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Does anyone here agree that the Gillan solo material is way better than Whitesnake?
   Im not saying Whitesnake are not great,just that in my opinion if Gillans wife was better looking maybe he could have been bigger in America.

there is a joke in there somewhere.
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Does anyone here agree that the Gillan solo material is way better than Whitesnake?
   Im not saying Whitesnake are not great,just that in my opinion if Gillans wife was better looking maybe he could have been bigger in America.

there is a joke in there somewhere.



I preferred Whitesnake. The songs, lyrics, riffs and hooklines were much more memorable. I would always get each bands latest albums and would find myself putting Gillans away to collect dust within a few days of ownership while the Whitesnake collection and songs had a much more lasting impression. Songs like Walking in the Shadow of the Blues, Slide it In, Fool for Your Lovin, Slow n Easy, Bad Boys and one of my personal favorites Blindman have left a longstanding impression which has stood the test of time for me. On the other hand, there were only a couple of songs from Gillan that were remotely memorable and I've forgotten what they were. Gillan, after DP, had tried to get too prophetic and profound with his lyrics which in turn just made it all a mess while losing the listeners with generic heavy metal backing. Or as he even admitted from his earlier [sign in to see URL] of that twiddle dee crap from CIT or Scarabus. I thought Gillans strongest albums were Maqic and Glory Road (I've just forgotten everything from them and have no desire to re-visit) while AOP wasn't bad, but don't find myself listening to any of it anymore while I still listen to Whitesnake.
Coverdales lyrics, while being mostly cliche'd and sexist, were much more cohesive and conducive to the music while Gillans never were.
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I find it very difficult to compare Gillan and Whitesnake because the apporach to the music was totally different.

I like Gillan's early solo work (e.g. the songs compiled on the "Cherkazoo and other stories" CD), but I never really got into his later solo work, Mutually Assured Destruction and all these things. Compared to DP and Rainbow I found it boring.

Considering the musicians involved, I liked 1970's / early 1980's Whitesnake with Micky Moody, Jon Lord and Ian Paice much more than Gillan. The WS songs as such were quite simple and not too exciting for me, but the way the played them was great at times.

All in all, I never really was a fan of Gillan solo or Whitesnake. I always liked Rainbow more (except the final years before the 1984 split with Bürgi on drums), but that's not what the thread opener asked about.
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I have no idea what Gillan's wife looks like so I can't comment about that, but I like Whitesnake better. At one point half of Whitesnake was 60% of Deep Purple so it carried on the Deep Purple elements with a more blusie direction.

Gillan was OK, but I don't pay attention to his solo stuff like I did with Rainbow or Whitesnake.
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I don't know about better or worse. Like Witchy wrote, very different music despite the fact that both were labeled heavy rock at the time.

I love both bands, though now I don't really like listening to post- Slide It In WS. I felt alienated by 1987 even at the time, though I was really proud of their success.

Gillan's albums of the 1970s and early 1980s still sound fresh to me, though I think that apart from a few tracks, Magic sounds a bit forced compared to the earlier albums. Maybe he did end the band in the right time even if the reasons were not musical.

In conclusion, as I've often said in relation to the DP family, I'm really happy we have all this stuff.
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I don't know about better or worse. Like Witchy wrote, very different music despite the fact that both were labeled heavy rock at the time.

I love both bands, though now I don't really like listening to post- Slide It In WS. I felt alienated by 1987 even at the time, though I was really proud of their success.

Gillan's albums of the 1970s and early 1980s still sound fresh to me, though I think that apart from a few tracks, Magic sounds a bit forced compared to the earlier albums. Maybe he did end the band in the right time even if the reasons were not musical.

In conclusion, as I've often said in relation to the DP family, I'm really happy we have all this stuff.



I went the opposite way with WS. Although I loved the songs from the pre-1987 era, I always still thought there was something missing, either in the production or playing/attitude. I thought they should have gone harder. Most of the harder songs from pre-1987, sounded weak. I was glad when songs like Cryin in the Rain and Here I Go Again got a new life on the 1987 lp. Although the guitar playing was as Coverdale described it prior to 1987 as White Noise, it was what I thought was needed to bring life to the band. Although Vai and the other guy (Vandenburg?) do a good job of butchering Fool For your Lovin and Slip of the Tongue wasn't that good, the attitude and production brought the band to where I thought they should be musically. I know that goes against the general consesus here and everybody likes the more bluesy stripped down version of Whitesnake. I have their latest Bad to the Bone with the live album that goes with it and it's there that you can really appreciate Blackmores version of Burn over the widdlers he has now. The tone of their guitars is not quite powerful enough to cut through the mix when playing solos. Maybe it's their playing styles that can't cut through in a live situation. I think the two guitars work against each other and neither one cuts through. However, I still think the heavier Whitesnake is better than the pre-1987, maybe not song wise, but sound and attitude wise. Slide it In was a step in the right direction. My Favorite pore-1987 was a tossup between Slide it In and Ready an Willin. My favorite WS song is Blindman.
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I've always felt that the band Gillan along with Dio/Bonnet Rainbow were the absolute best Purple spin-off bands. Gillan, in spirit, was probably the closest thing to '69-'73 Mk 2 Purple. Everything from THE JAPANESE ALBUM through DOUBLE TROUBLE has a freshness and experimental edge to it. They weren't afraid to go for it and try anything. Great music, it's just too bad this stuff isn't performed live anymore.

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No way!
WS over Gillan anytime, any album.
Then again I prefer Coverdale over Gillan, but it's not just the voice, it's the whole package.
From the early bluesy days, to the almost Purple line-up to the fantastic 1987 and the great most recent albums, I think Coverdale's carreer is amazing.
Gillan was a good band, but to me will always sound like a B-band.
IGB was classy, but (the band) GILLAN was always a bit of a joke to me (mostly because of the poor rhythm section) despite the good songs they recorded.

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Two very different creative approaches, yet I liked both bands ; old Cov' and his bluesy commercial edge, and the more left-field stuff of the Towns/Gillan partnership.

They never served up the 'killer' labum they both threatened to do, but take the best dozen of so of their tunes and you could compile a very entertaining 'best of' !
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Two totally different bands with two totally different approaches to music, but Gillan all the way, by a mile. Whitesnake had some classic songs, but the albums as a whole were brought down by too many pedestrian or mediocre songs. When you add in Coverdale's lyrics, Whitesnake comes in behind Rainbow and Gillan both. In fact, I prefer Gillan's output from 1977 to 1982 over everything Rainbow did after LLRnR too.
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