Who Cares, the new collaboration between Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan is a must for any Black Sabbath or Deep Purple fan. This double disc album is front loaded with great music that will have any rocker hanging their horns high with pride from start to finish. Add in that at its base, it’s a fundraising record to help rebuild a music school in Armenia, and it becomes that much more appealing. It’s proof yet again of the power of music. Iommi and Gillan wanted to record this record to help spread music through the world. To say that that is commendable would be an understatement.
The finished product of Who Cares is a top notch record for any rocker and metal head. It opens with the hard rocking and deeply emotional ‘Out OF My Mind. This song fittingly opens the album, as it discusses the tragic earthquake of June, 1990 that destroyed he music school for which this album is being sold to raise funds. What’s really interesting about this song is its genesis and growth. Ian Gillan explains in the liner notes of how it started out as a rant against the No Smoking signs on airplanes, and soon thereafter become about the destruction in Armenia. That’s quite a leap in subject matter. And it does quite the job catching what people must have felt in the earthquake’s aftermath.
Of course the collected recordings included in this compilation do get a little lighter in their lyrical content. There’s a song about an incident with a car that turned out to belong to Bill Ward in ‘Trashed’, even an outstandingly amazing live performance of Deep Purple’s famed ‘Smoke On The Water’ with the London Symphony Orchestra, just to name a couple. Gillan pays tribute to the late metal legend Ronnie James Dio when he writes of this performance. He notes that he and Dio actually shared vocal duties on this rare performance. There’s even more back story to this song. But to find out what Gillan had to say about it, fans will have to pick up this compilation for themselves. There are even more stories included in the set’s liner notes about each song, making for yet another bonus to checking out this set. Who Cares is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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