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Mr. Universe (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

Leading his own bands in the late '70s and early '80s, Ian Gillan continued to embrace music that, not surprisingly, was heavily influenced by his former band, Deep Purple. And he never sounded more Purple-ish than he does on Mr. Universe, which isn't quite on a par with Purple's Burn but is stronger than many of the albums the outfit had recorded after Gillan's departure (some of which were quite disappointing). This is Gillan at his most aggressive and passionately rockin'. Those with fond memories of his work with Purple will appreciate the testosterone-driven energy of "Vengeance," "Roller," and "Message in a Bottle." Headbangers shouldn't overlook this one.

Customer Reviews

Mr Universe

Bought this album years ago, an unrecognised classic - a cross between Deep Purple and Judas Priest. Probably his best work, Deep Purple would have been proud of this one -ENJOY

Now For The Re Master!

I'm not going to bore you with all the retrogressive BS one can bring up with classic albums like 'i was 15 when i first bought an original copy', 'i saw them back in the day at the Apollo and met the band and got their autograph' etc, et al . . .
Quite frankly who cares?

What people wanna know is, is it any good?. The answer is, well of course its bloody good, thats not whats being debated here on an album thats almost 35yrs old and has been countlessly written about elsewhere. What is in contention is the actually audio quality and transfer to CD which is adequate but has its shortcomings. Whilst the vinyl was always reliable when turned up on a decent deck, this sounds quite dull.

Point in case - The Secret Of The Dance used to literally leap off the deck and kick yer teeth in such was the unexpected violence of the song. Here it sounds subdued and rather blunted like your aunty hitting you with a duster. I had to turn it all the way up to feel any kind of impact. Its a shame as well because it would have been nice to see Mr Ian Gillan's works get the same Deep Purple remaster treatment that has really brought albums like Fireball and Made In Japan back to life. Oh well i guess for now it will do just to add to your iTunes collection. Fighting Man is still his greatest performance written by the the most underrated keyboardist in rock ever, Colin Towns. 5 stars for the songs and band performance, 3 stars for the audio quality.

Mr. Universe (Bonus Track Version), Gillan
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