Click here for home page

Click here

Contact Us | Customer Information | Privacy Policy | Audio Help

Main Menu
Submit a review
Album Reviews
Book Reviews
DVD Reviews
Sign up for newsletter
Get Your EMail Address
Submit your website
GILLAN ‘Live Wembley 17th December 1982’
Angel Air SJPCD152 (2004)


The last ever gig by Gillan now released on CD. The band didn’t know this was to be their last gig together as Ian Gillan was supposedly taking time-off for a throat infection but in fact turned up as the singer in Black Sabbath not long after! The band Gillan were doing well in the album and single charts at the time and playing arena-sized venues. The line-up was Ian Gillan on vocals, John McCoy on bass, Mick Underwood on drums, Colin Towns on keys and the recently recruited Janick Gers (ex-White Spirit) on guitars.

At over 70 minutes you get your money’s worth here with a mix of Gillan and deep Purple material. The band was on form with classics belting out like ‘Black Night’, ‘M.A.D.’ (where Colin Towns and Janick Gers let fly) and the Beatles cover ‘Helter Skelter’ (who remembers Vow Wow’s version of this?). Of course ‘Smoke On The Water’ is here and it’s time for Gillan to employ a series of bizarre vocal sounds! Interesting to speculate what the band would have done had Gillan not disbanded the group.

Gillan went onto Sabbath and Purple, plus some more solo albums; McCoy later appeared in Mammoth and McCoy; Gers is of course now in Iron Maiden; Underwood played sessions and Colin Towns has a very successful career as a soundtrack composer (just check the credits on UK TV programmes).

This is a worthy addition to a Gillan/Purple fans collection, with good sound quality throughout plus extensive sleeve notes.


Review by Jason Ritchie

Buy this CD

What's The Matter
© 2004 Angel Air Records. All rights reserved.

Related>> Album review

Related>> Interview (John McCoy)


***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

Featured Artists
Artist Archive
Featured Labels
Label Archive
Do you want to appear here?

get ready to rock is a division of hotdigitsnewmedia group