Sunday, 22 July 2012

Jon Lord - Before I Forget 1982

Jon Lord has sadly passed away

Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012.

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.
Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Rock
Original Release Date: 1982
Label: Purple Rec

Before I Forget was Jon Lord’s fourth solo album and the only one he did as a member of Whitesnake. Jon was a member of Whitesnake from August 1978 to April 1984, a period of Jon’s life where I think it is fair to say that he didn’t make himself heard very much.

With two guitarists as well as a singer who probably didn’t want the instrumental parts of the songs make anybody doubt who the star in the band was (after all, the most merited member was Jon Lord), making oneself heard might not have been the easiest task. The name of the record, Before I Forget, hints at the fact that most of the songs are built around different memories of Jon’s. My thought when I first saw the title, however, was that this was Jon taking the chance to put out a solo record and to make him heard again before he forgot how to do it. The cover of the record has the head of an elephant with a knot on its trunk, a creature that isn’t very likely to forget, unless of course it dies from suffocation.
The music is very different from Jon’s previous solo albums in two respects. First of all, it does not have an orchestra and the instrumentation on the album is that of a rock band. Also, it is not in the form of a concerto or suite but consists of separate songs with no connection apart from the memory theme. The songs are divided on two sides, as they usually where in the good old vinyl days, with the first side consisting of four more uptempo songs and the second of four ballads. Starting with the first side I will make some comments about each song.... 

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