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Could there possibly be a single rock fan on this planet unfamiliar with the name Ian Gillan? Very unlikely. Best known as the lead singer of the legendary group Deep Purple, Gillan took part in over forty musical projects, from guest appearances to solo albums, each time proving his extraordinary talent.
Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive re-releases of the selected albums from Ian Gillan’s discography: “Naked Thunder”, “Toolbox”, “Cherkazoo & Other Stories”, “Clear Air Turbulance” (Ian Gillan Band), “Scarabus” (Ian Gillan Band) and “Accidentally on Purpose” (Gillan/Glover).
Naked Thunder
Gillan’s solo album from 1990, released soon after his departure from Deep Purple. It features a varied selection of songs, with one of Gillan's most passionate and impressive performances in "Loving On Borrowed Time" and "No More Cane On The Brazos". All of the songs except "Moonshine" (Gillan/Morris/Buckle) and "Brazos" were written by Ian Gillan and Steve Morris. The material ranges from hard rock that feels a bit like Deep Purple to more balladic sort of works.
Gillan’s sixth solo cut, was released in 1991. The album was immediately recognized by the critics as Gillan’s return to the old Deep Purple sound, particularly comparable to the albums “In Rock” and “Machine Head”. The fact is that “Toolbox” is so far Gillan’s most hard rock-oriented solo offering. The eerie 80’s-like production (courtesy of Chris Tsangarides) and the Randy Rhodes sounding guitars made up for a truly spectacular album. Some of the most prominent tracks from “Toolbox” are surely the opening rocker “Hang Me Out to Dry” (with brilliant performance by ex-Mountain guitarist Leslie West), the beautiful ballad “Don’t Hold Me Back” and “Pictures of Hell”, written by Gillan after his experiences of seeing the aftermath of the Armenian  Earthquake in 1989. Needless to say that the album is still considered as one of Gillan’s best efforts among his solo offerings.
Cherkazoo & Other Stories
A collection of 18 extremely rare solo tracks recorded between 1973 and 1975. The first eight tracks (six songs, two dialogues) are taken from the previously unreleased soundtrack to Cherkazoo, a children's story Gillan labored on in the early '70s. The remainder of the record is devoted to sessions Gillan cut between his departure from Purple in 1973 and the beginning of his solo career in 1976. Both items are equally sought-after among collectors, but outside listeners will undoubtedly be taken with Cherkazoo, a delightful collection of psychedelic pop and whimsical British music hall numbers. These are utterly charming songs, sounding like Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles or early pre-Space Oddity Bowie, and having all the appeal of the best obscure British psychedelia. The early solo sessions find Gillan in more familiar territory, hard rock. Don't expect Deep Purple type music on this CD but if you do love just plain great music by a vocalist you will be very glad that you have this album.
Clear Air Turbulance (Ian Gillan Band)
“Clear Air Turbulence” is the second full length album by Ian Gillan Band, released in 1977. When Ian Gillan was recording his solo albums in the late 1970s and early '80s, Deep Purple's influence never went away. But Gillan did make an effort to try different things, and he was at his most experimental on “Clear Air Turbulence”. Instead of the hard rock/heavy metal sound of his former band, we have here is a mix of funk, soul, R & B, gospel, jazz rock/fusion with just a bit of hard rock for good measure. While the singer favors an aggressive hard rock groove on "Money Lender," the jazz fusion-influenced touches of "Over the Hill," "Goodhand Liza" and the title song could lead you to believe that you'd been listening to Weather Report and Return to Forever.
Scarabus (Ian Gillan Band)
“Scarabus” is the third album by Ian Gillan Band, released in 1977. It successfully mixes the jazzy stuff from the “Clear Air Turbulence” period with the intensity of the later/Gillan period, for a perfect balance. “Scarabus” represents Ian's attempt to both give the public what they wanted (screaming and long solos) while remaining true to his original vision of Ian Gillan Band. What resulted was one of the best records of its era, packed with well-written songs and deft fusion arrangements spiced up with some heavy tunes.
Accidentally on Purpose (Gillan/Glover)
“Accidentally on Purpose” is a pop-rock album by Ian Gillan & Roger Glover, released in 1988. While Deep Purple was in the middle of "House of Blue Light" concert tours, settling their ongoing internal battles and routine studio recordings, Gilland and Glover decided to take a little time off and head back to the studio. The material they had in mind was a huge step aside... Anyone that hadn't paid close attention to the post-Purple careers of Gillan and Glover may have been shocked by the sound of their reunion album. In fact, many Purple fans might be shocked as well, since “Accidentally on Purpose” is hardly reminiscent of any of the group's records, relying almost entirely on synthesizers, pop melodies, introspection and breezy rhythms. It's state-of-the-art album-rock for 1988 that manages to incorporate homages to their roots while illustrating that they had a broader stylistic sweep than anyone expected. There is a broad range of styles here — not just hard rock, but sunny tropical pop on "She Took My Breath Away" and "Cayman Island," roadhouse R&B on their cover of Lloyd Price's "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave," dense horn-spiked pop/rock "Dislocated," blues on "I Thought No" and synthesized roots rock on "Via Miami". If you are more open-minded to a very professionally done, artistic and diverse music, that’s the album for you.
New edition includes 3 bonus tracks!
