1990 Ian Gillan – Naked Thunder

Naked Thunder is a 1990 solo album by Ian Gillan, released soon after his departure from Deep Purple in 1989. It features a varied selection of songs, with one of Gillan’s most passionate and impressive performances on power ballad “Loving on Borrowed Time” and traditional field lament “No More Cane on the Brazos”. It was also the first album to feature Ian Gillan’s long time writing partner Steve Morris. Naked Thunder was produced by Leif Mases and features a number of notable guest musicians, including drummer Simon Phillips and former Grease Band keyboard player Tommy Eyre.

The album was available only as an import in the USA until 1997 when it was re-released for American market by Eagle.

Naked Thunder was followed by a lengthy tour and a live video Ian Gillan Live released the same year (rereleased on DVD in 2001). In 2006 Ian Gillan re-recorded “Long on Borrowed Time” for the Gillan’s Inn album. In November 2016 he performed “No More Cane on the Brazos” during the tour of Eastern Europe with orchestra and Don Airey Band. It was the first time he has performed the song in twenty-five years.


1Gut Reaction3:44
2Talking To You3:37
3No Good Luck4:08
Nothing But The Best3:42
5Loving On Borrowed Time5:02
6Sweet Lolita3:48
7Nothing To Lose6:13
9Long And Lonely Ride3:45
10Love Gun3:27
11No More Cane On The Brazos8:13


BassSteve Morris
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarSteve Morris
KeyboardsSteve Morris
Hammond OrganTommy Eyre
PianoPeter Robinson
SynthesizerTommy Eyre
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
SaxAlbie Donnelly
Background VocalsCarol Kenyon
Background VocalsDavid Lloyd
Background VocalsHarry Shaw
Background VocalsJon Gustafson
VocalsIan Gillan


Producer – Leif Mases
Engineer (Mixing) – Al Stone
Engineer (Recording) – Keith Andrews

Artwork By (Design) – Stylorouge
Photography By – Simon Fowler

Phonographic Copyright (p) – TELDEC Record Service GmbH
Copyright (c) – TELDEC Record Service GmbH
Manufactured By – Record Service GmbH

Recorded at Amazon Studios, Liverpool; Crescent Woodcray Studio, Duncans, Jamaica; and Olympic Studios, London, December 1989 – January 1990