Jon Lord – Gemini Suite (1971/2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Jon Lord – Gemini Suite (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:42 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Edel Germany
Recorded at Abbey Road and De Lane Lea studios, London, March 1971; Remastered by Rob Cass

After the 1969 classical / rock fusion Concerto for Group and Orchestra, Jon Lord was commissioned to write a follow-up. This was Gemini Suite, five long movements inspired by the members of Deep Purple, and performed live in September 1970 at the Royal Festival Hall with The Light Music Society Orchestra (the album of the concert was issued in 1993 as Gemini Suite Live). Jon Lord then recorded it in the studio as his first solo project in 1971, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold and soloists drawn from the rock world. Gemini Suite was an important step for Lord and led to albums such as Windows (1974) and Sarabande (1976).

With his legendary organ blues-rock sound, Deep Purple’s founder and soul, Jon Lord has influenced decades of rock music. He is with no doubt the pioneer of fusing rock and classical/baroque forms and became one of the most important composers of the last decades while having a major impact on the music business. After creating the Concerto For Group And Orchestra in 1969 together with Deep Purple – a fusion masterpiece of a new kind that created a stir in music world – Jon Lord created an equally successful follow up with Gemini Suite.
The Gemini Suite was first performed in September 1970 at the Royal Festival Hall and was recorded the following year at the Abbey Road and De Lane Lea studios as the first solo project of Jon Lord. It is a six piece classic-rock fusion work inspired by the members of Deep Purple and was recorded with the London Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Oscar winner Malcolm Arnold and is featuring the guest musicians Albert Lee, Yvonne Elliman, Tony Ashton as well as the two other Deep Purple member Ian Paice and Roger Glover.
This 2016 reissue was remastered by Rob Cass from the original stereo mixes at Abbey Road. The new artwork includes liner notes exclusively written by Roger Glover. Gemini Suite marks the start of a new Jon Lord reissue series with “Windows” (1974) and “Sarabande” (1976) following the next year.

Jon Lord (1941-2012)
Gemini Suite
1 Guitar Soloist Albert Lee 8:54
2 Piano Soloist Jon Lord 8:03
3 Drums Soloist Ian Paice 7:18
4 Vocals Vocals Tony Ashton, Yvonne Elliman 5:49
5 Bass Guitar Soloist Roger Glover 5:00
6 Organ Soloist Jon Lord 11:47

Jon Lord, piano, organ, composer
Tony Ashton, Yvonne Elliman, vocals
Roger Glover, bass guitar
Albert Lee, guitar
Ian Paice, drums
Malcolm Arnold, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra:
Bass – Arthur Griffiths, Gordon Neal, John Cooper, John Duffy, Keith Marjoram, Pashanko Dimitroff, Robert Norris, Stuart Knussen
Bassoon – Patrick Milne, Robert Bourton
Cello – David Brown, Douglas Cummings, Douglas Powrie, Graham Elliott, Jack Long, Kenneth Law, Maurice Meulien, Peter Muscant, Raymond Adams, Thomas Storer
Clarinet – Ronald Moore, Roy Jowitt
Flute – Edward Beckett, Lowry Sanders
Harp – Osian Ellis, Renata Scheffelstein
Horn – Anthony Chidell, David Cripps, David Gray, Peter Civil, Robert Noble
Oboe – Anthony Camden, David Woolley, Harold Lythell
Percussion – James Holland, John Lees, Kevin Nutty, Raymond Northcott
Piano – Martin Reeves, Robert Nunn
Timpani – Kurt Goedicke
Trombone – Frank Mathison, Peter Gane, Peter Goodwin
Trumpet – Howard Snell, Norman Archibald, William Lang
Tuba – John Fletcher
Viola – Alexander Taylor, Andrew Williams, William Jones, Clarence Atkinson, David Chappell, Eric Cuthbertson, George Robertson, Max Burwood, Michael Mitchell, Norris Bosworth, Paul Katz, William Krasnik, William Sumpton
Violin 1st – Basil Smart, Brian Thomas, Cyril Reuben, Dennis Gaines, Hans Geiger, Howard Ball, John Brown, John Georgiadis, Max Weber, Michael De Saulles, Oliver Butterworth, Robert Retallick, Stanley Castle, Sydney Colter, Timothy Good*, Warwick Hill, William Martin
Violin 2nd – Benedict Cruft, David Measham, David Williams, Donald Stewart, Frederick Dyson, Ian McDonough, Julian Cummings, Martin Loveday, Reginald Larner, Samuel Artis, Simon Standage, Terence Morton, Thomas Cook, Thomas Swift, William Brown