Garth Rockett

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Garth Rockett & the Moonshiners were actually Ian Gillan fronting a band he put together in 1989 to do some live shows, at a time when he was on the verge of a brief departure from the Deep Purple lineup. The other musicians included members of the bands Export, Rage, and Quest. Journeymen, in other words, and so it's no surprise that what's here is journeyman hard rock, recorded live in Manchester on May 16, 1989. The set includes some old Gillan Band songs and the odd cover, such as Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," the traditional "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos" (which had been done by Lonnie Donegan), Gary U.S. Bonds' "New Orleans," and Little Richard's "Lucille." Although a video of this show made it into limited distribution, this CD release, with extensive liner notes, marks its first appearance on disc. Mostly it's the tense hard rock you'd expect, the most offbeat passages being the ones in "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos" where a harmonica and synth create an almost orchestral effect.