Door: Jan Smit
Either you love it or you don’t: organ dominated rock songs. Over the years rock music has produced several iconic organists and landmark songs featuring a distinct organ sound. Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) and Rick Wakeman (Yes) are obvious examples. Just listen to ELP’s Pictures at an Exhibition – based on the classical piece by Russian composer Mussorgsky – and you’ll be blown away by sheer organ power. Like ELP, Dutch organist Rick van der Linden and his band Ekseption – one time favourite of mine – found much of their musical inspiration in pieces from classical composers like Ludwig von Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. Ekseption’s signature sound was for the larger part defined by Van der Linden’s organ (and piano) skills.
As far as legendary organ defined rock songs are concerned, Child In Time by Deep Purple is one of the tracks that stand out. Although Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar solo and Ian Gillan’s voice equally make their mark on this seventies highlight, it is Jon Lord’s organ that gives the song its unique quality. It is probably no coincidence that Australian organist Lachy Doley has been asked to cooperate on a new rendition of Deep Purple’s Highway Star to honour Jon Lord, who passed in 2012. Its frontman dubbed the Hammond Organ’s Jimi Hendrix, the Lachy Doley Group are due to release their third album Conviction in the Benelux in July 2015.
This album not only provides justification for the Jimi Hendrix reference, but it also shows that Lachy is a competent blues singer. His passionate and even sometimes raw way of singing makes sure the tracks have the depth that makes the blues an authentic music genre. As I said at the beginning of this review: either you love it or you don’t. Regardless of which side you’re on, Conviction is an album that deserves a listen. This collection of mainly blues songs – of which Conviction and Use Me are highlights – shows that Lachy Doley is capable of creating an interesting and captivating mold of blues rock based on his organ skills and massive voice.
Must-listens from Conviction:
- Too Late
- Use Me