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Ian Gillan’s new solo album called One Eye To Morocco is mostly ready, apart from the track listing which is being finalized. DPAS reports a January release date, but we’re being told by the man himself that it will be out in March. The album is produced by Nick Blagona.

Joanna overheard a demo tape being played at a hotel bar in Germany and opined that “if you liked Accidentally On Purpose, you will absolutely love this one.”

45 Comments to “One Eye To Morocco”:

  1. 1
    Roberto says:

    I super-love ‘accidentally on purpose’ and I love when Gillan take a journey into others music geners than hard rock.I am waiting an album like this from years! and I need this one much more than a Deep purple album…It will be great if Gillan will do another album together with Glover!

  2. 2
    69 says:

    I´m still confused about the title is it now: “One Eye ON Morocco” or “One Eye TO Morocco”? I´ve seen both.

  3. 3
    Peter Neumann says:

    Great news. Accidentally on Purpose was a wonderful album. There might be some paralles with Dreamcatcher was reported otherwise. Also good news! I hope he will do a solo tour in Germany!

  4. 4
    T says:

    Both Dreamcatcher and Accidentally On Purpose were great albums. A new DP album is due, but certainly a Gillan album is always welcome. His solo efforts are always strong recordings.

  5. 5
    Rascal says:

    The rock ‘n’ roll flavor on ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ was enjoyable…………….hope this new effort has a different taste tho……..

    Dont flog a dead horse………….thats JLT’s job after all.

  6. 6
    Roberto says:

    I love ‘accidentally on purpose’ but I hate ‘dreamcatcher’….In that album the songrwriting is not so good and the only musician is steve morris….recorded with an horrible drum machine!!!!!
    I really hope ‘one eye on marocco’ will be similar to ‘accidentally…’ or totally different from anything he has done before but for sure not similar to ‘dreamcatcher’…

  7. 7
    Eirik Solum says:

    Accidentally was a cool album when it came ut, me thinks. Mow it sounds a bit “dated”, but some of the songs are reallt good songs.

    Dreamcatcher is just a cheap demo collection, sounds very amateurish. Not a good album. I really hope some more work has been put into One Eye…

  8. 8
    Roberto says:

    Accidentally is pure genius(songs like ‘telephone box’ or ‘dislocated’ prove it…)
    ‘dreamcatcher’ is really amateurish…too sad….

    Eirik,what is Mow?

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Some of the A on P songs I enjoyed , although there was also the frustration of songs not being developed again, for instance Clouds and Rain, something nice but….

    Dreamcatcher has some good songs but the production is terrible

    I d like it to hear the way he did Gillans Inn, very agressive, very good snging compared to ROTD

    ROTD , it seems to me, has more to do with A on P than Deep Purple


    The DOWN TO EARTH line up Ritchie went for in the first place


    Ok, Paicey …….


    Well, come on guys Jon is very ready after that long deserved break, he has earned that 40 th ANNIVERSARY

    And WE have dereved HIS DREAM

    Where the f..k is Rod Evans!
    Is Nick recovered yet or…

  10. 10
    Crimson Ghost says:

    DPAS reports all their sources know, there will only be a press release in January and official release in March with a free online debut at a web location to be announced.(Steve Morris’ involvement is not primary, MLJ, Rodney Appleby and Howard Wilson on drums are the band, with some others including Joe Mennonna but sadly not Dean Howard or Randy Cooke)
    Recorded in Buffalo and produced in Toronto by the amazing Nick Blagona

    One Eye To Morocco is the tile reported at Carramba, but I’ll ask MLJ and clear that up.

    Calm down priest, Rod Evans is in exile and doing okay, but doubts he will ever perform again.

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    So easily excited…………….

  12. 12
    stephen says:

    poor Joanna had a terrible headache the next day I believe 🙂

    Some hotshot kid was driving up and down the street in his flashy Mercedes Benz like he was king of the world or something!


    Seriously though, One Eye to Morocco is a cracking album.

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 12


    Did you get to hear the music already
    I had the impression no one had heard it yet

    What s the point with Joanna, who s that, and the rest of your post
    Dont understand, sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  14. 14
    andre sihotang says:

    Nice title. I can’t wait to hear some new stuff from this album. Sure Ian will take a journey into wide area of music, not only hard rock music.

