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More of Gillan on FaceCulture

Ian Gillan interviewed by FaceCulture.com. © 2009, image courtesy of FaceCulture

Martin from FaceCulture emailed us that there’s more of the Gillan’s interview posted on their website. A lot more, actually.

FaceCulture spoke to Ian Gillan about his solo album One Eye To Morocco, travelling, first memories, Edwin Abott Abott, Flatland, God, It Would Be Nice, Deep Purple, forty years, the next album, Fire Ball, joining the band and more.

There’s also another inteview which they did with Ian back in 2005. Get yourself a cup of tea, and head over there.

26 Comments to “More of Gillan on FaceCulture”:

  1. 1
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Ah yes, figured there was more, they always do it in parts @FC.

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Sort of picking up where they left off last time and even repeating along the lines of some of it.


  3. 3
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Ian cut his chin at the gig last night, hope he is alright.

  4. 4
    AndreA says:

    “Live in Anaheim”

    why is it so impossible to buy this Gillan’s here in italy? there is not a copy here!

    I want it
    I need it
    I’ll spent my money as I took my turn!!!

    please help me!!

  5. 5
    Crimson Ghost says:

    You’re missing easily the best produced officially released DVD to ever have Ian on it. Take away the stellar mix and you still have a great show as well, it’s not overproduced or anything, just perfectly and evenly mixed, I mean perfect. Purchase a copy online somewhere, it’s very cheap at all of the distributor sites, CD Universe, etc… Nick Blagona takes the proverbial knob twiddling cake here, a masterpiece of live sound perfection.(Westwood One obviously spared no expense and gave a fair timeline to see that it was done this way)

  6. 6
    AndreA says:

    about this live,there is only DVD version or also CD?

  7. 7
    Roberto says:

    I prefer the cd version of ‘live in anaheim’…
    great performance of the band and Gillan himself, good sound mix (and so and so tracklist)(I would have preferred some songs from jesus christ superstar, clair air turbulence, cherckazoo, more 89 gillan classics, borna again etc…).The dvd is nothing special to see…just few people there…

    before you contradict me, I would say that this is not the TRUTH, just my opinion, ok?

  8. 8
    George says:

    What a man, Ian Gillan is so natural, so kind, so wise… the real person. love him…

  9. 9
    AndreA says:

    I “love” him..
    just only my father is on one step over him..

    yes,he is so natural..
    and because I just met him a few times in my life (3 times) I reinforce what George says at #8.

    last time I met Gillan was on last juanuary when he when presented his last work…

    then 2 times on Naked Thunder Tour (october 1991 in italy : Milan and Pescara along the beach..).


    Thank You Gillan!

  10. 10
    AndreA says:

    tu hai trovato il cd in vendita?
    fammi sapere..


  11. 11
    Crimson Ghost says:


    You sound pretty paranoid there Roberto, why would I argue with such an opinion?

    But I do have some advice for you, since you seem to be inviting something… put the DVD on if you have a 5.1 or DTS decoded system, don’t watch it, listen to it instead and tell me the stereo CD with it’s regulated mastering levels sounds better to you. That is all I ask, they’re produced by the same master soundman, it’s just that one is mutli channeled and properly mastered and one is not allowed to be by the industry. I’m talking in terms of sound, about the multi channel mix, you know, data separation into sound files, hi fi heaven. It doesn’t seem your opinion reflects that of someone who’s talking about that, you sound like you watch it in 2 channel.

    Man you really need to just lighten up. Please.

  12. 12
    ormandy says:

    re: I prefer the cd version of ‘live in anaheim’…

    I agree Roberto, a much better mix on CD. Why couldn’t that be the DVD mix?

  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Huh, do you listen in 5.1? If not, I’d say it’s because the 2.0 is deliberately worse, if that’s what you’re listening to. I’ll have to check that out, I don’t bother with 2.0 when a DVD is packing the real deal. But it should be the better mix of the two in 2.0 as well, just because it’s mastered on DVD instead of CD.


  14. 14
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Well, that’s easy to clear up… like I said, and like you said… in 2.0 this thing sounds like it was recorded in the dark ages compared to it in 5.1 dolby and especially DTS, the superior format of them all.

    It also sounds worse than the CD, I agree, but you guys should understand that with three mixes, it’s obviously meant to be heard in surround, and I’m telling you it sounds light years better, a zillion times!

    Get a system, they aren’t that expensive, your ears will thank you big time. I would never rate a DVD from 2.0, I speak a superior language to that.lol! (not over production, it’s called data separation, that’s all the process consists of, and you can crank it up to ten with ZERO DISTORTION, and if that isn’t superior, then what is?)

  15. 15
    Crimson Ghost says:

    5.1 sells a DVD, but perhaps it’s not selling because people aren’t catching on yet in the first place… I’ve been into it as long as it’s been on the market. Superior I tell you, and Roberto, it makes no sense to ask why they can’t make it sound better on DVD, you aren’t playing it to it’s potential at all, it does sound way better. I wouldn’t even recommend it anywhere near as much as I do if I didn’t hear it this way.

