Sarabande (album)

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Cover - sarabande-front.jpg
Studio album by Jon Lord
Released 1976
Recorded 3–6 September 1975
Genre Progressive rock, classical, jazz fusion, symphonic rock
Label Purple Records
Producer Jon Lord and Martin Birch
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Sarabande is the second solo album by Jon Lord recorded in September 1975 near Düsseldorf (Germany). The orchestra was conducted by Eberhard Schoener.

The complete Sarabande suite was premiered in live performance in Budapest on 18 September 2010 and later in Sofia on (30 October) and Essen (15 November). Lord amended the 1975 orchestrations, and also orchestrated Aria, which was played on piano and synthesizers on the recording, and Caprice which was simply a group performance on record. 'Finale' was made-over to allow the ‘parade of themes’ section -which was done with tape-loops on the recording- to be played live.[1]

Cover art[edit]

The cover shows the drawing of an ourobouros (a snake biting its own tail), on which three naked women ride. The woman at 120° (clockwise) from the top stands in a position evocative of the woman on Whitesnake's Lovehunter cover. The original Jon Lord sleeve was designed by Kosh, and the illustration by Mike Bryan.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fantasia" – 3:30
  2. "Sarabande" – 7:20
  3. "Aria" – 3:42
  4. "Gigue" – 11:06
  5. "Bourée" – 11:00
  6. "Pavane" – 7:35
  7. "Caprice" – 3:12
  8. "Finale" – 2:03


Production notes[edit]

  • Recorded 3–6 September 1975 at the Stadthalle Oer-Erkenschwick, near Düsseldorf, Germany with the Dieter Dierks Mobile Recording Studio, using Agfa P.E.M. 408 master tape
  • Remixed by Martin Birch at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
  • Assistant engineer: Hans Menzel
  • Record mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California
  • Produced by Jon Lord and Martin Birch
  • Engineered by Martin Birch
  • Technical advisor: Mike Phillips
  • Project managed and overseen by Tony Edwards


  1. ^ "Symphonic Works: Sarabande". Jon Lord - The Official Site.