Absolutely on of the greatest voices of metal and hard rock ever, is Ian Gillan. Gillan is the former/current/former/current, etc lead vocalist of Deep Purple. He first left Deep Purple in 1977 and formed The Ian Gillan Band who released two albums before giving way to Gillan, the band. Gillan is not a "solo project" but was a band formed with bassist/songwriter John McCoy in July '78. The band stayed together through December of '82, after which time, Ian had a short stint with Black Sabbath before rejoining Deep Purple. Between all his many other solo projects including a solo album with Deep Purple's Roger Glover, Gillan (the band) put out a number of excellent albums, all of which are currently only available as imports. In later incarnations of Gillan, Janick Gers became the band's guitarist. Janick also performed on Bruce Dickinson's first solo album and now performs with Iron Maiden.

Mr. Universe Gillan - Mr. Universe (Virgin) 1979

1. "Second Sight" [instrumental] (2:33)
2. "Secret of the Dance" (2:54)
3. "She Tears Me Down" (5:08)
4. "Roller" (4:43)
5. "Mr. Universe" (6:14)
6. "Vengeance" (3:34)
7. "Puget Sound" (4:23)
8. "Dead of Night" (4:04)
9. "Messege in a Bottle" (3:09)
10. "Fighting Man" (7:28)
11. "On the Rocks" [live] (6:38)
12. "Bite the Bullet" [live] (5:38)
13. "Mr. Universe" [live] (7:20)
14. "Vengeance" [live](4:42)
15. "Smoke on the Water" [live] (10:10)
16. "Lucille" [live] (2:32)

Bernie Torme
Bernie Tormé

This is one of the best 70's Deep Purple albums, ah, I mean Gillan albums ever.  "Mr. Univers"e may not quite be the classic that was Purple's "In Rock" or "Machine Head" but it still an awesome album and better than some of the material Deep Purple  recorded after Gillan's departure. The album starts off strong with the atmospheric instrumental "Second Sight" only to explode into one of Gillan's fastest and heaviest songs "Secret of the Dance." "Vengeance," "Roller" and "Message In a Bottle" are all excellent songs as well. This Virgin reissue has six bonus cuts includung an excellent testosterone driven live versions of "Vengeance" with Ian Gillan giving the vocal performance of his life. There is also a dramatic live version of "On the Rocks" as well as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." Tracks 11-12 were recorded live at the Reading Festival, August 29,1981. Tracks 13-15 were recorded live at the Reading Festival, August 22,1980.

Glory Road Gillan - Glory Road (Virgin) 1980

1. "Unchain Your Brain" (3:11)
2. "Are You Sure" (4:05)
3. "Time and Again" (5:05)
4. "No Easy Way" (6:34)
5. "Sleeping on the Job" (3:11)
6. "On the Rocks" (6:39)
7. "If You Believe Me" (7:33)
8. "Running, White Face, City Boy" (3:11)
9. "Nervous" (3:44)
10. "Your Mother Was Right" (7:23)
11. "Redwatch" (3:42)
12. "Abbey of Thelma" (6:06)
13. "Trying to Get To You" (3:17)
14. "Come Tomorrow" (2:52)
15. "Dragons Tongue" (5:32)
16. Post-Fade Brain Damage (6:03)

John McCoy

An incredible British heavy metal CD by John McCoy and Ian Gillan. There is plenty of heavy axe grinding tunes on this disc, but there is also some killer blues based songs as well. "Running", "White Face", "City Boy" and "Unchain Your Brain" are the albums most vicious attacks. A live version of "Unchain Your Brain" made it onto the infamous "Live and Heavy" compilation. I also really like the blues based "If You Believe Me" as well. Really the entire disc is stellar. The bonus tracks are a nice addition. Most are experimental studio outtakes.

Future Shock Gillan - Future Shock (Repertoire) 1981

1. "Future Shock" (3:07)
2. "Night Ride Out of Phoenix" (5:07)
3. "(The Ballad) of the Lucitania Express" (3:12)
4. "No Laughing in Heaven" (5:00)
5. "Sacre Bleu" (3:04)
6. "New Orleans" (2:39)
7. "Bite the Bullet" (4:52)
8. "If I Sing Softly" (6:11)
9. "Don't Want the Truth" (5:41)
10. "For Your Dreams" (5:05)
11. "The Maelström" (5:09)
12. "Take a Hold of Yourself" (4:41)
13. "One for the Road" (3:02)
14. "Lucille" (2:34)
15. "Bad News" (3:06)
16. "Bite the Bullet" [live] (5:21)
17. "Smoke on the Water" [live] (9:01)

Ian Gillan and his band of rag-tag cohorts are masters at so many different styles, yet they manage to gel them all together so that the band sounds like they have direction, rather than running in twenty different directions. This particular album has it all; blazing fast rockers, with an almost punk edge, mid-paced rockers, hard British blues, and even the mellow ballad. The original vinyl version of this album came in a gatefold cover with a 16-page full color booklet that had photos, lyrics and additional artwork. This cd re-issue contains seven killer bonus tracks, including yet another live version of 'Smoke on the Water.'

Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan

Gillan - Mutually Assured Destruction (Virgin Records) 1981

1. Mutually Assured Destruction
2. The Maelstrom

Gillan were a recording machine in the early 80's. They basically lived in their studio, constantly recording. As such, there were a lot of singles released during this period. This particular 7" vinyl single is quite unique in that it's a a 16-page booklet with the single for "Mutually Assured Destruction" & "The Maelstrom". The story in the booklet is titled IVAN & REG (The Last Two Men on Earth) - A One Act Play by Ian Gillan. The title track is a song focused on the foolishness of nuclear war and worldwide destruction, as is the story in the booklet.

Double Trouble Gillan - Double Touble (Repertoire) 1981

1. "I'll Rip Your Spine Out" (4:30)
2. "Restless" (3:18)
3. "Men of War" (4:10)
4. "Sunbeam" (4:10)
5. "Nightmare" (3:15)
6. "Hadley Bop Pop" (2:50)
7. "Life Goes On" (5:11)
8. "Born to Kill" (9:27)
9. "No Laughing in Heaven" [live] (6:26)
10. "No Easy Way"  [live] (10:32)
11. "Touble"  [live] (3:04)
12. "Mutually Assured Destruction" [live] (5:13)
13. "If You Believe Me" [live] (8:26)
14. "New Orleans" [live] (6:01

"Double Trouble" is the fifth album from Gillan and was released during the heyday for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, when heavy metal was seeing a resurgence especially in Gillan's homeland. Many, including Ian Gillan himself, rank "Double Trouble"as the band's pinnacle; their finest moment. On the studio tracks producer Steve Smith manages to capture the raw, heavy feel of the band that was sometimes missing in past albums. The studio album featured two hit singles, “Restless” and “Nightmare”, which were unfortunately only released in Europe.

Back in the days before CDs "Double Trouble" was one of the most sought after LPs in my collection. Once I obtained it, it was one of my prized album. The album is titled "Double Trouble" because originally this was released as a double LP set with one record being the new studio material and the rest being live material, mostly taken from England's 1981 Reading Festival. The one exception is "If You Believe Me" which was recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre, March 4, 1981. The album was the first to feature guitarist Janick Gers, who replaced Berne Torme. Of course, Janick Gers went on to record with Bruce Dickinson and eventually joined Iron Maiden.

The CD insert is excellent and features some interesting liner notes by Chris Welch and comments by Ian Gillan and bassist/co-founder John McCoy. The original LP was a gatefold cover. 

Magic Gillan - Magic (Virgin/Japan) 1982

1. "What's the Matter" (3:31)
2. "Bluesy Blue Sea" (4:53)
3. "Caught in a Trap" (3:37)
4. "Long Gone" (3:56)
5. "Driving Me Wild" (3:00)
6. "Demon Driver" (7:19)
7. "Living a Lie" (4:27)
8. "You're So Right" (2:56)
9. "Living for the City" (4:27)
10. "Demon Driver" (Reprise) (:44)
11. "Breaking Chains" (3:28)
12. "Fiji" (5:21)
13. "Purple Sky" (3:24)
14. "South Africa" (4:03)
15. "John" (4:43)
16. "South Africa" [12" Extended Version] (7:18)
17. "Helter Skelter" (3:26)
18. "Smokestack Lightning" (4:07)

