on 3 March 2005
Jon Lord has obviously taken a lot of care over this album not just with the beautifully crafted pieces that tug at the emotional heart strings, but also in the sleeve notes that paint a picture to listen by. The choice of solo vocals is also impressive with Sam Brown(e), Frida and Miller Anderton and each adds a uniqueness that makes this an album worthy of listening to over and over again. The range of styles appeals as well, with some eastern influences mingling with a little jazz, some characteristic organ and off course, the sumptuous arrangements for strings. Simply wonderful!!
on 29 September 2013
Another gem of an album from the much missed Jon Lord, Full of lovely tunes, with guest vocals by Frida (ABBA), and Sam Brown who had also provided vocals on the Pictured Within album,(my personal favourite), There is a track in memory of George Harrison which is very good, plus a good mixture of sounds and tempos. abn album worth getting.
Never been a true afficiando of Deep Purple so I came to this album and Lord's music with no preconcieved ideas. I was rocked (no pun intended) back on my heels by how stunningly good this is.
Only once in a while do you come upon something that is as crystal, complete and as melodic as this beautiful collection. Each piece is remarkable in its own right and the music ranges from bouncy jazz to pastorale. In fact I would say that in Jon Lord the English pastorale music of Vaughn Williams,Elgar, Delius et al has found its true successor. That is not to say all the music on this very strong album is pastorale but the overall feeling is one of peace and tranquility without becoming stilted or oversweet. A real surprise of an album and a very lovely collection. Buy it and be gently amazed.
on 10 November 2004
A beautifully crafted album. Perhaps not as emotional as Pictured Within but fully it's equal in a sense of musical craftsmanship and pure talent. Mr. Lord has really found a musical niche. Not many composers, if any, combines classical structured songs with the elements of rock music in the way Mr. Lord does. Listen e.g. to the Bolero no. 4 and many other of the songs. This is a record which will perhaps not sell in shiploads but it will be a great long term success and a pleasure to listen to for years to come.