Whitesnake Remasters

October 23, 2006

In 2006 the first three WS studio albums were released on remastered CDs. The next albums will follow in early 2007. New editions consist of bonus tracks and many previously unseen photos of the band. Liner notes were written by Geoff Barton of the Classic Rock magazine and they don’t bring anything new to the alredy known story. It’s a pity neither of the band members shared his thoughts. Coverdale elaborated about the early WS period on his website a couple of years back but ayway it would be great if either Lord, Marsden, Moody, Paice or Murray were asked to contribute as well. Still it’s of course worth buying. Peter Mew did a good job remastering the albums and some of the bonus tracks are nice suprises, as well as nicely prepared booklets (of course with the addition of lyrics and original cover artwork).

“Trouble” bonus material consists of the very well known “Snakebite” EP, here for the first time officialy on one CD with “Trouble”. There are many great rare photos of the band in the booklet, including one or two great shots of JL.

“Lovehunter” brings four live songs from the “Trouble” era recorded at the Andy Peebles Radio 1 Session on 29 March 1979 (“Belgium Tom’s Hat Trick”, “Love to Keep You Warm”, “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” and “Trouble”). It’s a nice addition though not as interesting musically as I was expecting and sounding rather flat. More great obscure band shots, some of them true gems. The album was however recorded with David Dowle on drums and on all photos we have Ian Paice. It’s not that I miss Dowle, but the beginners may be confused.

“Ready An’ Willing” finally has some worth bonus tracks. “Love For Sale” – previously unreleased bluesy studio outtake is followed by four live recordings from the Reading Festival ’79 (“Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”, “Mistreated”, “Lovehunter” and “Breakdown”). So far these are the most interesting bonus tracks, especially WS rendition of the Purple classic – “Mistreated”, the always great “Ain’t No Love…” and a powerful version of “Breakdown” (from DC’s solo album). The booklet includes some really interesting behind the scenes photos.


Collaborations – Hardin & York

October 14, 2006

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Following the successful Hardin & York reissue programme of 1994, when RPM transferred to CD the duo’s important original albums, and after the interest these generated – particularly in their former stronghold of Germany – it seemed a natural progression to go on and record something new, hence “Still A Few Pages Left…”, that difficult fourth album. JL joined the cast of the reunited Hardin & York band while recording of the album in 1995. JL has been friends with both Hardin and York for years. They have played together on many occasions.

George Harrison

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George Harrison died in Nov 2001. However, before that, he had almost managed to complete his final solo album – “Brainwashed” – with the help of many friends, including JL who plays the piano on the title track – the great grand finale of the album. “Brainwashed” was released in Nov 2002, year after Harrison’s death and it soon was called one of his best and most accomplished solo efforts ever. “A Smile When I Shook His Hand” from JL’s “Beyond the Notes” album is a song dedicated to the late George Harrison.

Miller Anderson

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JL joined his old friend Miller Anderson on his third solo album comprising not only blues tunes. JL plays Hammond on three tracks. The album was originally released in June 2003 and it’s rather hard to find. Well, at least I haven’t ever seen it on shelf in any music store.

Maria Arredondo

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In October 2005, JL helped young Norwegian singer in arranging some of the songs for her Christmas album – “Min Jul” (My Christmas), released in Nov 2005 in Scandinavia. Some sources say he also co-produced the album and maybe even played the piano or one or two songs. If any of the Scandinavian fans have the CD, let us know whether he’s mentioned in the booklet and what’s the album like.


Bad news

October 11, 2006

Due to unknown reasons I’ve lost entire solo discography section… It’shard to rebuilt it in details and it took a lot of time to prepare the first version. Thus I’ve decided to link a WIkipedia discography of JL (“Jon Lord Links” section) instead. If any of you have copied the discography I’ve put online, let me know. Sorry.


The Sunflower Jam DVD?

