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All Those Years Ago is filled with lots of photographs from Jon’s life, both personal and professional. Many never seen before. Jon’s brother Steve Lord has contributed an essay on Jon’s early life before forming Deep Purple.
Jon’s band mates have all contributed stories to the book – Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ritchie Blackmore. The book also features an introduction by Jon’s friend and fellow keyboard player Rick Wakeman, who has personally signed each of the 500 limited copies.
Running to more than 220 pages and measuring 310 mm square, the book is bound in a purple silk material and comes with a luxury clamshell box, finished in a purple suede material and gold foil embossed with Jon’s distinctive signature.
Inside the box you will also find a 10″ purple vinyl single featuring two unreleased tracks by Jon – one of which is All Those Years Ago, written and recorded with Steve Balsamo in 2010 – and a DVD of Concerto for Group and Orchestra filmed live in Bucharest in 2009. The DVD will also contain audio of the two studio tracks.
Limited to 500 signed copies, pre-sale orders sell at £250 until April 4. From April 4 the price will revert to £275 a unit.
The book will ship in April and this will be the only physical copy of the book available. It will not be available at Celebrating Jon Lord at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4.
Preview All Those Years Ago and video footage of the book in the clip above.
Today, Friday March 7 at 3.30pm GMT, singer Steve Balsamo will guest with Wynne Evans on BBC Radio Wales.
The show will play a world exclusive premiere of All Those Years Ago, the unreleased song by Jon and Balsamo, from which Jon Lord’s photo book takes its title, and which will be released together with the book.
On the show, Balsamo will talk about his work with Jon Lord, the upcoming photo book and the concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating Jon next month.
The song itself is a gentle ballad with Jon on eloquent piano and Balsamo on eminent vocals, recorded in February 2010. Balsamo has confirmed that he will sing the song at Celebrating Jon Lord on April 4.
The work is transcribed in its entirety by Paul Mann, making some of Jon’s most iconic music easily accessible for the first time ever.
Alongside Sarabande, comes Jon’s more recent One From The Meadow, from the album Beyond The Notes, both in a new arrangement for full orchestra, and a piano-vocal score.
This premiere publication of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a major event, and one that might never have happened.
Lord composed the work during early 1969, shortly after founding the band that made him famous, Deep Purple. Always equally passionate about orchestral music, he was determined to create a vehicle by which the two worlds could be joined, and it was written quickly – often nocturnally – between gigs with the band.
Early in the process, Lord’s music attracted the attention of Malcolm Arnold, who conducted the fraught but ultimately highly successful premiere with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1969. (Arnold’s involvement has led some to assume that he had a hand in the work’s composition and instrumentation, but this is not the case – every note is the work of the young Jon Lord, which makes the achievement all the more remarkable.)
We are delighted to announce that scores of many of Jon Lord’s works are now available to buy as PDF downloads, including some of his most popular works, such as Pictured Within, Wait A While, and Evening Song.
All have been newly engraved and meticulously edited by Jon’s long-time musical associate the conductor Paul Mann, taking into account many previously unavailable sources. Each text now represents as faithfully as possible the composer’s final intentions, and none has ever been published before.
Paul Mann explains:
- With some works intended for his own use in the recording studio, Jon left the music incompletely notated, and where necessary I have reconstructed the new scores from a combination of the original performance material used in the studio, together with transcriptions from the finished recordings.
Exclusively for JonLord.org, the previously unreleased track As Tears Go Passing By by Jon Lord Blues Project is revealed here for the first time.
Jon Lord Blues Project fullfilled Jon’s desire to branch out from his orchestral world and focus on the Hammond organ through a series of club gigs across Central Europe. This video portrays the band live onstage through images captured in concert and rehearsal.
Under the title Before I Forget To Notice Such Things, the Jon Lord Tribute Band and the Hellenic Musica Viva string ensemble performed a live tribute to Jon Lord in Piraeus, Greece on November 10.
Watch below samples of the evenings delightful performances of Jon’s music – including a rousing rendition of Bach Onto This arranged for rock band and string ensemble.
Soldier of Fortune + Bourree + Sarabande:
Organ solo + Bach Onto This part 1: