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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

NEWS: Not just.......for Gillan Fans Only!

Good news is afoot followers. A couple of years back there was a release on CD of all the Gillan albums, and a very nice Box Set of CD singles. Now on the near horizon comes the much anticipated vinyl release of five Gillan albums.....

Demon Records has announced the release of a new must-have Gillan vinyl boxset on 2nd September. ‘The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982’ will feature 5 chart albums - 7 LPs in total - including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc ‘For Gillan Fans Only’), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).

Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product: “It’s a wonderful thing, vinyl… Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves” - he comments, observing one of the records - “aren’t they cool. Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this music…enjoy”.

The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan’s highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/IanGillanExclusive
will also contain a bonus 7” single for Spanish Guitar. Other Gillan classics featured in this priceless collection include Sleeping On The Job, No Easy Way, Trouble, Mutually Assured Destruction, New Orleans, No Laughing In Heaven, Nightmare, Restless and Living For The City.
Full tracklist as follows:

Double Trouble - DEMREC172

Side A
I’ll Rip Your Spine Out
Men Of War

Side B
Hadely Bop Bop
Life Goes On
Born To Kill

Side C
No Laughing In Heaven
No Easy Way

Side D
Mutually Assured Destruction
If You Believe Me
New Orleans 

Future Shock - DEMREC173

Side A
Future Shock
Night Ride Out Of Phoenix
The Ballad Of The Lucitania Express
No Laughing In Heaven
Sacre Bleu

Side B
New Orleans
Bite The Bullet
If I Sing Softly
Don’t Want The Truth
For Your Dreams

Glory Road - DEMREC172

Side A
Unchain Your Brain
Are You Sure
Time And Time Again
No Easy Way
Sleeping On The Job

Side B
On The Rocks
If You Believe Me
Running White Face City Boy

Side C
Higher And Higher
Your Mother Was Right
Abbey Of Thelema
Trying To Get To You

Side D
Come Tomorrow
Dragon’s Tongue
Post Fade Brain Damage
Egg Timer
Harry Lime Theme

Magic - DEMREC175

Side A
What’s The Matter
Bluesy Blue Sea
Caught In The Trap
Long Gone
Driving Me Wild

Side B
Demon Driver
Living A Lie
You’re So Right
Living For The City

Demon Drive Reprise

Mr Universe - DEMREC171

Side A
Second Sight
Secret Of The Dance
She Tears Me Down
Mr. Universe

Side B
Puget Sound
Dead Of Night
Message In A Bottle
Fighting Man

Gillan was born on the ashes of the Ian Gillan Band in 1978, when Ian decided to abandon the jazz-fusion style of his previous project in favour of a more progressive direction, together with keyboardist Colin Towns. The band was dissolved in 1982 following the Magic tour, partly due to Gillan’s health issues with his vocal chords. Still in its brief existence they managed to release 5 top 20 albums and ride the popularity of the NWOBHM sweeping the continent.

Ascended to rock royalty status as the lead singer of Deep Purple, Ian Gillan continued making an impact on the rock scene, and has become an erudite elder statesman of the genre. He sang in the role of Jesus in the original Andrew Lloyd’s Webb’s Jesus Christ Superstar and he co-wrote and sang the iconic ‘Smoke on the Water’ among dozens of other hits. He has played to tens of millions of fans, and sold over one hundred million records.  To this day he approaches writing, recording and touring with the zeal, passion and commitment of an eighteen year old.