The last Gillan album before the big Deep Purple (Mach II) comeback in the 80's. Once again, Janick Gerrs is on board and has some writing credits on this disc, however it is the Gillan/McCoy/Towns team that do much of the songwriting and are the core of the band. Gillan's last disc is perhaps his heaviest and certainly one of his most complex and compelling. However, it's also his most slickly produced. Frankly, if some of these songs had been given a beefier, heavier production, this album would have been even better. There are fast rockers ('What's the Matter'), heavy Black Sabbath-like songs ('Bluesy Blue Sea'), blues based cuts, excellent covers and even a couple ballads all wrapped up into one excellent CD. Gillan, Gers, Towns and McCoy were certainly at their best here. Fortunately for fans of Deep Purple, Ian moved on and helped resurrect Purple. Unfortunately for those of us who were hooked on the team of Gillan, Towns, and McCoy, this would be the last of a long and musically rich relationship. *sniff* Excuse me while I go get a tissue.

The CD reissue features a slew of bonus tracks including Helter Skelter' a Beatles cover and 'Smokestack Lightning' a Howlin' Wolf cover. Both tracks were recorded for the album but were left off, for whatever reason.

Gillan - The Best of Gillan (Griffin) 1995

1.   "Trouble" (2:38)
2.   "New Orleans" (2:38)
3.   "Fighting Man" (7:25)
4.   "Living For The City" (4:26)
5.   "Helter Skelter" (3:26)
6.   "Mr. Universe" (6:14)
7.   "Telephone Box" (5:15)
8.   "Dislocated" (3:22)
9.   "Sleeping On The Job" (3:12)
10. "M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)" (3:08)
11. "No Laughing In Heaven" (4:56)
12. "Nightmare" (3:15)
13. "Restless" (3:17)
14. "Purple Sky" (3:24)
15. "Born To Kill" (9:27)
16. "Smoke On The Water" [live] (8:53)

"The Best of Gillan" should be properly titled "The Best of Ian Gillan" as this compilation is not a compilation of Gillan (the band) material. Rather, this is a compilation of Ian Gillan's many solo projects. Ian's solo material fluctuates; some of it is good, some is absolutely brilliant, some of it sucks! This makes any compilation of Ian Gillan material a mixed affair. The other thing is, I don't really care for "best-of" collections. Most of them are hap-hazardly thrown together by record companies that give little thought to the track listing or order. This CD seems to be no exception to that rule. However, back when this was released, none of his solo discs were readily available in the U.S. on CD. So, when I found this disc for a mere $3.99 I snapped it up. For the die-hard there is plenty of non-LP tracks, as well as a good smattering of Gillan/Towns/McCoy rockers and even a couple from the Ian Gillan & Roger Glover project. Personally, I could have done without yet another live version of "Smoke on the Water." I would much rather have had another Gillan track like "I'll Rip Out Your Spine", "Unchain Your Brain" or perhaps another rarity, of which there are plenty. Apparently Gillan and his cohorts were constantly recording at Gillan's home studio. so there is a wealth of non-album material. My personal favorite from this compilation are "Mr. Universe," "Born To Kill," and "M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)". There are some great songs on here, but I always keep the skip button handy.

Gillan Gillan - Live at the BBC-79/80 Vol I & Vol. II (Angel Air) 1999

Reading Rock Festival 25/08/79
1.   Interview With Ian Gillan (4:59)
2.   Sleeping On The Job (4:16)
3.   Mr. Universe (6:30)
4.   Dead Of Night (9:05)
5.   Roller (5:50)
6.   Vengeance (5:13)
7.   Smoke On The Water (7:53)
BBC In Concert 19/09/79
8.   Secret Of The Dance (3:39)
9.   Sleeping On The Job (3:57)
10. Mr. Universe (7:20)
11. Dead Of Night (7:42)
12. Vengeance (4:48)
BBC In Concert 09/09/80
1.   Unchain Your Brain (4:09)
2.   Are You Sure ? (4:42)
3.   Mr. Universe (6:44)
4.   No Easy Way (9:06)
5.   Trouble (3:25)
6.   If You Believe Me (8:20)
7.   On The Rocks (6:00)
8.   Nervous (4:07)
9.   Running White Face City Boy (3:38)
10. Vengeance (4:19)
11. Lucille (3:13)
BBC Friday Rock Show 27/03/80
12. Interview With Ian Gillan (2:26)
13. If You Believe Me (8:54)

