Demon Records has announced the release of a new must-have Gillan vinyl boxset on 2nd September. ‘The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982’ will feature 5 chart albums - 7 LPs in total - including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc ‘For Gillan Fans Only’), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).

Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product: “It’s a wonderful thing, vinyl… Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves” - he comments, observing one of the records - “aren’t they cool. Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this music…enjoy”.

The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan’s highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/IanGillanExclusive will also contain a bonus 7” single for Spanish Guitar. Other Gillan classics featured in this priceless collection include Sleeping On The Job, No Easy Way, Trouble, Mutually Assured Destruction, New Orleans, No Laughing In Heaven, Nightmare, Restless and Living For The City.

Full tracklist as follows:


Double Trouble - DEMREC172

Side A

I’ll Rip Your Spine Out

Restless

Men Of War

Sunbeam

 

Side B

Nightmare

Hadely Bop Bop

Life Goes On

Born To Kill

 

Side C

No Laughing In Heaven

No Easy Way

Trouble

 

Side D

Mutually Assured Destruction

If You Believe Me

New Orleans

 

Future Shock - DEMREC173

Side A

Future Shock

Night Ride Out Of Phoenix

The Ballad Of The Lucitania Express

No Laughing In Heaven

Sacre Bleu

 

Side B

New Orleans

Bite The Bullet

If I Sing Softly

Don’t Want The Truth

For Your Dreams

 

Glory Road - DEMREC172

Side A

Unchain Your Brain

Are You Sure

Time And Time Again

No Easy Way

Sleeping On The Job

 

Side B

On The Rocks

If You Believe Me

Running White Face City Boy

Nervous

 

Side C

Higher And Higher

Your Mother Was Right

Redwatch

Abbey Of Thelema

Trying To Get To You

 

Side D

Come Tomorrow

Dragon’s Tongue

Post Fade Brain Damage

Egg Timer

Harry Lime Theme

 

Magic - DEMREC175

Side A

What’s The Matter

Bluesy Blue Sea

Caught In The Trap

Long Gone

Driving Me Wild

 

Side B

Demon Driver

Living A Lie

You’re So Right

Living For The City

Demon Drive Reprise

 

Mr Universe - DEMREC171

Side A

Second Sight

Secret Of The Dance

She Tears Me Down

Roller

Mr. Universe

 

Side B

Vengeance

Puget Sound

Dead Of Night

Message In A Bottle

Fighting Man

 

 

Gillan was born on the ashes of the Ian Gillan Band in 1978, when Ian decided to abandon the jazz-fusion style of his previous project in favour of a more progressive direction, together with keyboardist Colin Towns. The band was dissolved in 1982 following the Magic tour, partly due to Gillan’s health issues with his vocal chords. Still in its brief existence they managed to release 5 top 20 albums and ride the popularity of the NWOBHM sweeping the continent.

Ascended to rock royalty status as the lead singer of Deep Purple, Ian Gillan continued making an impact on the rock scene, and has become an erudite elder statesman of the genre. He sang in the role of Jesus in the original Andrew Lloyd’s Webb’s Jesus Christ Superstar and he co-wrote and sang the iconic ‘Smoke on the Water’ among dozens of other hits. 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 eighteen year old.