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Ian Gillan Band

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2.78 | 25 ratings | 2 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Scarabus (4:53)
2. Twin Exhausted (4:08)
3. Poor Boy Hero (3:08)
4. Mercury High (3:31)
5. Pre-release (4:22)
6. Slags To Bitches (5:09)
7. Apathy (4:19)
8. Mad Elaine (4:15)
9. Country Lights (3:16)
10. Fool's Mate (4:19)

Total Time 41:20

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Line-up / Musicians


- Ian Gillan / lead vocals
- Colin Towns / keyboards, flutes
- John Gustafson / bass, vocals
- Ray Fenwick / guitars, vocals
- Mark Nauseef / drums, percussion

Releases information


LP Island Records (1977)
LP Antilles 7066 (1977)
CD Virgin Records (1989)
CS Metal Blade 4-26333 (1990)
CD Warner Bros. 26333 (1990)
CD Eagle Rock Entertainment 048 (2002)

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IAN GILLAN BAND Scarabus ratings distribution


2.78
(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars This is the third Jazz-Rock/Fusion album from Ian Gillan. Compared with Clear Air Turbulence, Scarabus is more in line with Gillan's hard rock days in Deep Purple and the songs are shorter and less elaborated. But melodically strong. The musicianship is still excellent and they again create a hard-rock-jazz-rock- crossover. Collins Towns is a great keyboard player but there is much less room for him to stretch out on this album.

Personally, I am a bigger fan of Deep Purple than I am of Jazz-Rock/Fusion in general, but this album is quite good and is even up to par with many Deep Purple albums. And perhaps this is a good starting point for Deep Purple fans to get into Jazz-Rock, but for the Jazz purists Clear Air Turbulence is without doubt the better album.

Good, but non-essential

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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars 2.5 stars really!!!

This third album was released with a much more pleasant Monster artwork in North America, even if I don't really remember seeing another copy than mine, found in my then-fave second hand shop, Vortex Record, downtown Toronto. Obviously Gillan was doing something right since he was able to keep his veteran band running and on the road, but somehow with this album, it seemed inevitable that the end was near

Opening on the Purplish (Fireball-era) Scarabus, the album starts upbeat, but the next few tracks could've also been right down Purple's alley (Twin Exhausted on Who Do You..? or Mad Elaine from Machine Head) and let's face it, the whole album is pretty well that way. Scarabus certainly fails to build on Clean Air Turbulence's major progress and return on safer grounds, meaning that the talented band loses the freedom and space it had almost gained with the second album, and Towns' flute is nowhere to be heard as well. Actually, it is a bit of a shame so many tracks finish on fade-outs, because that usually where the band starts unleashing and you might actually hear the group member's wailing away into the oblivion of the fade-out. Even the bonus live track (elongated to 10 minutes) My Baby Loves Me cannot help the album shift into third gear and really get on with better things in music.

Just in case you're intrigued by this artwork I spoke above, you might want to go back to Vortex Record (no in uptown Toronto) to see if he's still got it, coz he bought it back to me a few months after I had shopped it from him. I can't see anyone else that would be interested in such a record. Definitely better than Gillan's first album on it's first side, but definitely not better than the second side or the CAT album. Best not ventured in, unless you like would-be Purple music, than it is interesting.

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