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I’m sure there’s been many postings on this subject previously, however…..I submitted a review earlier in the week of Mick Underwood’s glory road’s recent London gig and have been listening to a lot of Gillan since and reflecting on what a fine body of work those 5 LPs consist of.

As I mentioned in my review the music feels pretty fresh and unlike DP and other spin offs hasn’t been endlessly overexposed with declining quality of live performance. The other side of this of course is that Gillan has also been somewhat forgotten.

To my mind the tunes stand up really well and have a strong prog feel courtesy of Colin Towns themes and song writing with IG, seems to me more of the tunes are keyboard based than guitar, particularly so with the last LP ‘Magic’.

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I burned a cd from a playlist based on the setlist you posted in the other thread. Its the best "Best Of" compilation not out on the market! emoticon
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heh [sign in to see URL]! I've had the BBC In concert 1980 Paris Theatre on all [sign in to see URL]!
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It was a great band alright. I think Mr. Universe is best by far, but all albums are enjoyable and have true gems to them.

Maybe the band is not as well known as other spin-offs because it consisted of fairly non-spectacular musicians. Even Towns, whose was fantastic was not, well, a stand-out for the grand public. McCoy was a real sight, but hardly a very clever player - not that it matters, again, for the grand public. But with hindsight, maybe it does.

Live, the band was slightly iffy, even with Gillan being a vocal force few if any could hope to really challenge. The band seemed to lacked the dynamics WS and Rainbow had. In a way, Gillan was more timeless than those bands as it was pretty straight-forward rock.

They were very successful for a time and should be far better remembered.

Fighting Man, Sleeping in the Job, She Tears Me Down, No Easy Way, Restless, Living for the City, New Orleans, No Laughing in Heaven... I need to listen to some of this stuff again shortly. The last time I did was when I bought the singles box set.
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Bluesy Blue Sea was the last song I heard before I got home [sign in to see URL] I can say is that might be in my Top 5 Gillan [sign in to see URL] everything about it.
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Yes Gillan is somehow neglected these days.
They had quite strange mix of progresive, punk and rock and roll elements, that made them quite different because they would not easlily by qualified NWOHM, nor hard rock nor punk.
Live they were not as powerfull as Rainbow or Whitesnake (but 80 ties rainbow was also far below Dio days live performance).
But frankly speaking i will find personally more great songs in Gillan alone this period than in comparable Whitesnake or Rainbow.
Towns was a star of the Gillan Lineup.

In general I noticed that begining of the 80 ties until 84 was probably best period in hard rock gentre music just after begining of 70 ties.
Sabbath, Whitesnake, Gillan, Rainbow, Ozzy released some great music. That was never beaten. Purple perfect strangers and Slade in it just ends the golden era of classic 80 ties and then "eighties sound" comes to the fore.
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Agree with you guys! It's unfair that somehow Gillan always come third, talking about the spinoff bands. Maybe because they never had an "atlantic crossing" moment like Whitesnake and Blackmore did? Were they "too british" to reach a wider recognition? Or is it the managment's fault in choosing to put them in every theater available for months, instead of concentrating on bigger events (Donington, Monsters of Rock, etc.)
Anyway, a great band, adventurous, always going for it, extreme and fun! Agree also in giving credit for their quality to Towns songwriting and playing skills.
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...and their ability to get up onstage in the clothes they just rolled out of bed in emoticon

A friend of mine saw them at Center Stage in Canton, MI on the Glory Road [sign in to see URL] it was one of the loudest shows he'd ever been to but that they were great!
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From the Japanese album (the one after the insipid jazz stuff) to Magic Gillan -the band- always had at least one or two belters on each LP.
I agree that live they were patchy, more down to the band members than Ian himself. I was never a big Bernie Torme or McCoy fan, though Colin Towns IMHO was right up there as one of the giants of the Purple family spin-offs.
Fighting Man, Mr Universe and Born to Kill- superb!

Bluesy Blue Sea stands out for me as one of the Gillan songs Deep Purple could have written or performed at the time.

Yet my favourite is Toolbox- more a solo album , but consistently good throughout!
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Wow found another Toolbox fan...
last truly great Gillan simple fast hard rock album... with Great melodies, riffs energy... and it all without keyboards.
Toolbox, Dont Hold me Back, Candy Horison or Pictures of Hell are all Gllan classics.
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