Gillan "Live at the BBC" is a 2-CD set mostly drawn from the Reading Rock Festival on August 25th 1979 and the Paris Theatre, London on September 24th 1980. Some bonus tracks are featured on disc one were also recorded at the Paris Theatre in London on September 19th 1979. By the end of the 70's Ian Gillan had formed his new band Gillan and left the experimentation and jazz fusion of the Ian Gillan Band behind. Instead he jumped head-long into heavy metal, bridging a gap between the jams of Deep Purple and the heaviness of Judas Priest. The band at this point was Ian Gillan - vocals, John McCoy - bass, Colin Town - keyboards, Bernie Torme - guitars and Mick Underwood - drums. Many Gillan fans consider this to be the classic Gillan line-up, even though it only lasted for a few years.

The set list for disc one is mostly taken from "Mr Universe" as it was Gillan's only release at the time, though the band performs some non-album tracks and the obligatory cover of "Smoke on the Water". The sound quality is quite good for the "Reading Rock" recording. Though Gillan (the band) would get heavier with subsequent releases, "Mr. Universe" isn't really that heavy. However, on this live recording, the songs have more energy and are heavier than the studio recordings. Not unlike Ian Gillan's former band Deep Purple, Gillan tends to jam quite a bit, doing extended solos and extended songs. Live jams seem to be a lost art in heavy metal, but that art is captured on this recording.  Obviously a couple of songs are duplicated on the disc. There is also a pre-show interview with Ian Gillan about his "new" band and album.

Disc two features the band touring for their follow-up album "Glory Road". It was a much heavier album and with the NWOBHM movement in full swing, Gillan (the band) were quite popular in Europe. While Deep Purple were one of the original wave of British Heavy Metal, Gillan (the band) became a major band early in the new wave of heavy metal. The set list this time around features a nice mix of songs from "Mr. Universe" and "Glory Road" including the proto-speed metal song "Unchain Your Brain". The live set is closed out with a hyper-speed cover of Little Richard's "Lucille". Closing out the second disc is one song, the Led Zeppelin-esque "If You Believe Me," from the BBC's Friday Rock Show on March 27, 1980 and a short Ian Gillan interview. In the interview Ian talks about the song "If You Believe Me" and says it will show up in one form or another on the next record. Of course it did show up as a live track on "Double Trouble" some years later.

Considering this 2-CD collection contains over two hours of Gillan in their prime and the sound quality is good to excellent, it is a worthy addition to any metal fans collection. The 16-page CD booklet includes plenty of era-relative photos and plenty or reading material. This CD collection has also been released under the title "Dead Of Night - At BBC Vol. I & II" and "The BBB Tapes, Vol. I & II".

Live at Wembly Gillan - Live Wembly 17th December 1982 (Angel Air) 2004

1.   Second Sight (1:25)
2.   What's the Matter (3:50)
3.   Bluesy Blue Sea (4:27)
4.   Black Night (4:30)
5.   Trouble (2:56)
6.   Born to Kill (9:52)
7.   M.A.D. (4:27)
8.   Hadely Bop Bop (3:01)
9.   Dead of Night (3:35)
10. Thunderwood (3:13)
11. Bite the Bullet (2:44)
12. Gers Guitar Medley Volume 11 (7:47)
13. Smoke on the Water (7:09)
14. New Orleans (3:39)
15. Towns Toons (3:08)
16. Helter Skelter (6:30)

Recorded live at Wembley Arena, London, England in 1982, this live album from the archives of bassist and co-founder John McCoy is fantastic and contains the complete 70+ minute performance. What this CD documents is the band's very last performance before Ian Gillan split to join Black Sabbath. In '82 Ian Gillan announced that due to throat problems he would be taking a 9 month break from performing. No one thought it would be the end of a great band. In fact, not even the band members of Gillan thought anything of it. However, for a band such as Gillan they would regularly do 200 or more dates a year plus a couple of albums, I'm sure it seemed like an eternity. Gillan had steadily been building a fan base through the early 80's and were regularly selling out arenas and releasing albums that were quite popular in Europe and Japan. However, Gillan never was able to crack the market in the U.S. Still, Gillan were at the peak of their career in 1982 and no one really expected it to abruptly end. I can only imagine the shock on the band's faces when they read through the press that Ian Gillan would be joining Black Sabbath.

