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Paice Ashton Lord - Ghost Story (1976)

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Published on Oct 16, 2008

Paice Ashton Lord - Ghost Story, from album "Malice in Wonderland" (1976)

For over eight years Deep Purple were entertaining huge concert arenas around the world as well as selling more albums than anyone else between 1973 and 1974. But with bands long history of personnel changes culminating in the departure of first Ritchie Blackmore and then his successor, with the tragic death soon after of Tommy Bolin.

To that point the band had little more to prove and with various members of the band having wanting to pursue other avenues a split was inevitable.

It was at that point that two major contributors of Deep Purple realised that they actually liked playing in a band together and decided to form a new band and obvious choice was with their old friend Tony Ashton who they had worked with on various other project previously, the last one being Last of the Big Bands by Ashton and Lord. This album was to set the style of music that would form their new band Paice, Ashton and Lord.

(Ian and Jon approached me with idea of forming a band, in fact Jon had approached me before and I had,nt liked the idea much because I could,nt see myself as a front man. I also thought that with Jon and me both being on keyboard players wed get in each others way. Id be dropped out of playing with bands. There were plenty of sessions to do. I was also into doing commercials and jingles for TV which is interesting work. Its also quite lucrative as well, I was comfortable and I suppose I was in a bit of a rut)

Tony was nevertheless persuaded to give it a go and the project began to take shape.

Now with split out the way and the three members putting together a band without strings they now had the chance to branch out.

Paice, Ashton and Lord emerged in August 1976 amidst much fanfare in the music press, in those days rock still had enough support to attract a number of weekly music papers and magazine. The story both of Purpless split and of the new band was big news, with speculation of who would be in the band and what would the sound like.

Nothing was announced but mysterious adverts appeared in the music papers during July 1976 were enough to give a hint, especially if you recognised the telephone number of Purpless office in London.
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