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When "Sarabande" came out, it fair knocked me over. This is a brilliantly realised interpretation of a baroque dance suite, from the genteel "Aria" to the almost dervish-like "Gigue."
For me, everything about this album is understated and that is its strength. It is simple; it is accessible and you don't have to know a darned thing about baroque. It jazzes, it swings, it rocks. It is as far removed from Purple as day is from night and I still listen to it with the same awe and wonder as I did then.
Jon Lord has said that it is his best work. Or he hasn't, depending on what you read. I also keep seeing the word "masterpiece" in other reviews. I can speak for neither of these but I will say that "Sarabande" is among the greatest albums I have. It is a work that reaches true heights; it is a work that endures and I think that that's because, freed from the distractions of Deep Purple, he got it right this time.
"Sarabande" is impeccable.
Oh, and for you music lovers, somewhere around 1977 I saw the "Sarabande" gig at the Albert Hall, complete with deliberate bum notes and Pete York sight-reading a drum solo, supporting David Bedford's "The Odyssey" which featured a very shy and reclusive musical genius by the name of Mike Oldfield on guitar.
With future Police guitarist Andy Summers, former Spencer Davis Group drummer Pete York and Eberhard Schoener handling the orchestrations, an epic collection of music followed. "Bouree" and the title track to me are the strongest pieces and absolutely none of it feels pompous or overwrought. You can even hear some of Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" in the opening notes of "Bouree" as well. This album is a stunning reminder of just how talented some people can be. R.I.P. Jon Lord.
Jon Lord shows the music fans (but not only for deep purple fans) that his love for classical music convinced the fans of his strong piano or keyboard playing capability. The result is fantastic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
World class composer and rock legend Jon Lord from Deep Purple at his best. Great classical-rock fusion.Published 3 months ago by Michael R. Soto
Masterful hybrid of rock and classical forms from one of rock's preeminent keyboardists. Runs the gamut of beauty and power and proves for anyone who still needs proof that Lord's... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by BigEars
Progressive is out of fashion, but this is a very good album that stood the test of time. Wonderful, concerning sound and melodic content.Published on January 5, 2014 by C. Habeck
Excellent music if you like Piano/Organ. John Lord is incredible in this Great CD.
I have been listening to it every day in the past two weeks. I can't get enough!!!!
This is an excellent album by a Master Musician of the B3 organ.
It is the stepping out of the Deep Purple progressive rock group into pure Classical Music
I bought the LP for the first time 30 years ago. A wonderful masterpiece if you like classical music with a "rock touch". Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by Ricardo Petersen
I've been Purple fan since its Concherto album and Jon has always been my favorite group's member. This album is Jon's masterpeice as a craftsmen musician. Read morePublished on November 24, 2002 by Gary Ark