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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

August 20, 2014

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Reduced price: Concerto vinyl 2LP

August 16, 2014

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SOLD OUT!

You can now get Concerto for Group and Orchestra, Jon Lord’s final recording, on deluxe 2LP vinyl at a specially reduced price at our webshop.

Containing the full Concerto spread across three sides – everything is there from the antagonistic 1st movement over the gloriously beautiful 2nd movement and into the 3rd explosive finale. The fourth side is exclusively given to Jon’s final BBC interview, 22 minutes in total.

The album features Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Morse, Steve Balsamo, Guy Pratt, Kasia Laska and more. Offer only while stocks last.

Find out more – or order your 2LP vinyl copy.

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Pre-order Celebrating Jon Lord here

August 16, 2014

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Pre-order your copies of Celebrating Jon Lord – live at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. It comes in five different editions. Full details here.

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Celebrating Jon Lord out on September 26

July 3, 2014

Celebrating JL 700Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall last April will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD by earMUSIC on September 26, 2014. It marks the 45th anniversary of the world debut performance of Jon Lord‘s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the same venue in 1969.

Featuring Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, Paul Weller and many more, the release comprises the full two-set concert from April 4 2014.

Celebrating Jon Lord was the brain child of Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. She also runs the annual Sunflower Jam, which started in London in 2006 and has seen a string of high profile music alumni – including Jon – every year giving their efforts to the cause of cancer relief.

After Jon sadly passed away in 2012, plans soon evolved for a celebratory evening of his music. Considering the amount of respect and love expressed by anybody who had worked or played with or simply met Jon, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Sunflower Jam turned into an evening dedicated totally to his music.

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New song world premiered in Wales

March 7, 2014
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

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.

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Free unreleased Jon Lord concert online

September 9, 2013

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The Trondheim Experiment is the title of a free web presentation of an unreleased Jon Lord concert from 2010 now available exclusively through JonLord.org.

Lord fingerFilmed at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 23 2010 , the concert includes highlights from Jon Lord’s entire career performed with The Lord Chamber Orchestra, Steve Balsamo and Nathalie Lorichs on vocals, a children’s choir and a backing band featuring members of Opeth.

In front of a sold out cathedral, Jon’s then all-new album To Notice Such Things is performed in its entirety (missing only Air on the Blue String) with soloists Sveinung Lillebjerka on violin and Trine Knutsen on flute. Conductor Torodd Wigum was able to hand pick the musicians for the Lord Chamber Orchestra, and they perform and interpret Jon Lord’s music with skill and finesse.

Child in Time is performed for the first time with a children’s choir, a highlight for many in the audience, with Jon’s lengthy Hammond organ solo and breathtaking vocals by Steve Balsamo.

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Jon’s final Sunflower Jam out on DVD

August 20, 2013

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have announced the release of their long awaited DVD of highlights from their 2011 and 2012 jams at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Including every track from Jon Lord’s final filmed live performance – at the 2011 Sunflower Jam – the DVD promises to be a veritable feast of goodies.

Possibly the most mouth watering track is Jon’s and Rick Wakeman‘s world premiered composition It’s Not As Big As It Was – along with Jon’s powerful work on Joe Bonamassa‘s The Ballad of John Henry – and Bourrée from the Sarabande album.

The double DVD includes two versions of Pictured Within; one with Jon and Steve Balsamo from the 2011 jam, which was moving enough; the second being Balsamo’s heartbreaking tribute to Jon filmed in 2012 a mere two months after Jon passed away.

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Double vinyl and Blu-ray ready to order

July 4, 2013

LP collage_Finally, the double vinyl and Blu-ray editions of Concerto for Group and Orchestra are available for pre-order.

Released on July 29, both editions include the full Concerto recording first released on CD and DVD-audio last fall.

Bonus content on the vinyl is Jon’s final BBC interview, while the Blu-ray includes a new documentary on the orchestral recording sessions.

The vinyl comes in deluxe gatefold packaging with liner notes and recording session photos, and the Blu-ray includes a 16-page booklet.

Jon’s studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra feature The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann with Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Morse, Steve Balsamo, C4G&O BluRay 180Kasia Laska, Guy Pratt, Darin Vasilev and Brett Morgan.

Pre-order both editions now from Jon’s Webshop.

More on Concerto for Group and Orchestra 2012.

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