Archive for the ‘Jon Lord’ Category

Shy (but not retiring)

November 21, 2016

David Coverdale appears to have backtracked on his early retirement plans; perhaps he’s seen the rubbish interest rates offering on annuities these days! I confess I’d missed the story, so may not have been alone in this. We’ll wait and see how this manifests itself tour / LP wise next year.
Meanwhile Here I Go Again has been targeted by two advertising agencies this last few months. Nescafé in the UK have been playing it under footage of a long-haired young bloke sauntering about, getting a coffee bean shower and doing the hoola hoop at a bus stop.

In America WalMart have gone to town a bit using the song in a more interactive way, using young kids to each sing a line of the song before the real thing slides in underneath to end the short commercial. It is very nicely done.

So, that should be David’s Xmas shopping taken care of! All these cover versions made me hanker for a listen to the real thing, so here they go again in one of the last of the good old days courtesy EMI. Then I got all miserable realising that half this lot are no longer with us…

2016 and all that

January 6, 2016

Always a good start-back office chore is a careful sweep through the in-tray, which had crept up to 450+ emails over the winter break.  And it does help bring things into focus.
Of course the music scene has rightly been mourning the death of Lemmy, one of rock’s great characters apparently according to the TV.  I suppose that’s because most of the mainstream press didn’t really understand his music or playing ability.  I still get shivers down my spine recalling that first eponymous Motorhead 12″ single on Chiswick Records which I bought close to release date back in 1977.

Lemmy and Ian Gillan

Lemmy auditioning on nose jug for the Gillan band.

Somehow I never did get the see them live in those early days (and they did tour with Purple as recently as 2007), but had been a big Hawkwind fan and met Lemmy at one of those weird all night rock events at the Queens Hall in Leeds.  I’ve no idea how but we ended up being allowed into the hospitality room for the concert performers and Lemmy conned a nice button badge off my brother’s jacket. All he can recall was being sat by the side of the stage watching the show when a naked American woman came over and sat beside him. “Oh well, I’d best get on and wobble these around a little,” she explained after a while before we realised it was Stacia.
Funnily enough I was doing some vinyl sorting last week and checked my mint copy of their second album, signed by all the band… except Lemmy himself.  Mind you he was busy telling us how much grass he’d smoked during the day so perhaps it didn’t seem quite the moment to get all fanboyish!
Lemmy was always respectful of what he called Deep Purple’s place as the originators of hard rock (and one of the first to use pyrotechnics, at the California Jam).
Closer to home, we also lost our mate Martin Lilleker who has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.  Martin was one of those irreplacable and unique cogs in the local community music scene; he wrote music columns for the local press for decades, ran a label for a time, helped manage and played live a bit too.  In recent years he also documented the scene magnificently across two thick paperbacks on the history of Sheffield bands going back to the early 60s.  I helped him with a few bits for these and when I bemoaned the poor design of the first book’s cover he let me have a free hand on book two and was brave enough to go ahead with an admittedly quite eye popping montage!  It’s guys like Martin which make living in Sheffield just that little bit more enjoyable and we’ll miss him.
Looking forward it’s amazing how much enjoyment people get looking back, if the flurry of excitement about a new audience tape of Deep Purple from back in Feb 1972 at the Dagenham Roundhouse is to go by. The owner had got in touch with us in the lead-up to Christmas but seemed unable to wait to see if this could be done officially and pushed it out into the pirate networks instead. Amazing that new recordings can still emerge after forty plus years. It seems churlish to point out (as one expert did) that the cover photo is from the night before…!

Dagenham Deep Purple 1972

Deep Purple, Spontaneous Combustion, Licensed Bar AND A CAR-PARK! We used to know how to have fun in the Seventies.

Talking of history, a few people have pointed me to a copy of Wait For The Ricochet currently selling on ebay. Or rather not selling, as the owner wants £1,001.86 for it.  Since I went to have a peep (just to see if it was for real) ebay now keep asking me if I’d like “to take another look?”!  I wouldn’t mind but the cheeky sod wants £2.75 postage as well…  I added it as a watched item just to get his hopes up.
Hopefully this year we’ll get it back into print, but the priority right now is in finishing the follow-up, Fire In The Sky. And tracking down the current owner of the E-Type Jag Jon drove down to Montreux in. It’s all in the detail!
With the fun and games over the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame still ongoing, it’s good to see friends and fans of the late Cozy Powell have been able to organise things with far less aggro, and are putting up a blue plaque in the town of his birth, Cirencester. It’s very short notice, but if you’re free on January 7th then there is a public unveiling at the Corn Hall at 2.30pm with Brian May doing the honours. People like Bernie Marsden, Don Airey and Neil Murray will be there. It looks as if the long-mooted documentary on Cozy is also now in the works. The man himself would have been 70 next year.

