Tag Archives: Ian Gillan

Album review: DEEP PURPLE – A Fire In The Sky

Deep Purple - A Fire In The Sky

Parlophone [Release date 15.09.17] British classic rock legends are still going strong, and basking on the back of the rather wonderful ‘iNfinite’ album, released earlier this year. And while compilations may be so common they’re on a street corner with … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – inFinite

DEEP PURPLE - inFinite

earMUSIC [Release date 07.04.17] 2013′s ‘Now What?!’ found Deep Purple in rude good form and backed up by a well received UK tour.  With more UK dates in November 2017, inFinite doesn’t quite match the sheer audacity of that album … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEP PURPLE – Live At The NEC

Eagle Rock [Release date 26.08.16] In September 2002 Deep Purple took to the stage at the Birmingham NEC to bid a fond farewell to legendary keyboard player Jon Lord, who had earlier that year retired for health reasons. Having previously … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEEP PURPLE – 02 Arena, London, 3 December 2015

DEEP PURPLE - 02 Arena, London, 3 December 2015

One of the first lessons I ever learned in rock school was it was an (un?)holy British trinity of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple who effectively invented heavy rock, or heavy metal as it was later badged. You … Continue reading

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Album review: GILLAN – The Albums Collection

GILLAN - The Albums Collection

Edsel [Release date 16.03.15] Boxed set, limited edition, 6-disc It is evident from these albums that singer Ian Gillan had an amazing band that, for whatever reasons, worked incredibly well.  Several top 10 albums and singles for a start.  As … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEP PURPLE with Orchestra – Live In Verona

DEEP PURPLE with Orchestra - Live In Verona

Eagle Rock [Release date 30.10.14] Deep Purple and orchestras go back a long way – to 1969 when John Lord composed The Concerto for Group and Orchestra with lyrics written by Ian Gillan and which was first performed by Deep … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICK UNDERWOOD’S GLORY ROAD – Sunbury Cricket Club, 5 September 2014

Second time seeing Mick Undewood’s band who play mainly Gillan tunes, with a couple of songs from Quatermass, his earlier band. Arriving at the cricket club to find the car park packed I thought maybe Mr Gillan himself was performing! … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Purpendicular (reissue)

Deep Purple - Purpendicular

Hear No Evil Recordings [Release date 16.06.14] Deep Purple’s current album ‘Now What?!’ was a favourite of 2013, and ‘Purpendicular’ shows its blood line: the very first Purple album with guitarist Steve Morse in 1996.  As ever it captures the … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – In Concert ’72 (2012 Mix)

Deep Purple - In Concert

Parlophone [Release date 16.06.14] The music industry is a great place for recycling.  Never more so than in terms of album reissues and one wonders why the powers that be cannot render definitive versions from the start? This BBC recording … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEP PURPLE – Perfect Strangers Live

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers Live (DVD)

Eagle Records – Out Now Deep Purple have experienced eight main member reshuffles since they first formed in Hertford back in 1968, however, it has been universally accepted that it is the work of the Mark II line up (Gillan/ … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Live At Montreux 1996 and 2006

Deep Purple - Live At Montreux

Eagle Records [Release date 7.10.13] This packaging of three Deep Purple Montreux appearances is part of a new mid-price series ‘Eagle Classics’.  And it’s a great way to catch up on favourite bands, especially if you didn’t shell out earlier … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEEP PURPLE – Manchester O2 Apollo, 12 October 2013

Deep Purple - Manchester O2 Apollo, 12 October 2013

He may have disappeared once too often behind the drum riser to what appeared to be a ‘recreation’ area – no doubt with full access to ‘Strictly’ – but Ian Gillan is not quite ready to join the pipe and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE: Now What?!

Deep Purple - Now What?!

earMUSIC [Release date: 29.04.13] I remember seeing Purple on their 2009 tour and, between albums, it all seemed a bit lack-lustre with a perfunctory trawl through the familiar golden nuggets. Fast forward to their 19th studio album and the band … Continue reading

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