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3.29 | 36 ratings | 6 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Continuo On B.A.C.H (16:27)
2. Window (32:22)
- a. 1st Movement - Renga
- b. 2nd Movement - Gemini
- c. 3rd Movement - Alla Marcia Allegro

Total Time 48:49

Composed by Jon Lord and Eberhard Schoener
Recorded during the Eurovision Presentation of Prix Jeunesse on Saturday, June 1st, 1974 at the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz with the Orchestra Opera Conducted by EBERHARD SCHOENER

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Lord / keyboards
- Tony Ashton / vocals
- David Coverdale / vocals
- Ray Fenwick / guitar
- Glenn Hughes / bass, vocals
- Pete York / drums
- Orchestra Opera conducted by Eberhard Schoener

Releases information

CD Rockhead Records RHRCD-9816-4 (P) & (C) 1989

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JON LORD Windows ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars When Rock meets Classic!

I was wrong. When this album was released, I was only aware after I knew Sarabande (third album by Jon Lord) first than "Windows". As "Sarabande" has beautiful melodies throughout the album, the music was much more accessible to my ears than "Windows". So by that time, "Sarabande" experienced more listening share than "Windows". At that time I perceived "Windows" was less attractive than "Sarabande". The reality is, "Windows" has the same quality than "Sarabande" and in fact the music is more classical and provocative. One thing that has resided for such a long time in my memory cells is the introductory remark by the master of ceremony (MC): "John Lord .. Glenn Hughes . David Coverdale .Mark Nauseff ." and of course .. a bit of introduction to Eberhard Schoener. Wow! What a memorable introduction to those talented musicians.

I only find this album interesting lately when I was about to write some reviews of Jon Lord albums for this site which I spun the three albums (Gemini Suite, Windows and Sarabande) at about the same time. The more I spun Windows the more I like it and in fact the composition is brilliant. I have underrated this album for such a long time and now I can say that this is as good as "Sarabande" album. Yes, the melody is not that catchy as Sarabande but Windows is much more complex and classical than Sarabande.

"Continue on Bach" is thought provoking in terms of musical arrangement as it contains elements of blues rock and classical music with various styles and textures during the song. The song is structured in multi sections with each section features excellent solos like those demonstrated by electric guitar, organ / Hammond as well as drums. I also like parts with vocal section. The other tracks are Movements (1 until 3) which depicts different music styles from one movement to another. I know that Jon is great keyboard player for Deep Purple, but his musical creations through his early period of his solo have proved that he is a smart musician. I still maintain the cassette format of this album.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Jon demonstrates his virtuosity as musical arranger as well as great keyboard player. You should not miss this album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Look back in Renga

Jon Lord has always been the most progressive of the members of Deep Purple. Right from the band's earliest days, he encouraged them to take risks and to experiment beyond the boundaries of conventional rock. Deep Purple's "Concerto for group and orchestra" was his first major work, after which he decided to peruse a parallel solo career for future classically influenced outings. The BBC commissioned "Gemini suite" was the first of his solo studio releases, but even this was performed live by the band.

In 1974, Lord got together with conductor Eberhard Schoener and the pair composed the two pieces which comprise the album "Windows". Lord called in his new Deep Purple band mates David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes plus Tony Ashton (Ashton Gardner and Dyke) Ray Fenwick (Ian Gillan Band) and Pete York (Spencer Davis Group, Hardin and York). To this was added the Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera.

The two pieces were performed live in Munich in 1 June 1974 as part of a Eurovision presentation, and the recording of the event released on the fledgling Purple Records. Each piece occupies one side of the original LP. The result is somewhat unbalanced in terms of length, with "Continuo of B.A.C.H." running to but half the time of the three part "Window" suite.

"Continuo on B.A.C.H" is a variation on an incomplete fugue composed by Bach which was based on the four letters of his surname. There is of course no letter H in music notation, so it is represented by B sharp. (A fellow member with greater music knowledge than I explains that "In Germany the letter H is formally the way to describe the b sharp note as it is in most countries".) While for obvious reasons the piece has been well rehearsed, it generally has the feel of an improvisation. Off key playing of various instruments and jazz like passages combine to create an atmosphere of looseness. The purely orchestra sections therefore contrast more obviously than they would with a more rigid composition. The risk with such pieces is that they come over as pretentious and insincere. While Lord just about manages to keep such thoughts at bay, the symphonic passages do suffer from the usual malaise of rock stars who wannabee classical composers in that they become pseudo-classical. As with Bach's original composition on which this piece is based, there is a feeling as it ends that it is incomplete.

