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Ian Gillian – One Eye To Morocco

Ian Gillian – One Eye To Morocco
Eagle Records – March 2009

100% rock album from the legendary Deep Purple vocalist (Black Sabbath too), Ian Gillian conjures up a variety from classic Gillan rock to the Arabic sound of the title track plus slower soulful ballads and bluesy mid-tempo rockers. One Eye to Morocco is Ian Gillan's first album of original solo material since 1997's Dreamcatcher.

The musicians backing Gillian are top notch - Guitarist Michael Lee Jackson, Bassist Rodney Appleby, Drummer Howard Wilson, Joe Menonna on saxophone and Keyboard duties are shared across the album by Lance Anderson and Jesse O'Brien.

The tracks are:

1. One Eye To Morocco
2. No Lotion For That
3. Don’t Stop
4. Change My Ways
5. Girl Goes To Show
6. Better Days
7. Deal With It
8. Ultimate Groove
9. Sky Is Falling Down, The
10. Texas State Of Mind
11. It Would Be Nice
12. Always The Traveller

I like it! It’s rock; crisp and clear, sometimes mellow, a far cry from one of foremost vocalists of the heavy metal. Good lyrics – love One Eye To Morocco, I often sit waiting for no one to call and The Sky Is Falling Down. I like the bits of guitar and harmonica on track 4. In all it’s a good CD, it seems to be growing on me the second and third time thru – especially the two tracks listed above (1 & 9). I heard sometime in May ’09 Gillian along with Steve Morris will be playing tracks from both Deep Purple and 'One Eye To Morocco' unplugged – that should be killer!

Peace and Love
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net

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