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Average sound quality hampers this release.
on 10 August 2010
For the first time,in a long time,i feel misled by previous reviews,this most definitely is NOT a 5 star release,either i've got a defective copy or the previous reviewers have given 5 star ratings based on nostalgia.
When heavy rock live albums are released you expect a decent sound quality ,like say,Maiden's Live After Death,Kiss Alive,Scorpions World Wide Live etc ,the rock world is littered with quality live recordings,this frankly aint one of them,what you get here is a release which sound mostly like a tarted up bootleg and is sneakily packaged to look as if its part of the GILLAN remasters series,they had decent booklets,informative,this doesnt.
Disc 1, live at the Rainbow '81, excellent selection of tracks mostly hampered by a poor sound, threatening to overshadow everything.
Disc 2, Live at Reading '81,again was not a great recording when it first surfaced on the Double Trouble album,extra tracks here but again hampered with poor sound,worse than disc 1.
Disc 3, tracks 1-5 live on Friday Rock Show,the best sound quality on the disc,(as you would expect) fantastic renditions of 'No Laughing In Heaven' and 'Born To Kill', Tracks 6-10,live from Nottingham 81,again really shoddy sound.
All in all this is as disappointing release as i've purchased for some time,i'm surprised that Ian Gillan has sanctioned its release(although unlike the remasters there are no comments from the great man himself),its a tragedy that there are no quality live recording of Gillan as back in the day,although always a distinct 3rd behind Rainbow and Whitesnake,there was a hint of the peoples band about them.For me it looks like the best live source is still the live bonus tracks from Reading,found originally with the 'Trouble' single.I cant stress how gutted i am,saw Gillan several times at the Glasgow Apollo,they were fabulous,their memory deserves better than this.