October 8, 2006

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Few days ago rumours surfaced that the Sunflower Jam will be released on DVD as the show was filmed. I contacted people at the charity and they have confirmed that the show was filmed and may be released on DVD sometime in future BUT there are no immediate plans for that, so we shouldn’t get too excited as for the moment.


Tour Dates update

October 4, 2006

I have updated the Tour Dates section prepared kindly by MerlinKing (thanks again, mate!). If you find any mistakes or would like to add anything, just let me know.

Click here to view the updates.


The Artwoods (1963/64-67)

September 28, 2006

The Artwoods

The Artwoods were every bit the rivals of such bands as The Animals and The Spencer Davis Group, but never saw the success as a recording act that either of them enjoyed. Rather, their following was confined to the clubs they played, despite releasing a half-dozen singles and an LP during their four years together. Jon Lord’s organ playing was one of the trademarks of the band. No one had such a massive sound at that time. The Artwoods disbanded in 1967 just to surface for a very short stint as St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

“Art Gallery” (Decca, 1966)
The only studio LP by Artwoods in the 60s.

“Jazz in Jeans” (Decca, 1967)
The only EP released by the Artwoods.

“100 Oxford Street” (Edsel, 1983)
The first official compilation.

“Singles A’s & B’s” (Repertoire, 2000)
Singles compilation.

The Artwoods lineups

1963-64 (as The Art Wood Combo)
A. Wood (voc), J. Lord (org), D. Griffith (gtr), M. Poole (bs), R. Dunnage (dr)

1964-67 (as The Artwoods)
A. Wood (voc), J. Lord (org), D. Griffith (gtr), M. Poole (bs), K. Hartley (dr) replaced by C. Martin (in 1967)

1967 (as St. Valentine’s Day Massacre)
A. Wood (voc), J. Lord (org), D. Griffith (gtr), M. Poole (bs), C. Martin (dr)


Sir Malcolm Arnold dies at 84

September 24, 2006

Photo by John P. Blake

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s output was prolific, including symphonies, concertos, ballet music and more than a hundred film scores.

But while some regarded him as one of the pre-eminent composers of his generation, others saw him as superficial and flippant.

The youngest of five children from a prosperous Northampton family of shoemakers, Malcolm Arnold was a rebellious teenager who was attracted to the creative freedom of jazz.

After seeing Louis Armstrong play in Bournemouth, he took up the trumpet, and at 17, won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

By 1943, he was a principal trumpeter with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and, throughout his life, he retained a love of music for brass.

Malcolm Arnold was given exemption from the armed forces during World War II, but his desire to serve became compelling after the death of his brother in the RAF.

However, he was turned down by the parachute regiment and then by the Navy.
When he was finally put into the infantry, he likened it to being relegated from principal trumpeter at the London Philharmonic to performing in a bus band. He ensured his return to civvy street by shooting himself in the foot.

By 1943, his gifts as a composer became apparent when he wrote the overture Beckus the Dandipratt. He followed it with a horn concerto in 1945, a symphony for strings and, in 1948, a clarinet concerto.

Film scores

He then turned mainly to composing, his first symphony being performed in 1950. Three years later, he wrote a Coronation ballet, Homage to the Queen, which was premiered at Covent Garden.

Malcolm Arnold developed a style of music that had a general appeal without being banal. His growing reputation brought him many commissions including film scores.

Among them were Whistle Down the Wind, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Arnold’s private life grew turbulent

The latter won him an Oscar for his brilliant counterpoint melody to the Colonel Bogie march.

In the 1960s, following the breakdown of his marriage, Malcolm Arnold moved to Cornwall with his second wife. By the end of the 1970s though, his life degenerated into alcoholism. It ruined his second marriage.

By 1978, he had written eight symphonies, but his Ninth took several years to complete. Indeed, his life might have ended too but for the loving care of a friend, Anthony Day, to whom his Ninth Symphony is dedicated.

He was knighted in 1993.

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s unpretentious music was almost invariably appreciated by performers and audiences alike. He said he wanted to be remembered as an honest composer.