With such a varied solo career it's hard to zero in on Ian Gillan's finest moment outside of Deep Purple. Trying to pick the definitiveeffort of the band is almost futile, but 'Glory Road' has always stood out to me as Gillan's best work.
It was with some amazement that while researching this album I learned it reached no 2 in the U.K. album charts. Amazing perhaps given how increasingly forgotten Gillan's excellence as a solo artist was, whereas in 1981 he was a British hard rock institution competing with the NWOBHM acts he helped influence.
I seem to remember less positive views at the time, and personally speaking this album originally never hit home to me either, although time has been good to this recording and still stands up well today.