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    Posted: July 11 2008 at 14:02

DON AIREY – A Light In The Sky (****)

- This new solo CD by Don Airey was recommended to me by a friend with whom I share a love for vintage keyboards. I have always been a fan of Don Airey who once joined ‘symphonic jazzrock’ formation Colosseum II, who was a guest on the interesting progressive Cozy Powell solo albums and who is nowadays a respected keyboardplayer in Deep Purple.

During my first listening session I concluded very quickly that my friend his words were true, what an exciting and varied album featuring mindblowing work on the Hammond organ and Grand piano!

- As a huge fan of the very distinctive Hammond organ I was blown away by the way Don Airey let his Hammond organ moan and groan and scream during swirling solos in Ripples In The Fabric Of Time, Space Troll Patrol, Endless Night and A Light In The Sky Pt.2. But also a big hand for his vituosic work on the Grand piano like in Love You Too Much (wonderful ballad with warm vocals), Sombrero M104 (sparkling with flamenco hints), Into Orbit (swirling duet with a violin) and the strongly build-up final song Lost In The End Of Time (beautiful interplay between electric guitar and a melancholical violin). And what a variety: Rainblow-like Heavy Prog with powerful vocals in Shooting Star (Hammond sound like Jon Lord and a flashy Minimoog synthesizer solo with pitchbend) and A Light In The Sky Pt.2, ‘rockabilly’ (in the vein of The Strays Cats) with Hammond organ in Rocket To the Moon, fiery guitar with a jazzy Fender Rhodes elektric piano in Big Crunch and ambient keyboard sounds in several short songs like Big Bang, Lift Off and Metallicity.

- Especially during the 12 instrumental tracks Don Airey showcases his impressive skills on a wide range of keyboards, what an exciting,well balanced and ... very progressive album!

 
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www.donairey.com

http://www.deep-purple.net/related-news/don-airey.htm

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2008 at 17:22

 

     Incredible, 5 views, the visitors on the Forum are really looking forward to a genuine progrock album!

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                                  Now 10 views, it has doubled, thanks Clap
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2008 at 19:46
erik, who else worked on the album (vocals, bass, drums etc)?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 05:41

 

                                                       Hello NotAProghead.

                        Thanks for your reply, here is the line-up on the album:

  • Don Airey - Keyboards
  • Danny Bowes, Carl Sentance - Vocals
  • Rob Harris - Guitars
  • Lidia Baich - Violin
  • Laurence Cottle, Chris Childs - Bass
  • Darrin Mooney, Harry James - Drums

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 08:27
This sounds good. He has played with numerous bands, including the keyboard parts on the new Judas Priest album,  his solo work may be interesting. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 08:39
 
     "His solo work may be interesting" you said Norbert, well, that's an understatement because it's
      one of the best progrock efforts I have heard this month, check it out, you will not be disappointed,
      not to be missed by any serious vintage keyboard aficionado Thumbs%20Up !
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 08:56
Thanks, erik, I see the album is already available in our local stores, I plan to purchase it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:00
 
         OK, good luck NotAProghead and let me know your opinion when you have purchased it Thumbs%20Up
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:07
i once "met " Don Airey during a music gear exhibition event, he was demonstrating Hammond organs - he was a very unassuming person, one who you would pass in the street without noticing him. his all time hero was Jimmy Smith, and his dream job was landing Deep Purple!  i have much of his work on record but will definately check his solo album Thumbs%20Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:29
 
  That's a fine story about Don Airey, Mystic Fred, thanks. I have seen Don Airey one time on stage when he  
   had joined Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, I remember a great solo spot with a sensational lightshow Approve
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:42
He also worked with Whitesnake, pittily Whitesnake were doing junk in those moments.

