Notes/first impressions: Ian Gillan – Access All Areas

* Live recording from the Naked Thunder tour, 1990(ish)
* Probably not from a single concert, and at only 11 tracks, not a full concert set, I think. Fade-ins and fade-outs between songs
* Songs from Gillan’s career from Deep Purple through original version of Gillan, plus Naked Thunder and Gillan/Glover tracks
* Ian Gillan in good voice, full and powerful sounding but with a ragged edge to his vocal tone; less so after he warms up
* There’s a bit of Hammond organ there, but otherwise sound palette is very late ’80s, early 90s hard rock with dominant drums and synthetic textures
* Band professional but not stellar, similar to Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow or Whitesnake in the 1990s. Sounding good and powerful but not bringing anything extra to the table like Deep Purple at their best
* In the years just before and during Gillan’s absence from Deep Purple, Deep Purple weren’t at their best and didn’t bring anything extra to the table either, and this live album is better than Purple’s Nobody’s Perfect, at least.
* On the whole, I like it. Good to hear “Gut Reaction” and “No More Cane on the Brazos” again.