…Of the Purple songs featured ‘Child in Time’ is the most impressive and magical…The versions of ‘Smoke On the Water’ and ‘Woman From Tokyo’ are also pretty impressive. add to this a selection of rare recordings, played to a montage of rare photos of the band, and a brief interview with Ian Gillan from the period and a recent interview with guitarist Ray Fenwick this makes for interesting watching. Classic rock from a classic artist.
‘Highway To Hell’, Adrian Lyth (July 2003)
The musicianship of The Ian Gillan Band is superb, particularly the funky bass from John Gustafson on Money Lender, and the wonderfully melodic guitar work of Ray Fenwick. And of course, Gillan has one of the best-ever screams in rock.
Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Magazine (July 2003)
This concert has been available on VHS before and was recorded at The Rainbow Theatre in London on 14.05.77. The band was promoting “Clear Air Turbulence” but nevertheless made room for 50 % songs from Ian’s previous career. It wasn’t just any band either, Ian himself no doubt but also guitarist Ray Fenwick (ex. EPISODE SIX), keyboard player Collin Towns and drummer Mark Naussef (later in GARY MOORE) weren’t rookies. If you want traditional hard rock you better get an album by GILLAN though. This disc is filled by professional contributions but still requires unconditional listening. The versions on offer of “Smoke on the Water”, “Child in Time” and “Woman from Tokyo” are far from the originals in style. The bonuses on the disc are of mixed quality. There’s a recent interview with Ray Fenwick, a Japanese radio interview with Ian and some songs with background pics only. Otherwise the seventies feeling is perfect and Ian’s voice too.
Mikael Johnssen, SR magazine, Sweden (September 2003)
Historically very important, the filming may not be up to modern standards but that adds to the charm.
Feedback (Nov 2003)
After leaving Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan decided to explore a different type of music to the heard rock that he’d performed with the legendary band…
Some of the resulting music can be heard on this intriguing release, which not only captures the band playing live, it also features loads of bonus songs and material
Hartlepool Mail, (September 2006)
There are lots of quirky delights throughout the show, delights beyond the marvelous filming – the flutist and the drummer’s amusing interplay intro opening up “Child In Time”.
For the fans of Gillan’s main band, this is all quite a revelation – “Smoke On The Water” coming off as the pop tune it is, without Ritchie Blackmore’s thunderous sludge power chords stamping it heavy metal.
Fenwick keeps them in check with more finesse making for a somewhat unique rendition
on par with some of the “rarities” here.
Joe Viglione, All Music Guide (October 2006)