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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting, Fond Farewell To A Genial Genius
This brand new 'studio' version of Jon Lord's infamous Concerto For Group And Orchestra is a fine finale to the great man's truly remarkable musical career, which has effectively gone full circle.

Considerable thought has gone into the packaging, with explanatory notes and a warm tribute from conductor Paul Mann and Jon's family. There are also photographs of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Concerto for G&O
Music was great but the dissapointment was the 'bonus DVD' which I expected to be video footage of the recording not another version of the same music in 5.3 (no video)
Published 22 months ago by D. Neller


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting, Fond Farewell To A Genial Genius, 10 Oct 2012
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This brand new 'studio' version of Jon Lord's infamous Concerto For Group And Orchestra is a fine finale to the great man's truly remarkable musical career, which has effectively gone full circle.

Considerable thought has gone into the packaging, with explanatory notes and a warm tribute from conductor Paul Mann and Jon's family. There are also photographs of the rehearsals / recording sessions. The fact that Jon approved the final mix shortly before he left us makes it all the more poignant.

The orchestral arrangements, courtesy of Paul Mann and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra this time, are virtually identical to the live performances in 1999 (as captured on the Deep Purple Live At The Royal Albert Hall album, which in turn was only a little different to the original live performances on the corresponding 1969 album) so don't expect any great changes. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson does a fine job on the brief lead vocals (2nd movement) with Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska providing backing vocals. The drum / percussion solo break is thankfully brief.

I would have preferred one guitarist throughout for consistency / progression, but instead we have a different guitarist for each of the three movements, each with a different tone / style (Darin Vasilev, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Morse). The contrast between the quiet sections (i.e. the sensitive strings) and the louder parts (i.e. the brash band) had me adjusting the volume rather too much, but I guess the composer was illustrating the contrasting styles, especially in the first two movements !

It is a measure of Jon's immense talent that that he could compose such a concerto at a relatively young age and that it still resonates beautifully today. Needless to say, his musicianship throughout this album, especially on the Hammond organ, is superb.

It is still debatable whether rock bands and orchestras really work well together, but this album is a tribute to a talented, versatile and pioneering guy who was willing and able to explore this fusion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Lord, 1 Nov 2012
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This CD is brilliance from an amazing musician who will be dearly missed.
The man was a genius in his field. The music is fantastic. I recommend the following.
1. Pour a glass of nice wine
2. Sit back with said glass of wine in hand.
3. Headphones on and press play.
It will be the most relaxing time you will have

RIP Mr Lord
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Nov 2012
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It's a sad day, when you get to hear some great music and realise you'll never be able to see it performed live. May God rest your soul Jon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely re-done!, 13 Nov 2013
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This is a very good version of Jon Lords Concerto, he brought in a variety of musicians who gel together very well. Sadly Jon passed away soon after finishing it, but at least he went out on a high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a legacy, 26 Jun 2013
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Any fan of Mr. Lord needs to have this as his final legacy. Great muscians were for sure truly honoured to play for this recording.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Concerto for G&O, 10 Nov 2012
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D. Neller "Dave" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Music was great but the dissapointment was the 'bonus DVD' which I expected to be video footage of the recording not another version of the same music in 5.3 (no video)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting finale and epitaph to a modern composing great..., 13 Mar 2013
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This is absolutely brilliant, every aspect works and Bruce Dickinson is a revelation [as part of a brave move to keep most of the other erstwhile members of Deep Purple away from proceedings]... So glad that the original score was recreated and transcribed... Proves without doubt to the classical purists that you don't have to be 150 years old [or dead, or both] to write 'proper' music these days...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lord, 18 Oct 2012
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Love this CD a real treat

A great joining of Clssic Rock and Classicial Music good to hear Bruce D and Joe B

You will enjoy this
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not go for the 5.1 audio, 20 Oct 2012
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Evangelos Tozos "ET" (Greece) - See all my reviews
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Straight to the point:

THE MUSIC:all who read this in order to buy probably know Jon Lord's wonderful music,so no comments about it.

THE PERFORMANCES:the arrangement and the orchestra are ok.There are no surprises.I personally have some doubts about Darin Vasilev's solo.In my opinion it does not very much fit this work.The female voice is an innovation.Some might find it disturbing.

THE 5.1 DVD AUDIO:a complete disappointment.I find this 5.1 dvd audio nearly a fraud.There is no separation of music from the rear speakers.You only get the same things you hear from the front speakers in a very very low volume.In fact I had to put my ear onto the speaker in order to find out whether it played anything.
If you're about to buy the product only for this dvd audio,don't!
Also there is something I have never encountered before.There's no navigation menu on this disc.You only get one picture which directs you to press the <audio> button on your control in order to change from 5.1 to Stereo.

THE SOUND:it could be better.A studio recording of 2011,even of a full orchestra which complicates things a little,should be <cleaner>.In my opinion the sound engineers were people from the classical business and maybe did not know or give special attention to the recording of the rock band.The rock sound suddenly blasts forth and you run for the volume button the first time you listen to the disc.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not as good as the original, 10 Oct 2012
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M. LOCKE "Froggy" (Stockport, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a fine recording, nicely crafted and beautifully played but for me it just doesn't have the same impact or togetherness that the original 1969 recording had. It sounds like bits and pieces put together not an entity and the guitars don't work for me. Great players they are, but the different styles don't compliment the rest of the music. Jon's work as usual is sublime. Buy it cos he was important and its interesting, but if you want to hear the definitive version go back to the original '69 recording. its just ace!
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