Posts Tagged ‘Tony Ashton’

Dance Coming

April 12, 2019

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Paice Ashton Lord‘s only studio album Malice In Wonderland is getting reissued by Ear / Edel soon.  The music includes the original album and eight bonus tracks from the abandoned follow-up sessions.  At the time of the old Purple Records CD edition back in 2001 this was long thought lost, but chatting with Sandra Ashton one day, she said Tony had been playing his cassette only a few days earlier…  Jon and Ian had given him permission to take the tapes an maybe make his own album from them, but it never happened.  The CD comes in a digipak with a nice booklet featuring lots of unseen photographs from the rehearsal sessions in London at the end of 1976 and band images from the publicity shoot at Jon’s house (check out the atmospheric shot of Jon from the BBC recording above).  Sleeve notes are by Simon (these have been revised, updated and tweaked he promises!).  It’s certainly one of the most played albums from the Purple family here at DTB towers. Despite sounding very unfashionable when it first appeared it hasn’t really dated at all. So if you missed it before, then we do recommend it. Just sad that neither Tony or Jon are not around any more to pester for new quotes…

Ear are also reissuing the original Ian Gillan and The Javelins CD this month to back-up the recent follow up album.  This is musically the same but with revised artwork and they have gone with one of Simon’s designs for the sleeve. It will also appear on vinyl.

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Gas Tank

July 11, 2016

Gas Tank, an often forgotten rock TV show from the early Eighties was hosted by Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton (who if memory serves me replaced an early front-runner for the slot, Jon Lord!). It was aired by Channel 4 in the UK and at the time reception for this new channel round our way was terrible, so we didn’t see much of it, but there are lots of clips out on the web. It was probably the most grown-up rock TV show ever, as it was musicians talking to musicians. Hardly a difficult concept, yet there has been nothing like in in the 30 years since! I mention it because Peter Cross tells me it is getting DVD release officially for the first time via Gonzo Media. What we do not know is if Ian Paice’s spot is part of the release; he was interviewed and then jammed with Rick and the house band, but maybe more details will emerge soon. It’s out in September on 2DVD and 3CD.  There is also a limited box edition signed by Rick Wakeman, with an exclusive t-shirt, show pass and interview book, available via Rick’s own website.

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Ian and Rick on Gastank