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Ian Gillan, together with Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne and a few others, is considered one of the legendary voices that shaped hard rock. Despite his commitment to Deep Purple, the singer has built an impressive solo career. "Contractual Obligation" is a collection of performances during a recent tour through Eastern Europe, which contains three shows which will be released on different formats via earMUSIC on July 26, 2019:
Still fresh from the success of the studio album "NOW What?!", and just a few months before the release of the latest and equally successful album "inFinite", Ian Gillan accepted the offer to tour for a month in Eastern Europe with a full rock show, accompanied every night by a different local orchestra. Gillan decided to recruit the Don Airey Band, which features the guitar talent of Simon McBride. All shows were truly unique, with Airey and McBride delivering perfect performances night after night. Deep Purple material (including rarities like "Razzle Dazzle" or "Anya") went hand in hand with Gillan solo songs and surprises for those into the deepest catalogue.
The title is a humorous reference to Ian Gillan's notorious reticence to pay any attention to his own or Deep Purple live releases (as he explains in the album liner notes). This live album and video might well be one of the nicest chapters in Gillan's solo production ever and a reminder about how great his solo music and concerts have been over the years.
Curiosity: The last Deep Purple album was named "Infinity" (which later turned into: "inFinite") during the afternoon preceding the Warsaw show that ended up being immortalized for its CD release.
"Contractual Obligation" will be available on Blu-Ray (Contractual Obligation #1: Live In Moscow), 2CD & digital (Contractual Obligation #2: Live In Warsaw) and as a 3LP+Download (Contractual Obligation #3: Live In St. Petersburg) on July 26, 2019 on earMUSIC.
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE:
Contractual Obligation #1: Live In Moscow (Blu-ray): HERE
Contractual Obligation #2: Live In Warsaw (2CD & digital): HERE
Contractual Obligation #3: Live In St. Petersburg (3LP): HERE TRACK LIST
CD1 : 1. Hang Me Out To Dry 2. Pictures Of Home 3. No Lotion For That 4. Strange Kind Of Woman 5. Razzle Dazzle 6. A Day Late 'N' A Dollar Short 7. Lazy 8. Rapture Of The Deep 9. When A Blind Man Cries
CD2 : 1. You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby (with Grace Gillan) 2. Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos 3. Difficult To Cure (Beethoven's Ninth) 4. Anya 5. Perfect Strangers 6. Hell To Pay 7. Demon's Eye 8. Smoke On The Water 9. Hush 10. Black Night
1. Hang Me Out To Dry 2. Pictures Of Home 3. No Lotion For That 4. Strange Kind Of Woman 5. Razzle Dazzle 6. A Day Late 'N' A Dollar Short 7. Lazy 8. Rapture Of The Deep 9. When A Blind Man Cries 10. You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby (with Grace Gillan) 11. Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos 12. Difficult To Cure (Beethoven's Ninth) 13. Anya 14. Perfect Strangers 15. Hell To Pay 16. Demon's Eye 17. Smoke On The Water 18. Hush 19. Black Night
Side A : 1. Hang Me Out To Dry 2. Pictures Of Home 3. No Lotion For That 4. Strange Kind Of Woman
Side B : 1. Razzle Dazzle 2. A Day Late 'N' A Dollar Short 3. Lazy
Side C : 1. Rapture Of The Deep 2. When A Blind Man Cries 3. You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby (with Grace Gillan) 4. Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos
Side D : 1. Difficult To Cure (Beethoven's Ninth) 2. Anya 3. Perfect Strangers
Side E : 1. Hell To Pay 2. Demon's Eye 3. Smoke On The Water
Side F : 1. Hush 2. Black Night
Ian's photographs courtesy of Simon Emmett ©2019
Ivor Novello International Achievement award
Raving With The JavelinsLast year, Ian Gillan & The Javelins took you on a journey through the 60s.
This year, we are proud to open up another very special chapter with the band. "Raving with Ian Gillan & The Javelins" was recorded in 1994 and will take you right back to rock'n'roll music at its prime, starting on April 19th.
Pre-order here: Raving With The Javelins
Pre-order the album: HERE
IAN GILLAN REUNITES WITH HIS VERY FIRST BAND FOR A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE SONGS AND THE SOUNDS OF THE DAYS WHEN IT ALL BEGAN...
"These contemporary recordings (2018) by The Javelins are drawn from our set lists, circa 1963, when I was 18 years old. Now, a few years later, I have the privilege and joy of working with my old mates from the original group; Gordon Fairminer (Lead Guitar); Tony Tacon (Rhythm Guitar); Tony Whitfield (Bass Guitar); Keith Roach (Drums), as we make a long overdue L.P."
SPECIAL: A History of The Javelins by Tony Tacon. HERE
106.6 Radio Rock interview
Ian Gillan biography updated
Gillan on vinyl
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).
There I was, minding my own business on a diving holiday with my family in Grand Cayman in 1984 (I think; thereabouts anyway), when I bumped into Steve Jarrell and Sons of the Beach; a fine band who were performing a season of great sunshine music at the Treasure Island Resort on Seven Mile Beach.
The Parallax Effect On Long Hair
I was surprised to get an invitation to address the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin on 14th December 2012. It caused great hilarity in the band dressing room; Roger actually burst into spontaneous laughter; not sure if it was the cultural or diplomatic bit that set him off. Probably both.
Rhino Poo Alert
RTL (a large TV station) announced the start of the sale for the Deep Purple tour in autumn 2012 in Germany. The message said that this will be the last tour of DP in Germany and therefore the last chance to see them live. what a shock! Is that true??? Is that an official/confirmed statement?
Deep Purple, Ian Gillan, Gillan, Gillan Glover....
Yes, all of them but the usual proviso of 'in due course' applies, of course. Such is the speed of this 'information age' that we could all know everything immediately but where would the fun be in that?
'One Eye To Morocco' - the lyrics
Caramba takes the greatest of pleasure in unveiling the complete lyrics for all editions of 'One Eye To Morocco'.
Another, even bigger fan writes
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On sending things in to be signed:
A number of people have over time sent unsolicited stuff into either Ian's or DP's management to be signed and returned. Such things can so easily get mislaid or just simply lost in a very busy organisation, which can be very upsetting for those who have sent their items in. Please don't do this as no-one wants to feel responsible for having lost what can be, for the owner, very precious items. Thanks. Steve/ED.
Can't be bothered to use the drop down menus above or the text menus below? Use the search engine, it doesn't bite very often. Mind you, if I could give it teeth I would.
Now, who was it who asked the poor old search engine this question: "could you sing burn". Search engines cannot sing. Take a moment and reflect.
Caramba in translation
Caramba is gradually being translated....
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