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VINE VOICEon 10 January 2008
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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on 4 September 2014
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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on 17 November 2015
A best of GILLAN not IAN GILLAN the band he had in the 1980,s. They had several top 40 singles and albums in the UK and EUROPE, the USA were to busy buying POISON and other hair metal bands. This is a DBL so you get alot of tracks for the about £3 i paid. This is just solid old skool hardrock as done by the British so well. I own all there albums BUT sometimes you just want the songs you know so well on your car stereo. BUY!
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on 26 June 2016
Bought as my vinyls dead or dying
mixture of bloody good stuff
and the usual surely you could have used better tracks than that...
overall happy but there is so much brilliant stuff re Gillan and his bands (not the sabbath months)
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on 28 June 2015
its ok but I think most of the tracks are dated and weak, never reached the Deep Purple standard IMO. For those who want to complete the Gillan collection and a cheap way of doing it, great voice just the quality of song writing lets him down.
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on 19 July 2014
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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on 26 March 2010
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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on 14 December 2015
good album , but not as good as some f the older ones, but still good.
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on 18 May 2016
Not brought for me, but brought back memories for others.
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on 18 April 2016
Great product at great price
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