Bombay Calling

Album: It's a Beautiful Day (1969)
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  • Running to 4 minutes 25 seconds, this instrumental is the 5th track off the band's eponymous debut album. Written by Vince Wallace and David LaFlamme, it is widely acknowledged to be the inspiration or at least the partial inspiration for the Deep Purple song "Child In Time."

    According to Malcolm Dome in Deep Purple - A Critical Retrospective, Jon Lord admitted this openly, and was in fact dating It's a Beautiful Day's vocalist, Pattie Santos.

    Although "Child In Time" is an original song in every other sense of the word, successful lawsuits have been brought over less. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 1

  • Jan Worth from Costa RicaI bought this album in 1969 (this will give you a clue how old I am). Don't recall this song at all but I never did like all that much purely instrumental songs in the 1960s. Don't see that much resemblance to Child in Time, just the beginning.
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