See also, IAN GILLAN BAND
"Live in Edinburgh" (NJPDVD625)
...a rare insight into what was going on with the band...Fans will be pleased with this.
Metal Nose (March 2006)
This is a solid purchase for everyone that agrees with me that IAN GILLAN has had his heyday!
Maelstrom (March 2006)
...really amazing...captures Gillan in the glory of their breakthrough year...
Classic Rock (June 2006)
If you are a Gillan fan,
"Live Edinburgh 1980" is one show you wont want to miss. This guy is one
h... of a performer. The songs are great, the musicians excellent and really
are "into it". The people that have transfered this TV show to DVD did a
great job. Visually and sound wise... the result is more than excellent.
Proggnosis (April 2006)
...if you enjoyed the heavy hard rock of Gillan and songs such as Trouble, No Easy Way and M.A.D. then relive the raw metallic sound they generated on this enjoyable release.
Mick Donnelly, Hartlepool Mail (April 2006)
Featuring a blistering five song set recorded for television in 1980, as well as some archival footage with an earlier incarnation of the band, and interviews with the band (minus Ian himself) the DVD is well stocked for the Gillan fan...
Sea of Tranquility (May 2006)
This DVD is really amazing - and not just because it captures Gillan in the glory of their breakthrough year...
Classic Rock (June 2006)
...there is also recent footage of GMT (Robin Guy, Bernie and John) performing 'Cannonball', interviews with John, Bernie, Colin and Mick as well as a history. At over two hours long this is essential.
Feedback (May 2006)
As an archive release this DVD is one of the most worthwhile so far this year. Not only does it perfectly capture the moment it also gives us a reminder of another side to Ian Gillan away from Deep Purple.
Right then, following on from the album, you get a pretty good DVD. Sure,
the "concert" footage was filmed for STV in 180, and you get a measly five
songs, but it's the bonus features that really stand out on this DVD,
especially the documentary that traces the history of Gillan (the band that
is), through interviews with John McCoy, Bernie TORMÉ, Colin Towns etc.,
that actually becomes the centre piece of the DVD for me, filling in a lot
of blanks, and rounding out the Gillan story nicely. Add some bonus tracks,
and you’ve got a nifty little slice of history that for once focuses on one
of British metal’s often unsung and often forgotten, best bands. About
bloody time I reckon…
Winnipeg Sun (May 5 2006)
Stratocaster Gypsy is a collection of video clips and live performances
taken over the years that features TORMÉ's blistering and raw style, fuelled
my manic whammy bar dive-bombs on his worn Fender Stratocaster guitar...The
performances though are excellent-check out the live clips "Star",
"Frontline", the rampaging "Turn Out the Lights", "Vampire" , and
"Hardcore", all obviously taken from the same gig and featuring a hot band
who were really on that night, especially Bernie.
...well worth the time investment. The music sounded great...The band...amazing
www.rock-is-life-com (June 2006)
For fans of hard rock, of the type that Deep Purple and Dio would play in the seventies and Whitesnake would play in the eighties, "Live Edinburgh 1980" is a DVD to pick up. The extras may be a little weak, but the main performance is amazing, and even more so considering the age of the tape.
http://www.neufutur.com/ (May 2006)
...perhaps the best
part of this DVD, for fans, is the lengthy interview with the band members
(without Ian Gillan). There was always a begrudging undercurrent post-1982 and
this section helps throw some light on the problem.
www.getreadytorock.com (August 2006)