Farewell Jon Lord July 19, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
First album I ever bought was Deepest Purple. That and an Horslips compilation. And I loved those albums. I really did. And although I never quite loved Purple subsequently as much as I did Sabbath and Zeppelin (and in that order too) I always liked them enormously. Deep Purple In Rock and Machine Head are albums that have stayed with me over the years, particularly the somewhat less well known songs such as Flight of the Rat and Pictures of Home.
So I was genuinely sad to hear of Jon Lord’s passing. He was a very very good musician and his keyboard and organ skills underpinned many a Purple track that would have been the lesser for their absence.
And if there was something fairly pretentious about the rock/classical crossover he sought to create, well at least he was pushing the envelope in the context of the time.
But here is a track, an instrumental, that he made his own (though Ritchie Blackmore did a good job of taking it back at the end – natch!).