The Ian Gillan Band anthology release reviewed by Kevin Bryan

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RECORD reviewer Kevin Bryan is back with his thoughts on an anthology from Ian Gillan Band and releases from The Ciderhouse Rebellion and Taylor Young Band.

This splendid anthology draws attention to the musical exploits of the Ian Gillan Band, the relatively short-lived group formed by singer Gillan after his initial departure from Deep Purple in 1973.

Content has been culled from four albums originally released on the former Angel Air label, featuring guitarist Ray Fenwick and keyboard wizard Colin Towns in sparkling form as Gillan and company tackle a mix of original hardware and revamped old golds of Purple’s illustrious back. catalog, including ‘Woman From Tokyo’, ‘Child in Time’ and the classic ‘Smoke On The Water’.

The Ciderhouse Rebellion, Genius Loci 2: The Valley of Iron (under the eaves)

This absorbing vehicle for the talents of accordion ace Murray Grainger and violinist Adam Summerhayes was recorded live amid the ruins of the iron stone industry in Rosedale, in the heart of the North York Moors.

This harsh, windswept location inspired the duo to rare heights of creativity as they put their improvisational skills to use in a series of startlingly evocative pieces they captured for posterity at various locations. of this now peaceful rural valley over the past year.

The finished product is part of the Arts Council-funded project, “Ironstone Tales”, a series of short films exploring the region’s post-industrial landscape and its potential for artistic inspiration.

The Ciderhouse Rebellion are certainly one of the finest instrumental duos in British folk, blessed with a seemingly effortless ability to conjure up magical melodies at will.

Taylor Young Band, Mercury Transit (hand drawn records)

The debut album from laid-back Texas blacksmith Taylor Young and his like-minded musical cohorts taps into a rich vein of rattling melodic power pop that has already drawn highly favorable comparisons to the likes of Tom Petty, The Byrds and the cult heroes of Alex Chilton Big Star.

Young’s heady fusion of Americana and radio-friendly mid-tempo rock certainly deserves further investigation, with timeless gems such as ‘Shine On Me’, ‘Rattled’ and ‘Get Around’ capturing the essence of its shamelessly accessible sound.

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