Cozy Powell

As for ‘works’ we’re fairly confident the major labels are now about sorted when it comes to the Deep Purple classic era catalogue. The bizarre Universal LP box set (below) looks a real dog’s dinner, but I’m told better things are on the way with the return to catalogue of most of the regular albums (incredibly many have been off the shelves for some years now).  There are also plans afoot with regards to other areas of the catalogue about which more as the year unfolds.  I have had meetings with some of the people involved and it looks quite promising.

Deep Purple vinyl box 2016

Switch off your G5, reissue of the year award 2016 is surely a given!

Some of you have also got the Rainbow gigs to look forward to.  I guess we can’t really call it a reunion when only one member is coming back, but for everyone who missed out it looks as if more shows will follow in 2017. A souped up version of the first album is also due, though as the mutli-tracks are still lost there isn’t too much scope for content.
The first pics of the new Rainbow came through recently, reminding me of that excitement back in 75 when shots of the first group emerged and were being posted about by people to reproduce in fanzines etc. I shall not be hurrying to repeat the experience this time round!

Rainbow new lineup 2016

Rainbow 2016, I recognise one of them…

As for Purple themselves it’s still good to listen to play bits and pieces off Now What so hopefully the band can again produce something of interest when they start recording in the next few weeks (will the first one into the studio hide Don’s ELP collection?).
I’ve got my plate full with design work to wrap up on three books this month, so I’d best fire up InDesign and get cracking. But before I do, here’s a few anniversaries coming up in 2016 to make everyone feel that little bit older!

10th anniversary of Rapture Of The Deep

20th anniversary of Purpendicular

25th anniversary of the Slaves & Masters world tour

30th anniversary of the Seventh Star album with Glenn Hughes

35th anniversary of Whitesnake’s Don’t Break My Heart Again hit single.

40th anniversary of Deep Purple Mk 4’s final concerts.

Deep Purple Liverpool 1976

Deep Purple making a racket at Liverpool in 1976 (courtesy Alan Perry)

45th anniversary of Fireball.

50th anniversary of Art Gallery by The Artwoods.

Simon Robinson. My thanks to factoid checkers and news editors Mike Richards, Martin Ashberry, Tim Summers, Vince Chong, Mark Maddock, Matthew Kean and Ian Gillan’s surprise dinner guest – Britney Spears.

Jon Lord in print

November 18, 2015

Jon Lord Norway 2010

Trond Strøm has put together a book of his photographs of Jon Lord’s concert at Nidaros Cathedral in Norway back in May 2010. It is available in a number of editions and page sizes to order as a print on demand only title, with nearly sixty photographs across 46 pages. This is all explained on the order site which is at:

http://jonlord.trondjs.com/?page_id=507

Here is one of the images by Trond from the show.  He is at pains to explain the camera in the press picture above is not the one he used at the gig…!

Jon Lord
The show was issued as a web only film which we previewed on the site in 2013.

https://darkerthanblue.wordpress.com/deep-purple-musicians-news/jon-lord/trondheim-experiment/

Eddie Hardin

July 27, 2015

Eddie HardinKeyboard player and singer Eddie Hardin has died suddenly at the age of just 66.  Eddie’s connections with the Deep Purple scene spanned some 45 years, and he worked with members of the group directly across much of that time.  After a spell as a teenager replacing Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group with Ray Fenwick (not an easy task) they did some interesting if often overlooked work in the late Sixties for Vertigo. After a couple of album, Eddie went off to form what seems an unlikely drum / keyboard duo, Hardin – York, with drummer Pete York in 1969. They became one of the most successful bands in Germany during the early 1970s and also supported Deep Purple on a couple of tours (check out the poster for a big 1970 German festival below), both joining Jon Lord and Ian Paice at occasional jam nights in London (while Pete joined forces with Ian on drum duels at some live Hardin – York shows).
Eddie got bored repeating himself musically, and despite playing stadiums in Europe, back in the UK Hardin – York couldn’t get arrested. So after a couple of years he went off to do his own thing and Roger Glover worked with Eddie on a couple of his post-Hardin – York solo albums and the pair were heavily involved in the original Wizard’s Convention studio project in 1976, along with Jon, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Eddie became a big contributor to Roger’s Butterfly Ball project too, co-writing Love Is All and performing on the album (mainly keyboards but also vocals on one track), then playing keyboards at the one-off Albert Hall concert where I first saw him live.
It was a nice touch to see Eddie invited to be part of the fabulous Deep Purple Concerto evenings at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 when he and Roger did Love Is All, along with Ronnie Dio and Mickey Lee Soule.