If I find it I might check it, I'm a huge fan of Deep Purple, while I prefer highly Jon Lord, Don Airey is very talented too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:48
 
Cacho, I am a huge Deep Purple fan too (in the early Seventies my first LP was 24 Carat Purple Approve ) and I am sure you will like the new Don Airey album because at some moments he really sounds like Jon Lord, especially in the more heavy tracks. By the way, Don Airey is a master on the Minimoog synthesizer, just listen to the pitchbend driven solos on the Colosseum II albums Electric Savage and War Dance Clap
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 09:54
Love Don's work in Deep Purple in recent years; I think he really re-energised that band myself, as Jon Lord was going through the motions a bit prior to his leaving IMHO. On the DP DVD of their 2006 set at Montreux he has a keyboard slot which is very Keith Emerson.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 10:02
Originally posted by erik neuteboom


Cacho, I am a huge Deep Purple fan too (in the early Seventies my first LP was 24 Carat Purple Approve ) and I am sure you will like the new Don Airey album because at some moments he really sounds like Jon Lord, especially in the more heavy tracks. By the way, Don Airey is a master on the Minimoog synthesizer, just listen to the pitchbend driven solos on the Colosseum II albums Electric Savage and War Dance Clap




oh! Colosseum! I'll check them out.

Oh heavy tracks? Great! My first Deep Purple album, believe it or not, was Come Taste the Band last year on my birthday, that OPENED all my mind to a new genre, I'm a huge MK 3/4 fan while I also Love MK 1 and 2(70's)
I like Bananas very much, while ROTD is somewhat Retro, it has some pleasant tracks while others not.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 10:18

Salmacis, I own a Deep Purple bootleg DVD (China, 2004) featuring a Don Airey solo, I will check out the DVD In Montreux you mention, thanks. And indeed, Don Airey was the right fuel after Jon Lord had left.

Cacho, I use to call Colosseum II 'symphonic jazzrock', very dynamic and lots of great solo on keyboards (especially on the Minimoog) and guitar (Gary Moore!). About DP, I am still carried away by their 1971/19732 sound, as on the DVD Live In Concert 1972/1973, very pure, energetic and adventurous.

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2008 at 19:15
Originally posted by erik neuteboom

 
         OK, good luck NotAProghead and let me know your opinion when you have purchased it Thumbs%20Up
 
 
 
I have mixed feelings after listening to the album.
From one hand, the album shows that Don Airey has much more to offer than it is required now from him in Deep Purple. His playing on piano, organ, and synthesizers is no doubt fantastic.
 
Though there are negative sides.
1. It is a concept album, but it seems to me it rather looks like the set of separate pieces. I expected to hear some leitmotif, linking them all, making something whole of them.
2. Vocals. They are good, remind me a bit of Glenn Hughes, but I'm not sure they suit good to the concept. Something mysterious and dreamy, like for instance on Omega's "Skyrover", probably could work better.
3. Lyrics, written by Don Airey. They are childish. It often happens when exceptional musicians are poor lyricists (and vice versa). Some lucky ones, like Ian Anderson, have ideal balance.  I'd prefer Don Airey commited this job to someone more experienced.
 
Anyway thanks, erik, for recommendations. Good album to listen to from time to time.
 
And I wish Don Airey's colleagues from Deep Purple listen to their mate's album. I think forthcoming DP albums can only win if the band will use more musical ideas of their keyboardist.


Edited by NotAProghead - July 21 2008 at 19:59
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2008 at 19:19
great Erik, I'll definitely look for it.. hey, a new prog album that's actually easy to find!

cacho;  Airey was with Colosseum ll, Jon Hiseman's fantstic follow-up band to Colosseum


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 22 2008 at 03:44
Anyone have any bootlegs of Airey during his short stint with Jethro Tull?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 22 2008 at 04:11
 
       NotAProghead: thanks for your words, good analysis Thumbs%20Up and I am glad you like the album
 
       Atavachron: thanks for your post but read again Cacho his sentence about Colosseum:
 
                                  "oh! Colosseum! I'll check them out." ..... Wink
 
       NPJNPJ: I own a Deep Purple bootleg 2004 in China featuring Don Airey but I didn't know that he had
       joined Jethro Tull, thanks for the info Thumbs%20Up
 
 

 
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