With all the grand pretensions of the wonderful prog of the early 1970's, "Window" is based on 14th century collaborative poetry from the far east called Renga, the lyrics of the 1st and 3rd movements being taken from a "contemporary renga" (found by Michael Kruger). The second movement is based on a vocal section of the aforementioned "Gemini suite".

During the first movement, David Coverdale and/or Tony Ashton do battle with a pair of sopranos, but in terms of avant-garde vocalisation, the latter win by a mile. Once again, the suite is a cross between almost straight classical styles and jazz rock improvisation. Whether the two styles sit well together is for the listener to decide, but overall the music is generally pleasing. Unfortunately, as was all too customary for the period, Pete York is allowed to add a quite superfluous and yawn inducing drum solo. At times, during the more melodic passages, I was reminded of Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the centre of the earth", although the two albums as a whole are quite different.

The sleeve notes for the album claim that this is a warts-and-all recording, devoid of over- dubs, and there is no reason to question this.

A remastered edition of "Windows" will be/was re-released in November 2009 to recognise the 35th anniversary of its recording.

Review by The Quiet One
4 stars Windows 74, way ahead of Bill Gates

Probably Jon Lord's most ambitious project to date, interpolating classical music with a soul singer, a blues singer and an opera singer, plus a rock band backing up. The 1969 'Concertofor Group and Orchestra' was hit- and-miss, the first movement being amazing, while the other two movements were rather half-good half-boring. Well, with 'Windows' Jon Lord still isn't capable of making it all great, but still, who could have?

It's a very peculiar live performance if you can deal "rock meets classical", it's not something out-of-this-world, but it's neither your usual orchestral rock music. The first piece is a completition of an uncomplete piece by Bach, this piece does include rock instrumentation, though it's by no means as rockin' as the Movement 1 of the Concerto. This is essential for Bach fans, haha.

The second and final piece, 'Window', is the central piece though, lasting over 30 minutes. With the fantastic and emotive vocal performances of David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Tony Ashton and a female opera singer, this is indeed a strange but not really out-there piece as you think it might be. The whole composition is divided into three different parts, each having their own ups and downs. While I wouldn't say there's much coherence between the three parts, the amount of interesting bits on this, clearly something that no other band or artist had done by that time, makes it up for me.

4 stars: excellent, mainly interesting, record that is a must-have for fans of 'rock meets classical' and its variations. The 'Concerto' was more straightforward classical and rock music interpolated, with 'Windows' Jon pushed the boundaries even more adding new styles and letting the compositions be more loose. Not top- notch althrough though, so don't expect two grandiose epics, if not excellent "experimentations" with orchestra.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Jon Lord had been very active between all the bands he was in. Between recording and touring with Deep Purple and Whitesnake he had a solo career where he tried to fulfill his classical dream.

He tried with Deep Purple in Concerto For Group And Orchestra (1970), the band wasn't that much interested, so he tried solo with Gemini Suite (1971) and then Windows (1974), his second solo album.

I think he lost himself here, Windows (1974) is quite boring and full of nonsense music. Only this last line would resume the album quite accurately, but, for the sake of the album Jon Lord was smart enough to bring in some good participations like David Coverdale and Glenn Hugues (both his partner in Deep Purple at the time). They play a good role when the moments that the music really appears. Because the rest of the time the album is just a fail try in making a 'serious composition'.

Latest members reviews

2 stars This is a strange hybrid of rock, jazz, classical and the avant garde. Although one can admire the bold eclectic experimentation of the two lengthy paces here, it is not quite a success. The first piece is billed as an attempt to continue Bach's unfinished art of fugue. There have been many attem ... (read more)

Report this review (#617629) | Posted by Cheesehoven | Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is more daring and demanding when compared to Sarabande which was issued two years later. Windows (the album) consists of only two live recordings clocking in at almost 50 minutes. Both are a blend of tradional classical music, modern classical music, Jazz and Rock with orchestra, roc ... (read more)

Report this review (#169640) | Posted by strayfromatlantis | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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