GILLAN & GLOVER: Accidentally on purpose LP 1988 (Deep Purple singer + Deep Purple bassist) CHECK VIDEOS “Clouds and Rain”, “She Took My Breath Away”, “Dislocated”


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Accidentally on Purpose is a pop-rock album by Deep Purple members Ian Gillan & Roger Glover, released in 1988.
The phrase, an example of an oxymoron, was first used by Sydney Owenson in Memoires of Lady Morgan (1861) and is also the title of a 2005 short film.


Side 1
“”Clouds and Rain”” (Gillan, Glover) – 4:03
“”Evil Eye”” (Gillan, Glover) – 4:12
“”She Took My Breath Away”” (Gillan, Glover) – 4:34
“”Dislocated”” (Gillan, Glover) – 3:24
“”Via Miami”” (Gillan, Glover) – 5:00

Side 2
“”I Can’t Dance to That”” (Gillan, Glover) – 4:26
“”Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave”” (Price) – 3:11
“”Lonely Avenue”” (Pomus) – 3:08
“”Telephone Box”” (Gillan, Glover) – 5:18
“”I Thought No”” (Gillan, Glover) – 3:34

Ian Gillan – Lead Vocals, Horn, Harmonica
Roger Glover – Bass, Sax (Soprano)

Additional personnel
Nick Blagona – Engineer
Bob Joe – Piano
Angus Young – Saxophone, Horn
Vaneese Thomas – Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Christine Faith – Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Lloyd Landesman – Keyboards
Lydia Mann – Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Joe Mennonna – Saxophone, Horn
Andy Newmark – Drums
Nick Maroch – Guitar
Ira Siegel – Guitar (Electric), Guitar
Bette Sussmann – Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Randy Brecker – Flugelhorn

While recording the Deep Purple album House Of Blue Light, Gillan/Glover wrote some songs that didn’t fit into the Purple formula. During the American leg of the tour Ian Gillan and Roger Glover choose to travel by bus and while enjoying themselves they continued to write more songs. At one of the concerts Ritchie Blackmore accidentally broke one of his fingers and the rest of the tour was cancelled.

Roger Glover and Ian Gillan went to New York where they finished and mixed the album. Ian Gillan still had a contract with his old record company, Virgin records, and they released it in February 1988. The album itself is a very varied piece of music that mixes a lot of different styles. Even though the album was and still is a big favorite to many fans it never had a big commercial success outside the Deep Purple fan base.

Roger explained it like this a few years ago: “”Accidentally On Purpose was a good case in point of a record company stabbing us in the back. We finished that album and it was out a week and then they dropped us. They dropped us for some political reason. It was nothing to do with us, it was nothing whatsoever to do with us. And yet there this album that we put a lot of our heart and soul into and suddenly all the money went from the promotion. The rug was pulled out from under our feet and we were left dangling with nothing but an album in some shops that wasn’t getting any promotion. That a hard pill to swallow. I was very depressed about that.””

5.0 out of 5 stars Time has been kind to it, Released in 1988, this side-project of Messrs Gillan and Glover has aged well, I would say. Despite the use of synths, played in the ’80s style, there is enough instrumentation, particularly brass, to prevent the sound being rooted in that decade. I prefer this, as a whole, to Gillan subsequent solo works, to be honest: give it a try. 5.0 out of 5 stars accidentally great This album is one of those overlooked/forgotten Deep Purple offshoots. I love this album very much. It has a relaxed, having a laugh vibe to it and there is a definitely reggae influence. The songs are not too serious and they are very very catchy. I often find myself singing them at work or in the bath. To anyone who doesn’t own this album, the songs will probably be unfamiliar because most of them have never been performed live, but if you are a Purple fan, you should buy this. The best tracks are Clouds and rain, Evil eye, She took my breath away, Via miami and I can’t dance to that. The new version includes the b-sides from the singles released, so it is a full package. Definitely worth a listen with a glass of wine. 5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific LP! Didn’t know what to expect, but I absolutely love this! Keep listening to this in the car and it a great mixture of blues, ballads, rock & roll, reggae – the common theme is a ‘feel-good’ happy atmosphere throughout and Gillan on top-form. 5.0 out of 5 stars G/G/G Gillan & Glover are just great, so G/G/G, the music is out of the ordinary for those two. Listen and enjoy.


