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I've been listening to the Gillan cd's during my work out and have to say they all stand up to anything Rainbow and Whitesnake put out yet they never caught on on here in the States. For the folks that live outside the States, were they big in your country? Thanks Much!
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I've been listening to the Gillan cd's during my work out and have to say they all stand up to anything Rainbow and Whitesnake put out yet they never caught on on here in the States. For the folks that live outside the States, were they big in your country? Thanks Much!



I think that the only Gillan album that got any airtime here in the States was 'Glory Road'. 'Running, White Face, City Boy' and 'Unchain Your Brain' got some radio play on the rock stations here in Toledo and Detroit, but that was about it.
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The Gillan albums are some of the best Purple spin-off albums bar none. I feel that they easily trounce any and all Whitesnake albums, and nothing from Rainbow after DOWN TO EARTH can compare either. They're just so furiously rocking and creative with the work of Colin Towns really helping them to stand apart from other bands of the time.
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For me, no DP spinoff comes close to Dio era Rainbow.
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I don' think none of Gillan (1978-82) albums were released in the US officially, but I could be wrong. Back in those times, if the album wasn't released stateside and the band wasn't touring there not many people there knew that it even existed. Sadly, that was the case of many great European bands.
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Gillan (Japanese import), Mr. Universe and Glory Road were very good, nothing after these was as coherent.
Live they were always a bit of a shambles, only Towns was a top player live and the sound at their live shows was always murky and a mess. However on a good night they were electric.
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I don' think none of Gillan (1978-82) albums were released in the US officially, but I could be wrong. Back in those times, if the album wasn't released stateside and the band wasn't touring there not many people there knew that it even existed. Sadly, that was the case of many great European bands.



You may be correct. As I mentioned above, Glory Road got some airplay where I live, so I figure that it must have been available. I'm not sure about the Japanese Album or Mr. Universe. You may have been able to get them in the mega stores, like Tower Records and Virgin in NYC or Chicago or some of the other large markets. Too long ago to really know.
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Gillan (Japanese import), Mr. Universe and Glory Road were very good, nothing after these was as coherent.
Live they were always a bit of a shambles, only Towns was a top player live and the sound at their live shows was always murky and a mess. However on a good night they were electric.



I always thought that they played pretty good, but your point is valid. IG was sometimes the factor. If you listen to the Oxford Poly concert, he was somewhat strained, but just a short time later, he was quite fine at the Gillingham show. Towards the end of 1982, he was getting rough. I always liked Underwood and McCoy. I was never thrilled with Torme or Gers, although I thought that they played well.

Either way, if you look up that Japanese concert where he was being interviewed by Japanese television and performing with his new band after disbanding IGB, I think that he was at his best then.
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Gillan (Japanese import), Mr. Universe and Glory Road were very good, nothing after these was as coherent.
Live they were always a bit of a shambles, only Towns was a top player live and the sound at their live shows was always murky and a mess. However on a good night they were electric.



I always thought that they played pretty good, but your point is valid. IG was sometimes the factor. If you listen to the Oxford Poly concert, he was somewhat strained, but just a short time later, he was quite fine at the Gillingham show. Towards the end of 1982, he was getting rough. I always liked Underwood and McCoy. I was never thrilled with Torme or Gers, although I thought that they played well.

Either way, if you look up that Japanese concert where he was being interviewed by Japanese television and performing with his new band after disbanding IGB, I think that he was at his best then.



I agree that IG was easily at his best in the IGB and the immediate aftermath. I saw Gillan a few times and his voice was really raspy every time. The last time (1982 in Corby Civic Hall!!) his voice was totally shot, completely gone.
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leelyt wrote:

Gillan (Japanese import), Mr. Universe and Glory Road were very good, nothing after these was as coherent.
Live they were always a bit of a shambles, only Towns was a top player live and the sound at their live shows was always murky and a mess. However on a good night they were electric.



I always thought that they played pretty good, but your point is valid. IG was sometimes the factor. If you listen to the Oxford Poly concert, he was somewhat strained, but just a short time later, he was quite fine at the Gillingham show. Towards the end of 1982, he was getting rough. I always liked Underwood and McCoy. I was never thrilled with Torme or Gers, although I thought that they played well.

Either way, if you look up that Japanese concert where he was being interviewed by Japanese television and performing with his new band after disbanding IGB, I think that he was at his best then.



I agree that IG was easily at his best in the IGB and the immediate aftermath. I saw Gillan a few times and his voice was really raspy every time. The last time (1982 in Corby Civic Hall!!) his voice was totally shot, completely gone.



That was his demise, really. He was thin at Oxford Poly, but real good at Gillingham in January, 1982, I believe. The stuff that I've heard from later in 1982 wasn't so good. Going to Sabbath after disbanding Gillan, was basically the end. He pulled off a few good shows, but only OK at best and not good the rest of the time. Oy! emoticon
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