All albums will be re-released in a new digipak edition each limited to 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 2nd November.

Ian Gillan
“Naked Thunder” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1344 DG
Barcode: 5907785035720
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre:  hard rock
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Gut Reaction
2. Talking To You
3. No Good Luck
4. Nothing But The Best
5. Loving On Borrowed Time
6. Sweet Lolita
7. Nothing To Lose
8. Moonshine
9. Long And lonely Ride
10. Love Gun
11. No More Cane On The Brazo
Ian Gillan
“Toolbox” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1345 DG
Barcode: 5907785035737
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre: hard rock
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Hang Me Out To Dry
2. Toolbox
3. Dirty Dog
4. Candy Horizon
5. Don't Hold Me Back
6. Pictures Of Hell
7. Dancing Nylon Shirt Part1
8. Bed Of Nails
9. Gassed Up
10. Everything I Need
11. Dancing Nylon Shirt Part2
Ian Gillan
“Cherkazoo & Other Stories” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1346 DG
Barcode: 5907785035744
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre: hard rock
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Intro 
2. Cherkazoo 
3. Monster In Paradise 
4. The Bull Of Birantis 
5. Intro 
6. Hogwash 
7. Driving Me Wild (Take One) 
8. Donkey Ride Dream 
9. Trying To Get To You 
10. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby 
11. Driving Me Wild (Fast Take) 
12. Music In My Head 
13. You Make Me Feel So Good 
14. She Called Me Softly 
15. Driving Me Wild (Take Three)
16. You Led My Heart Astray 
17. A Little Share Of Plenty 
18. Night And Day 
19. Hidden Track
Ian Gillan Band
“Clear Air Turbulance” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1348 DG
Barcode: 5907785035768
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre: Jazz Rock/Fusion
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Clear Air Turbulence
2. Five Moons
3. Money Lender
4. Over The Hill
5. Goodhand Liza
6. Angel Manchenio
Ian Gillan Band
“Scarabus” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1347 DG
Barcode: 5907785035751
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre:  Jazz Rock/Fusion
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Scarabus
2. Twin Exhausted
3. Poor Boy Hero
4. Mercury High
5. Pre-Release
6. sl*gs To Bitches
7. Apathy
8. Mad Elaine
9. Country Lights
10. Fool's Mate
11. My Baby Loves Me
“Accidentally on Purpose” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1343 DG
Barcode: 5907785035713
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre:  pop / rock
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Clouds And Rain
2. Evil Eye
3. She Took My Breath Away
4. Dislocated
5. Via Miami
6. I Can't Dance To That
7. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
8. Lonely Avenue
9. Telephone Box
10. I Thought No
Bonus tracks:
11. Cayman Island
12. The Purple People Eater
13. Chet
Gillan’s adventure with music started in 1962, when he became the lead singer of a band called The Javelins. Two years later he fronted Wainwright's Gentlemen, before ultimately joining Episode Six in 1965. In 1969, during one of Episode Six’s concerts, Gillan was noticed by Deep Purple members Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. After the show they asked Gillan if he would be interested in replacing Deep Purple’s original vocalist Rod Evans. The rest, as they say, was history – Gillan became Deep Purple’s most acclaimed singer, contributing to such classic offerings as “In Rock” (1970), “Fireball” (1971) and “Machine Head” (1972), all of which brought the band world-wide success. After recording “Who Do We Think We Are” in 1973, Gillan left Deep Purple and retired from the music industry to pursue a career as a businessman. Two years later, however, he began performing on stage again, this time with his very own group called The Ian Gillan Band. After releasing four albums the band decided to shorten the name to Gillan in 1978. They continued to record new material, giving the world such masterpieces as “Mr. Universe” (1979), “Future Shock” (1980) and “Magic” (1982). In 1982 Gillan announced the disbandment of his group, as he himself needed to rest his damaged vocal cords. From that moment on, his voice was never the same…
Gillan returned to the music scene for the second time in 1983, when he was asked to replace Ronnie James Dio in Black Sabbath. He accepted the offer and took part in the recording session for Black Sabbath’s eleventh album – “Born Again”. This was followed by an excessive tour, after which Gillan parted ways with Sabbath. The year 1984 brought Gillan’s long-awaited reunion with Deep Purple, followed by the release of the classic album “Perfect Strangers”. The singer recorded one more album with the band – “The House of Blue Light” – until he was fired in 1989. Nevertheless, he rejoined again in 1992 for the recording of Deep Purple’s fourteenth album – “The Battle Rages On…”. After the departure of Ritchie Blackmore during the 1993 tour, Deep Purple hired Steve Morse and from that time on, Gillan remains the band’s constant member.
After rejoining Deep Purple in 1984, Gillan decided to give his solo career one more shot. The first solo album released under his full name – “What I Did On My Vacation” – saw the light of day in 1986, followed in 1988 by “Accidently On Purpose”, recorded with Roger Glover. Gillan is still performing to sold-out audiences in major arenas all over the world - 48 countries last year. His long awaited new solo album 'One Eye to Morocco' was released earlier this year.

Metal Mind Productions - Promo Dept.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2009 at 12:54
This is what happens when your discography is added to PA... huge amounts of re-releases are needed to quench the thirst of the afficionados!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2009 at 14:27
Note that only the IGB releases qualify for the site though.Wink
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