First of the Big Bands

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First of the Big Bands
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Studio album by Tony Ashton and Jon Lord
Released April 1974 (1974-04)
Recorded November 17th 1971 - Late 1973
Studio Air Studios and Apple Studios, London, England
Genre Rock
Label Purple (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Line (1983 German reissue)
Producer Tony Ashton
Jon Lord
Tony Ashton chronology
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(1973)It's Only a Movie1973
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Malice in Wonderland
(1977)Malice in Wonderland1977
Jon Lord chronology
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(1972) Gemini Suite1972
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(1974) First of the Big Bands1974
(1974) Windows1974

First of the Big Bands is a studio album by Tony Ashton of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke and Jon Lord of Deep Purple, released in April 1974 by Purple Records in the UK and Europe and Warner Bros. Records in the US. The project was Ashton's and Lord's brainchild and continuation of their working relationship after Ashton Gardner & Dyke helped out on Jon Lord's soundtrack album The Last Rebel from 1971. Stylistically, First of the Big Bands was the precursor to Paice Ashton Lord's Malice in Wonderland album from 1977. Most of the album was recorded at Air and Apple Studios, London, with additional work being completed at De Lane Lea and Island.

First of the Big Bands resulted in just two live performances, one of which was for the BBC. This was issued in 1993 as First of the Big Bands - BBC Live in Concert 1974.

In November 2010 a remastered edition of the album was released by Purple Records. It contains two bonus tracks – the single B-side "Sloeback" and an alternative version of "Down Side Upside Down".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Recording Date and Studio Length
1. "We're Gonna Make It"   November 17th 1971, Apple Studios 3.52
2. "Downside Upside Down"   October 31st 1972, De Lane Lea; March 1973, Island 4.01
3. "Band of the Salvation Army Band" (incl. Bringing In the Sheaves)   Autumn 1973, Air Studios 3.55
4. "Silly Boy"   August 29th 1973, Air Studios 3.23
5. "Surrender Me" Ashton 1972 3.55
6. "Celebration"   November 18th 1971, Air Studios 4:27
7. "I Been Lonely" Ashton   3.52
8. "Shut Up"   November 1972, De Lane Lea 3.55
9. "Ballad of Mr. Giver" (Featuring a reprise of "Celebration")   November 1972, De Lane Lea; March 1973, Island 6.09