The reissue of Gemini Suite (December 9th, 2016) marks the start of a new Jon Lord reissue series at earMUSIC.
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 members 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.
Guitar: soloist Albert Lee
Piano: soloist Jon Lord
Drums: soloist Ian Paice
Vocals: soloists Yvonne Elliman / Tony Ashton
Bass guitar: soloist Roger Glover
Organ: soloist Jon Lord