The music world is humbly paused today as the sad news about the passing of the legendary Jon Lord started being circulated around the Internet. It’s without question that his name is synonymous with the term “Classic Rock” and thanks to the musical contributions that he made with his band mates in Deep Purple during their earliest years, had offered up as much inspiration as the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Isn’t it amazing that such a man was not yet inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame while he was still able to enjoy the “honor”. Mr. Lord was born Jonathan “Jon” Douglas Lord back in 1941 and in addition to numerous releases with Purple also worked with Whitesnake and was a respected composer of classical material. Even though Lord had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was still working on music but that would all end today when at aged 71 he would leave us.
Writing this brief memorial notation finds me recalling only ever seeing Deep Purple in concert once and this was during their “Perfect Strangers” tour. Despite this, I still have a considerable amount of Deep Purple in my music library collection and will be spinning quite a few of their most amazing tracks in Lord’s honor. There are keyboardists and there are keyboardists, but there was only one Jon Lord. He was the prime reason that so many Rock fans held the sound of the Hammond organ so valuable. Sit back and think on their music for a moment and you can almost hear it playing in your head at maximum volume. I know that I can that is for sure. Thank you Jon for giving us that unique sound that you did, you are forever in our musical hearts and memory. May you Rest in Peace.
Learn more about Jon’s illustrious career and life via his Wikipedia entry HERE.
Artist: Deep Purple Title: “Phoenix Rising” [Blu-ray] Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 6/28/2011 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
PiercingMetal’s own Skeleton Pete had already coined the phrase “Purple Summer” when it’s came to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s issue of a wide selection of releases from the legendary Hard Rock band and it’s absolutely correct as they have been re-issuing classic material with bonus live and demo tracks as well as unearthing vintage documentary pieces such as this one on a quality medium with additions that make the buyer say “Wow this is awesome”. One such release is the recent “Phoenix Rising” which is a documentary film for the most part but also includes some archival concert footage that has never been fully issued to fans. “Phoenix Rising” deals with the Mark III and Mark IV era of the band and showcases that roster which featured David Coverdale, Glen Hughes and Tommy Bolin; Ritchie Blackmore had left the lineup and surprised many. Since I can hardly expand on the views that Pete gave us about this era of the band, I am linking to his review on the site as he covered the DVD/CD combo version of the release. I’ll toss in my thoughts on the subtle and not too subtle differences between this edition and the Blu-ray version that is also in my hands. Read on.
Artist: Deep Purple Title: “Phoenix Rising” Special Edition DVD & CD Set Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 6/29/2911 Rating: 5/5
“Deep Purple Phoenix Rising” is a definitive view at the twists and turns Deep Purple took in the post Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, and Ritchie Blackmore years. While Eagle Rock rolls out a slew of Deep Purple related CD reissues this summer the video arm of the company, Eagle Vision, offers this brand-new package examining the group’s Mark III & IV incarnations. 40 years down the road, this era is often over-looked or even dismissed in the annals of music history, but as viewers will learn it was a very interesting, creative, though often rocky ride. Continue reading “Phoenix Rising” (DVD/CD) by Deep Purple→
Artist: Deep Purple Title: “Live In California 74” Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: Genre: Rock Rating: 3/5
This full-length concert features a performance of the “MKIII” version of Deep Purple (Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice joined by David Coverdale on vocals and Glen Hughes on bass/vocals). This is also the “Burn” era Purple. The show was filmed at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California (April 6th 1974) and was originally recorded for ABC Television. Despite the 30 year age of the film, there is a very good audio and video quality to it. If you analyze deeply you might find a glitch or two or places where there could be better moments but overall it is excellent quality. Continue reading “Live In California 74” by Deep Purple→
Artist: Deep Purple Title: “Scandinavian Nights” Label: Spitfire Records Release Date: 4/10/2001 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Deep Purple‘s “Scandinavian Nights” recorded live in Stockholm, on November 12, 1970 is a 2 disk CD that contains some long jams, and extended versions of songs. If you are a Purple fan and are appreciative of the jams then this is the disk for you. If you think jamming is overblown and self indulgent, well then this is not the CD for you. I deffinately gets into a self indulgent frenzy in the conclusion for “Mandrake Root”. There are also great jam moments. The Disk opener “Wring That Neck” is a 34 minute tour de force jam, that highlights Jon Lords keyboard styling, and Ritchie Blackmore rips out some adventurous leads as well. Some highlights for me are the amped up and rocking, “Speed King”. The musical journey that is Child In Time and the riff rocker “Black Night” where Blackmore fires off some great leads in all the songs. The lineup for this release in Purple history is Jon Lord – Keyboards, Ian Gillan – Vocals, Ritchie Blackmore / guitars, Ian Paice / drums, Roger Glover – Bass. The recording Quality is excellent and the playing is inspired and adventurous from all members of the MKII Purple. This is a band captured on CD at the peak of their power.
1. Wring That Neck
2. Speed King
3. Into The Fire
4. Paint It Black
5. Mandrake Root
6. Child In Time
7. Black Night