IAN GILLAN & ROGER GLOVER – Accidentally on Purpose (1988 Virgin)

Deep Purple’s The House of Blue Light was an incredibly difficult album to make, especially for Ian Gillan.  A working vacation was in order, so he and Glover took off for the Caribbean.  They settled in to Sir George Martin’s recording studio AIR Montserrat, to record whatever they felt like.  The result was the light and tropical Accidentally on Purpose, an album that Gillan says has become the favourite record for a number of his friends.  He is very proud of it, especially since it came on the heels of a terrible creative experience in Deep Purple.  It would not have been born if not for the gloomy Purple process.  Many guests contributed to the jovial sessions, such as Dr. John, George Young, and Andy Newmark.

Jump in your TARDIS, and travel back in time to 1987.  Your destination:  a tropical island with plenty of rum, beaches and a recording studio.  Can you picture it?  Can you hear the sounds of the late 80’s in your mind?  Then you can imagine what Accidentally on Purpose sounds like.

There are no “Clouds and Rain” in the images in my mind, only boats and surf and sand.  Glover plays bass and keyboards, Newmark is on drums, while George Young contributes a light sax solo.  This is not for most Deep Purple fans, most assuredly.  This is for those who want to open their minds and have a trip into the clouds and sunshine.  This is about as light as light rock gets, but there is a quality to it above the pop morass.

Hard hitting electronic drum beats back “Evil Eye”, a much edgier track.  Still, don’t expect guitars, solos or Ian Gillan to scream his ass off.  If you enjoy the kind of pop rock that Robert Plant was doing in the 80’s, you’re in the right ballpark for this.  It’s blatantly commercial compared to Deep Purple, but at the same time it’s not because there are musical challenges to be found here.

“She Took My Breath Away” is a sweet love song, similar musically to the brightness of “Clouds and Rain”,  relying too much on electronics.  Then they get goofy on “Dislocated” which sounds like Ian Gillan having a blast.  (I recognize one of the keyboard voices on this song from our old Yamaha back in the day!)  Glover’s enjoying himself too; he plays some brilliant bass parts, very different from Deep Purple.  “Via Miami” ended the first side with an old time rock and roll party!   It’s the first significant guitar rocker, and it sounds like something the Honeydrippers could have gotten away with.  (In fact Plant would sound brilliant singing this.)  Bring on the sax!

There is plenty more guitar on “I Can’t Dance to That”, which is a good song.   The old blues classic “I Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave” is incredible, giving Ian a chance to sing something different, and he does it with lung power!  Dr. John on the keys lends it that funky N’awleans drawl.  If you were to make a mix tape of Ian Gillan’s finest vocal performance, then this song should be on it.  “Lonely Avenue” only has synth to back it.  Synth-rocking to “Telephone Box” is more fun; it’s probably the best rocker on the album.  Cool female backing vocals make Gillan sound even more suave.  He breaks out his trusted congas on it, and truthfully you could imagine the Deep Purple of today performing a song like this now.

The last tune on the record was “I Thought No”, rocking bluesily along to the end.  If you want a drunken, laidback jam session with scads of harmonica to go, then “I Thought No” will deliver the right thrills.  Just open a bottle and dive in…

Accidentally on Purpose probably kept Ian and Roger sane at the time.  That has to be why it sounds so gleeful.  They needed this.  Does a Deep Purple fan “need” this?  Yes,  they’d find some really good times here.

4.5/5 stars

GILLAN GLOVER Accidentally on purpose LP (Deep Purple singer Deep Purple bassist) CHECK VIDEOS

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