As most of you will know by now, Jon Lord, original keyboardist with Deep Purple, passed away recently. Sad and thought-provoking news as it always is when rock gods leave us, I realised it was the perfect time, by way of some tribute, to finish off the hammond organ and keyboard comp I've been formulating for a while. Having now received the inspiration for it's theme and last, fitting track, here is 73: Hammond Lord. A collection of tracks with wicked hammond organ.
No doubt many of the bands here would have sounded very different if it were not for Jon Lord, one of the founding and longest-standing members of Deep Purple. He took an instrument that was originally designed as a cheaper alternative to church pipe organs, and pushed it to the limits with classically-trained skills and mega-amplification. The guitar's total domination of hard rock was gone for ever.
Birth Control's track is taken from their third album, 1972's Hoodoo Man, and Wolfgang Neuser was the keys man here. Starting out as it means to go on with the sound of air raid explosions, plenty of rock solid hammond riffs follow. To me, this sounds like Tony Iommi playing hammond...which can't be bad!
Waterloo were a Belgian band that have cropped up here before in my Belgian comp, and they more than deserve credit for their intricate multi instrumental hard prog, often lead by plenty of awesome hammond.
|Gudny Aspaas (Ruphus)|
Eyes Of Blue were Welsh, and one of those incredibly important bands that seemed to be a breeding ground for an entire country's rock history, as I found making the Welsh Vol56. Q III was a single b-side from 1969 with lots of great psychedelic hammond.
The Hassles. Definitely aiming for shock value, they had a kind of proto-Manowar album cover, with decidedly smaller biceps of course! Billy describes them thus: "End of the sixties, I was in a two-man group. We were heavy metal, we were going to destroy the world with amplification, we had titles like 'Godzilla', 'March of the Huns', 'Brain Invasion'. A lot of people think [I] just came out of the piano bar... I did a lot of heavy metal for a while. We had about a dozen gigs and nobody could stay in the room when we were playing. It was too loud. We drove people literally out of clubs. It was great, but we can't stay in the club."
01. Santa Barbara Machine Head - Rubber Monkey (1967)
from album 'blues anytime vol. 3'
02. Birth Control - Buy! (1972)
from album 'hoodoo man'
03. Aardvark - Copper Sunset (1970)
from album 'aardvark'
04. Pocket-Size - Opus III (1970)
from retrospective 'in one or another condition'
05. Waterloo - Why May I Not Know (1970)
from album 'first battle'
06. Ruphus - Trapped In A Game (1973)
from album 'new born day'
07. Tortilla Flat - Life (1970)
08. Quatermass - Up On The Ground (1970)
from album 'quatermass'
09. Sugarloaf - Hot Water (1971)
from album 'spaceship earth'
10. Eyes Of Blue - Q III (1969)
11. Murphy Blend - At First (1970)
from album 'first loss'
12. Pacific Sound - Forget Your Dream (1971)
from album 'forget your dream!'
13. Attila - Holy Moses (1970)
from album 'attila'
14. The Trip - Caronte [Part 1] (1971)
from album 'caronte'
*nb: this post contains the word 'hammond' 14 times.