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.
October 14, 2006
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2006
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.
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.
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