Naked Thunder

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Naked Thunder
Ian gillan naked thunder.jpg
Studio album by Ian Gillan
Released 16 July 1990
Recorded Amazon Studios, Liverpool
Crescent Woodcray Studio, Duncans, Jamaica
Olympic Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 49:47
Label Teldec (Europe), Eagle (USA)
Producer Leif Mases
Ian Gillan chronology
Accidentally on Purpose
(1988)Accidentally on Purpose1988
Naked Thunder
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Naked Thunder is a 1990 solo album by Ian Gillan, released soon after his departure from Deep Purple in 1989. It features a varied selection of songs, with one of Gillan's most passionate and impressive performances on power ballad "Loving on Borrowed Time" and traditional field lament "No More Cane on the Brazos". It was also the first album to feature Ian Gillan's long time writing partner Steve Morris. Naked Thunder was produced by Leif Mases and features a number of notable guest musicians, including drummer Simon Phillips and former Grease Band keyboard player Tommy Eyre.[2]

The album was available only as an import in the USA until 1997 when it was re-released for American market by Eagle.

Naked Thunder was followed by a lengthy tour and a live video Ian Gillan Live released the same year (rereleased on DVD in 2001). In 2006 Ian Gillan re-recorded "Long on Borrowed Time" for the Gillan's Inn album. In November 2016 he performed "No More Cane on the Brazos" during the tour of Eastern Europe with orchestra and Don Airey Band. It was the first time he has performed the song in twenty-five years.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Gillan and Steve Morris except where noted

  1. "Gut Reaction" – 3:46
  2. "Talking to You" – 3:36
  3. "No Good Luck" – 4:12
  4. "Nothing but the Best" – 3:46
  5. "Loving on Borrowed Time" – 5:04 (duet with Carol Kenyon)
  6. "Sweet Lolita" – 3:50
  7. "Nothing to Lose" 6:17
  8. "Moonshine" (Gillan/Morris/Buckle) – 2:46
  9. "Long and Lonely Ride" – 3:48
  10. "Love Gun" – 3:29
  11. "No More Cane on the Brazos" (traditional) – 8:13
B-sides and outtakes
  1. "Rock N' Roll Girls" – 3:20
  2. "Hole in My Vest" – 3:42


  • "Nothing but the Best / Hole in My Vest"
  • "Nothing but the Best / Hole in My Vest / Moonshine"
  • "No More Cane on the Brazos / Long and Lonely Ride"
  • "No Good Luck / Love Gun"
  • "No Good Luck / Love Gun / Rock N' Roll Girls"


Production notes[edit]

  • Recorded at Amazon Studios, Liverpool; Crescent Woodcray Studio, Duncans, Jamaica; and Olympic Studios, London, December 1989 – January 1990
  • Produced by Leif Mases
  • Engineered by Keith Andrews
  • Mixed by Al Stone

Sales accomplishments[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
UK Albums Chart 1990 63
Swedish Albums Chart 1990 27


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "The Ian Gillan Discobiography". The Highway Star. Retrieved 18 September 2010. March to December 1990