"Live Wembly 17th December 1982", therefore is a historic show and captures the band at their best. The album captures the British heavy metal band tearing through some of their best, from what was then a fairly large catalog. Surprisingly there is little material from the recently released "Magic" album, but instead the band charges through a setlist of songs from all their albums. (I was a bit disappointed that "Unchain Your Brain" wasn't included.) Otherwise, the setlist is outstanding including the Motorhead metal of "Second Sight", the chunky "Bluesy Blue Sea" and the epic "Born to Kill" with it's melodic keyboard opening by Colin Towns. From the Purple catalog there is "Black Night" and "Smoke on the Water", the later being a staple at every Gillan show. The band close out the set with a cover of the Beatles "Helter Skelter". The album also features an extended guitar solo from Janick Gers and a drum solo by Mick Underwood titled "Thunderwood". Despite Ian having some throat problems he sounds fantastic here. His high screams in "Hadley Bop Bop" are all there without reservation.

Angel Air Records put together a nice package with a 20-page informative full-color booklet with rare photos from the band members' archives along with extensive liner notes. The album is subtitled "The End Of the Glory Road". The band was Ian Gillan (vocals); John McCoy (bass); Janick Gers (guitar); Colin Towns (keyboards); and Mick Underwood (drums, percussion).


Accidentally on Purpose Ian Gillan & Roger Glover - Accidentally on Purpose (Virgin/Japan) 1988

1. "Clouds and Rain" (3:59)
2. "Evil Eye" (4:10)
3. "She Took My Breath Away" (4:33)
4. "Dislocated" (3:20)
5. "Via Miami" (4:58)
6. "I Can't Dance to That" (4:23)
7. "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave" (3:07)
8. "Lonely Avenue" (3:06)
9. "Telephone Box" (5:15)
10. "I Thought No" (4:30)
11. Cayman Island (2:35)
12. The Purple People Eater (3:56)
13. Chet (4:18)

OK, I know this is not a Gillan (the band) album, but if I created a separate page for all the ex-Deep Purple members and their various side projects, this site would be gigantic. Before their work with Deep Purple, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan already had a history together. The two were actually invited to join Deep Purple together in 1969, debuting with the band at the Speakeasy Club in London on July 10. What is surprising about this disc, and what shocked me when I first heard this disc was how much it did NOT sound like Deep Purple. This disc is surprisingly light and relies more on pop structures and cool R 'n B rhythms. There is the occasional rocker like "I Can't Dance to That," but otherwise this disc doesn't even touch the heavy metal of Gillan or the heavy rock and roll of Purple. What is most surprising is that I really like this disc. It's just good quality rock and roll and perhaps better than some of Deep Purple's more obscure albums. Their cover of Lloyd Price's "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave " is outstanding. "Telephone Box" is a very 80's sounding new-wave pop rock song, that is also featured on Gillan's best of album. The blues based, harmonica lead album closer "I Thought No" is another outstanding number and proves that Gillan and Glover are just as at home with their roots as with the hard rock they helped perfect. "Accidentally On Purpose" is a quality album that shows two veteran musicians stretching out and successfully trying other kinds of music.

I've actually owned this disc for many years, but recently upgraded to the Japanese copy with several excellent bonus tracks. The original UK Virgin release only contained ten songs, while the Japanese edition contains thirteen.

