The Hermitage

The Hermitage

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Welcombe, North Devon, UK

Isolated farmhouse was built in the late nineteenth century. It was originally used as a retreat for priests from the Brompton Oratory in London, hence the name. It is probably not the sort of place that would be associated with heavy metal music.
However, it was this farmhouse that the band Deep Purple chose to rent in 1970, in order to work on their fifth studio album, Fireball.
For Deep Purple, this was the start of probably their most creative period. Deep Purple In Rock had been released in June, 1970, and work began on Fireball in September. Having started work on the album in London, the band (Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, and Ritchie Blackmore) relocated themselves to the Hermitage in the middle of December.

Several songs from the album are thought to have been written and first played at the Hermitage. Roger Glover later confirmed that the song Strange Kind of Woman (bizarrely omitted from the album but released as a single) was also written here. He describes the period at The Hermitage as
“a mad time . . . lots of hauntings, goings-on, and seances . . . a great period in Purple’s history”.
As well as the seances, and occasional violence, the band also spent much time at the local pub, The Welcombe Inn which, sadly, has since closed.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 062-92726 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Harvest 1A 062-92726 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
2C 064-92726 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball (Album) 2C 064-92726 France 1971 Sell This Version
3C 062-92 726 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(LP) Harvest 3C 062-92 726 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
746240 1 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, RE) EMI 746240 1 Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
7243 8 53711 2 7 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball (Album) 7243 8 53711 2 7 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
L.P.-75212 Difficult To Cure  album cover Rainbow Difficult To Cure(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor L.P.-75212 France 1981 Sell This Version
M5 2564 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(Cass, Club, Col) Warner Bros. Records M5 2564 US Unknown Sell This Version
M 52564 C 113509 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(Cass, Club) Warner Bros. Records M 52564 C 113509 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball (Album) none UK 1996 Sell This Version
P-8092W Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Bros. Records P-8092W Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SHVL 793 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball (Album) SHVL 793 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SW097-2 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball (Album) SW097-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
TC-SHVL 793 Fireball  album cover Deep Purple Fireball TC-SHVL 793 UK 1971 Sell This Version