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Don Airey — Mini Suite

Listen to a track from Don Airey’s new solo album Keyed Up. The track is called Mini Suite and features contribution from the late Gary Moore (hint: guitar on the first two sections is actually by Simon McBride).

Thanks to Classic Rock for the info.

23 Comments to “Don Airey — Mini Suite”:

  1. 1
    Dave Hodgkinson says:


  2. 2
    Deborah Sztajnberg says:


  3. 3
    Dra Martha Minero says:

    Escuche la melodía sabes que no se de musica pero me gusto saludos.

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    MacGregor says:

    I was listening to this a few days ago at Classic Rock. The middle instrumental section really does bring back Colosseum 2 memories, that prog/fusion type of thing! It sort of reminded me of ELP also, the organ, bass guitar & drum music. ELP didn’t have a talented lead guitarist! Cheers.

  5. 5
    Alan Robertson says:

    I clicked the image on the HS page and got the YouTube link.

  6. 6
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    Oh. That’s obvious.

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    Ana Schorin says:

    Mestarimuusikko Don Airey !

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    henrik h says:

    They should have asked Rick Wakeman to join Purple after Jon left.

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    Cissoux Ventududu says:

    great sound !

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    byron says:

    If you like Don,listen to Cozy Powell’s Over the top.What a great album!Featuring Cozy,Don,Gary Moore(RIP both),Bernie Mardsen,Jack Bruce,Dave Clemson and Max Middleton.Including the original cover of “the Loner”(a Middleton’s piece) featuring Clem Clemson on guitar (Clemson’s version is so much better than Gary’s IMO) and incredible Jazz rock impro a la Colosseum featuring Don,Gary ,Cozy and Jack Bruce

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    henrik h @8;

    NOT! DA is the best possible replacement. Wakeman would only sound like Wakeman, where DA covers JL well and does himself well too. DA has been in pretty much all the Purple splinter groups and blended in Purfectly with Present Purple. I can’t imagine a more suited Keys Master for the job. He would have been my first pick and he has proven as such to be the right choice.


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    Rudy Tamasz says:

    Please, not Wakeman. He would be incredibly boring as he was. I’d love to hear Purple play with Colin Towns but that wasn’t going to happen.

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    MacGregor says:

    henrik h@8- As much as I am a big Yes fan & Rick Wakeman is by far the most successful keyboard player of any from the big name bands, he wouldn’t workout in Purple IMHO. He doesn’t play the Hammond much at all, not like Lord, Emerson & Airey! Wakeman & Tony Banks (Genesis) are the two most melodic & versatile keyboard players from the big bands, Emerson also! Brilliant players, but he (Wakeman) is a ‘busy’ player a lot of the time & I just couldn’t see that working in Purple! Jon Lord was a more ‘straight ahead’ type of keyboard player, heavy & incredibly versatile. Vincent Crane from Atomic Rooster was another heavy Hammond player. He always made me think of Jon Lord in a way! Crane would have worked out in Purple, only trouble is, he passed away back in 1988 or thereabouts! Don Airey was the ‘natural’ fill in for Lord, which as we know became the perfect replacement in many ways!
    It is an interesting thought though! Cheers.

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    al says:

    @ 8

    they should have asked Jeff Beck after Ritchie left for Rainbow! cmon man it doesn’t work that way !

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    byron says:

    Don’t forget Frank Wilson…Great Hammond player in Nick Simper’s Warhorse and very close to Jon’s style.And wearing the same moustache!

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    henrik h says:

    Rick Wakeman would be able to hold his own in the musical battle w/ Steve. Lord in many cases surpassed Blackmore when soloing. Checkk out Aachen 1970.

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    al says:

    @16 in the 70’s Blackmore was the driving force(LORD admits that)not to diminish the might Lord,but I guess Blackmore made very body better around him and challnged Lord to become whatever he became later on,the Master of Keys!

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    MacGregor says:

    henrik h@16- Wakeman would have no trouble holding his own with any guitarist, including Morse no doubt. But I just don’t think his style of playing would fit in Purple! I could be wrong of course, & we will never know, but I just can’t hear or see that working out somehow! Cheers.

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    henrik h says:

    The songwriting of DP has gone progrock. They have forsaken the style of hardrock. The tunes could very wellhave been written by Yes.

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    Thunderhawk says:

    @ 19

    Deep Purple always had some sort of progrock fibe going on, take for instance the ”Concerto for group and orchestra”, one of the earliest work Deep Purple did has written Progressive rock all over it, and live they could also be very progressive, take for instance the ”Made in Japan” album, Space Truckin’ more then 20 minutes of progressive hardrock madness.

    And besides that with every member switch within Deep Purple changed the sound of the band, sure from 1969 to 1974 they where very hardrock for sure, but after Ritchie left it became more of a funkrock/soul band, and before 1969 they where more like a psychedelic pop act.

    Then a brief moment somewhere around 1985 they where even a little more Heavy metal then they where hardrock.
    And with the switch they made fron Gillan to Turner they even became more of a AOR rock band.

    Yes, nowadays progressive rock is what the band does best, this because of the fact that Airey and Morse came from a more Progressive rock background instead of a Hardrock/blues based background, whitch where more the basis for Lord and Blackmore.

    But to say Deep Purple always was a hardrock band before Airey and Morse joined isn’t true.

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    henrik h says:

    Deep Purple always played riffbased rock. Progrock is artrock a la Crimson and Yes, odd meters and intricate chords. Purple never had that until Blackmore left. I don”t think this formation is able to write a riffbased tune.

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    MacGregor says:

    henrik h @19- The only similarities between Purple & Yes are, 1- they commenced their careers circa 1968, 2 -they are both a 5 piece band & 3 – they both have had a huge influence in rock music over the past 4 decades or so! There is nothing that sounds like Yes songwriting on recent Purple, or any Purple. It is an entirely different entity in every other way!

    Thunderhawk @20- I agree, your comment is a good analogy indeed!

    henrik@21- I think Vincent Price is a riff based song for a starter. Regarding the ‘prog’ bands, I would say only Tull & Crimson were riff based at times. Genesis , Yes & ELP were ‘classical/jazz’ inspired rock bands, amongst other things! Kansas were also a riff based ‘prog’ band. I keep forgetting to mention that awesome band when I talk ‘prog’, their 70’s material in particular is mind blowing. Also some of the 2 Morse Kansas albums! Brilliant! Cheers.

  23. 23
    Kenn says:

    Blackmore, Lord and Paice are Deep Purple without all three Deep Purple is a bandwagon pay day.

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