Ian Gillan - Naked Thunder (S&P) 1990

1. "Gut Reaction" (3:46)
2. "Talking to You" (3:36)
3. "No Good Luck" (4:12)
4. "Nothing But the Best" (3:46)
5. "Loving on Borrowed Time" (5:04)
6. "Sweet Lolita" (3:50)
7. "Nothing to Lose" (6:17)
8. "Moonshine" (2:46)
9. "Long and Lonely Ride" (3:48)
10. "Love Gun" (3:29)
11. "No More Cane on the Brazos" (8:13)

Not quite as aggressive, nor as heavy as the Gillan albums, 'Naked Thunder' seems a bit more like Ian Gillan attempting to appeal to a 'more mature' audience. Some of the songs on this disc, like 'Talking To You' could have fit on some of the newer Deep Purple discs, but overall this is much more mellow and pop oriented than anything I have heard from Ian Gillan. The ballads on this disc are outstanding, and surprisingly some of the most solid material contained herein. Unlike any other Ian Gillan disc, I would label 'Naked Thunder' as AOR. Gillan is a legend and his voice is one of the most recognizable in rock history, but somehow I just prefer him singing over the heavier music, or even the blues and funk based songs of his early career. The packaging for this disc is nice. The disc is wrapped around a digi pack that is unlike any I have seen before, then the digi-pack is wrapped with a slipcase of the cover art.

Gillan - Toolbox (S&P) 1991

1. "Hang Me Out to Dry" (4:02)
2. "Toolbox" (4:15)
3. "Dirty Dog" (4:10)
4. "Candy Horizon" (4:15)
5. "Don't Hold Me Back" (4:36)
6. "Pictures of Hell' (3:55)
7. "Dancing Nylon Shirt, Pt. 1" (3:38)
8. "Bed of Nails" (4:24)
9. "Gassed Up" (3:05)
10. "Everything I Need" (3:48)
11. "Dancing Nylon Shirt, Pt. 2" (3:02)

My opinion on this album seems to differ from the majority of reviews I have read. Most people seem to not care for this disc as much as earlier Gillan discs, but I am of the opinion that 'Toolbox' is one of the finest discs since those early albums. Ian's vocals are still quite amazing, his range is unbelievable. Songs like the powerful "Don't Hold Me Back" shows that Ian can still wail like he did in the days of 'Machine Head.' The high falsetto vocals are simply mesmerizing. Other tracks like the humorous 'Dancing Nylon Shirt' are simply catchy and infectious. The whole disc is heavier than Ian's last solo disc 'Naked Thunder' as well. One minor irritant is that despite the use of the Gillan logo, this disc is not really a Gillan-the band album. Gillan bassist/songwriter/producer John McCoy is nowhere to be found. Still, despite the absence of any other original members, Ian has always been the heart and soul of the band, as is quite apparent on 'Toolbox.'

Dreamcatcher Ian Gillan - Dreamcatcher (Caramba) 1997

1. "Chandra's Coriander" (5:20)
2. "Prima Donna" (1:57)
3. "All In My Mind" (4:12)
4. "That's Why God Is Singin' the Blues" (1:31)
5. "Gunga Din" (1:50)
6. "Hard On You" (4:46)
7. "Sleepy Warm" (3:53)
8. "Country Mile" (3:47)
9. "You Sold My Love For A Song" (4:26)
10. "A Day Late 'N' A Dollar Short" (

As the title and cover art suggest, Gillan is experimenting with more "Tribal" sounds on this disc. The album starts off with an acoustic number called "Chandra's Coriander" that mixes tribal sounding rhythms with melodic keys, an acoustic guitar and Gillan's enchanting vocals. The album continues in like fashion adding various instruments like sitars and congos. Several songs, like "Gunga Din" are more folk in nature. This particular song has an explanation in the liner notes by Ian Gillan. Apparently this song is about the death of his father and whiskers. (You gotta read the story to understand.) "You Sold My Love For A Song" is a Chicago-style blues number with some nice guitar work. All songs were performed by Ian Gillan accompanied by Steve Morris. Quite the mellow album for Ian Gillan, but catchy and enjoyable nonetheless. Can't say I like it as much as I do his 80's metal albums, or even his late 70's Jazz-Rock fusion experiments, but if I am in just the right mood it's a fantastic listen.

There are three different versions of the album. The European edition consists of twelve tracks, which was released in 1997.  The Japanese edition includes of two extra tracks and was also released in '97. The US edition was remixed by Bob Katz, the order of the songs was changed and it has a different cover. It was released in 1998. I own the US version (cover pictured above). I've yet to hear the European version, so I don't know how different the "remix" actually is.

