Posts Tagged ‘Sarabande’

Jon Lord-tastic

September 13, 2019

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It’s something of a bumper month for Jon Lord fans with four recent or forthcoming vinyl reissues hitting the shops (well if you can find one – as I write HMV are playing tag with their landlords over rent at some of their stores, and threatening to close some).

First up there’s a Concerto vinyl box. Matthew Kean, who says going to his local indie store now feels like more like a record buying trip in the 80s there is so much vinyl in there, spotted this. It packages up the 2010 special edition audio as a triple LP set.  The split is Arnold’s opening piece on side 1, Deep Purple’s set on two sides, then the Concerto itself over remaining three sides. Which as Matt points out is shorter running times than the Rainbow On Stage set we all moaned about at the time. Well those of us old enough to remember those heady days. Still, it ought to mean good audio quality. The cover seems to be as the original EMI sleeve, but many sellers are getting it muddled up and showing the more recent sleeve art. It’s on Parlophone.

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Meanwhile Ear Music are promoting their reissues of the three Jon Lord “solo” albums Gemini Suite, Continuo and Sarabande by commissioning new (or in millenial speak, ‘reimagined’) versions of the sleeve art. Windows is tweaked so you can see Jon’s eyes behind the shades, Sarabande gets a strange new drawing which sort of copies the old one but is more 3D looking (and ends up looking like a Whitesnake cover), while for Gemini they’ve gone all out with a brand new illustration which is very well executed but seems a strange thing to do fifty years after the original. Still it now becomes a great pub quiz question, which Jon Lord solo album has had the most cover revamps? By my reckoning it’s the fifth vinyl edition with a different sleeve (new and old show above).

There is no new music, but they have gone back to the quarter inch vinyl master tapes for two of them. Although so did the CD editions from Purple Records way back, so it’s a case of how they mastered them I guess as to whether we will spot much change.  The packaging is revamped too, and Simon has revisited his sleeve notes for two of them, but I’m not sure how many people will feel the need unless they lack earlier reissues.  Still nice to see Jon’s catalogue being treated with some respect and care again as we reach the fiftieth anniversary of his original Concerto this month.  My thanks to Ear Music, Matthew Kean and Tom Dixon for his help.

You can check out our archived Concerto original discography at the old website:

http://www.deep-purple.net/discography/concerto/disconcerto.htm

Remembering Jon

December 4, 2018

There was a fascinating concert in Athens, Greece the other week (Nov 16) done as a tribute to Jon Lord’s music. With a big orchestra backing, they performed the three movements of “Concerto…”, “Sarabande” and an encore of “Hush”, “Lazy” and “Child In Time”.  In some ways this points the way to how Deep Purple and Jon might be part of the world’s musical heritage in decades to come.  You can read a review of it on the Greek rock site rockpages (in English!). My thanks to Sakis Nikas for the details.  And what a fab ticket design too!

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Jon Lord Concert online

September 17, 2013

A wonderful project to present a Jon Lord show from Norway in 2010 has gone live. It’s something of a first for any of the Deep Purple musicians, a dedicated web experience is all I can describe it as, with the concert at the heart. You can either steam straight over and immerse yourself (although I would set aside a couple of hours to get the most out of it) at http://trondheimexperiment.com or read our comments and review and then steam over.