Live: Yubin Chokin Hall, Hiroshima, 1977

Ian Gillan Band

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Live: Yubin Chokin Hall, Hiroshima, 1977 Review

by Richie Unterberger

Band member Ray Fenwick recorded this gig, which mixes material from the three 1970s Ian Gillan Band studio albums along with the John Gustafson composition "What's Your Game?," some arrangements of Deep Purple songs, and a medley of 1950s rock & roll tunes. The fidelity, though, is pretty poor, with murky sound and some varying speed, which is especially evident on "Woman From Tokyo." Some material from the tape of the show, in fact, was not used, although what's here does add up to 62 minutes. Essentially it's bootleg-type stuff given official release, with good liner notes and graphics (and a good discography). Fine -- better something like this come out legitimately than under the table. But even by standards of 1977 live bootlegs, the sound is below par, and only those fans who would care enough to buy not just one but several Ian Gillan Band bootlegs should look into it.

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