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Ian Gillan Band

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Sean Trane
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4 stars Wouldn't you have guessed it?? After returning to a Purple song format in Scarabus, that Ian Gillan and his band would go on to return to live "old glory" moments in the Budokan theatre in Tokyo, where the Japanese crowds are sooooo easy to please and way over-appreciative. Recorded after the band's Scarabus album, I suspect this was probably among the last gig of the IGB well that band with that line-up)

Opening on the excellent title track of the second and best album CAT, the IGB take their time building up, thus almost doubling its length, something they will do for Money Lender (from the same album) as well and to a lesser extent Over The Hill (also from CAT), while . Oddly enough, the band chooses to alternate tracks from CAT and Scarabus and give us three from each, but as you can easily guess, the CAT tracks win easily with their infectious grooves and enthralling solos, compared to the sterile tightness of Scarabus tracks. Of course, what sucks here is that Gillan lives on Purple glory and more or less two thirds of the second album is devoted to Purple tracks, including the obligatory (but atrocious) Woman From Tokyo.

Well although I find this album a bit of a shame, living on a certain past, it does have some moments, particularly when bordering on the jazz-rock passages and the fact that the band was probably better life than in the studio, I could be tempted into saying that this Live at Budokan is all you need from the IGB, but CAT might be worth a second look.

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Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is an interesting one, following his departure from the mighty Purple, uncle Gillan decided to get away from the harder edged rock, and try his luck with the more sophisticated "jazzy" approach. Most Gillan & Purple fans were cut a'bit off-guard with his venture into the fusion territory. After releasing "Child in Time" (1976); "Clear Air Turbulence" (1977) & "Scarabus" (1977). It was time to return to the famous venue and record a few shows. The latest incarnation of this release (2007) sports a total of 10 tracks. It features the full setlist including "My Baby Loves Me", which had been omitted from the previous releases.

As far as the performance is concerned, it is great! The recording quality, not so much. Even the re-issued version sounds a little muddy, but all in all worth a listen. Some of the most memorable moments for me personally are the somewhat longer, and shall we say "jazzier" versions of: "Money Lender", "Child In Time" but especially the Purple classic "Smoke On The Water" which clocks just under 10 minutes!

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