Paice Ashton Lord was a short-lived British rock band featuring Deep Purple band members Ian Paice and Jon Lord with singer Tony Ashton. The band was formed in 1976, released its only album in 1977 and broke up in 1978.
After Deep Purple broke up in 1976, drummer Ian Paice and keyboard player Jon Lord created a new band, Paice Ashton Lord, with friend Tony Ashton, a British keyboardist and singer of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. After extensive auditions they chose Bernie Marsden to play electric guitar and Paul Martinez as the band’s bassist.
Tony Ashton had previously played with Lord on the 1974 album First of the Big Bands and on Lord’s Gemini Suite project in 1971, singing lead vocals on one track. He collaborated on Lord’s solo work and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover’s solo projects.
Soon after Ashton broke his leg falling off a stage in the dark at a London concert, the group was wound up. Lord, Marsden and later Paice joined David Coverdale’s Whitesnake. Martinez joined Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack for a short time, before joining John Otway for one album, and going on to play with Robert Plant. Later on, Paice played in Gary Moore’s band before he and Lord joined the re-formed Deep Purple in 1984.
Tony Ashton died of cancer on 28 May 2001, as did Jon Lord, of pancreatic cancer, on 16 July 2012.
The band recorded their debut album Malice in Wonderland at Musicland Studios in Munich in September and October 1976. The record was released in February 1977. The music included elements of rhythm and blues, funk and soul, with several tracks featuring a brass section and backing vocals from Sheila and Jeanette McKinley. Despite some critical appreciation, the album was not a great commercial success. A second album was planned but was not released.
Film of the band recording the album in the studio was later released as Lifespan.
The band appeared on the BBC2 & BBC Radio 1 simulcast series “Sight And Sound: In Concert”, in 1977, performing songs from “Malice In Wonderland”, plus “The Ballad Of Mr. Giver”, from Ashton & Lord’s 1974 album, First of the Big Bands. This recording was later released, subsequently with a DVD. (by wikipedia)
Recorded in 1977, on the tails of the post-Deep Purple supergroup’s Malice In Wonderland album, this extremely well-recorded broadcast catches the trio (and friends) stretching out in directions that the album itself never managed. On vinyl, after all, PAL sounded constricted, forever teetering on the brink of a no-holds-barred jam, but never quite mustering the strength to leap in. On stage, however, the improvisational instincts that Paice and Lord had built their very reputations upon were given full rein to spread and stretch.
All but two songs from the album are included, and each is effortlessly superior to its studio counterpart — “Ghost Story” is especially effective, while the funky motions that Malice hinted at explode into view. One cannot simply marvel at what was included in the band’s live set, however; one should also applaud Paice Ashton Lord for what they didn’t play. At a time when other ex-Deep Purple-ers were blithely grafting great swathes of that band’s repertoire into their solo shows, PAL resolutely avoided even a hint of such things. (For Ashton fans, meanwhile, there’s no “Resurrection Shuffle” either.)
The result is what could (and should) have been a whole new beginning for the three mainmen of PAL, and one of the best live albums you’ll find anywhere in the Deep Purple family tree. (by Dave Thompson)
Recorded live on 10th March 1977 at the Golders Green Hippodrome in London for the BBC’s In Concert-series.
Tony Ashton (keyboards, vocals)
Jon Lord (keyboards)
Paul Martinez (bass)
Bernie Marsden (guitar)
Ian Paice (drums)
Howie Casey (saxophone)
unknown background vocals
01. A Ghost Story (Paice/Ashton/Lord) 4-31
02. On The Road Again, Again (Paice/Ashton/Lord/Marsden) 5.25
03. Silas And Jerome (Paice/Ashton/Lord) 4.00
04. Arrabella (Oh Tell Me) (Ashton) 4.43
05. The Ballad Of Mr. Giver (Ashton/Lord) 7.28
06. I’m Gonna Stop Drinkin’ (Paice/Ashton/Lord) 5.16
07. Steamroller Blues (Taylor) 5.21
08. Lord Remember The Good Times (Paice/Ashton/Lord/Marsden/Martinez) 6.28
09. Sneaky Private Lee (Paice/Ashton/Lord/Marsden) 7.36