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IAN GILLAN BAND

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After leaving Deep Purple in 1973, singer IAN GILLAN engaged in a number of unsuccessful business ventures, such as a motorbike manufacturing company and a hotel. As a consequence, in 1975 he decided to resume his musical career, putting together a new band. To this purpose he recruited a number of seasoned British and American musicians, including former QUATERMASS bassist and vocalist John Gustafson, and former ELF drummer Mark Nauseef. Initially called Shand Grenade, the band soon changed its name to IAN GILLAN BAND.

The IGB's first album, called "Child in Time" after the Deep Purple classic, and produced by former DP bassist and Gillan's longtime friend, Roger Glover, was released in 1976. In the same year, original keyboardist Mike Moran was replaced first by Mickey Lee Soule (ex-ELF and RAINBOW), then by Colin Towns, who played on the band's next album, 1977's "Clear Air Turbulence". This album saw the IGB take a definite jazz-rock/fusion direction, which unfortunately ended up alienating most of the fans of Gillan's hard rock past.

The band had some success in Japan, but failed to gain anything more than a cult following in Europe or North America. Their next album, "Scarabus" (1977), released at the height of the punk rock phenomenon, was a flop in spite of its rockier sound; that caused their label, Island Records, to drop the band. When the IGB split the following year, the singer retained keyboardist Colin Towns and formed a new band, called simply GILLAN, which saw him return to a more distinctly hard rock sound. A live album, recorded at Tokyo's prestigious Budokan Hall, was released posthumously in 1978.

Raffaella Berry (Raff)

Discography:
Child in Time (1976 - studio album)
Clear Air Turbulence (1977 - studio album)
Scarabus (1977 - studio album)
Live at the Budokan (1978 - live album)

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2.62 | 31 ratings
Child in Time
1976
3.79 | 47 ratings
Clear Air Turbulence
1977
2.78 | 25 ratings
Scarabus
1977

IAN GILLAN BAND Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 10 ratings
Live At Budokan
1978
3.40 | 5 ratings
Ian Gillan Band Live At The Rainbow
1998

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Live at The Rainbow 1977
2003

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4.00 | 5 ratings
The Rockfield Mixes Plus
2004

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 The Rockfield Mixes Plus by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2004
4.00 | 5 ratings

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The Rockfield Mixes Plus
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Clear Air Turbulence' was the second album from the fledgling Ian Gillan Band, the one where Ian made a concerted effort to move away from being just as the singer in a hard rock band. This was the one where jazz and funk made it's way to the forefront ? and it is probably the addition of one Colin Towns who brought this element in with him. But 'CAT' isn't the album I'm reviewing here, or is it? This is the album as it was originally mixed, before Ian decided that he wasn't happy with it and took it back to Kingsway Recorders. Instead of releasing it and going on tour, Ian cancelled the gigs and the album wasn't released until April 1977 ? a different beast to the one now in the player. Somewhat unusually for Angel Air, this is a reissue of one of their own albums, as it originally came out in 1997 but here it contains there extra songs and an interview with Ray Fenwick.

This is an album that is quite experimental in nature, but what is never in doubt is that at this point Ian was still in his prime, with some great vocals and don't be in doubt, there are some fine songs on here. "Money Lender" has a funk and rock style with some great horns and percussion. This outfit was really tight and while it may not be one that Purple fans will readily pick up, this is a strong release. Mind you, the live version of "Smoke" does show that Ray could distort it and crank it up with the best of them. www.angelair.co.uk.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.79 | 47 ratings

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Clear Air Turbulence
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well this was interesting. Ian Gillan the voice that roared for DEEP PURPLE decided to record some music that was quite different from what we were used to hearing from him. As Tom Ozric states, this is a hybrid of Rock and Progressive Jazz. It took quite a few listenes for me to even like it because it reminded me of the late seventies so much. I've grown to appreciate it though for what it is and feel it's a low 4 star offering.