    Btw, why ‘Gillan’ appear as this is an Ian Gillan solo record. I think Gillan was a band named from his band at the end of 70’s which formerly named Ian Gillan band. Or I’m wrong?

  15. 15
    Roberto says:

    recorded with a true drummer….this is something…..

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I dont recall having read that it will be a GILLAN album, Andresi.

    Indeed, as long as he uses real musicians instead of the terrible stuff which ruins a lot of in potential great albums.

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    I can’t understand why He won’t do ‘great thins’:Gillan should do much more prmotion and invest much more on its almbums!!!he should even do a video…
    He should do things in the opposite ways he did for’Dreamcathcer’…

  18. 18
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Great thins

    Whats that

  19. 19
    andre sihotang says:

    Priest, I read Gillan in Deep-Purple.net. Then I got the answer. I’m longing for his new music now.

  20. 20
    Roberto says:

    ‘Greatest things’ sorry…

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I already lost sleep on it

    Could it be great thighs


    a reference to a great film called THINNER

    I know who now feels goosebumps, hehehe

  22. 22
    Rascal says:

    Stephen Kings ‘Thinner’????

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Yep, thats the one

  24. 24
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I told you who the musicians were priest…. and yes, recorded with a ‘true’ drummer, the same guy who played a lot on Gillan’s Inn.

  25. 25
    Rascal says:

    Never seen the film…………but good book

  26. 26
    AndreA says:

    Great Gillan,a real gypsy rocker that always loves playng music with his high soul.

    I am looking foward to this new work…

    today when I was travelling by car for my job I played the Bob Dasley’s work called THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN featuring Jon Lord,song #7 with Mr.Univers on vocal titled

    well…Gillan your singing is really really great,
    I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I thaaaaank yoooouuuu!!!

    cìn cìn

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    And lots of GREAT HAMMOND in that one too Andrea

    Everyone who still gets exited about some GOOD old fashioned hammond playing listen to the new CD by Survival, it s called….Crusader, from Holland.

  28. 28
    AndreA says:

    yes PP1965,
    sure,that Hammond (“that” Hammond) is superb…wonderful sound by The Great JL.

    Stay Well Priest!

  29. 29
    Tracy Heyder says:

    “Ian Gillan Band”, “Gillan”, “Big Ian”, he can use whatever name he desires. Those were ‘His Bands’. Like “Rainbow”, “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow”, “Blackmore”, or whatever….When it’s YOUR BAND, you can call it what you want. Only the musician’s names are changed within…to protect the innocent.

    Which brings me back to something I posted in the next ‘Blog’, “Blackmore tours Over the Rainbow”. I made reference to the complaints regarding “Deep Purple recording New Album” being so few. Here is yet another example of how busy they are and how much New Music Purple have offered since the “Blackmore Exodus”.

    Aside from the 5 Purple records…

    Steve Morse has done a couple of Solo albums, did another Dregs album and guested on various other artists albums and Tribute albums. He also did the “Living Loud” CD and show, and tons of Guitar Clinics Worldwide.

    Don Airey released a solo record “Light in the Sky”, and headed many other projects….”Empire, Silver, Living Loud, Metallium, and guested on many other Tributes and ‘One Offs”.

    Ian Gillan released “Dreamcatcher” and his brilliant “Gillan’s Inn”. Also, 2 DVDs. “Highway Star- a Journey in Rock”, and “The Glory Years”. Plus he did the Jeff Healy Tribute and toured on his “Gillan’s Inn” release also putting out a double Live CD.

    Roger Glover released “Snapshot” and is working on another solo project. He also guested on the Govt. Mule Tribute to Alan Woody…RIP. DVD and CD.

    Ian Paice did his Drum DVD “for the pros”, “E-Think”, “Moonstone Project”, guested on many an artist CD. Did tons of Drum Clinics worldwide.

    These are just of the top of my head……there are tons more.

    Yes, since Blackmore unleashed the Deep Purple Beast, and fled to his little forest where Men Wear Tights, we have be bombarded with Non Stop Music from these ‘Behemoths of energy and creativity.

    Ritchie wouldn’t have stood for it and all we would have are a couple less Purple Albums and No Solo Projects…..

    I Think Life has been Pretty Good for us in the land of Purple since he’s been gone….

