Prog fans who prefer the original sound of crackly black discs rejoice – The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982 from Gillan is due to be released on September 23rd. It will feature 5 chart albums – 7 LPs in total – including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc ‘For Gillan Fans Only’), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).
Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product:
It’s a wonderful thing, vinyl… Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves… aren’t they cool? Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this music…enjoy.
The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan’s highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon will also contain a bonus 7” single for “Spanish Guitar”. Other Gillan classics featured in this priceless collection include “Sleeping On The Job”, “No Easy Way”, “Trouble”, “Mutually Assured Destruction”, “New Orleans”, “No Laughing In Heaven”, “Nightmare”, “Restless” and “Living For The City”.