Ian Gillan Shares His Disappointment About Early Deep Purple Albums


Deep Purple lead vocalist Ian Gillan recently appeared in an interview with VWMusic and revealed his disappointment with the band’s early records.

Since the beginning of its career in 1968, Deep Purple has impacted the rock scene by experimenting with various styles like psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and heavier sounds. The music critics counted them among the most influential bands of hard rock and heavy metal genres, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in the mid-’70s.

The group debuted with the album ‘Shades of Deep Purple‘ in 1968. Although it was not well-received in the UK, it gained considerable success in the US, especially with the single ‘Hush’ becoming number four on the Billboard 100. The band gained more recognition with ‘The Book of Taliesyn’ and ‘Deep Purple of Rock.’

Although they managed to reach a huge fan base worldwide, Deep Purple members were not satisfied with every work they came up with in retrospect. In a past conversation, Ritchie Blackmore revealed the band’s albums he hated, such as the 1971 record ‘Fireball.’ According to Blackmore, these albums were not that strong because they were very busy with their tour schedules. They were also confused about what direction they chose at the beginning of their career.

Recently, lead vocalist Ian Gillan said he was disappointed with the band’s early records as he thought the production values were low. As he mentioned, his consideration of these earlier albums changed over time. According to Gillan, since they started to work with the producer Bob Ezrin, they have created higher-quality albums. Deep Purple singer stated band members are willing to continue producing as they powerfully harmonize with Ezrin.

Ian Gillan expressed his opinion on the band’s earlier albums:

“In terms of the way our albums sound, I’ve always thought since the early days that we got away with it when we were kids because of enthusiasm and histrionics. But looking back on it, I was always a bit disappointed with the sound of our records because I felt the production values weren’t very high. So, to bump into Bob, who has such a great grasp on little things like arrangements, it’s been amazing.

Bob keys in on the minor details that are so important for making things that could otherwise drag on a little bit. He tightens them up and hones in on the most important sounds, and he makes them better. Bob is ideal for us, and to come across that sort of thing now, why wouldn’t we keep on writing, and writing, and writing? With the way we’re going and writing these days, we could do an album a month.”

The band wanted to impact the rock scene by developing its products by experimenting with various styles and genres. Although they had considerable success with the earlier records, they were unsatisfied with some of their production value, as Ian Gillan revealed. As it seems, criticizing themselves this way has helped them get to the perfect place in the music scene over time with the support of Bob Ezrin.