Paice, Ashton and Lord was a rhythm and blues, funky-soul, rock band founded after the break-up of the British band Deep Purple in 1977. Ian Paice and Jon Lord, Deep Purple's drummer and keyboardist, joined friend Tony Ashton, a British keyboardist and singer, for this project; the band was completed with Bernie Marsden on guitar and Paul Martinez on bass.
Lord had joined Ashton previously to record the album The First Of The Big Bands in 1974. There was a BBC Live In Concert recording of this event that year. Ashton also collaborated on Lord's Gemini Suite project in 1971, in which he sang lead vocals on the first song. He took part in more of Lord's solo works and also in some of Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover´s solo projects. Ashton was also invited to participate in the Wizard's Convention editions 1, 2 and 3. One album was recorded as PAL, and also a video in which you could see the band recording their first album in the studio recording sessions. Called "Lifespan", they explain what were the inspirations & meanings of some of the songs. A follow-up was planned but never released.
The name of the first album was Malice in Wonderland and was released in 1977. It was re-released on CD in 2001 by Purple Records, and now includes thirty minutes of demos from the unreleased second album. A live DVD was due for release in late 2006.
Despite some critical appreciation, the album was not a great success. After Ashton broke his leg falling off a stage, the group was wound up. Lord, Marsden and later Paice enlisted in David Coverdale's Whitesnake. Martinez joined Stan Webb's Chickenshack 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, where Paice remains to this day. Ashton died of cancer on 28 May 2001
Original Album: 1/ Ghost Story, 2/ Remember The Good Times, 3/ Arabella, 4/ Silas & Jerome, 5/ Dance With Me Baby, 6/ On The Road Again, Again, 7/ Sneaky Private Lee,
8/ I'm Gonna Stop Drinking Again, 9/ Malice In Wonderland.
Bonus Tracks From Unreleased Second Album: 10/ Steamroller Blues, 11/ Nasty Clavinet, 12/ Black And White, 13/ Moonburn, 14/ Dance Coming, 15/ Goodbye Hello LA,
16/ Untitled Two, 17/ Ballad Of Mr Giver.