    My Vancouver B.C. bootleg DVD blows this 2.0 sound away, it’s AAA+++ sounding, ask any of the hundreds of traders who have it, the sound is crystal clear, filmed twenty feet from the PA, serious business.

  16. 16
    Roberto says:

    l’ho scaricato, l’unico modo per sentirlo…però forse se lo ordini dai negozi online fai prima…
    per quanto riguarda il dvd poi ho visto qualche immagine e sinceramente vederlo cantare difronte 200 persone non mi interessa…non so però se il dvd contiene extras interessanti…

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    The fact is that if I don’t like what I see, but I like what I listen, it’s better for me to buy the cd version…than I don’t care about 2.0 or 5.0 system…
    I listen to 70 obsucre progressive rock band which have very poor sound quality but I like them for their compositions and playing…I don’t care too much about sound quality…(I am talking about “listenable” things…)

  18. 18
    AndreA says:

    ciao Roby

    lo ordino (CD)
    statti bene
    ciao marchigiano

  19. 19
    AndreA says:

    I fear that this DVD from USA is not good for Europe..
    so someone told me this…


  20. 20
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Roberto, whatever melts your mind!

    I could say the same thing, but we’re past the mid 90’s and we’re using better technology and so are the artists.(doesn’t count because you don’t use it?) I used to think that way too, till I tried it, and since then, around 1998, I have been using it on both home hi-fi, and on computer… it’s that much worth investing in, the only problem is they don’t make enough music in this format. Or it’s the only way I’d be listening to everything.

    You can give me all the “CRAP” you want about it, the fact remains nevertheless, you don’t have any idea what it sounds like in terms of it’s quality OPTIONS. You’re just trying to excuse it because you haven’t heard it properly in order to opine accordingly.

    You’re listening to the CD on a stereo, right, not a TV… get a system and you can then play both through it, understand?

    Apples and oranges man, but I recommended it before you commented, right?

    More immature nonsense! (would they mix it in 5.1 and do such a fine job if it were not a good idea for consumers in this day and age?)

    This is just you making conjecture about something you haven’t the faintest clue about, obviously… nothing wrong with polishing your transistor radio though, hey, if that’s your preference, eat it up.

    But don’t comment as if you prefer something you’ve heard to something you haven’t, okay? Unless of course you just want to continue arguing… oops, jackpot!

    Try it, then tell me about it.

    My opinion comes from having heard it in it’s glorious open capacity, I don’t listen to 2.0, it sounds like it’s coming from inside a sewer pipe in comparison to what it’s meant to be heard in… as I said, it’s not over production by any stretch, it’s simple data separation and a bit of eq to even it out.

    Nothing wrong with it on European systems, it can be played universally as long as your player is region/color system free, and as far as I know, most in Europe are?

    More about the sound, if you have a proper system, which is affordable, try it first in 2.0, hear very little to impress, then try in in dolby digital 5.1., hear a much better sound by far, then try it in DTS and proceed to be even further impressed, in fact BLOWN AWAY!

    I pop it in a lot and just walk away and listen, I only watch it when I have nothing else to do.(it’s simply stunning sound)

    It’s not like it’s just what you hear in 2.0, but just coming out of three more speakers… not at all, it’s a completely different mix, multi channeled to each speaker, so the instruments are evenly heard and pulsating in different directions throughout the room. More like being there, or how well you can hear things in a movie theater.

    There is no illusion involved, it’s the same recording only with a way better mix. They could take better care in mixing the 2.0 portion, but then what would be the point, the CD comes with it for free, so you can listen to that and be satisfied if you don’t have a surround system.

    Plain and simple, is it not?

  21. 21
    Roberto says:

    due the fact I don’t care too much about sound quality, I will not spend my money to buy other ways to listen to albums…I just need good compositions, but I believe what you say…just not interested….

  22. 22
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Fir enough, nice to see you back off that, after going there for a minute.

    Thank you!

    How do approach sound when playing yourself?
    If you sound technically bad one night, do you expect those listening to be happy?
    Just curious…

  23. 23
    Crimson Ghost says:

    “Until we got back together in 84, I had no clue at all about production and how important it really is, I hadn’t worked with anyone very good at it since the 70’s.” -IG

  24. 24
    AndreA says:

    This morning I got “LIVE IN ANAHEIM”..
    About the band…the bassist is Rodney Appleby,he features on Gillan’S Inn as you all know.
    I rememember that HE
    was the victim of a shooting and was seriously wounded in the head:
    how is he now? whatever happened to him ?

    ciao brothers

  25. 25
    Crimson Ghost says:

    See @16 here:


  26. 26
    María Guerrero says:

    I just want to say: I LOVE IAN GILLAN, mi sueño dorado es conocerlo en persona, qué suerte tienen los que lo han conocido y más aún los que han tenido oportunidad de verlo varias veces. IAN GILLAN: I NEED YOU!!!!!

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