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Lead up to the Album:
- Jon Lord is said to have worked on composing and scoring this album between January and August of 1975.
- It was recorded between September 3-6 at Stadthalle Oer-Erkenschwick, near Düsseldorf, Germany.
- Remixed at Musicland Studios, Munich.
- This is the next in the progression of his “classical” works from The Concerto For Group and Orchestra, Gemini Suite, and Windows, to this.
- The backdrop for the composition of this work is at the end of Deep Purple’s original run. Blackmore had left the band in early 1975, playing their last few shows in the spring. By summer of 1975 Jon Lord was scoring this album.
- Immediately after they would have Tommy Bolin join the band and record their final album until the 1984 reunion.
- Jon moved near Dusseldorf and recorded Sarabande between September 3-6 of 1975. Eberhard Schoener would join him again, this time conducting the Philharmonia Hungarica. Other rock musicians were invited to join for this recording. Unlike with Window this time none would be from Deep Purple.
- Bass – Paul Karass*
- In bands Storm, Rare Bird
- A small handful of entries on Discogs
- Composed By, Producer, Organ [Hammond], Piano [Rmi, Steinway], Grand Piano [Yamaha], Synthesizer [Arp Odyssey, String Ensemble], Clavinet, Score, Soloist [Pro] – Jon Lord
- Conductor – Eberhard Schoener
- Drums, Gong, Bells [Sleigh], Shaker – Pete York
- Mentioned in many past episodes
- Spencer Davis Group, Hardin & York, Jon Lord Windows, etc.
- Guitar – Andy Summers
- Guitarist for The Police
- Legend of British Rock
- He was a virtual unknown at this point
- Orchestra – Philharmonia Hungarica
- Percussion – Mark Nauseef
- Legendary percussionist with Elf,
- Many DPP episodes including Butterfly Ball, Ian Gillan Band episodes
- Engineer [Assistant] – Hans Menzel
- German audio engineer
- Worked with Deep Purple (Stormbringer), Uriah Heep
- Engineer, Mixed By – Martin Birch
- Regular flavor Birch on this one.
- Lacquer Cut By – Nick W.*
- Worked for Abbey Road starting in 1968 with The Beatles
- Almost 1,000 entries on Discogs
Album Art & Booklet Review
- Cover is a drawing of ouroboros.
- Design by John Kosh
- Designed the album covers for many albums including both “Abbey Road” and “Let it Be” by The Beatles.
- Was the creative director for Apple Records.
- Handled the “War Is Over” campaign for John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
- Did an album cover for Family “Fearless”
- Spencer Davis Group “Gluggo”
- The Who “Who’s Next”
- The list goes on and on.
- Illustration was by Michael Bryan
- Worked with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on “Shaved Fish,” B.B. King, Marvin Gaye, etc.
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- This functions as a 3.5 minute overture in three sections.
- The Sarabande is a Spanish dance from the 16th century which originated in the East.
- Sarabandes are often in triple time
- Scored for piano and synthesizer.
- This is a courtly dance often associated with a Galliard in the early BAroque period. It fell out of favor in the seventeenth century.
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Reception and Review
- The turbulent final days of Deep Purple pushed off the release of Sarabande until October off 1976.
- The album got a good amount of promotion. The album sleeve was given a lot of care as they needed to catch the eye of Jon’s largely rock audience.
- Sarabande is often mentioned as Jon Lord’s finest individual piece of work outside of Deep Purple.
- A couple of years after this Shoener would join Summers in recording the debut album for The Police named “Outlands d’Amour” which Jon Lord says was one of his favourite albums.
For Further Information:
- Jon Lord: All Those Years Ago
- Vinyl liner notes by Simon Robinson with musical appreciation from Vince Budd.
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