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IAN GILLAN BAND ‘Rarities 1975-77’ (Angel Air 2003)

A must for Gillan/Pruple fans as this draws together demos/rare tracks for the first three albums released by bthe Ian Gillan Band - the jazz rock era as it’s known to many fans. The line-up varied over this period but guitarist Ray Fenwick and drummer Mark Nauseef remained constants. Add to this the musical skills of bass players John Gustafson and fellow Deep Purple member Roger Glover plus three keyboard players appear over these tracks - Colin Towns (now a renowned TV music composer), Mike Moran (QUEEN/SAS BAND) and Mickey Lee Soule (ex-ELF/RAINBOW).

Highlights are many including the 60’s style ‘Down the Road’, the straight rockin’ ‘My Baby Loves Me’ and the ballad ‘Reaching Out’, which builds up nicely from a gentle piano start. There are Deep Purple tunes including a live ‘Smoke On The Water’ and the re-recorded ‘Child In Time’ - much slower on here, with more percussion filling in the quieter moments. John Gustafson takes lead vocal on ‘Vindaloo’, with lyrics from the David Coverdale school of subtlety! He also sings on ‘You Get What You Ask For’ and the weakest track on this CD ‘Raped By Aliens’. There is even some space rock here with the 10 minutes plus instrumental ‘Let It Slide’, where guitarist Ray Fenwick comes into his own.

A great CD package with very informative sleeve notes by Jerry Bloom. A must for Gillan fans and anyone who likes the varied sounds that were 70’s rock.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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© 2003 Angel Air Records. All rights reserved.

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

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