Deep Purple

Deep Purple are an English hard-rock band formed in 1967. They emerged at the height of psychedelia and played a key role in the development of heavy metal during the early 1970s. Their most well-known songs include “Hush,” “Smoke On the Water,” and “Woman from Tokyo.” The first Deep Purple lineup released the 1968 albums […]

Jon Lord

Jon Lord (1941–2012) was an English organist and composer, best known as a mainstay of hard-rockers Deep Purple. An early proponent of orchestral rock, he composed the band’s three-movement Gemini Suite, recorded in 1970 with the Orchestra of the Light Music Society. Lord first emerged in The Artwoods, an R&B/beat group with drummer Keef Hartley […]

Tony Ashton & Jon Lord ‎– First of the Big Bands (1974)

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. Tracklist: A1. “We’re Gonna Make It” (3:52) A2. “Downside […]

Paice Ashton Lord ‎– Malice In Wonderland (1977)

Malice in Wonderland is a 1977 album by English hard-rock trio Paice Ashton Lord, released stateside on Warner Bros. and in Europe on Oyster/Polydor. The album marked the second collaboration between former Ashton Gardner & Dyke vocalist Tony Ashton and once/future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord, who are joined on this recording by Purple drummer […]