Episode #130 – Jon Lord – Sarabande

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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.



  • Engineer [Assistant] – Hans Menzel
  • Engineer, Mixed By – Martin Birch
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    • Worked for Abbey Road starting in 1968 with The Beatles
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Album Tracks:

Side One:

  1. Fantasia
    • This functions as a 3.5 minute overture in three sections.
  2. Sarabande
    • The Sarabande is a Spanish dance from the 16th century which originated in the East.
    • Sarabandes are often in triple time
  3. Aria
    • Scored for piano and synthesizer.
  4. Gigue

Side Two:

  1. Bouree
  2. Pavane
    • This is a courtly dance often associated with a Galliard in the early BAroque period. It fell out of favor in the seventeenth century.
  3. Caprice
  4. Finale

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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.

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