First of the Big Bands is a collaborative album between organist/vocalist Tony Ashton and keyboardist Jon Lord, released in 1974 on Purple Records. Drumming is provided on select tracks by Ian Paice, with whom the pair would form a trio for 1977’s Malice in Wonderland album.
A1. “We’re Gonna Make It” (3:52)
A2. “Downside Upside Down” (3:57)
A3. “Band of the Salvation Army Band” (3:55)
A4. “Silly Boy” (3:22)
A5. “Surrender Me” (3:55)
B1. “Celebration” (4:27)
B2. “I Been Lonely” (3:56)
B3. “Shut Up” (3:37)
B4. “Ballad of Mr. Giver” (6:12)
Tony Ashton — Hammond organ, piano, vocals, producer
Jon Lord — Hammond organ, piano, producer
Carmine Appice — drums
Cozy Powell — drums
Terry Cox — drums
Ian Paice — drums
Frank Ricotti — percussion, vibraphone
Jim Cregan — guitar
Jerry Donahue — guitar
Peter Frampton — guitar
Mick Clarke — guitar
Pat Donaldson — bass guitar
Dave Caswell — trumpet
Mike Davis — trumpet
John Mumford — trombone
Dick Parry — saxophone
Howie Casey — saxophone
Madeline Bell — backup vocals
Tony Ferguson — backing vocals
Jimmy Helms — backing vocals
Kenny Rowe — backing vocals
Graham White — backing vocals
Ann Williams — backing vocals
Roger Willis — backing vocals
Martin Birch — engineer
Geoff Emerick — engineer
John Middleton — engineer
Alan Harris — engineer
John Mills — engineer
Bill Price — engineer
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