1. What’s The Matter?
November 1982 GILLAN had returned Scotland for the third time in 12 months to sell out concerts and this CD was recorded by Radio Clyde at Glasgow Apollo on 6th November 1982. As Mick Underwood recently recalled “Scotland was always great to us and we loved to play there”.
The line up on this CD had just released their fifth studio album “Magic” and were promoting it on what would ultimately be their last ever tour.
Bonus tracks recorded at Schwabinger Brau, Munich, GERMANY on 29th June 1981
Classic Rock live from a band much missed but never forgotten.
IAN GILLAN, JOHN McCOY, COLIN TOWNS, MICK UNDERWOOD, JANICK GERS
...if you're a fan of Gillan this is a fine snapshot of the band in what would be their last tour as Gillan went onto the reformed Deep Purple.
All the tracks are here you'd expect including 'Trouble', 'M.A.D.', 'Smoke On The Water' and one of my personal fave Gillan songs 'No Laughing In Heaven'. Two bonus tracks as well - 'No Easy Way' and 'If You Believe Me'. As with any Angel Air release you get very informative sleeve notes (why can't all re-issues/rarities releases be this good?) from Jerry Bloom, editor of 'More Black Than Purple'.
Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (September 2005)
...Only some 45 minutes or so remain of the original Glasgow recording remain, as it was edited for a radio broadcast, so the CD has been filled out with a couple of bonus tracks recorded in Germany in 1981. Lavish liner notes should add further appeal to Gillan fans too.
Classic Rock Society (September 2005)
...this live set shows what a powerful and excellent live band they were
Record Collector (November 2005)
All the fans of quality hard rock will purchase this album immediately; don't forget that it is first time ever on a CD format. The sound is almost excellent for a live recording back in 1982. Don't read more my words just go and buy your copy. 9/10
Antonis Maglaras, Powerplay Records
Perhaps it sounds like something of a passing fancy to release a GILLAN live album from Scotland? But IAN GILLAN is half Scottish and besides that the band was immensely popular in kilt country. This disc contains Messrs. GILLAN, Gers, McCoy, Towns and Underwood live from the Glasgow Apollo...Who can fail with songs like “Bluesy Blue Sea” and “No Laughing in Heaven” in the set list?
Mikael Johansson, Sweden Rock (October 2005)
It's a thumping line-up that can tackle techno metal as easily as straight rock 'n' roll, and Gillan himself is on enthusiastic form.
Classic Rock (November 2005)
There are going to be some fans that have to have everything that Ian has been involved with, and they are going to be pleased with this, especially with the two extra songs that have been added...an essential purchase
Feedback (November 2005)
...finds Gillan mingling new, old and classic material with more confidence than ever before...
Goldmine (January 2006)