Talisman Gillan ‎– Talisman: In The Studio & On Stage (Music Club) 2004

DISC ONE (In The Studio):
1.   Cherkazoo (2:09)
2.   The Bull Of Birantis (4:09)
3.   Hogwash (2:45)
4.   Driving Me Wild (Take Three) (2:18)
5.   Night & Day (5:35)
6.   Clear Air Turbulence (7:35)
7.   Goodhand Liza (5:28)
8.   Money Lender (5:40)
9.   Scarabus (4:56)
10. Mercury High (3:34)
11. Mad Elaine (4:19)
12. Gut Reaction (3:42)
13. No Good Luck (4:08)
14. No More Cane On The Brazos (8:13)
15. Hang Me Out To Dry (4:01)
16. Candy Horizon (4:16)
DISC TWO (On Stage)
Rainbow '77
1.   Child In Time (8:54)
2.   Woman From Tokyo (4:09)
Tokyo '78
3.   Message In A Bottle (3:19)
4.   Fighting Man (8:43)
Germany '81 
5.   No Laughing In Heaven (4:31)
6.   Bite The Bullet (5:16)
7.   If You Believe Me (9:46)
8.   Vengeance (4:08)
Wembley '82 (Mono)
9.   Black Night (4:31)
10. Trouble (2:55)
11. Mutually Assured Destruction (4:24)
12. Smoke On The Water (7:12)
13. New Orleans (3:38)
14. Helter Skelter (5:42)

Gillan - Talisman: In The Studio & On Stage" is a compilation chronicling Ian Gillan's career after departing from Deep Purple the first time. What's odd about this compilation is that it's made to look like a compilation of Gillan (the band) but disc one has not one single studio track from Dio. Instead most of the tracks are from the more experimental Ian Gillan Band. In fact, tacks 6 - 11 are all Ian Gillan Band tracks. The final five tracks are from Ian's 1990 solo album "Naked Thunder" and the first five tracks are from Ian's 1992 solo album "Cherkazoo and Other Stories".  Despite the slight misrepresentation, the material presented is all quite good. Ian Gillan left Purple to start his new solo band and he really did try something new. The Ian Gillan material is far an away not the heavy metal, hard rock and blues based rock of Deep Purple. The change in musical direction was towards the jazz/rock side of things with some funk influences as well. 

Disc two includes all live material and a good portion of it actually is Gillan material. Tracks 5 - 14 were all recorded with Gillan before Ian's return to Deep Purple in 1984. The first four tracks were all recorded with the Ian Gillan Band in the late 70's. Quite frankly I find this live disc to be the more interesting of the two, mostly because I am a big fan of the Gillan years. However, even the Ian Gillan Band live tracks are interesting here. The creative takes on Deep Purple's "Child in Time" and "Woman from Tokyo" are both fantastic. Of course "Smoke on the Water" is a Purple classic as well, of which there are hundreds of live versions out there. The one presented here from Wembly in 1982 is decent enough but is the least interesting of the live material. 

My copy is autographed by Ian Gillan. Though I cannot say I have ever met the man (I wish), my good friend John Hockley did have the opportunity to meet Ian and had him sign this CD cover. 

Gillan's Inn Gillan - Gillan's Inn (Immergent) 2006

1. "Unchain Your Brain" (3:19)
2. "Bluesy Blue Sea" (4:27)
3. "Day Late And A Dollar Short" (5:12)
4. "Hang Me Out To Dry" (3:59)
5. "Men Of War" (4:38)
6. "When A Blind Man Cries" (4:21)
7. "Sugar Plum" (4:54)
8. "Trashed" (4:07)
9. "No Worries" (5:02)
10. "Demon's Eye" (5:48)
11. "Smoke On The Water" (4:33)
12. "No Laughing In Heaven" (3:48)
13. "Speed King" (5:37)
14. "Loving On Borrowed Time" (3:03)

