Singles Box Set + The Promo Videos DVD
Please note, territorial restrictions may apply to this product.
• Following our highly successful issues of the Gillan albums, we now present a box set of all eleven singles by Gillan, in CD-sized replicas of their original 7” sleeves.
• The box also includes a bonus DVD of seven promo videos, which have never been commercially released in any format, and have remained unseen since they were broadcast on a handful of occasions in the early 80s.
•The booklet is annotated by Ian Gillan himself, along with respected critic Valerie Potter.
|| ||Vengeance |
|| ||Smoke On The Water [live at Kingsway Recorders]|
|| ||Sleeping On The Job |
|| ||Higher And Higher|
|| ||No Easy Way [single edit] |
|| ||I Might As Well Go Home (Mystic)|
|| ||Trouble |
|| ||Your Sister’s On My List |
|| ||Mr Universe [live] |
|| ||Vengeance [live] |
|| ||Mutually Assured Destruction |
|| ||The Maelstrom|
|| ||New Orleans |
|| ||Take A Hold Of Yourself|
|| ||No Laughing In Heaven [single edit] |
|| ||One For The Road |
|| ||Lucille |
|| ||Bad News|
|| ||Nightmare |
|| ||Bite The Bullet [live]|
|| ||Restless |
|| ||On The Rocks [live]|
|| ||Living For The City |
|| ||Breaking Chains |
|| ||Purple Sky|
|| ||Long Gone |
|| ||Sleeping On The Job (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||No Laughing In Heaven (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||Lucille (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||Nightmare (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||Restless (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||Living For The City (Bonus DVD)|
|| ||Long Gone (Bonus DVD)|
Music Week, November 2007
After an admirable reissue programme of seven Gillan albums, Edsel turns its attentions to the band’s singles with this boxed-set which collects together 11 of them in reproduction sleeves, with original B-sides, many of which have never been released on CD before. A booklet annotated by Ian Gillan himself is interesting reading, and a bonus DVD collects the band’s seven promo videos, none of which have been commercially released previously.
Terrorizer, December 2007
They’re lovely packages, these replica 7” CD single box sets. Okay, they’re an easy way of making rock nerds blow some disposable income on songs they already own, but they also afford a band’s singles catalogue the respect and attention it deserves – far more so than a measly Greatest Hits CD. It’s particularly pleasing to see Gillan get the treatment as his entire ‘80s solo career deserves more respect and attention, and as a result these singles and B-sides are less familiar than other bands’ more oft-reissued oeuvres. Gillan’s voice reached a second career peak on these tunes, sounding powerful, playful and commanding over a backdrop of tight, vigorous, ballsy British metal, loaded with blazing solos and hooky harmonies. What makes this a truly essential purchase, however, is the seven-track DVD of promo videos. The true diamond in this time capsule of archaic visual effects and John McCoy’s fearsome mugging is the video for charmingly demented panto-metal barnstormer ‘No Laughing In Heaven’, which follows our Ian up to a cheap-looking Pearly Gates where he realises he’d have more fun in hell with writhing red chicks. This is a great release, thumbs up all round. 9/10
Classic Rock, January 2008
Boxed-up classics from Purple singer’s creditable band. It’s easy to forget just how good the original Gillan like-up were, but between 1979 and ’82 bassist John McCoy, guitarist Bernie Tormé, drummer Mick Underwood and newly ex-Purple Ian were on occasions excellent. And here’s a welcome jog of the memory.
This collection brings together the band’s 11 singles during that period, beginning with the riff-encrusted Vengeance and going up to the more thoughtful Long Gone.
Each of these singles come in a CD-sized replica of the original seven inch sleeve, and to bathe again in the rock’n’roll strut of Trouble, the melodic thrust of Mutually Assured Destruction and the hilariously sinful No Laughing In Heaven is a real joy.
For a time, Gillan really were among the best hard rockers around. 7/10
Classic Rock Society, January 2008
Eleven CD singles all in replicas of their original picture sleeves and all complete with their original B-sides lavishly packaged in a sturdy box make this a must for all fans of Gillan. Add to that a bonus DVD featuring seven promotional videos all of which have never been commercially released and you have the icing on the cake. The music is superb and is echoed by the packaging on a quite wonderful release.
Record Collector, January 2008
“Classic rock deservedly gets the deluxe treatment”
As Ian Gillan himself points out in his short introductory sleevenote, the 7” single wasn’t really what hard rock bands were all about in the late 70s and early 80s. Yet, as this beautifully produced box set shows, time and again Gillan proved themselves masters of the form. The majority of the songs here, reproduced perfectly in miniaturised versions of their original sleeves, complete with B-sides, are concise blasts of melodic, bluesy rock, full of the testosterone-fuelled bluster that had been missing from the great man’s post-Purple work up to this point in his career.
Somewhere in the middle ground of between “dinosaur” bands such as Rainbow and the sharper, heavier NWOBHM acts, Gillan successfully carved a niche for themselves and were, for a while, fairly regular visitors to the Top 40. There isn’t a bad single here, but the icing on the cake is the series of rudimentary but very entertaining videos, including Sleeping On The Job and the band-dressed-as-bankers classic Living For The City. Add a brief but informative 12 page booklet and you have a perfect set for Gillanites everywhere.