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Malice in Wonderland Original recording reissued

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Purple Records
  • ASIN: B0000273BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ghost story
  2. Remember the good times
  3. Arabella
  4. Silas and Jerome
  5. Dance with me baby
  6. On the road again again
  7. Sneaky Private Lee
  8. I'm gonna stop drinking
  9. Malice in Wonderland
  10. Steamroller Blues
  11. Nasty Clavinet
  12. Black And White
  13. Moonburn
  14. Dance Coming
  15. Goodbye Hello LA
  16. Untitled Two
  17. Ballad Of Mr.Giver

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Format: Audio CD
A real 'milestone' album, Tony Ashton lends his own style to the 'Deep Purple' survivors with some mixed results. Sadly Tony passed away last year (2001), anyone who was lucky enough to have met the man will know what is coming next!
You have to buy this album, to hear the sensitivity of the man's keyboard playing and singing. The one track that truly sums it up is "I'm going to stop drinking". Recently this track even got airtime on Radio 4 as one of Ewan McGregor's 'Desert Island Disks"! I defy even the most ardently temporant music fan to have a dry eye after listening to it! In fact I think 'AA' should adopt it as their anthem!
Anyway, enough waffling, just spend a few quid and enjoy the Paice, Ashton, Lord experience. It's gotta be worth it for this track alone. Rest in peace Tony... Cheers, and bollocks! :o)
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Firstly, I'm not a big Deep Purple fan. So giving this album 5 stars is a bit of a shock to the system for me. Secondly, (in my opinion) this is one of the best rock albums never heard on the radio! I bought it first time round on black vinyl and still have it.

The sound is not pure heavy rock, it's more jazz based, a bit like Deep Purple meets Brand X with some Detroit backing brass thrown in. There's much more brass in the sound than DP, helped by Howie Casey (ex-Wings) on Sax plus a couple of female backing vocalists giving it a touch of Motown sound.

This was an ambitious album, and it really works. The sound is big, bold and brassy, somewhat like Ashton, Gardner & Dyke's Resurrection Shuffle but bigger. I can honestly say that there's not a bad track on the main part of the album (tracks 1 - 9). The additional material is studio monitor recording from the never completed second album and the quality is a bit off despite the digital enhancements. This is strictly for collectors but the first 9 more than make up for it.

Best cuts, well, maybe "I'm gonna stop drinking again", just, but honestly, there isn't a bad track.

Strongly recommended for those who like a big rock sound but no necessarily the full DP experience.
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By Vince on 19 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tony Ashton from Ressurection Shuffle Fame(Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)with his boozy bluesy lyrics blending with Ian Paices 'perfect finish' percussion, Jon Lords Purplesque keyboards rocking the whole stage, Bernie Marsdens delicious licks on guitar fused with Jazz brass sections and female backing vocals. What a recipe & oh so Tasty!!!!!Pure magic
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By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Of course, I bought it because I love Deep Purple, and especially Ian Paice. I've got the original Oyster records vinyl from '7? This is probably some of the best drumming Paicey has ever done, the music is very different from Purple, with a brass section and Bernie Marsden's heart felt guitar. Its one that I return to time after time, very worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Deep, just good 13 Oct. 2006
By Gus Cristicini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is really not anything like Deep Purple. I mean other than Jon Lord's organ sound and Ian Paice drumming, which really is not that noticable as a Deep Purple sound, this is nothing like Deep Purple.

Ashton has a great voice for that blues sound, and he does a great job on the album. They never went far, well because, it was not going to make all the Deep Purple fans happy, but it is good music and would appeal more to diverse listenners than hard rockers. I think it went well in Europe, from what I read on the internet, but the cost of moving all those musicians to get the live sound must of been to expensive to continue the tour.

Thus this is rare stuff and there is a live version that you can get out their on Amazon, with bonus tracks. Ashton died at an early age, so this makes it even more rare. If you read about Ashton out there on the internet, you will find some interesting stuff that makes this album all the more sweet to have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album 19 Jan. 2006
By EWG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this because I am a Deep Purple fan, have listened to it for 20+ years now, and just recently rediscovered it. Not hard rock, but excellent music with lots of energy. Tony Ashton is not a singer that will wow you, but his voice fits the music.

Ian Paice does an unusually good job on the album - I can sense he is reenergized and having fun after the Purple debacle with Tommy Bolin. Same for Jon Lord. I don't know who the bass player is, but he plays with energy and authority and also does a great job.

Highly Recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 28 Jun. 2004
By Oscar Ploeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an album for everyone, it is not hard rock, but it is very good. The vocals are very good, the previous reviewer must have listened to it once. Listen to this album and make your own decision. I will guarantee that after a few times it will become one of your favorite albums. Top notch musicianship !
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lord and Paice gamble ... 13 Mar. 2003
By firebird phil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...and lose. They wanted something completely different from Deep Purple, but the fans were disappointed. PAL was a mixture of blues, rock, big band jazz and funk and the result may be quite original, but the problem was that they didn't have a good singer. Tony Ashton's voice makes me think of Uli Jon Roth's - so not spectacular at all - unless used for the Muppet Show, haha ! Guitarist Bernie Marsden's voice is good for backing up, as has been proved in Whitesnake, but he's no frontman either. The music's of a fairly high level, but for Purple fans who used to have it all PAL is just not good enough. The singer WAS the major problem with PAL, because we all know what a great come-back Lord and Paice were to make when they returned to work with Coverdale ... The songs of their lost second album are unfinished and the sound is of poor quality. This is an album for collectors only.
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