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GillanMutually Assured Destruction

Genre:Rock
Style:Hard Rock
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Mutually Assured Destruction3:13
The Maelström

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    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981-02-00, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo, Booklet Cover
    Virgin – VSK 103UK1981UK1981
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    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", Single
    Virgin – VS 103UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", 45 RPM
    Virgin – VIN 45037Italy1981Italy1981
    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Misprint, Booklet Cover
    Virgin – VSK103, Virgin – VSK 103UK1981UK1981
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    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Misprint, Booklet Cover
    Virgin – VSK103, Virgin – VSK 103UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", Single, Misprint, Booklet Cover
    Virgin – VSK 103UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Mutually Assured Destruction, 1981, VinylMutually Assured Destruction
    7", Single
    Virgin – VS 103Ireland1981Ireland1981
    New Submission

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    • vinyl_solution's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      I remember 1980/1981 as being a particularly frightening time, when nuclear war was a genuine possibility, and quite a few songs were written to reflect this worrying and unsettling time. Gillan's take on this was on the money, and highlighted just how futile and illogical that America and Russia cancelling each other out would have been. This ridiculousness is given a black humour take on things with this single release, where some copies (mine included) had a cartoon booklet featuring the two last men on earth (one Russian, one American) discussing the politics and opining on what had led up to such annihilation - with a black comedy ending.
      As for the music, predictably excellent by what I believe to be the most accomplished set of heavy metal musicians of the time (with the inclusion of Iron Maiden). MAD is an apocalyptic power ballad, that is just brilliant.
      Even better though, imo, is the superb B side, The Maelstrom. A great example of how amazing this band were, and how superb Ian Gillan's voice was, even at this stage of his career. Tremendous fun from start to finish (though It's not really meant to be, I guess). Right to the last breath of Ian's slowed down voice, portraying his demise of entering the middle of the Maelstrom itself. Brilliant.
      Gillan produced some wonderful B sides : Take Control Of Yourself, Your Sister's On My List for example, and their back catalogue is well worth looking into. Fantastic band, and my first go to Heavy Metal band back in the day.
      • Vinyl.Score's avatar
        Vinyl.Score
        In the Cold War years, this was strikingly relevant. Gorbachov & Reagan should have been given copies.

        Probably the most howling guitar ever to grace a hit single, since Hendrix.
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          Vinyl.Score
          We found possible duplicate releases: •Members Of The Harry James Orchestra* / Francis Bay Orchestra, The* - Remember When (Harry James' And Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey's Greatest Hits) (FM Veri Sonics) 2xLP

          LOL, worse data cross checking algorithm ever!

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