Deep Purple Peace Pop World poster March 1970
I got to know Eddie in the early Nineties when our label RPM worked closely with him on the first in-depth reissues of some of his back-catalogue including the Hardin York material, the Spencer Davis Group albums and other odds and ends which he kept turning up, amazed that anyone was interested really!  Indeed to a certain extent that seemed to be how he viewed his career at times, happy to have the success when it came but with an easy come easy go approach to the music business in general.  A typical example was a pile of postcards showing a palatial stately house which I spotted on one visit, and wondered why he had them.  It turned out he’d bought the place with some unexpectedly large royalty cheques in the 70s, then had the cards made to send to friends. All too quickly he realised that he couldn’t afford to run or staff the place, and it had to go! Eddie did have his autobiography ALAB published a few years ago, and the house features on the front.
Apart from the stuff you probably know about (and people of a certain age mustn’t forget the theme tune to Magpie which Eddie co-wrote), do check out the early Hardin – York material, especially if you enjoy strong and inventive Hammond playing.  It was a time when rock music experimented in all sorts of ways and Eddie was in the thick of it.  And why on earth Catch You On The Rebop (on which Eddie again shares a writing credit) wasn’t a massive hit for Spencer Davis in 1973 must remain one of life’s great mysteries.

Remembering Jon

June 9, 2015

Jon Lord plaque

A blue plaque marking Jon Lord’s first home has been placed on Number 120 Averil Road, Leicester. The story has been reported in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury, from which we quote (you can see more pictures by Will Johnston and the full story in their site.)
His family didn’t want a big event, so a small group including his widow Vicky, his two daughters, Sara and Amy, grandson Reggie, his brother Steve and some old friends and neighbours who knew Jon, marked the event on June 7th. Jon spent the first 20 years of his life in the house. He went to Humberstone Junior School and Wyggeston Boys School, where he passed five O-levels and two A-levels. And it was here his dad Reg, a factory worker, would play the saxophone, instilling a love of music in his elder son and his brother Steve which would last a lifetime. “He sent us both for piano lessons,” says Steve. “But it only really worked with Jon. I’m very proud that he is being recognised by his home city.”
A young Jon was regularly dragged along to classical and jazz concerts at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. But it was a Buddy Holly show in 1958 which changed everything. “That gig turned my head around,” he told the Leicester Mercury a few years ago. “It was the birth of rock and roll. I was one of the lucky ones to be in on it.”
Lord had piano lessons every week from a classical pianist in Leicester who lived in University Road. “I’d get a bus into town and walk across Victoria Park to his house. He was a troubled man but a musical genius,” Lord said. “He pushed me constantly and made me the player I am, there’s no doubt about it.”
A couple of his childhood friends, now in their seventies, were also invited. Jack Wootton, 73, grew up with Jon and was there to see the blue plaque unveiled. “Jon was a lovely lad,” he said. “I remember going to call for him one evening, we were playing cricket down the field, and he said ‘I can’t come, Jack – I’ve got piano lessons’. “‘Aw, don’t bother with that’, I remember saying. ‘Come and play cricket with us’.”
Bryan Wood, 76, was raised in Averil Road and still lives there. “I used to play with him all the time – we played football, cricket, in the brook under the bridge. I lost count of how many times we were chased off by the local bobby. “I remember, as kids, we would hammer the piano my mum had in the old front room. I didn’t know what I was doing – but Jon did.”
The house Jon grew up in now belongs to the Dhillon family. Daughter Simran, 21, had no idea about the house’s history. “We searched for Jon Lord on the internet and we could see what a good musician he was and how well-known and well-loved he was, too. We like the plaque on the house. It feels special and we feel very proud to live here.”
Some fans will want to visit to have a look, and I’m sure if they do they will respect the fact that this is a private house.
Thanks to local journalist Lee Marlow, who interviewed Jon at length some years ago, and has been pushing for this recognition for Jon for a long time, and to Tim Summers.

Today’s mystery object?

February 9, 2015

Researching for the upcoming Machine Head book (more details…), the subject of that box of tricks gaffer-taped to the top of Jon’s Hammond organ for a number of years cropped up again.  So for anyone not familiar with the Maestro (rather than the maestro’s!) Ring Modulator, first heard by most fans on the Made In Japan (and ringed on this great photo, taken at the Rainbow Theatre at the end of June 1972), here’s a special DTB featurette.

