Gillan – Glory Road (+ For Gillan Fans Only LP) (1980)

FrontCover1Glory Road is the third album by the British rock band Gillan, released in October 1980. The album reached No. 3 in the UK album charts.

The US version of the album had a slightly different running order and included “Your Mother Was Right” instead of “Sleeping on the Job”. The original UK album came with a free album called For Gillan Fans Only. “Unchain Your Brain” has been re-recorded, and released on Ian Gillan’s 2006 release Gillan’s Inn. A different version of “Trying to Get to You” can be heard on Gillan’s album Cherkazoo and Other Stories.

Glory Road came as a limited edition double LP, and contained the free LP For Gillan Fans Only. When Glory Road was eventually released on CD, most of the For Gillan Fans Only material was included as bonus tracks. However, “Higher and Higher”, “Egg Timer (Vice Versa)” and “Harry Lime Theme” failed to make it to CD until the 2CD 2007 Edsel remaster, which contains both the album and the whole of ‘For Gillan Fans Only’. This latter release also has retrospective comments by Ian Gillan and the original artwork, plus pictures of various single picture-sleeves. (by wikipedia)

IanGillanLike Mr. Universe, Glory Road put to shame many of the albums Deep Purple recorded after Ian Gillan’s departure. Play this album next to Purple’s post-Gillan 1975 release Come Taste the Band, and it becomes clear just how superior some of Gillan’s solo albums were. Those who like Gillan for melodic yet blistering heavy metal won’t be disappointed by “Sleeping on the Job,” “Unchain Your Brain,” and other inspired, high-octane rockers. A few years later, Gillan would experiment with elements of jazz fusion and R&B/funk, but on Glory Road it is his love of metal and balls-to-the-wall rock that wins out. Next to Mr. Universe, this was Gillan’s best studio date. (by Alex Henderson)

Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica)
John McCoy (bass)
Bernie Tormé (guitar, vocals on 15.)
Colin Towns (keyboards, flute, vocals on 18.)
Mick Underwood (drums)

01. Unchain Your Brain (Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) 3.11
02. Are You Sure? Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) – 4:05
03. Time And Again (Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) – 5:05
04. No Easy Way (Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) – 6:34
05. Sleeping On The Job (Gillan/Towns) 3.11
06. On The Rocks (Gillan/Towns) 6.39
07. If You Believe Me (Gillan/McCoy/Tormé/Underwood) 7.33
08. Running, White Face, City Boy (Towns) 3.11
09. Nervous (Gillan/Towns) 3.44
10. Higher And Higher (Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) 3.42
11. Your Mother Was Right (Gillan/Towns) 7.23
12. Redwatch (Bernie Tormé/Underwood) 3.42
13. Abbey Of Thelema (Gillan/Towns) 6.06
14. Trying To Get To You (R.M.McCoy/Singleton) 3.17
15. Come Tomorrow 2:52 (McCoy/Tormé) 2.52
16. Dragon’s Tongue (Towns) 5.32
17. Post-Fade Brain Damage (Gillan/Tormé/McCoy) 6.03
18. Egg Timer (Vice Versa) (Samson/Thunderstick/Aylmer/Bruce) 7.11
19. Harry Lime Theme (Karas) 9.27

LabelD1* (LP 1)
** (LP 1)

* (LP 2 + artwork)
** (LP 2 + artwork)

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