Ian Gillan is one of the foremost vocalists of heavy metal and hard rock. He has long been a favorite of mine, regardless if he was singing for Deep Purple, Black Sabbath or his on band Gillan. This CD was recorded and releasted to honor his 40th anniversary as a recording artist, so the songs on here aren't all new material. There are a few Deep Purple classics, including "Speed King". "Demons Eye" and a nicely reworked version of "Smoke on the Water". Some of my favorite material here is Gillan originals such as "Unchain Your Brain" and the humorous "No Laughing in Heaven". The biggest disappointment to me was "Trashed". I had always heard how much Gillan hated the production of the "Born Again" album, so with Tony Iommi on guitar I was expecting a smokin' heavy version of this Black Sabbath song. Unfortunately the reworked version falls flat in comparison to the original. The style of the music on this disc is not surprisingly, very diverse. However despite there being everything from blues to heavy metal present here, the album flows very well and is enjoyable to listen to from beginning to end. One thing that I found odd is that the mastering on this CD isn't quite up to par. I think the 5.1 DVD audio actually sounds the best, although I rarely, if ever, listen to music on DVD. I suppose it's also important to list the impressive guest list on this CD. "Gillan's Inn" features performances by Joe Satriani, Janick Gers, Uli Roth, Dio, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Pace, Micheal James Jackson, Steve Morese, Joe Elliot, Jeff Healey, Tony Iommi, Don Airy etc.

The DVD features a TON of bonus footage. The main feature is the 5.1 audio, but it's all the bonus features that make this DVD such a joy. There is a documentary on the making of the CD, a track commentary by Ian Gillan, hand written lyrics by Gillan, a photo gallery, and a section where you can listen to different guitarists and mixes of "Smoke on the Water", live videos of Deep Purple, and pre-ripped AAC and WMA files.

Gillan Iommi Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi - Who Cares (ear music) 2012

1. Out Of My Mind (5:19)
2. Zero The Hero (7:37)
3. Trashed (4:05)
4. Get Away (4:45)
5. Slip Away (5:27)
6. Don't Hold Me Back (4:39)
7. She Thinks It s A Crime (3:57)
8. Repo Depo (4:40)
9. Smoke On The Water [live] (6:41)

1. Holy Water (7:02)
2. Anno Mundi (6:15)
3. Let It Down Easy (4:33)
4. Hole in My Vest (3:40)
5. Can t Believe You Wanna Leave Me (3:12)
6. Can I Get A Witness (3:05)
7. No Laughing in Heaven [live] (6:07)
8. When A Blind Man Cries [live] (4:36)
9. Dick Pimple (10:04)

Back in 2011 Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi got together with Jason Newsted (Voivod), Jon Lord (Deep Purple) and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) to record a charity single titled "Out of My Mind". The project was recorded for the rebuilding and helping the music school in Gyumari, Armenia. The success of the single led to this 2-CD compilation of material that the two heavy metal legends have been involved in over the years and culls the talents of such legends as Ronnie James Dio and Glenn Hughes, among others. The CD compiles rare tracks, b-sides, live cuts and unreleased songs from Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and the many side projects that Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi have been involved in. From Sabbath there is "Anno Mundi" from the often forgotten Tony Martin-years. As well, "Zero the Hero" is resurrected from "Born Again". "Don't Hold Me Back" is a real gem from the Ian Gillan solo catalog. The song is from the album "Toolbox" and is easily on of Ian's more memorable solo songs (outside of Gillan, the band). There are a couple of golden tracks from Glenn Hughes and Tony Iommi, including "Slip Away" and "Let It Down Easy". Of course the real gems here are the two new songs from Iommi and Gillan. "Out of My Mind" is proof positive that these guys should be working together again. "Holy Water" is a bit more melodic and doesn't quite have the same crunch, but is a good song that reminds me of the more recent Deep Purple records. Of course, the re-worked version of "Zero the Hero" is also a collaboration of the two legends from Gillan's 2006 solo record. An unexpected surprise for this compilation is the live version of "Smoke on the Water". Of course the Purple classic has been released and re-released in so many different forms over the years that it's staggering. However, what took me by surprise was hearing a familiar voice singing duet with Ian Gillan on the song, Ronnie James Dio. The song was recorded live with the London Symphony Orchestra and is simply outstanding. The compilation ends with a ten-minute long jam session from Deep Purple that is oddly titled "Dick Pimple". My guess would be that the title is simply Gillan expressing his odd sense of humor. Despite the many styles of rock and heavy metal represented here, "Who Cares" is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end for anyone who is a fan of Gillan's solo work, Deep Purple or Black Sabbath.

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The Ian Gillan Band | Deep Purple
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