GILLAN – Live At The BBC 79/80

£14.99 (GBP)
Gillan - Live At The BBC 79/80


Reading Rock Festival 25.8.79
Interview with Ian Gillan
Sleeping On The Job
Mr Universe
Dead Of Night
Smoke On The Water
BBC In Concert 19.9.79
Secret Of The Dance
Sleeping On The Job
Mr Universe
Dead Of Night
BBC In Concert 9.9.80
Unchain Your Brain
Are You Sure?
Mr Universe
No Easy Way
If You Believe Me
On The Rocks
Running White Face City Boy
BBC Friday Rock Show 27.3.80
Interview with Ian Gillan
If You Believe Me

This incredible double CD collects the best of Gillan at the BBC, recorded during the period 1979-80 when arguably the band produced their finest work. Starting with their appearance at the Reading Rock Festival in 1979, the first CD also includes a rare interview with Ian Gillan and a BBC In Concert recorded in September 1979.The contrast between the two CDs could not be greater: on CD2 only two songs were retained from the previous set, the rest came from the current album “Glory Road”.

Ian Gillan formed Gillan  some five years after his departure from Deep Purple. In the intervening period he had fronted the Ian Gillan Band, who also feature on two Angel Air releases (“The Rockfield Mixes” and “Live At The Rainbow”). The classic Gillan line-up featured Bernie Torme on guitar and Mick Underwood on drums, together with Ian Gillan, John McCoy on bass and Colin Towns on keyboards.

By the end of 1982, with a further line-up change (now with guitarist Janick Gers), the band were to play their last concert. This Angel Air set perfectly demonstrates why Gillan were such a compelling live act. Play at maximum volume and enjoy!


A great double CD for rock fans, featuring seven Gillan classics from 79's Reading Rock Festival, two sets recorded for 'BBC In Concert", 'If You Believe Me" from a 1980 Friday Rock Show and a couple of interviews with Ian himself...

Andy Coleman, Birmingham Evening Mail 11.1.00

Deep Purple's frontman stormed the Reading Festival in 1979 with his new line-up...half-a-dozen tracks from that appearance showcase their heavy riffing, thunderous percussion and full-blown, snarling vocals...A similar set for a BBC In Concert broadcast is tighter, if anything...Another broadcast for the same BBC series, a year later, saw the introduction of the fast and furious "Unchain Your Brain"...A handful of other good rockers with trademark, spot-on vocals, a 16-page booklet, and it's time to ditch your old tapes.

Tim Jones, Record Collector February 2000

Twenty four tracks...that power along with a passion

Hartlepool Mail, February 2000

...Those for whom the Gillan band of the late '70s/early '80s represented a golden era in British heavy rock will find much to commend on this two-CD package...The five-piece...are in sparkling form as they storm through classic material...the power,focus and inspiration of Gillan during this period is magnificently captured.

Michael Heatley, Classic Rock(March 2000)

...The quality of this release surpasses any Angel Air have released previously of Gillan...This gets pride of place in my collection

SC Rocks(April 2000)

...The sixth appearance of Gillan was at the Reading Festival in 1979 and much of that gig, along with sets recorded for the BBC in September the same year and September of 1980 are the basis of this wonderful two CD set...Much of their best known material is here...For sheer music quality alone this is the best release to date by Angel Air, and has the same attention to detail as always. Indispensable.

Feedback (April 2000)

...straightforward rock music with Gillan's distinctive powerful and screamy vocals, heavy guitarwork and a thunderous rhythm section...If you're a fan of Deep Purple or Blackmore's 'Rainbow Rising' don't miss this CD.

Background (May 2000)

...Angel Air have amalgamated three concerts...Add two interviews plus a final 'If You believe Me' from a Friday Rock Show session in March '80 and yo have quite a package

Record Buyer & Music Collector (June 2000)

...Another fine release from Angel Air, this album kicks off with a classic Tommy Vance/Ian Gillan interview...and contains 23 tracks garnered from four dates in 1979/80...A mighty band and a suitably mighty live album to do them justice.

Modern Dance(September 2000)



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