Here’s a bunch of re-releases from my old friend Ian Gillan, who was in Black Sabbath with me in 1983 and 1984.
The albums Clear Air Turbulence and Scarabus were recorded at Ian’s Kingsway studio and both released in 1977. The guitarist on both was Ray Fenwick, who went on to work with Cozy Powell and Graham Bonnet, while the bassist with Johnny Gustafson, who was in Liverpool’s Big Three and went on to play with Roxy Music.
Accidently On Purpose was recorded in Monserrat in 1988, during a break in a Deep Purple world tour, when guitarist Richie Blackmore broke a finger.
The album isn’t just hard rock but contains covers of Lloyd Price’s Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave and Ray Charles’ Lonely Avenue.
Naked Thunder, recorded in 1991, was the first of Ian’s albums to be issued simply under his own name, and showed the shape of things to come.
Toolbox, recorded at Battersea Studios in Willesden in 1991, is regarded as his hardest album, and is the only one of these releases not to feature a keyboard player.
Cherkazoo is a musical that Ian Gillan worked on throughout the early 70s along with Deep Purple bass player Roger Glover. It’s a quirky collection of songs inspired by the baroque, psychedelic, British pop music of the late 60s.
All in all, six albums on three budget-priced CDs. Bargain.