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FINALLY!! A Gillan DVD really worth having!!
, December 6, 2008
This review is from: Ian Gillan: The Glory Years (DVD)
Being a long-time Deep Purple fan, I followed the various members through their various post DP projects and was also fortunate to see most of them live. But I never got to see Gillan (who happens to be my all time favorite singer) solo, mainly because he never came to the South, at least at a time and place that I could get to. Which is a real shame because the Bernie Torme' line-up of Gillan is right up there with the Dio era Rainbow as my favorite post-Purple project. So it's too bad I never got to see Colin Towns, Bernie Torme', John McCoy and Mick Underwood!!
I was quite excited when the Live in Edinburgh 1980 DVD came out in 2006 but it was really just because I was finally able to see video of my favorite Gillan line-up. After the newness wore off I was really somewhat disappointed. After all it was only 5 songs and the final track, No Easy Way, was ruined by having the credits start 2/3 of the way through (I HATE that) and the song cut off early, it didn't even finish!! There were 3 more so called "archive footage" tracks, but they were horrible, not even worthy of being called bootlegs!!
So I was quite excited when I saw that this was to be released, especially after reading what all was on it and George's review (surprised his is still the only review on here.....we gotta get the word out about this DVD!!) And, unlike Live in 1980 - THIS DVD DELIVERS!! An 8 song mini-concert including Mutually Assured Destruction, No Easy Way (all of it), On The Rocks, and the superb Mr. Universe, one of my favorite Gillan songs, from ANY line-up! And, being from a professionally filmed concert, the video and sound is excellent, with the sound available in DTS or Dolby 5.1!!
There are also 6 bonus videos from European TV (German and BBC) including two more of my favorites: Sleeping on the Job and the always fun No Laughing in Heaven. And another Mutually Assured Destruction, this one from Top of the Pops. And a funny fact is, although it says "Live on the BBC", No laughing in Heaven is definitely lip-synching (say it ain't so Gillan!). Torme' had left the band and they obviously had to play the show before they could find a replacement so at least McCoy strapped on a double neck 6-string guitar/bass. And to try and at least make the "fake" look good he plays the bass during the verses and the guitar during the chorus and tries to fake Torme's solo best he can! BUT......in a "lip-synching sucks" protest, the instrument clearly ISN'T PLUGGED IN!!! And it does sound suspiciously like the mix from the 45 single and I DEFINITELY hear both bass and guitar! But that's a small gripe that in no way lessens my enjoyment of watching them perform a song I have heard hundreds of times over the past 25 years. And it's pretty funny too if you think about it.
And, speaking of McCoy - during the live concert - at first I thought "never seen him with hair", then the camera showed the other side and.....he'd shaved HALF his head!! Crazy!
In fact, about the only draw back is that both versions of Mutually Assured Destruction are the single version, neither one is the live extended version featured on the album Double Trouble, which is one of Torme's better solos. But, then again, that's the only place that has that version of M.A.D. (that I know of) so you'd only know it if you had the Double Trouble album. At least the concert version on this DVD gives him an extra 20-30 seconds to jam at the end.
Long winded bottom line - ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for any fan of Gillan or Deep Purple. So what are you waiting for?!?!?!
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