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Gemini Suite [CD]

Jon Lord Audio CD
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Jon Lord, Deep Purple's legendary keyboard player who co-wrote many hits including "Smoke on the Water", before going on to play with many bands and musicians have a successful solo career, sadly passed away on Monday, July 16, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lord was best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal ... Read more in Amazon's Jon Lord Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Purple Records
  • ASIN: B0016RTUVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 31 Mar 2013
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not as good as it seemed in the 70`s.i found it very dated and "boring" now.should have saved my money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem 29 Sep 2013
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This is the studio version of the late great Jon Lord, and a worthy addition to any cd collection, again conducted by Sir Malcolm Arnold, (from Concerto for group and orchestra fame). Each movement is dedicated to a particular instrument and is another well written piece of crossover music from the master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing product description... but great music 26 Aug 2008
By eveoflove - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Made in UK in 2008, Serial# PUR-354, Running Time 47:53

The details in the product description are a bit misleading... There are 2 editions of this re-issue: 1 in digipak (this one), and 1 in a regular jewel case (PUR-355).

Second, the digi-pak edition comes in 3 different artwork options: one with the original UK artwork (showing the Gemini), 1 with the original US artwork (a stellar chart), and 1 with the US re-issue (some aquatic scenery with a fishhead reaching for Planet Earth). You will get 1 of these, but NOT all 3 covers.

There are 6 tracks (not 8 as listed here), and their titles make reference to the instrument showcased (i.e. Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Organ); they are not signs of the Zodiac (though the musicians are credited under their respective Zodiac sign).

The remastering job is impressive, especially considering that this album was released back in 1971. No previous CD edition compares to it.

Music-wise, the combination of rock instruments and orchestra is much better balanced than on Deep Purple's "Concerto For Group and Orchestra"; on this album, the contrast is not as drastic, and you can feel the complicity between the band and the orchestra; it doesn't feel like a "battle" between the 2 factions. Perhaps the absence of Blackmore, combined with Jon Lord's previous experience all contribute to a much tighter collaboration.

In my opinion, this is a more succesful classico-rock hybrid than any of Jon's other projects... The concept was a lot more innovative back in 1971 than it is today; it has been done countless times since then, but with varying degrees of success/failure.

Gemini Suite, in my book, is a good example of what it can sound like when it works well: neither camp seems to make a sacrifice in their performance, which is otherwise too often the case: either the orchestra is accompanying the band to embellish the sound (think MOODY BLUES), or some rock musicians are accompanying an orchestra to give it some whoomph. Gemini Suite sounds like both sections are working together.

Though fairly unkown, this CD is a classic in its genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of misic 29 July 2013
By Gary Ark - Published on Amazon.com
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I have it on the loop in my car. This is a brilliant piece of music but not for everybody, and you need to give it time to grow on you. First time I listened to it, I was a bit taken aback - it felt even ridiculous at times, especially when opera vocalist started to screech to rival electric guitar cacophony. But the more you listen to it, the more you begin to see and feel the overall structure and mastery with which Jon Lord paints with sounds the dreamy flow of memories and reflections. .
5.0 out of 5 stars Gemini Suite 25 Dec 2012
By Elizabeth58 - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband had this LP back in high school; unfortunately, it warped over time. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to locate a copy on CD, and finally found this one on Amazon.com. It has a 12-page history booklet in the box also (I learned the album was released under 3 different covers!). My husband is ecstatic! A Christmas gift that was VERY WELL received!
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5.0 out of 5 stars intellectual and meaningful, the Zappa of keyboards 14 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like Whitemann's (from YES) recordings with London Symphonic Orchestra (ex. 'King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table', 'The 6 wives of Henry VIII' etc... or Frank Zappa's classical recordings, you'll love this album and the other post-Deep Purple albums Lord recorded (Willows and Sarabande). It's a mixture of classical, jazz and rock well balanced and, at the same time, sophisticated and philosophical.
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