Edsel Records (through Demon) will release a selection of seven GILLAN and IAN GILLAN BAND albums in March and April. These will comprise of five chart albums, which were originally released between 1979 and 1982, including "Glory Road", which debuted at No. 3 and "Future Shock" at No. 2 on the U.K. chart. Together the seven albums feature eight chart singles.
The first batch of GILLAN releases hit outlets on April 2 and include "Mr Universe" (1979), "Glory Road" (1980), "Future Shock" (1981) and "Double Trouble" (1981). These will be followed on May 7 with Ian's first solo album "Child In Time" (IAN GILLAN BAND, 1976), "Live At The Budokan" (IAN GILLAN BAND, 1977) and "Magic" (GILLAN, 1982). All seven albums have been digitally re-mastered by Ray Staff ("Bohemian Rhapsody", "Physical Graffiti", CORRINE BAILEY RAE, DEEP PURPLE) and will feature bonus tracks including live recordings, and B-sides as well as album outtakes. The deluxe packaging will contain photos, lyrics, memorabilia and some wry observations of the times by Ian Gillan himself.
Gillan says: "It's about bloody time!"
These albums feature some of Ian's cohorts, including Janick Gers, Bernie Tormé, John McCoy, Colin Towns and Mick Underwood, as well as the GILLAN classics "Sleeping On The Job", "No Easy Way", "Trouble", "Mutually Assured Destruction", "New Orleans", "No Laughing In Heaven", "Nightmare", "Restless" and "Living For The City". There are also fabulous live versions of DEEP PURPLE classics, including "Child In Time", "Smoke On The Water" and "Woman From Tokyo".
Ian Gillan is rock royalty, and has become an erudite elder statesman of the genre. He was the original Jesus Christ Superstar and — with DEEP PURPLE — he co-wrote and sang "Smoke on the Water" (one of the most popular songs of all time) among dozens of other hits. He's always made music for music's sake, not to appease critics, the industry or anyone else; to quote the man. "It's important to step off the highway sometimes and take the scenic route." He has played to tens of millions of fans, and sold over one hundred million records. To this day he approaches writing, recording and touring with the zeal, passion and commitment of an 18-year-old.
To view the complete track listing for the upcoming reissues, visit TheHighwayStar.com.