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Ian Gillan’s first ever band, The Javelins, records new studio album

by Vedrana Dobrić
Deep Purple

The Javelins, also known as Ian Gillan & the Javelins, was the first Ian Gillan’s fronted band back in 1962. The band played live, but never recorded any album. Besides Gillan, The Javelins were: rhythm guitarist Tony Tacon, bass player Tony Whitfield, drummer Keith Roach and lead guitarist Gordon Fairminer. The Javelins recorded their first album after they were reunited in 1994. “Sole Agency and Representation” was released in September 1994 by RPM Records.The album was re-issued later, in 2000 by Purple Records.

According to interview given for Kaaos TV, transcribed by Blabbermouth, Gillan speaks of plans:

I’ve got about five projects in mind. I’ve got about 30 songs in my library that have never been recorded. I don’t know which of those will actually end up coming alive, but there is one, a project that we’ve just finished recording in Hamburg. I recorded a new album with my first-ever band, The Javelins, from 1962, and we finished recording that material of the time. And that’s coming out in August. And I’m gonna start promotion work on that in a few weeks’ time. So you’re the first to actually know about it. And it contains songs like Ray Charles and Buddy Holly and Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry and stuff like that, from that era. And the guys in the band, most of them tickled along at the occasional gig and they practiced, but most of them haven’t really played in any progressive way for 50 years or more – 55, 56 years now. I prepared all the material with Steve Morris, my old partner from Liverpool – not Steve Morse; Steve Morris. And we sent the tapes, 16 songs, to each of the guys, and said, “Okay, practice like crazy for six weeks”. And so we all met in the studio in Hamburg and we recorded 10 songs on the first day. And the whole 16 were recorded in two days, and then the solos and extra bits and pieces, a few mistakes, were repaired on a Wednesday, and then we did a video, and that was it. It was unbelievable. And I was listening to the rough mixes, before we put on the vocal backings, the girls, and the brass section, because a lot of those old songs, like The Coasters and Ray Charles, had brass sections on them, so we’re doing it authentically, augmenting the band. But, you know, because they hadn’t played professionally for 50 years, they didn’t evolve at all – they kept playing in the style which was in 1962, and consequently, when I’m listening to it, I think, “My God! This is so authentic. It sounds just exactly as it did in those days”. It’s not musicians from today trying to do a retro version of those songs, which I’ve heard plenty of, and they’re always high production – there’s no breathing space; no nothing. It sounds, to me, just as I remember it. And so I’m very excited about that. Of course, we’re all in our 70s, and we’re like a bunch of school boys in the studio. We had a reunion a couple of years ago – at Christmas, we all went on a boat up the river Thames and had a fantastic night. And it was great — the old banter was still there, the jokes and the sense of humor. And it was wonderful – just truly wonderful. A great experience for these guys who have not been in a studio like that before. We did try another project a few years ago and made another set. So I think there were some nerves and some apprehension prior to the session, but by God, they went through it great. After every day’s work, we sat down, we had a meal and drank some beers together and just talked about things. It was great. It was certainly a fantastic experience. And I think the spirit of the band… This is very important with Deep Purple, which has had its ups and downs throughout the history of the band, with personalities and personnel and the difficulties there, there have been times where the band has felt uneasy with itself, and I think that’s reflected in the music. I was only talking the other day about an album called “Nobody’s Perfect”, and I thought, ‘This epitomizes everything that’s not right about Deep Purple.” And you hear other songs, like Mark II stuff and “Perfect Strangers” perhaps and the more recent material, where you think, “Yeah, the band was hot then”. “Cause you were asking earlier, in your first question, “Is (Deep Purple) on top of the game now?” and I think those are the times it shows. And the reasons for that are the same when anyone’s on top of their game. If you see an athlete perfoming well, you know they’re relaxed, because if they’re tense, they don’t do so good; you never deliver such good stuff when you’re tense and uneasy. But when you’re relaxed and fluid and there’s some common thinking and you’ve got a mutual idea of what you’re after, it works very well.

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