everybody can follow his own fantasy. Each of the musicians is simply perfect in his mode of expression.
But my favourite song is “The third ring´s watery flow”. Presumably, it is the most beautiful way to show water musically. It is like a faiy-tale and wonderful music that makes you dream and feel relaxed. For me, the part “water” is the most beautiful in Roger´s Elements and I´m always very impressed and bewiched again while hearing this part.
At “the fourth ring´s with the wind” I always imagine some windmills. In my opinion it is a little bit monotonous and long, but nevertheless it is brilliant.
The finale is like the beginning, giant, harmonical and nice in a way of rock music.
Even if »Elements« is old, it’s timeless beautiful. Roger made a great achievement. It´s a pity that there is no tour with him and the other musicians. I wished to admire this really breath taking music live.
I hope »Elements« will be available again. Because of not knowing this brilliant album, a lot of people miss a wonderful pleasure which I don’t want to miss.