In April 1974.

In April 1974, “Purple Records” label released “First of the Big Bands”, album by Tony Ashton and Jon Lord. It was recorded in November 1971 – late 1973, at “Air Studios” and “Apple Studios” in London, and was produced by Tony Ashton and Jon Lord.

Personnel:

  • Tony Ashton – lead vocals, Hammond organ, piano
  • Jon Lord – Hammond organ, piano
  • Mick Clarke – guitars
  • Jim Cregan – guitars
  • Jerry Donahue – guitars
  • Peter Frampton – guitars
  • Pat Donaldson – bass
  • Carmine Appice – drums
  • Terry Cox – drums
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Cozy Powell – drums
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion, vibraphone
  • Dick Parry – saxophone
  • Howie Casey – saxophone
  • Dave Caswell – trumpet
  • Mike Davis – trumpet
  • John Mumford – trombone
  • Madeline Bell – backing vocals
  • Tony Ferguson – backing vocals
  • Jimmy Helms – backing vocals
  • Kenny Rowe – backing vocals
  • Graham White – backing vocals
  • Jo Ann Williams – backing vocals
  • Roger Willis – backing vocals
  • Martin Birch, Geoffrey Emerick, Alan Harris, John Middleton, John Mills, Bill Price – engineer
  • John Kosh – design
  • Peter Howe – photography

Track listing:

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

  1. We’re Gonna Make It
  2. Downside Upside Down
  3. Band of the Salvation Army (including Bringing in the Sheaves)
  4. Silly Boy
  5. Surrender Me – Tony Ashton
  6. Celebration
  7. I Been Lonely – Tony Ashton
  8. Shut Up
  9. Ballad of Mr. Giver – (including a reprise of Celebration)

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