    Oh yeah, don’t forget to crank ‘Blackmore’s Night’ Real Loud also. That’ll do it.


  30. 30
    Roberto says:

    could you suggest what are the best solo and collaborations albums by steve morse,don airey and joe lynn turner?
    thanks a lot

  31. 31
    Tracy Heyder says:


    I would have to say that I hold a fondness towards Steve work with ‘the Dreggs’. Mainly due to already being a huge fan of his back then, way before he was inducted into the greatest band ever Deep Purple.

    Don Ariey has been a part of som many colaberations, to pick one would be impossible. “Ozzy, Rainbow, MSG, Colleseum 2, Forcefield, plus those I mentioned above and there are many more. I think I might have to lean towards the ‘Empire’ material.

    JLT has also been a part of so many. I actually enjoyed his one off with Malmsteem’s Rising Force I think. I like ‘Sunstorm’ quite a lot….he seems to really put in the effort voicewise here. It’s a little mellower than I would like but has a great sound.



  32. 32
    Roberto says:

    could you please suggest only me three albums for each artist?

  33. 33
    Tracy Heyder says:

    OK Roberto: you put me to work. here ya go.

    SM: Dixie Dregs, “Dregs Of The Earth”
    Dixie Dregs, “Industry Standard”
    Steve Morse Band, ” Structural Damage”

    DA: Don Airey, “K2”
    Don Airey, “Light in the Sky”
    Empire, “Hypnotica”

    JLT: Malmsteem’s Rising Force, “Odyssey”
    Mother’s Army, “Planet Earth”
    JLT, “Sunstorm”

    These work for me.


  34. 34
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    BTW, back to the actual subject here. If the new Gillan record has even close to the same energy as ‘Gillan’s Inn’ along with the tour, he may just be a better ticket than Purple.

    If any of you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up a copy of the “Ian Gillan- Live in Anaheim”, you are truly missing out. I have to tell you that this concert is one of the most enjoyable show I’ve listened to in quite a while. He pulls out all the stops here and shows that he is and still is what he was……..The Greatest Rock Vocalist of All Time.


  35. 35
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Unfortunately I have very bad memories of my staying in Morocco, that nest of bandits

  36. 36
    AndreA says:

    “Ian Gillan- Live in Anaheim” in italy is not aivable..
    the time has come to order it..!! The same I did for LIVE IN LONDON (1974Mk3).,great double cd.

    If a read the title of the new Gillan’s (One Eye To Morocco) I get to think it will be not a real rock cd but something of experimental ,or with some mediterraneo sound,something of exotic sound… I would it rock only…

    I am waiting for it

  37. 37
    AndreA says:

    Hey American Friends

    I have just spoken with a music shopkeepr (a my friend)
    and he tells to me that he can give me

    “Ian Gillan- Live in Anaheim”

    just only from USA

    but he ask to me if my stereoDVD belong to AREA1
    (dvd area1).

    what a mess,confusion to me!!
    I don’t know what does it mean!
    my dvd stereo is one like this


    by this image could you help me to tell if it is good for this dvd?

    however it will be..
    thank you

  38. 38
    Roberto says:

    I have line anhaeim and it’s very good,but I adore Gillan’s Inn.I hope Gillan will do an entire album with Uli jon Roth(listen to the song he appear on).Hope he will do eve a song singing together with Robert Plant and Ozzy…

  39. 39
    AndreA says:

    where did you get DVD?
    Me too I’d like IG with Uli jon Roth or with Leslie West..

    Robert Plant?
    no please

  40. 40
    Sami says:

    A little off topic, but…just browsed through Gillan The Hero-website : nice tribute to Born Again-era Sabbath, worth checking out. Brings back some memories, good & bad 😉

  41. 41
    AndreA says:


    I discovered this website many years ago..but it was attached by a lot of Virus (where you can read the forum post)

    the website is very cool even if simple.

    Also Gillan (I hope he was the real Gillan and not a false) posted to thank the webmaster.

  42. 42
    AndreA says:


  43. 43
    Sami says:

    Cheers AndreA. Take care & Kippis from Finland 🙂

  44. 44
    AndreA says:

    Wishin’Well To You Sami
    and to all the Vikings!

  45. 45
    69 says:

    The german amazon is already taking preorders:


    The release date given there is March 11th and it is said to come in a “limited edition”.

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