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Before I Forget (album)

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Before I Forget
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 28, 1982
RecordedSeptember 1981 and February 17 - March 4, 1982 at Britannia Row, London
GenreFolk-rock, rock
LabelHarvest (original release & 2012 CD reissue)
RPM (1994 CD reissue)
Purple (1999 CD reissue)
ProducerGuy Bidmead, Jon Lord
Jon Lord chronology
Before I Forget
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Before I Forget is a 1982 album by Jon Lord, featuring a largely conventional eight-song line-up, no orchestra. The bulk of the songs are either mainstream rock tracks ("Hollywood Rock and Roll", "Chance on a Feeling") or, specifically on Side Two, a series of very English classical piano ballads sung by mother and daughter duo, Vicki Brown and Sam Brown (wife and daughter of entertainer Joe Brown) and vocalist Elmer Gantry. The album also features prolific session drummer (and National Youth Jazz Orchestra alumnus) Simon Phillips, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell and Mick Ralphs. Lord used synthesizers more than before, principally to retain an intimacy with the material and to create a jam atmosphere with old friends like Tony Ashton.[citation needed]

Track listing

All songs written by Jon Lord, except for "Say It's Alright" written by Jon Lord and Elmer Gantry.

Side One
  1. "Chance on a Feeling" – 4:06
  2. "Tender Babes" (O Ye Tender Babes) (Thomas Tallis, arr. by Jon Lord) – 4:04
  3. "Hollywood Rock And Roll – 4:06
  4. "Bach Onto This" (Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565) (Johann Sebastian Bach, Jon Lord arr. by Jon Lord)– 7:59
Side Two
  1. "Before I Forget" – 5:04
  2. "Say Its Alright" – 4:47
  3. "Burntwood" – 4:00
  4. "Where Are You?" – 5:00
CD reissue bonus tracks (1999)
  1. "Going Home"
  2. "Pavane" (Maurice Ravel, arr. by Jon Lord)
  3. "Lady"
  4. "For A Friend"


Production notes

  • Produced by Jon Lord
  • Assisted by Guy Bidmead
  • Engineered by Guy Bidmead
  • Assistant engineer: Mike Johnson
  • Mixed by Guy Bidmead and Mike Johnson
  • Recorded at Britannia Row Studios, Sep 1981 and Feb-March 1982


  1. "Bach Onto This (edit)" / "Going Home" (UK, March 1982)


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