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4.0 out of 5 stars ...minor quibbles aside, a sterling roundup of Deep Purple solo..., 10 Jan. 2008
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Mr. H "Mr H" (Embra) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Unchain Your Brain: The Best Of Gillan '76 - '82 (Audio CD)
When did they have the meeting that decided that a cardboard slip case was 1) a good idea and 2) in some way deluxe? They never invited me. It's just bloody irritating. It always ends up torn and if the intention is to 'protect' the jewel case, well that's just stupid. As for deluxe, give me a break. It's a bit cardboard.

Anyway, back to the album. Gillan best ofs are actually a bit of a rarity compared to other offshoots of the Deep Purple family. There was the "What I Did On My Vacation" back in 1986 and the "Trouble" budget compilation in 1993 but bar imports that was pretty much your lot. But with the 2007 mass splurge of reissued Gillan albums, it's not surprising to see the issue of a new best of. Unlike "...Vacation" it sticks resolutely to the 1976 - 1982 Ian Gillan Band / Gillan material, so no Ian Gillan or Gillan / Glover material here. Which is sort of bad news that is more than adequately compensated for by seven tracks from the eternally underrated Ian Gillan Band years. Yes, I am one of those people who gets considerably more excited by the live version of 'Mercury High' than by the opening salvo of 'Trouble' and 'New Orleans'.

Even better, it's a 2CD affair, so you're getting 31 tracks of sometimes brilliant material for your money. And as a seven quid budget line release, you have absolutely no excuse for not buying it. It's not chronologically sequenced so the transition from IGB to Gillan material can be a bit odd but in the days of iPod shuffles it probably matters less. One of my other bugbears about compilations is a lack of a simple track listing with the origins of the track right slap bang next to it. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that someone new to the music might be buying this, so scouring the tiny sleeve notes to find out what comes from where is a pain.

But it's a minor quibble as the double CD allows plenty of space for the real gems of the Gillan back catalogue as 'For Your Dreams' 'Secret Of The Dance', 'The Ballad Of The Lucitania Express' and all the IGB material material amply displays. I'd have bunged in a couple of "Clear Air Turbulence" and "Scarabus", something that is a glaring omission, but probably a licensing issue as they've only got material from "Child In Time" and "Live At The Budokan" here. Otherwise, this is a good a compilation as you're going to get, short of making your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true rock great, 4 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Unchain Your Brain: The Best Of Gillan '76 - '82 (Audio CD)
The five stars is for some of the magnificent material on here. There are a few mediocre throwaway tracks, but you could say that about a lot of compilations. I was only about 17 when I went to see the original Ian Gillan Band and it wasn't that rewarding an experience. The jazz rock he was playing baffled many of his fans who knew what they wanted to hear. Listening to that stuff on here now, it takes on new meaning, now I'm older and more appreciative. When he ditched that band and got back to what he does best, he brought out an absolute stormer in Mr Universe. It's a shame Fighting Man isn't on here instead of one or two weaker songs, but that's compilations for you. Another couple of good albums followed, then the Purple reunion thing, and he's never looked back. One of the true rock greats.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane and a great addition. I love his less commercial stuff, 19 July 2014
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A trip down memory lane and a great addition. I love his less commercial stuff, but am really glad to have a full selection of most notable Gillan material. Good purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 80's throwback!, 26 Mar. 2010
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P. Connell "Phill." (Rochdale, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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I'm just about old enough to have enjoyed Gillan first time around, but not quite enough of an old man to have been into Deep Purple. Rediscovering this album has been a fantastic trip down memory lane, bringing back thoughts of dodgy sleeveless denim jackets full of patches and embroidered logos; and school discos hanging around with my uncool mates until the decent records were played by Mr Andrews and we could get into a circle for some headbanging. I still can't quite believe I got girlfriends back then, looking back.
Now I'm a responsible Dad with a proper job those days have gone, but the speed-riffing, the keyboard-driven twin-lead guitar metal tracks and the epic, self-indulgent political numbers are a wonderful throwback to the best things about early 80's rock.
Buy. This. Album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I forgot how good it was..., 10 Jun. 2010
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Martin A. Nicholls "Pzyko" (East Anglia UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Unchain Your Brain: The Best Of Gillan '76 - '82 (Audio CD)
Its been a while since I listened to old school rock like wot I did at school, I actually forgot how it ROCKED!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 April 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Oct. 2014
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