"Clean Air Turbulence" opens with the synths creating some atmosphere then it kicks in before a minute with vocals. The bass and drums are very active. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes and we get some guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. This reminds me of STEELY DAN. It kicks back in at 6 minutes with horns helping out. "Five Moons" opens with flute and atmosphere as the wind blows. Mellow keys take over as reserved vocals join in. It kicks in at 2 minutes but it's brief although the contrasts will continue. A relaxed sax solo after 5 minutes. Excellent tune. "Money Lender" sounds like LYNYRD SKYNYRD until the horns blast away but then it's back to that Southern Rock flavour. The vocals get theatrical at times. A Jazzy vibe follows then it kicks back in before 4 minutes.

"Over The Hill" has prominant drums to start as vocals and more join in. Some screams before 2 1/2 minutes. A nice instrumental section a minute later. Some vocal expressions after 5 minutes too. "Goodhand Liza" opens with percussion and it never stops. Vocals before a minute. Cool song. "Angel Manchenio" opens with atmosphere and intricate sounds. A change before 2 1/2 minutes with vocals. This reminds me of STEELY DAN again. Another change after 4 minutes with floating organ and intricate sounds. It then picks up.

This has really grown on me after the original shock of my first listen. For Jazz / Rock fans.

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.79 | 47 ratings

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Clear Air Turbulence
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Wonder where I was with this one! I guess it had more to do with the fear of some Whitesnake clone creeping in through the Deep Purple door and never gave this a proper chance at all. It turns out that the content of this remarkable album lies in conspiring against the obvious and search out new musical horizons , strangely for Ian the Howler he opted for a jazz-rock format , more like Colosseum II than anything else .He chose to surround himself with some powerful second tier musical talents such as the devilish bass-meister and party-monster John Gustafson (ex-Quartermass and Roxy Music, among many others) , the delectable guitarist Ray Fenwick who crossed paths with Traffic cop Steve Winwood in Spencer Davis Group and Elf's Mark Nauseef who never quite showed this much yank flexible polyrythm on the Dio band's albums. The tunes are fringe progressive rock due to unknown Colin Towns keyboard and flute presence.

While the title track rolls along like a fizzling livewire , spewing out frizzy axe splashes and fussy singing by the Montreux man , welded together by some solid bass and drum work, the sloppy "Five Moons" is just an excuse for a savage sax blowout from Phil Kersie . "Money Lender" is more like Spooky Tooth-like in structure, Ian screeching (Goodness is he ever good at that, like only he can), funky clavinet punching through the brass backdrop, trumpets ablaze. The results are satisfying only because the track has been fleshed out by some zany soloing. "Over the Hill" stretches out further the basics, a fine Fenwick "Look, I can play like Carlos Santana" series of licks and then of course, you have Gillan "Look, I can shriek like Carlos Santana can play guitar", then toss in a slippery synth solo from the urbane Mister Towns (oooo, nasty pun!), some impromptu drum solo riffing from the Yank as well as some silly bass swirls and abrasive guitar ramblings that ultimately explode into a maddening solo. And what do you get? A cool song. Darn, I mentioned the Latino guitar phenomenon and ........TADDAAH on "Goodhand Liza", the band proposes something akin to the Journey debut album, when Gregg Rollie was still in charge and still carrying the Santana aroma with him , building a brash, spicy and polyrhythmic stew led by Gustafson's hectic bass . "Angel Marchenio" has a dreamy, funky tempo that provides a fine platform for a good story (his blood brothership with a Spanish gypsy dancer) and another thoroughly enjoyable instrumental expansion. I am glad that I finally got this and also ashamed it took me so long to get it.

Fully concur with the illustrious signora Raff, the title cut and Over the Hill are superb slices of just plain good music. But the rest is high quality funky music nevertheless.