Deep Purple ring modulator 1972

Celebrating Jon Lord

October 13, 2014

Jon Lord boxDetails of the various formats of this release from the April 2014 concert under our review heading; five editions including a limited edition box set with goodies (see left). But don’t ask me what size the shirt is!  Shipping now from DTB Online store.

Whitesnake open the archives

October 1, 2014

Whitesnake Live In 84 sleeveIt does seem strange to be talking about what I regard as the real Whitesnake again after how many years, well thirty in actual fact. David has announced the first decent archive DVD release from the band’s classic era, specifically the Slide It In live tour, with footage from Super Rock Japan and Sweden in 1984, which was Jon Lord’s last show ever as a member of the band, plus bonus audio CD disc with other live extra tracks (NOT available separately). It makes a real change after all the many best ofs which have been the pattern up until now. We’ve delved into our own archives to take a closer look at the period and see exactly what’s on offer on the review pages. The DVD can be pre-ordered at DTB Online store and is due in November.

clear space on your shelf

May 20, 2014

Strange how everything goes quiet for a time then suddenly we’re swamped with new (and old) releases and forthcoming projects. Here’s a quick catch up with what’s happening:

Made In Japan is now shipping in all the various editions. We have already gone on about this on the site so will be interested to hear what people say once they actually get to study the content in detail. I’ve opened a reviews page.  DTB online stock is going out but taking ages to pack; as seems the norm these days we were left til last for stock orders.  However we will hold the advertised prices on the big editions for the next couple of weeks.

Jon Lord The Artwoods RPMThe Artwoods collection has been revamped since we last posted about it.  The set has been given a new title, Steady Gettin’ It, a new sleeve with a great colour photo, and an extra disc!  So it has morphed into a triple album.  The main reason for this is the inclusion of no fewer than FIVE BBC sessions by the band, some sixteen tracks in total from 1965, 1966 and 1967.  The booklet has also been expanded to 38 pages. It’s due in at the very end of July now, so will probably ship early August. Full track list is on our online store.

Also from the sixties is a nice looking reissue of the original Zephyr debut album, Tommy Bolin‘s first major studio output. Out of print here for years (BGO first issued it in the UK on CD), this has been overseen and annotated by band member David Givens and includes a remaster of the original 1969 album, a CD of miscellaneous live tracks and a third disc which is a one-off full reunion show from 1973 in Boulder (Tommy had moved on the year before). It’s a US import due at the end of this month but DTB Online will be stocking it. All the CDs are in separate mini-gatefold covers packaged in a nice slipcase with a detailed booklet.  Just think, MIJ could have looked like this!

Bernie Marsden ShineBernie Marsden has also finally set a date for his much trailed new solo album Shine, which is now due in August. As we’ve mentioned before, this features David Coverdale, Ian Paice and Don Airey in guest roles.  The previews we’ve heard sound great, a really gusty blues production. There will be a limited double vinyl run as well.

Glenn Hughes‘s new outfit California Breed is also due in a few days. They have added a limited edition which includes a DVD of the promo videos and other goodies.

Still no sign of the triple vinyl for Black Masquerade by Rainbow, we’ll keep hammering away at the label reps for a date.

The triple vinyl of Deep Purple’s 1969 Concerto has also gone back and is now promised for late June.  The Mk 1 box set is still in the pipeline but getting nearer.  I’m hoping there will be some exciting news concerning this, but have to keep quiet for now.

All the above are on the DTB Online store and can be ordered – or pre-ordered.

Lastly we do have some stock of the limited edition Record Store Day Deep Purple releases here but will only put these on the store once we have fulfilled the pre-orders.
And talking of online stores, we are in the final testing stages of a NEW DTB COLLECTABLES online shop.  Response to our earlier lists of collectors items, rarities, second hand vinyl, etc. was so good we have decided to open a new online shop for this sort of material.  More details will follow very shortly.  We are also going to open a new email news and new release news service.  Lots of you already get emails from Ann but her software is now starting to creak at the sheer number of addresses. So we’ve invested in a special software to organise this better and again details will be posted here soonest.

Roof lifted

April 8, 2014

glenn rhehearsalReviews of the Jon Lord tribute concert have been very positive, with the feeling that Glenn worked overtime and Paul Weller is a shoe in for any Artwoods reunion. I have put a couple of detailed reviews on the site which will clue people in as to what went on and who sang / played what.  Most people say they can’t wait for the DVD which is a great recommendation.  The rehearsals were also filmed (the shot here shows Glenn and Bruce going through their set – thanks to SC), so there should be plenty to make a great release.

For those asking, the Jon Lord limited edition book is due to ship next week now the show is over.