I don’t know whether Lord embraced the prefix “Deep Purple’s” or resented it, but one thing is for certain: He was a hell of a lot more than the keyboard player in a heavy band.
Gemini Suite was composer Jon Lord’s second recording of serious music. The line-up includes the great Albert Lee on guitar, Lord’s Deep Purple partners Ian Pace and Roger Glover on drums and bass, and here’s your interesting trivia for the day: Yvonne Elliman on vocals. You know her, you just might not know that you know her:
Gemini Suite is an admirable achievement and a nice oddity for both Deep Purple and prog rock fans. Honestly I don’t think it holds up awfully well, but if you can set your brain to 1972 there’s a lot here to find groovy, man. Listen loud, and preferably with black lights.
Average prices bunch up around the $15 range, but you can spend a lot more if that’s your thing. If you’re not a collector and you just want the music, this one is still available on CD, too. Happy hunting.