Oh, one of the weirdest cover artworks ever which explains my >

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 Child in Time by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.62 | 31 ratings

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Child in Time
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Child in Time" is the debut full-length studio album by UK hard rock/jazz rock/fusion act Ian Gillan Band. The album was released through Polydor/Oyster in July 1976. As the bandname suggests Ian Gillan Band is led by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. Ian Gillan left Deep Purple and ultimately the music industry in 1973 to pursue a business career, but he wasn´t very successful at that and in 1975 he decided to put together a band and make a comeback. He put together a band of seasoned musicians. Among others his former Deep Purple colleague Roger Glover (synthesizer, kalimba and vocals), former Quatermass bassist/vocalist John Gustafson and former Elf drummer Mark Nauseef. The band was originally called Shand Grenade but the band soon decided for a name change to Ian Gillan Band. I guess they felt that Ian Gillan´s name could attract some attention to the new band and they were probably right.

The music on the album is bluesy hard rock with soul elements and occasional jazz- rock/fusion rythms. They would explore the latter element much further on their next release but on "Child in Time" it´s only hinted at. The songs are well performed and the album is well produced but there´s not much bite in the songs. This is certainly not in the vein of the more raw and hard rocking early seventies Deep Purple releases. "Child in Time" is generally a much more polished and tame affair. Even the cover of the Deep Purple classic "Child in Time" comes off a bit too nice. But as I said this is a professional piece of work and an overall decent album, which has it´s moments. It just doesn´t make my blood boil and therefore I´d say a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is fair.

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.79 | 47 ratings

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Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Who ever though that Ian Gillan after departure from Deep Purple in 1973 will form couple of years later a jazz rock/fusion band, when his roots, musicaly speaking, were entirely in hard rock zone, it was just an unexpected move from him. The resulty is Ian Gillan Band who manage to release 3 albums, the second one named Clear air turbulence being the best for sure from the all 3. Originaly released in spring of 1977 with a solid line up like predecesos , musicians coming from diffrent already well known prog and rock bands like bassist John Gustafson from Quatermass, excellent drumer Mark Nauseef from Elf fame, etc. With this band Gillan was trying diffrent things then what he done with Deep Purple and for that matter he optained for a jazz rock almost fusion music. Even the Deep Purple influence can easely be heared in Money Lender, the rest of the album are entirely towards jazz rock even some funk parts are present with almost clear direction to Return to Forever for example . To tell the truth I was very very impressed by this album and I guess is the best Gillan evr done outside Deep Purple. The rythmic section is absolutly killer is just enough to liste to the title track, what a drumer is Nauseef, amazing, not to mention the guitar player or the angaiging and inventive keybords arrangements made in - Colin Towns . Also he left aside almost entirely his hard rocking roots only in minor parts are present as on Money lander, and he infuse progressive rock parts combined with horn section and even some flute is present in some parts, the result is pretty amazing, at least for me this combination works very well here. Not a weak moment on this album, better then the first and third, Clear air turbulence remains as one of the better albums from late '70's in jazz rock,maybe to much time over looked in comparation with other names. Gillan voice is good as ever, giving a solid vocal partiture on every piece from mellow register to the usual screm parts. Very good solid and the musicianship is top notch here. recommended, I was very pleased what I've heared.4 stars easy.

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.79 | 47 ratings

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Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by The Quiet One
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4 stars Jazzy Turbulence!

Ian Gillan, what a guy! Who the hell expected jazz fusion from a Deep Purple member? Okay, there was Tommy Bolin, but a singer? And not any singer, the one and only Ian Gillan. This is just so unexpected that it'll either please or annoy people.

Myself, I'm very pleased with this very original effort. It's not A-class jazz fusion, but all the musicians on board know how to play their instruments and Ian Gillan's vocal performance couldn't be more varied and in better shape.

Ray Fenwick, the guitarist, impersonates Ritchie's soloing in bits while John Gustafson delivers simple though funky bass lines throughout. The drumming is good and Colin Towns' keyboards are a great part of this album, delivering some ambiences as well as splendid synth solos that are not your typical Fusion synth solos.

