GILLAN – The Gillan Tapes Vol.3

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Gillan - The Gillan Tapes Vol.3


Running White Face City Boy
I’ll Rip Your Spine Out
If You Believe Me -
Long Gone
You’re Sisters On My List
Fiji (no17)
Born To Kill(live)
M.A.D. (live)
Ballad Of the Lucitania Express
The Trilogy
Unchain Your Brain (live)
No Laughing In Heaven (live)
So Low
The Festivals Of Spirit
Smoke On The Water
Excerpt From The Confidente Opera
“For Gillan Fans Only”
Higher And Higher
Your Mother Was Right
Red Watch
Abbey Of Thelma
Trying To Get To You
Come Tomorrow
Dragons Tongue
Post Fade Brain Damage
Egg Timer (Vice Versa)
The Harry Lime Theme

At long last, the third volume has arrived with alternative mixes/takes of all tracks featured, with the exception of the rare live tracks. Over the past three years John McCoy has supplied from his vast tape archive the best selling Gillan Tapes series which have achieved considerable sales around the world to the legions of Gillan fans.

Volume 3 is a scorcher and includes the very rare eight and a half minute “live” studio version of “Smoke On The Water” which is eagerly sought after by fans having never before been released on CD (this was the B side to the 45 “Vengeance”) plus numerous other rarities.

The first 5000 pressings of this release will be individually numbered as a Limited Edition and also include a free 10 track CD called “For Gillan Fans Only” which, whilst it was given away in vinyl form initially, has never before been released in CD format. 27 tracks, 2 CDs, remastered, all for the price of a single CD.


...The seventeen tracks featured are a mix of alternative takes and live recordings, and what a selection it is. All that made Gillan, the band, what it was is on show here, from powerful classy ballads...A classic selection from a classic band...the first 5000 pressing will be released as a numbered limited edition with a free CD entitled For Gillan Fans Only...A must have bonus.

Wondrous Stories (August 2000)

The Gillan vaults have been pillaged again for some real treats...Whether it's the explosive punk-metal of Bernie Torme or widdling by current Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, Ian Gillan's brand of metal was unsurpassed. And this collection shows up the inadequacies of the original CDs.

Record Collector (September 2000)

...Some excellent songs, some amusing spoken interludes and a kind-of-definitive version of 'The Harry Lime Theme' await. So what are you waiting for?

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine(October 2000)

...Gillan fans will have been waiting for this for a long time so yet again another Angel Air release is indispensable for the fan.

Feedback(September 2000)

...filled with the fantastic moments...that Gillan used to give us...

Deep Purple FunClub(October 2000)

"This 17-track compilation...will delight devotees of the former Deep Purple frontman..."

Hartlepool Mail (November 2000)

Vol 3 is full of alternative mixes, live tracks and includes the very rare eight-and-a-half minute 'live' studio version of Smoke On the Water...There are 17 tracks on vol 3 and 10 tracks on the bonus CD should be of great interest to all rock fans.

Modern Dance Issue 32 (December 2000)

ANGEL AIR RECORDS has a nose for obscure Classic Rock material, and GILLAN has had a lot of CD releases on the English label. ‘The Gillan Tapes Volume 3’ is just one of them, and certainly a very interesting piece for fans of IAN GILLAN, as this 2-CD holds 27 tracks in total! The included songs are all unreleased, live or in some sort of Demo version not released to the public until now, so all GILLAN fans must own this CD definitely!

The music offered here is of course Bluesy Classic Rock/Hardrock with strong DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN references here and there (“Running white face city boy”), and although most of the songs already appeared on some GILLAN record, these are all unreleased versions of GILLAN classics.

Although I am no huge fan of GILLAN, this double CD pleased me a lot as it offers some of the best GILLAN ever recorded, with as highlights to me songs like “Sunbeam”, “Long gone”, but especially the songs from the second CD ‘For Gillan fans only’ where we can find great uptempo melodic rockers like “Higher and higher”, “Your mother was right” and “Come tomorrow” that are all close to Classic British Rock/Hardrock (read: RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, UFO, HUGHES/TURNER PROJECT). This CD is a must for GILLAN fans! (8/10)

Strutter magazine (August 2003)



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