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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B000NA2U3W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Finally re-released on CD! Long overdue for old rockers like myself, Mr. Universe was the album that really started it all for Mr. Gillan.

Honest-to-goodness rock from 1979, there isn't a filler track on this album. I grew up with this stuff and it would be fair to say that it's dated - except that it hasn't. In today's world of manufactured pop, this album is as refreshing now as is was almost 30 years ago.

Buy it and buy the other albums that have been re-released. Get a crate of beer in, sit back in your favourite armchair, enjoy the whole lot and thank Mr. Gillan for letting this lot out into the public domain once again.

What more can I say? Highly recommended!
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I've never really got Gillan in his main day job - you know, the Deep Purple thing. Don't get me wrong, I love Deep Purple, but it's the post Gillan albums that get me hot under the collar. Which meant that back when I was a callow teenage boy, the notion of the Ian Gillan Band never got me worked up. But in my usual illogical manner, I had warmed to the IGB albums, a sound that prodded me in the direction of jazz rock and all its wonders. Now remember, this was back in ye olde days and the idea of import albums never crossed my schoolboy head. So the first I knew that the IGB was now Gillan was when "Mr Universe" was released. I didn't buy it immediately as money was tight and there were Whitesnake singles to be bought from Ezy Ryder, but when I did nothing, nothing had prepared me for the utter magnificence of those ten tracks. To this day it remains the finest album Mr Gillan has ever put his name too and if you have any pretence to liking adventurous hard rock then you simply have to own it. It's augmented here by a rambling live in the studio B-side of 'Smoke In The Water' but nothing can spoil the wonders of 'She Tears Me Down', 'Fighting Man' and more. An actual 5 star album!

Continues on Glory Road

As reissue packages, these are well done, although there is absolutely nothing new or unreleased on offer for the serious collector. But it will save me digging through the crates of vinyl, something that makes life a whole lot easier, and with brief notes from Ian Gillan with each one alongside the lyrics and plentiful photos, Edsel have done a bang up job.
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I discovered this album after Glory Road was released, being a 15 year old at school back then Gillan became my first 'band' fixation. I loved the 'Trouble' single and the accompanying 'live' tracks 'Vengeance' and 'Mr Universe' in a great gatefold sleeve with Gillan rocking Friday night at the Reading Festival. Inquisative as I was, I searched the local record store for where these songs came from and 'Mr Universe' popped up and was swiftly purchased. It's been a love affair ever since!

This to me is Gillan at the're very best, released in 1979 on Acrobat Records, a little known label, after another change in personnel where Liam Genocky and Steve Byrd were replaced by Mick Underwood (who originally recommended Ian for Deep Purple) and the brilliant guitarist Bernie Torme were drafted in. The result was a fantastic live feel to the songs that are expertly penned by, in my opinion Ian's best co-writer Colin Towns. 'The Secret Of The Dance' 'Dead Of Night''Vengeance''Message In A Bottle' and 'Roller' are all re-recorded versions of these songs that appeared on what Gillan fans have come to regard as 'The Japanese Album'. The total classic 'Fighting Man' was left alone and you hear the original in all it's glory.

The new songs for this release include another Towns composition 'She Tears Me Down' a song we can all relate too! The opening instrumental peice 'Second Sight' used to introduce the band onto the stage at every live show (went to see them 5 times!) and still has the power to raise the hairs on the back of my neck! 'Puget Sound' is a great slow and mellow tilt at fooling around with more than willing groupies!
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The legendary Ian Gillan had a few jobs after leaving Deep Purple, going from being a car salesman to reviving his musical career with a superb jazz rock outfit, the creativly named "Ian Gillan Band". However, it was with the (even more creativly titled) "Gillan" band that he returned to his hard rock roots.
Bringing on board legendary bald and bearded bass player John Mccoy (later of samson), drummer Mick Underwood, Irish guitar wizard Bernie Torme and former "Ian Gillan Band" keyboard player Colin Towns, gave "Gillan" a distinct sound, one akin to classic Deep Purple material but with a more exciting and ethereal atmosphere.
This is their debut album, and in my opinion it greatly eclipses anything Deep Purple did without Ian Gillan
It begins with the deceptively euphoric and calm instrumental " Second Sight", which all of a sudden blasts into the unexpected high speed thrash metal assault of "Secret Of The Dance", a song way ahead of its time, played at a speed rarely heard in 1979, and predating speed metal by about 4 years. Its a no holds barred statement of intent, featuring the keyboard/guitar battles that would become a trademark of "Gillan's" sound on future albums. The bluesy "She Tears Me Down" is next, followed by the blistering riff fest that is "Roller".
Now we reach something truly incredible..... the title track "Mr Universe". It creeps in with a highly melodic keyboard hook, and kicks into fast paced six minute epic in which Gillan questions the very nature of our existance. Its the jewel in the albums crown, and one of the finest tracks to ever be graced by Ian's voice.
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