The compositions, while not anything out-of-this world nor very complex, they hold the listeners attention with interesting change of paces and memorable solos, though it's mainly Gillan's astounding voice that takes your attention. In the title track the vocals are well in the Purple-style with power and kind-of bluesy, though in 'Money Lender', a half-rocker, half-fusion, Ian delivers one of his most impressive screams. On 'Five Moons' however, he delivers one of his most sweet and beautiful performances, definitely my favorite song from this album, since besides the vocal performance there's a really nice guitar solo and a powerful and well-fitting sax.

'Over the Hill' is as good as the title track, while 'Goodhand Liza' is rather awkward due to the percussion and how the song develops, it's the only song I would say that is uninteresting. The Ian Gillan Band leaves the best for the end though, 'Angel Manchenio' with a wonderful 2 minute instrumental introduction and the cherry on top of the cake would be the highly original synth solo from Colin.

In the end, 'Clear Air Turbulence' is an original, though by no means complex or very inventive, jazz fusion record with a splendid twist, that being having one hell of a vocalist leading the compositions.

4 stars: Highly recommended if you're a fan of Jazz Fusion and of Ian Gillan's voice.

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.79 | 47 ratings

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Clear Air Turbulence
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Chris S
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I remember when this was first released seeing it on the record stand, brightly displayed artistic cover and yes the ex Deep Purple man with his new release. Needless to say I jumped in at the next available booth, earphones snugly in place, excited expectations and as the record shop owner went through the motions of commencing the vinyl spin I kicked back with visions of live in Japan.Visons of a sudden slap to the back of my head morelike.

Naturally I was quite shocked to hear all the brass and jazz soaked music. Probably one of my earliest experiences of jazz infused prog,maybe Cat Steven's Foreigner the first or Osibisa, but the title track was extremely satisfying music to hear that left me wanting more of the same. " Five Moons" followed and this is also a great song but after that my attention span started to wane. Most prog heads will agree that awesome prog is that good that even a shopping mall fire alarm would not get your attention or even a beautiful woman. But the second side of Clear Air Turbulence left me looking elsewhere and it's shortcommings whilst still very good like " Over The Hill" it just did not deliver the same set of consistency. The dangers of Vinyl I guess and an excuse to look around. Needless to say I did not buy the album but was glad to tape it from a friend and have enjoyed it over the years. It does show Ian Gillan at his diverse best, it also shows that collaborations as far back as 1977 with the likes of Ray Fenwick make one realize how gifted these musicians were.A very good album. Three and a half stars.

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 Child in Time by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.62 | 31 ratings

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Child in Time
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This album is Ian Gillan's solo debut after he left Deep Purple in early 70-s. Released on small Oyster label, he didn't succeed, mostly because he didn't offer much to ex-Deep Purple fans.

Looking on this album as independent product, open ear listener can find some nice moments though. First of all - "Child In Time", remake of the possibly the best Deep Purple 's song. Not too much similar to original, no way better than it, it offers softer, warmer and much more emotional version. With many progressive rock elements and excellent Gillan's vocals.

Five first songs (all A-side) are all short and more straightforward heavy funk-rock numbers with some r'n'b elements, great Gillan vocals, but not too complex. Even if not so great, these songs are worth listening unless you hate funk in your music or are hungry to listen pseudo-symphonic organ passages once again.

Then please pay attention to line-up: ex Spencer Davies Group guitarist Ray Fenwick, ex-Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson and jazz-rock drummer Mark Nauseef (Elf, Velvet Underground), between others. Album's music is more aerial, funky, even jazzy in moments, but at the same time could be compared with heavy funk-rock Deep Purple works (with Glenn Hughes).

In all, not the best Gillan's album, but really worth listening, especially if you're interested in early heavy funk-rock albums from late 70-s.

