Gillan (album)

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Studio album by Gillan
Released September 1978
Recorded Kingsway Recorders, London, UK, July 1978 – August 1978
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 42:56
Label East World
Producer Paul "Chas" Watkins
Ian Gillan
Colin Towns
Gillan chronology
Mr. Universe
(1979)Mr. Universe1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Gillan is the first album by British rock band Gillan, released in September 1978. It was only released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, but the album sold well in the UK as an import, aided by positive press reviews. The sleeve notes of the original release credit Liam Genocky as playing drums and percussion, while the 1993 release "Gillan – The Japanese Album" instead credits Pete Barnacle.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Gillan and Colin Towns except where noted.

Side 1

  1. "Second Sight" (Colin Towns)—2:36*
  2. "Secret of the Dance" – 2:50**
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 4:25
  4. "Dead of Night" – 4:10**
  5. "Fighting Man" (Towns)—7:35*

Side 2

  1. "Message in a Bottle" – 3:08**
  2. "Not Weird Enough" – 4:05
  3. "Bringing Joanna Back" – 3:39
  4. "Abbey of Thelema" – 4:56
  5. "Back in the Game" – 5:25

* These appear on the standard UK LP and CD formats of the Mr. Universe album

** Different versions to those on the standard UK LP and CD formats of the Mr. Universe album

In 1993 an album combining tracks from the Japan/Australia/New Zealand version of the Gillan and the Mr. Universe was released in CD format by the RPM record label under the title "Gillan – The Japanese Album". The revised track listing was as follows:

  1. "Street Theatre"(Instrumental) (Towns)—2:40*
  2. "Secret Of The Dance" – 2:51
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 4:25
  4. "Dead Of Night" – 4:11
  5. "Fighting Man" (Towns)—7:37
  6. "Message In A Bottle" – 3:11
  7. "Not Weird Enough" – 3:51
  8. "Bringing Joanna Back" – 3:41
  9. "Abbey Of Thelema" – 4:57
  10. "Back In The Game" – 5:28
  11. "Vengeance" – 3:30**
  12. "Move With The Times" (Gillan, Towns, John McCoy)—5:02*
  13. "Sleeping On The Job" – 3:12**
  14. "Roller" – 4:06**

Total running time 58:43
* from the Japanese/Australian/New Zealand version of Mr Universe LP
** previously unreleased version of tracks from Mr. Universe (UK) LP

There is another 'lost' song from "The Japanese Album" (or "Mr. Universe"? Not sure): Parliament Square[2]