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Before I Forget, expanded CD reissue

October 10, 2017

Cherry Red Records have released the definitive CD reissue of Jon Lord‘s excellently eloquent 1982 solo album Before I Forget.

The album warrants reappraisal not just for featuring a slew of very familiar friends of Jon’s, but also for being a very versatile album – including its five bonus tracks – which sees Jon exhibit all his keyboard skills from rocking the Hammond over rhythm’n’blues piano and brilliant classically themed Moog work that really is a beauty to behold.

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The A-list of performers includes: Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice, Whitesnake‘s Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, etc., Bad Company‘s Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell, and session drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips with delicious and distinct vocals supplied by the mother-daughter duo of Vicky and Sam Brown plus Tony Ashton and Elmer Gantry.

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Jon Lord Blues Project now on vinyl

October 10, 2017

The Jon Lord Blues Project live album has been released on double vinyl.

The album was recorded live in Rottweil, Germany on May 14, 2011 with the following lineup:

Jon Lord – Hammond organ
Miller Anderson – vocals, guitar
Maggie Bell – vocals
Zoot Money – keyboard, vocals
Colin Hodgkinson – bass, vocals
Pete York – drums

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​Blackmore plays live tribute to Jon Lord 

June 30, 2017

In a poignant and touching move, Ritchie Blackmore played tribute to Jon Lord at Rainbow’s show in Birmingham this week. Watch the performance below.

A set of career encompassing photos of Jon appeared on the large screen behind the band as Ritchie, sat on a stool with an acoustic guitar, performed the song to a pin drop quiet capacity crowd.

Carry On… Jon” is the instrumental piece, Ritchie Blackmore wrote to honour Jon after his passing, and on Wednesday night, Blackmore performed it live for the first time at Birmingham‘s Genting Arena at the final of a run of Rainbow shows that started last Summer in Germany.

“Carry On… Jon” was only done at this show.

Rainbow keyboard player Jens Johanson added an atmospheric and jazzy Hammond solo to the piece, before Blackmore rounded off the song with a beautiful run of flageolets.

Watch “Carry On… Jon” by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on June 29:

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A tribute to goose bumps, Köln 2017

May 8, 2017

More footage has been released from this year’s Jon Lord Tribute concert near Köln, Germany on January 27. We have previously reported on the event.

Arranger and keyboard player Martin Doepke had the rather brilliant idea of arranging The Batte Rages On for band and orchestra. Watch this and other fascinating clips below.

The concert’s authentic rendition of Sarabande reveals the rich cast of local musicians involved as well as percussionist and producer Mario Argondoña, who played on and co-produced Jon Lord’s Beyond the Notes album:

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1984-85: A downpour of Purple

February 12, 2017

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Fans of Jon Lord‘s time with Deep Purple – particularly the band’s reunion in 1984 – might want to take a closer look at a new limited edition book just out titled For One Night Only.

When Deep Purple reunited in 1984 and toured the world with their very succesful Perfect Strangers album, UK fans had to make do with just the one open air show at Knebworth nr Stevenage on June 22 1985. This turned out to be the wettest June day on record, and the torrential rain meant Jon Lord’s Hammond and synths had to be covered up in plastic sheeting just minutes into the concert (see photo).
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Cologne Again, Tribute to Jon

January 25, 2017

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Bergheim near Cologne in Germany is the place to be for fans of Jon Lord‘s music this Friday. The town will host its second Tribute to Jon show featuring musicians who played with Jon.

Put together by keyboard player Matin Doepke, the concept was first premiered in 2014, when a competent cast of musicians performed classics and gems like Sarabande, Lazy, Highway Star, April and many more to a capacity audience.

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Come inside: Exclusive book snaps

November 30, 2016

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All Those Years Ago is the photo biography on Jon Lord‘s personal life and music career.

Right now we’re offering sneak peeks inside the book over at Jon’s Instagram profile: instagram.com/jonlord_org/

The photo shown here was taken backstage on tour with Deep Purple somewhere in America in 1974 and shows Jon getting ready for the show with David Coverdale in the background. Photo: Fin Costello.

banner3All Those Years Ago is available from JonLordShop.org and includes 240 pages of exclusive, personal and touching photos and tributes to Jon from friends, family and band mates. Also enclosed is a booklet of additional photos by photographer Fin Costello and a 10″ vinyl single of two unreleased songs recorded by Jon Lord in 2010.

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Gemini Suite reissued in December

November 24, 2016

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Jon Lord’s 1970 work Gemini Suite is scheduled for reissue on CD this December. Remastered from the original stereo mixes at Abbey Road, it marks the start of a new Jon Lord reissue series on earMUSIC.

Gemini Suite was first performed in September 1970 at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the rest of Deep Purple as soloists. The following year it was recorded at the Abbey Road and De Lane Lea studios as Jon Lord’s first solo project.

The six movement classic-rock fusion work was inspired by the members of Deep Purple and was commissioned by the BBC after Jon had created his initial orchestral work Concerto For Group And Orchestra together with Deep Purple in 1969.

The studio recording of Gemini Suite features the London Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Oscar winner Malcolm Arnold with guest musicians Albert Lee(guitar), Yvonne Elliman (vocals) and Tony Ashton (vocals) as well as Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass) of Deep Purple.

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