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Child in Time
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Tom Ozric
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3 stars Vocalist Ian Gillan is best known as the powerful singer during DEEP PURPLE's most popular phase, D.P. being one of the legendary bands of early Hard-Rock/Proto-Metal. Becoming tired of doing the "same old thing ", Gillan tried to distance himself from the music bizz altogether. After spending a considerable amount of time as a motorbike mechanic, he decided on re- igniting his rock-singer career by assembling a band of professional musicians and set about recording an album , as he had many snippets of music and lyrics taunting his creative side. The band comprised of Bass-ace John Gustafson, guitarist Ray Fenwick, drummer/percussionist Mark Nauseef (whose instrument list would supply almost 50 words of this review !!) and keyboardist Mike Moran, whose rig consisted of the usual prog requirements of a Hammond, ARP 2600, Fender Rhodes, Solina String synth etc. The result was this album, 'Child In Time', named after an amazing D.P. composition from their superb 'In Rock' release, and also featured a spaced-out, meditative re-make of the song. But as it is, side 1 offered the listener with 5 short songs, funky, compact and commercial. The lyrics are rather trite "ooh, baby" done macho fashion. Lyrics aside, the track 'Shame' is the pick of the bunch here (at least for this listener) and the over-wrought, soulful ballad 'Down the Road' being quite repulsive. The best parts of these songs offer some inspired drum-work and mildly colourful keyboarding. Flip-side, the aforementioned version of 'Child In Time' is almost spiritual, beautiful and extremely relaxing. This shows an amazing contrast to the more aggressive original. Well worth hearing. The other track, 'Let It Slide', is an almost 12 minute piece showcasing atmospheric percussive arrangements, funky grooves backed with a flanged bass, and some Gilmour-esque slide guitar. The sung verses don't take up too much of the song. The lengthy instrumental break comprises of a slowly intensifying melody with a tasteful Rhodes e-piano, slide guitar and a simple but effective ARP synth solo (quite bluesy, though), and returns to the vocal section and jams out for the final few minutes with some more slide guitar and noticibly elaborate percussion. Overall, this is just a teaser of where Gillan and his band's direction was heading - their next album 'Clear Air Turbulence' would prove to be the fruits of their labour. 3 stars.

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 Clear Air Turbulence by GILLAN BAND, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1977
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Clear Air Turbulence
Ian Gillan Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars Second album from the ex-Purple screaming singer, this time with a slightly altered backing band line-op, where Colin Towns and his flute take over the keyboard slot, the other major change being that there is a horn section, often a bit embedded in the music as CAT is not a Glover production. Graced with a wasp-coloured spaceship on irs cover, the album is quite a different beast than its predecessor, as CAT is probably the only valid reason for IGB's presence in our beloved Archives. Indeed newcoming Collin Towns very jazzy feel on his keys seem to direct the whole group to a jazzier play on the 6 tracks (only).

After the excellent opening title track (where the brass section is caught in the sludge at first but gradually emerges at the end), comes another slightly jazzy Five Moons, but this time quite slow. The rockier Money Lender is obviously a shot at the leaches surrounding the group, whether service providers or eternal deadbeats, and without its middle jazzier section, this track could've found its place on a Purple album. Note that in concert, this track is strongly expanded as is the title track.

The funky/jazzy Over The Hill was another concert fave, but there are some disputable synth sounds, but we get some good old screams from Ian complete with a reworking of Smoke On The Water in its second part. One of the most bizarre tune on this album is the ultra-funky and percussion-laden Goodhand Liza, and it is followed by the Latino Manchenio, developing a South American feel and some very fusionesque soloing midway through the track. Santana's mid-70's is not far away from this. Certainly IGB's better album, it is also their proggiest by far and despite Gillan's singing on every track, it can safely be recommended to most fusion fans. It's a little sad that IGB could never duplicate or confirm this effort, though.

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